Grace Year is collectively served by a team of staff members. We are proud to say that Grace Year's staff team has always been a partnership of both clergy and lay people who offer a wide range of perspectives and skills.
Alison Quin is the Director of Grace Year as well as the Director of Spiritual Formation for Grace Church. Alison was ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Washington, D.C. in 2001. After serving several parishes there, she accepted a call to serve as rector of Christ the King in Stone Ridge, New York-- across the river from Millbrook in Ulster County. She retired from there in November 2019 after 12 years and moved to Rhinebeck, along with her husband of 37 years, Tim Sharpe. Prior to her life as a parish priest, she was a legal aid lawyer and represented poor people in civil cases such as domestic violence, landlord-tenant and consumer law. She also taught law as an adjunct professor at George Washington Law School, among others. Alison completed a two year program called the Clergy Leadership Project offered by Trinity Wall Street in 2012, as well as a yearlong spiritual director training program at Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinebeck in 2018.
Alison can be reached at email@example.com
Kira Peterson (they/them) is overjoyed to be spending a second year with the Grace Year Fellowship, this time working with Alison as the assistant director of Grace Year, and working part time with Josh Ginsberg at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies to coordinate the Catskill Science Collaborative. You may remember Kira from their placement last year with Grace Immigrant Outreach, where they taught English, co-taught a 4-H program with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and coordinated food distribution at La MESA in Dover Plains. Born in Boston and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, Kira found their way to Grace Year through Vassar College, where they studied Earth Science, Geography, and Spanish, and pursued their passion for music. They do not come from a religious background, but have been deeply grateful for the spiritual framework provided by the community here at Grace Year, which has allowed them to deepen a meaningful connection to themself and the world around them. Kira can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Dr. Matthew Calkins is the current Rector of Grace Church. He holds degrees from Middlebury College (B.A.), Union Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Hartford Seminary (D.Min.). Fr Matt was called as a priest to Grace in September 2014, but his involvement with Grace began when he built a house in Lagrangeville, south of Millbrook (Matt was a carpenter and general contractor at the time), and began attending Grace with his wife Mary and infant son Elias back in 1990. Matt became involved in various ministries of Grace under the guidance of then Rector Ken Swanson and with his blessing and the support of the parish he pursued a call to ordained ministry, graduating from Union Theological Seminary in 1998. After serving in parishes in Connecticut for 16 years Matt has returned to Grace. Building on the strong cornerstones of spiritual formation and social justice established by his predecessors, and the continuing legacy of strong lay leadership and mutual care in the parish, Matt hopes that his work will help grow Grace spiritually, numerically and in regional mission impact.
Matt can be reached at email@example.com