Member Spotlight

Let’s Get To Know Each Other Better!


Ellen was raised in New Canaan, CT, one of five children. She attended Lafayette College in PA as did her sister, brother, father and both grandfathers. After graduation, Ellen moved to New York City and worked in the magazine publishing industry for ten years. She also spent time volunteering for the 17th and 19th Police Precincts on the Upper East Side. She met her husband, Dave, in New York and, after marrying, moved to Boston for Dave’s job at Fidelity Investments.

They moved to Concord in 1994 and Ellen became a member of TriCon soon after. She worked for the Concord Journal for several years until the birth of her second child. Ellen and Dave have two children, Emily and Peter, both baptized at TriCon and now college students, one at William & Mary and the other University of Richmond. Ellen has worked part time at Fritz & Gigi The Children’s Shop in Concord for fourteen years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and taking long walks with her dog, Chase. While at TriCon, Ellen has served on the Nominating Committee and taught Church School. She has also been involved with Youth Group, a highlight of Emily’s and Peter’s high school years.

Ellen and Dave are getting adjusted to being empty nester’s and look forward to visiting Emily in New Zealand this Spring, where she is spending a semester. Ellen feels blessed that TriCon has been an integral part of her family’s life. Both children went on all four mission trips which helped shape the young adults they are today.


Otto was raised in Rutherford, New Jersey, in the shadow of Giants Stadium, to parents who owned a family bakery for many years. Along with his brother, Paul, Otto spent years playing pickup sports and table top games with a group of friends who continue to connect once a year. Otto attended Vassar College where he majored in economics, joining the volleyball team as a walk-on.

Quickly, Otto realized economics was not for him and after some recalibration he went to graduate school at Florida Institute of Technology in order to study psychology. Thirty-two years later, Otto continues as a neuropsychologist and it was while working at New England Rehabilitation Hospital in an outpatient brain injury program that Otto met his wife, Sandra Suduikis. Several years later, Katrina, now a sophomore at Colgate University, joined the family.

Interests include hiking in the Whites (favorite hikes include Mts. Major, Chocorua and Lafayette) and once a year Otto will buy a new pair of running shoes so he can train for a halfmarathon (next up is a race in New Orleans). Other pursuits include some travel, low stakes Texas hold-em, current events, certain local sports and the occasional book (recent enjoyable reads include A Stranger in the Woods, Hillbilly Elegy and The History of Love).

Otto and Sandra were looking for a church 15 years ago and upon venturing inside for a Sunday service they were instantly captivated by TriCon’s message, leadership, membership and the physical charm of this New England church. Since then, Otto has been involved in several church committees and activities have included Sunday School teacher, confirmand mentor and Anchor Group participant. Otto has received many blessings and he is very grateful.


Rick Johnson grew up on a farm in New Jersey and had a Huck Finn boyhood with lots of outdoor time. After college at Princeton, he served as a Weapons Officer on two US Navy destroyers, including service on the Cuban blockade during the missile crisis of 1962. After Harvard Law School most of his career was at a Boston law firm where he specialized in banking and environmental law. In the 1970’s he spent several years at the newly created EPA, first as enforcement director for the New England region and then as national enforcement director in Washington.

Rick and Weezie fell in love as teenagers and have been married almost 55 years. They are very fortunate to have been TriCon members for over 40 of those years, and TriCon was very helpful in raising their three sons.

In retirement, Rick has worked for a number of environmental organizations, and he and Weezie spend a lot of time at their cabin in ME with friends and family. He has served on several TriCon committees and is a willing, if unskilled, helper to Weezie in the cafe kitchen during the Antiques Show.


Hank Haff grew up in Rye, NY with three siblings and spent his summers in a family house in Old Lyme, CT. The extended family still gathers there each Thanksgiving.

Hank has lived in MA for over four decades having graduated from Deerfield Academy, Williams College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Hank and his wife, Liz, met in college and got married after graduate school. They moved to Concord in 1991.

Hank worked as an Architect with Benjamin Thompson & Associates in Harvard Square, focusing on urban mixed-use and waterfront redevelopment projects like the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. He became a Principal in the firm responsible for the projects all over the world. The travel was exciting but after 9/11 less appealing. Now working for the Town of Needham, Hank is an Owner’s Project Manager on Schools and other town projects, including a 12-acre solar farm on the land fill. Sustainability remains a lifelong interest, as does painting, tennis, paddle tennis and skiing.

Best known around Concord as Nancy and Madeleine’s Dad. Hank is blessed with two children who grew up with TriCon and greatly appreciated the youth group. The important lessons learned on many Mission Trips have helped guide their career paths. Nancy is a physician and Maddy, who will graduate from medical school this year, is also engaged to be married.

Hank has served on several TriCon committees including Membership, Property and Diaconate. The opportunity to work with so many talented and committed neighbors in this community is a joy.


Who do you know who actually gets paid to travel around the country and hang out with casino owners and other leaders of the gambling industry?  Russell Sanna does!  It’s not as though he woke up one day and said to himself, “that’s what I want to do” but his “current day job” happens to be raising money for research on the gambling industry.  He even brings his golf clubs along sometimes because his boss requires it of him!

Russell grew up in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.  After he graduated from the University of Wyoming, he pursued further studies at Boston College (where he met Mary) and Brandeis.  He worked for thirty years in senior management positions at Harvard University where his responsibilities included the positions of Assistant Director of the Harvard Art Museums, Associate Dean of the Design School, and Executive Director of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

When Russell and his wife, Mary Hennings, moved to Concord in 1994 with their children, James and William, their “church shopping” led them to TriCon and its variety of programs and strong sense of community.  Russell never set out to get deeply involved at TriCon but when the Nominating Committee called, he responded, subsequently serving on the Diaconate, the Organ Committee and Social Action Committees as well as accepting the position of Church Moderator starting in February 2018. 

Russell is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the TriCon faith community.


Trish was raised in New Jersey, the middle of three children.  Growing up, she was surrounded by lots of cousins, aunts and uncles and a dog named, Duffy.  She played soccer, basketball and ran track and played the piano.  At Colgate University, Trish majored in Psychology and was captain of the women’s rugby team.  After college, Trish went to law school and worked in a law firm in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Concord in 1998 to be with her boyfriend (now husband, Shane).  After working for several years at a Boston law firm and then at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, Trish took some time off to raise their five children, Blaise, Cole, Declan, Eli and Ainsley. 

Trish has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer serving in the Concord schools, on the Board of the Concord Carlisle Community Chest and as a Corporator at Emerson Hospital.  She co-founded a local women’s running group, the Concord Grapes”, completing the Reach the Beach 200 mile NH running relay with the group for the past nine years.  She loves to read, exercise and dance.

Trish loves spending time with Shane and their five children at their many soccer games.  Their “happy place” is a family home in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY where Trish has summered her whole life and where Shane proposed to her. 

Trish is passionate about her community and feels strongly that Concord is a special place to live and work.  She is very thankful to be part of TriCon, a wonderfully open and caring community.


Amantha grew up in Concord and returned back to town seven years ago with her husband and two daughters. Amantha’s favorite part of being back in town is going to the Cheese Shop to sample their wares. Amantha and her family have a lot of fun exploring the world a short walk from their house.

Amantha loves to travel and, in her younger days, backpacked around the world. With the children, the family now opts for less exotic locales although they went on a cruise to Alaska this summer. They saw bears, rivers packed with salmon and an iceberg calving off a glacier – a once in a lifetime trip.

An interesting, little known fact is that Amantha was a member of the last graduating class from Ripley School. She still remembers jumping up to ring the bell on her last day of fifth grade.


Fred grew up in an1841 house in Bristol, Rhode Island where Bristol Harbor lay out the west windows. His grandparents had a wonderful library and liked to travel abroad bringing home remarkable souvenirs such as a Polynesian carved canoe paddle, a foot-long totem pole from Alaska and a crystal ball atop a bronze dragon among other curiosities. Fred’s father enjoyed paleontology and stamp collecting. As a child, Fred loved the images of long-gone creatures and tokens of remote countries and territories now many times renamed. Fred’s mother was musical and loved songs, poetry, fiction and essays about 18th century Britain.

Fred went to Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale, and, after five years’ active duty in the Navy, attended Harvard Business School. Before retiring in 2008, he worked in commercial banking for nearly 30 years and then in customer support for software companies.

Fred appreciates taking the time to learn about other people so as not to judge others on limited impressions. He enjoys the histories of new people, places and ideas, books and music.

Fred is grateful for God’s many gifts, his parents and his two sisters. He has been happily married to his dear wife, Tussie, for forty-eight years. Their daughter, Abby Pinto, lives in St. Paul MN with her husband, Dave, and their two sons, Ben and Will.