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Acting Co-Director of Faith Development

Abigail Hannaford-Ricardi

Abby has been attending First Unitarian since 1996 and joined the staff in 2006. Known to many as “the creator of the bulletin boards,” Abby taught Sunday school for many years and was a long-time weekly newsletter volunteer in our church office.

Abby received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Clark University and then spent another three years there completing her Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. She was the manager of a craft studio, and is a former case administer for adults with intellectual disabilities. After earning her National Activities Director Certification she worked for 5 years as the Director of Activities at a psychiatric long term care facility. She next got an Associates Social Work License and spent two years as a nursing home social worker, before leaving to be a full time mom to her then very medically fragile child.

Abby is also active in the greater community, having worked 5 years as a hospital volunteer, 3 years as a volunteer crisis intervention /suicide prevention counselor and 19 years as a
weekly public schools’ classroom volunteer. She serves on the Steering Committee for Worcester Community Connections which is dedicated to addressing poverty, educating and empowering parents, strengthening families and preventing child abuse. Abby is also a regional representative for the national organization Stop CMV.

A step mother of 3, former special needs foster mother, and the adoptive mother of two remarkable young men, Abigail lives in Worcester with her husband Ken and son James.

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