Meet the Staff

ADMINISTRATION

Jill Bruss

Financial Secretary

Marianne King

Office Coordinator

Cindy Payette-Walsh

Staff Support

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Tonia Wallner

Director of Christian Education

Tonia is originally a “small town girl” having grown up in Randolph, Wisconsin. She has a lifelong passion for sports and physical education. Tonia earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Physical & Health Education, has a Masters in Sports Administration, and is currently the physical education teacher and Athletic Director at St. Monica School in Whitefish Bay. She has also coached volleyball and basketball at various levels, including 5 years with the UWM Women’s Basketball Team. It was during her tenure there that she discovered a desire to direct her skills towards working with young people, rather than coaching adults. Tonia continues to expand her Lay Ministry talents with additional outside classes and education, and always looks for extra ways to ‘minister’ at First Church, especially for our young people and their families.

Tonia joined FCC in 2004 and was appointed our Director of Christian Education in 2010. She resides in Wauwatosa with her 3 cats.

MUSIC

Dr. Patrick Dill

Director of Music

Dr. Patrick Dill is the director of music and leads the FCC Choir and Jubilation Ringers Handbell Choir at First Congregational Church.

Patrick is director of choral activities at Carroll University, where he directs the Carroll Chamber Singers and the Carroll Concert Choir, and also serves as the coordinator of music recruitment. He previously served as the associate director of choral activities and was assistant professor of voice at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where he directed the Concert Choir and Lyric Women’s Chorus, assisted with the Symphonic Chorus, and taught private voice and ear training courses. During his time at NSU, Dr. Dill was the recipient of the Prince Endowed Professorship in Choral & Vocal Music and also the Mildred Hart Bailey Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Additionally, he conducted the NSU Lyric Women’s Chorus in their first performance as an auditioned choir at the Louisiana state conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in October 2014.

Patrick began his career as the assistant choir director at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, then joined the fine arts faculty at Anderson High School in Austin as director of choirs and coordinator of AP music theory and International Baccalaureate music. During his tenure at Anderson, choirs under his direction performed at the 2004 and 2008 ACDA Southwest Division Conventions and the 2007 Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Southwest Symposium. In 2005, he was awarded the Silver Apple Award for excellence in teaching by the CBS affiliate in Austin, KEYE News.

With an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator, Patrick has presented interest sessions at the Texas Music Educators Association, Louisiana-ACDA, and Southwest MENC conventions and has conducted several honor choirs throughout Texas and Louisiana. His scholarly work is in the area of historical choral pedagogy, and recent research has been presented at the Benjamin Britten at 100: An American Centenary Symposium in November 2013 and the Music of the Americas Choral Symposium in May 2013. He is currently working on several commissions, and his first published work, Praise to the Lord, was released by Choristers Guild in Fall 2013.

Patrick is also a countertenor and founding member of Vox Antiqua, the only Milwaukee-based early music ensemble. He has sung under the direction of notable early music conductors such as Helmut Rilling and Ton Koopman and made his solo debut with the Austin Baroque Orchestra in January 2015. He holds a doctoral degree in choral conducting with related field in voice performance from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Millikin University. He has studied choral conducting with Brad Holmes, Andrew Megill, Joe Miller, and Jerry McCoy.

Rhonda Kwiecien

Organist & pianist

Rhonda Kwiecien serves as organist at First Congregational Church and is a very successful and highly respected accompanist in Southeastern Wisconsin, having worked collaboratively with every imaginable performing force from solo musicians to all-state choirs. She also holds the position of collaborative keyboard artist at Carroll University, where she accompanies faculty and students in recital performances and also the choral ensembles.

Roxanne Trump-Miles

Director of the Junior Choir

Roxanne Trump-Miles, Junior Choir Director, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (Choral Emphasis) from UW-Eau Claire and a Master’s Degree in Education from Concordia University-Wisconsin. Roxanne teaches music in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Prior to that she taught for twenty years at Lloyd Street School, where she coordinated the school’s “Save the Music” program, put on holiday musicals and numerous other concerts with her students, and perform in Madison at the State Capitol.

FCC CHOIR – SECTION LEADERS

Kimberly Porter
Soprano

Scott Dekok
Tenor

JillIian Bruss
Alto

Dale Porter
Bass

CUSTODIAL & MAINTENANCE

Mark Lund

Chief Custodian

Kale Lund

Mark Saeger