Our Staff

Grace Peña

Director of Children's Religious Education

Grace has been helping in our Religious Education program since 2007. She has taught nearly every grade and is trained in Our Whole Lives grades 7-9.   Grace began as our Director of Religious Education in September of 2015. You may contact Grace at gracepenadre@dedhamuu.org

Pat Hawkins

Office Administrator

Pat has served as our office administrator since Spring of 2013. Pat came to Dedham to live closer to her daughter after a long career working in offices from North Carolina to Nevada.  Pat has also been seen on stage with the Parish Players. Pat works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-1 during most of the Church year.

Pat's Wednesday hours shift during the Farmer's Market to 11-4.  You may contact Pat at firstchurch@dedhamuu.org.

Carld Auguste

Part-time Church Sexton

Carld began at First Church in August of 2015 as our part-time Church Sexton.  Carld has worked as a senior progect manager for National Grid, has a MBA from Curry College and Practical Eletrician Certification from The Benjamin Franklin Institute. Carld currently works full time as a manager for ESCO Bussiness Management and helps us to keep our buildings clean, organized and more sustainable. You may contact Carld by emailing him at sexton@dedhamuu.org

Darry Dolezal

Acting Music Director

Darry Dolezal is a versatile classical musician with diverse experiences as a director, performer, promoter, clinician, teacher and coach. He has directed choirs and orchestras in the Northeast and Midwest, performed thousands of concerts as a cellist, created music festivals and taught at several festivals and universities.

As a cellist, Darry has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. He toured with groups such as the EOS Ensemble, the Artaria Quartet, the Esterhazy Quartet and the Concordia String Trio, and has recorded for the Albany, Capstone, Centaur and CRI/New World labels. His live performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts throughout North America, South America and Europe.

A dedicated educator, Darry has led clinics for school and youth orchestras and has presented workshops and masterclasses for cello and chamber music students at numerous colleges and conservatories, including Boston University, Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in Belém, Brazil. He has taught cellists of all ages and levels for over forty years and served on the faculties of Viterbo University and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Darry is passionate about the collaborative process – cooperating with people of all kinds to create wonderful musical experiences. He has coached talented and enthusiastic avocational musicians in chamber groups and choirs (vocal and handbell), worked with professional musicians in chamber ensembles such as his current group, the Thoreau Piano Trio, collaborated with composers like Samuel Adler and Bill Pfaff on the creation and premiere of new music, and developed music festivals, including the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, with music advocates and community business leaders.

Darry is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. His chamber music coaches and mentors include such legendary musicians as Leon Fleisher, Eugene Lehner, Menachem Pressler, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Shure, Karen Tuttle and Donald Weilerstein. He lives in Newton with his wife, violinist Susan Jensen, and their new lab-mix puppy, Byron.

More to found on his website  which can be found at