Our Staff


  • Donna Polat

    Part-time Office Administrator

    My name is Donna Polat and I am pleased to be the the Fellowship's part-time office administrator.


    I am a mother, grandmother, crafter and bonafide computer geek. I returned to New York in 2016 after residing in North Carolina for 9 years. While in North Carolina, I worked for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I enjoyed my work there, but a strong desire to be closer to my family and return to my roots brought me back to New York.


    As the part-time office administrator, I am always willing to help and support in many areas, including producing the weekly blast, the Order of Service , the monthly newsletter and managing our website.  I am also the person to ask about using space at the Fellowship. My office is the second door on the left of the upper lobby.  


    The office telephone number is 845-471-6580, and the email is office@uupok.org. 


    My office hours are as follows: Tuesday- Friday: 1:00pm -5:00pm

  • Lara Weisman

    Children's RE Coordinator

    My name is Lara Kaye Weisman, and I am the Children’s Religious Education Coordinator, part of the Lifespan Faith Development Committee. I have worked full time for the last ten years for Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services in the Intake Department as a Social Welfare Worker.


    As a child, I attended Vassar Temple Religious School on Hooker Avenue, not far from Fellowship! I attended from first grade to confirmation class, and I had a traditional Bat Mitzvah at age thirteen. I didn’t love religious school, but as time went on, I found solace and peace in my religion, and in college I formed a Hillel chapter that was wildly successful. As I prepared to move home after school, I received a phone call from my former religious school principal asking me to return as a first-grade teacher. I finally accepted with a little persuasion in 1996.


    In 2016 I finally decided to hang up my career as a teacher after 20 years of teaching Judaism!


    I still live in the Town of Poughkeepsie with my partner Jay, my boys Sam 12 and Max 9, and his children Rachel 10, and Kevin 8. I’d like to think that I am exactly where I need to be both personally and professionally, and none of it was planned out like this. A great quote by Albert Einstein states “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” This statement holds true in many aspects of my life, and as I continue as the CREC with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, I want to thank the LFD and the congregation for being so welcoming and inclusive, and I look forward to more time together.


  • Judith Muir

    Custodian

    The Fellowship's custodian is Judith Muir.