Meet Our Staff

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Ian Mevorach

Co-Founder and Spiritual Leader
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Rev. Dr. Ian Mevorach is the co-founder and spiritual leader of Common Street Spiritual Center.  He holds a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Boston University School of Theology, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Middlebury College in VT.  He is progressive, open-minded, loves nature, and is a lifelong learner. His areas of focus in ministry are environmental and social justice, interfaith dialogue, eco-spirituality, the arts, and community building.  Rev. Mevorach grew up in a mixed-faith, Jewish-Christian home, and is an ordained American Baptist minister.  His vision for a love-centered and pluralistic spiritual community was largely inspired by Howard Thurman, a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders, and the founder of the first interracial and interfaith church in the country. Rev. Mevorach is active in the movement for peace, justice, and the integrity of creation that includes people of conscience from all cultures, nations, faiths, and generations.

Please feel free to reach out to Rev. Mevorach by e-mail at or by phone at 508-655-9636.  His office hours are generally on Mon and Wed mornings from 9-11, or by appointment.

Jennifer Goodman

Jennifer Goodman

Lead Teacher - Children's Circle
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Jennifer Goodman is a holistic family counselor, trusting that children have the innate wisdom to grow into their own unique blueprint of themselves, with support and orientation from the adults in their lives. She works with children, teens, and parents, and teaches parenting workshops on topics like simple discipline, soul types in family life, and meditations for understanding children more deeply. She is a trained Waldorf Collaborative Counselor, Simplicity Parenting Coach, and Social Inclusion Coach, with an M.Ed. in Counseling and a B.A. in philosophy.

Jennifer’s own spiritual path has led her to explore diverse traditions and spiritual philosophies. She practices meditation and has a special passion for Kashmir Shaivite philosophy and a fondness for the Sufi poet-saint Hafiz, among many others. She was raised in the Unitarian community, with family members fanning out into several different religions. She believes in fostering deep respect, interest, and appreciation for every person’s unique way of connecting to the divine.

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Leslie Githens, MBA, PMP


Leslie Githens is a seminar leader, project manager and coach who serves as the Administrator of Common Street Spiritual Center. She is also a member of the Spiritual Center community and leads meditation, mindfulness, and other programs.   She’s currently working to organize a regular dinner gathering at the Center.

Leslie brings positive energy and a can-do personality to her work, as well as a unique history of accomplishments and an array of leadership skills. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP), an alumna of Leadership Metrowest and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis and Design from Miami University of Ohio.

Leslie has worked in a variety of settings such as Procter & Gamble, where she managed the executive compensation program as well as various projects throughout the company.  She has directed the quality assurance plan for a medium-sized company software development initiative.  She also has managed various human resources, payroll and finance related projects. And, she served as a consultant for an online health improvement program developed by Stanford University, generating powerful results while reaching participants worldwide.

In her community involvement, she implemented new bylaws for the Town of Ashland to protect youth in sports while serving as chairperson on the Board of Health. Prior to that she facilitated/ managed the creation of a thriving Community Garden in Ashland, MA. She also served various roles, including as President of her Toastmaster’s club.

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Carolyn Waters

Music Director
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Greetings, my name is Carolyn Waters.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, I grew up seated in the choir loft of a church where music played an integral part of my spiritual exploration and development.  While it wasn’t until later that I found my true voice, I spent years surrounded by powerful voices that conveyed strength, history and a sense of community and purpose.
After many years of working in the non-profit/corporate world, performing musically on the side, I decided to change direction make music my main focus. Today, as a performing singer/songwriter, a large part of my personal mission is supporting and promoting positive social change, personal growth and healing thru music and creativity.  I believe music is a powerful tool which can be utilized to nurture, bring together and build community.  It is in this spirit that I serve in my role as Music Director at Common Street Spiritual Center.
Bring your voices, your song, your instruments, your ideas and your spirit and together we will build our musical fellowship. Connect with me any time at