Contact the Staff
Church Office 310-393-8258
Preschool Office 310-395-7292
Send an email by clicking the name of the person below or fill out the email form at the bottom of this page.
Christina Eddy – Business Administrator
Christina joined First UMC in early 2010. She has nearly 30 years of experience in for-profit and non-profit work. She is a C.P.A. and received her M.B.A. from Notre Dame De Namur in 2000. Aside from her for profit work experience, she has served as Director of Finance of YMCA of San Francisco for nearly a decade, and as C.F.O. for Jewish Vocational Service L.A., where she currently sits on finance and planning committees as a volunteer. It is one of her greatest passions to serve our church and connect people and resources so that the mission of First UMC moves forward with transformation and grace. She finds the connectional body of the church to transform the world authentic, encouraging, and a privileged responsibility. She resides in Claremont, CA with her husband and two boys, of which the youngest was a graduate of First UMC Preschool.
Anne Premer – Congregation Care Associate
Anne is originally from New York, and grew up on Long Island. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Delaware (coincidentally she was a student there while Rev. Patricia Farris served as the school Chaplain!) Anne’s work experience includes working in the entertainment industry with her late husband, Dallas, and she even appeared on the Academy Awards! For the last several years she has been actively involved in the Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Community) in caregiver support and education. Anne recently completed a certified training course at WISE & Healthy Aging taught by Dr. Miriam Caiden who is the Director of Community Aging Resources and Education in Santa Monica.
Anne is passionate about being the Congregation Care Associate and looks forward to extending the congregation’s care, love and encouragement. She lives in Santa Monica and in her free time, she enjoys yoga, music, travel and hanging out with family and friends.
SArah Rold – OFFICE MANAGER
First UMC has been part of Sarah’s life since she was a child. Visiting her Aunt Claudia and Uncle Phil Flanders every summer, they would bring her to worship on Sundays. So when she moved from Montana, after receiving her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana, to live somewhere much warmer, she continued to come to church and hasn’t stopped yet. Sarah also loves reading, scrap-booking, and most of all spending time with her husband and their sons.
Tina Gage – Communications Director
Tina has worked in the church office since 2015. She enjoys her job where she designs all things graphic – from the website, orders of worship and Sentinels, to the large sanctuary banners and special event signage. Tina graduated from UC Irvine in English, and has a masters degree in Fine Art from Claremont Graduate School. Tina lives in Topanga Canyon with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, reading, yoga and hiking.
Shalimar Carducci – Ministries & Communications Coordinator
Shalimar has a deep love for the community of First UMC of Santa Monica. It all began when she worked as an assistant teacher for the preschool in 2007. Years later, she left the school to continue her education and to be her grandparents’ caregiver. Then, through a First UMC preschool family connection, she found herself working for My Life Foundation, a non-profit providing services to and for individuals with developmental special needs. Besides motherhood, for her, there has not been a more humbling and human experience than her time with the Foundation. She made her way back to First UMC when temporary administrative assistance was needed in the preschool and the rest is history. Shalimar is grateful to be working with the wonderful staff of both the church and preschool and the warm community of the First UMC congregation.
Shalimar lives in Santa Monica with her husband and daughters, who attended First UMC preschool. For fun she enjoys road trips, cooking, music performances, face painting, and swimming at the SMC pool with her family.
David Penson – Facilities & Membership Coordinator
David originally hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and has actively attended church here at First UMC since 2005. He graduated Santa Monica College with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and currently works on-air part time at KCRW and KFI when he’s not working here at the church. In his free time, David enjoys hikes, walking his dog Begley, with his wife Jen. Stop by and say hello to David at the Hospitality Table on Sundays!
dr. james e. Smith – Music Director
Jim Smith has been the Music Director of First UMC Santa Monica since 1965. Read the September 2015 Sentinel celebrating his 50th anniversary.
Ty Woodward – Organist
Ty Woodward has played classical and theatre organ concerts throughout the U.S. His recording credits include a solo classical recording on the former Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and a theatre organ recording on the Wurlitzer organ at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. along with accompaniments for many choral recordings. Ty’s film credits include conducting a men’s chorus for the Bugs Bunny Episode “From Hare to Eternity”, and most recently he is the organist on the 2018 version of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.
Ty holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. He is a former Dean of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has served on the Commission of Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
He is currently Staff Organist at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and Organist at First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica. As Principal at Diapason Pipe Organ Consultants LLC, he has worked with numerous churches on the design and installation of their pipe organs.
Dee Menzies – Preschool Director
Dee Menzies became Preschool Director in August 2019, following three months as Interim Director. Building on the seven-year tenure of Batsheva Spector, the First UMC Preschool continues its 70-year history as one of the areas preeminent preschools, serving children and families through its developmental approach and dedication to each family.
Director Menzies, recently retired following 33 years as Head of School at Carlthorp, offers unsurpassed vision and dedication to the Preschool. A highly-respected Santa Monica resident, active across the community, and long-time member of First UMC, Director Menzies brings recognized leadership and experience that will continue the Preschool’s excellence.
Dane Rold – Assistant Preschool Director
Many of you know Dane as a member of First UMC, and Director of Children’s After School Theater (C.A.S.T.). Dane has years of experience teaching children anything from swimming, cooking and acting and has a background in acting.
Dane lives with his wife Sarah – who works upstairs in the church office, and the two drive in to work together daily.
Jamie Jones– Children and Youth Ministry
Jamie is the Children and Family Ministry intern. She was born in Santa Monica and has attended the church throughout her life. She grew up attending the First UMC Preschool, Sunday School, CAST, Summer Adventures, Youth, Youth choir and bells, and even the service trips. She believes that service and kindness towards others is a huge part of faith and strives to include these elements in the children and family ministry programs. Currently she is attending Santa Monica College and is Majoring in Biochemistry. In her free time, she is studying or spending time with friends and her dog Jack.