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Pacific Southwest
AlisonA.L.G. McLeodalison.letschat@gmail.com Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod has been serving as a Religious Educator to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito since March 2007. While earning her M.Ed. at Washington State University, Alison served as an elected official on the City Council of Pullman, Washington. She continued to serve the community on numerous boards for organizations that addressed issues faced by women of color, civil rights and social justice. She is currently serving her second term as Vice President of PSWD LREDA and is on the UUA Commission on Social Witness.
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Metro New York
Tracy
Breneman, M.A., M.S.
DRETracyB@gmail.comI have been a Unitarian Universalist religious educator since 2008 and currently serve the congregation in White Plains, NY. Growing up the daughter of a United Methodist Minister, I saw first-hand the effect conflict can have on a congregation and congregational staff teams. I also developed a deep appreciation for the unique potential faith communities have to transform destructive conflict and strengthen community. I hold a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, and have completed coursework and comprehensive exams toward a Ph.D. (ABD). I also have extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in conflict transformation, having been on faculty at George Mason University, Columbia University, and in the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. It’s a joy to be able to share conflict transformation tools with my LREDA colleagues, and to learn with you strategies for managing the challenges we face as we serve our congregations. Contact information: Tracy Breneman, 914-434-7539, DRETracyB@gmail.com.
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Southwest
KatyCarpmanuukaty@gmail.comKaty Carpman (she/her) is a Credentialed religious educator. She has served congregations at small and medium congregations in Houston, Texas and has served LREDA as a past Board Member and credentialing mentor. Katy believes in lifelong learning, supporting families, and the power of story.
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Metro New York
Rev. Dr. NatalieFenimorenfenimore@uucsr.orgRev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore is Minister for Lifespan Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY, the former President of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, and Vice President of Star King School for the Ministry's Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. Natalie is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master’s Level and Renaissance Module facilitator. Natalie is an author of UU Religious Education Curricula, Renaissance Modules, and Meditations.
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Mountain Desert
DeAnnaHoyledeannaldh@gmail.comDe Anna Hoyle (she, her) is an Associate Level Credentialed religious educator with nearly 15 years experience in varying-sized congregations. She is a trained Our Whole Lives facilitator in all age levels and is passionate about sharing the gospel of holistic sexuality education and believes covenantal relationship is key to healthy congregations. De Anna trained for interim work in 2014 and has served two congregations in that capacity. She serves the Guild of Interim Religious Educators (GIRE) as secretary and continues to hone her skills in transitional ministry, systems and conflict management as a consultant with the GIRE Consulting team. De Anna finds herself musing about how to bring more peace within and out into the world. You may find her on a bike trail, the dance floor or reading a book while lying in a hammock near her home in SW Colorado.
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Joseph Priestley
BethIrikurabirikura@rruuc.orgBeth is a Credentialed Religious Educator who has been serving the River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda since 2007. She has a certificate in Lay Ministry with an emphasis in Youth Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. Beth and her family attend the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, where she was a lead advisor for their youth program for three years. Beth serves as a Credentialing Mentor and a Good Officer for LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association.) She also serves on the board of UU Wellspring and leads several UU Wellspring groups. She is in training at the Haden Institute to become a spiritual director.
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Pacific Central
Rev. AlysonJacksajacks@uusf.orgAlyson Jacks serves as the Associate Minister at First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. She joined the staff in 2012. She is responsible for Family Ministry, Lifespan Learning (Children/Youth/Adult) and Membership. Prior to joining the staff at UUSF, Alyson served as a Community Based Minister for ten years, working with nonprofits focused on education and support for children and youth. She has served as the President of the local PCD-LREDA chapter and is a member of the UUMA.
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Pacific Northwest
MaryKroener-Ekstranddre@uucwf.orgMary Kroener-Ekstrand is Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls in Oregon City, OR. She previously served as Lifespan Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and has pursued a variety of professional development opportunities in the field of religious education including coursework at Starr King School for the Ministry, district and regional trainings, and Renaissance Modules. She is passionate about lifelong learning and loves helping people of all ages to understand their own beliefs and to put those beliefs into action in their lives and communities. As a Good Officer, Mary hopes to help fellow religious educators maintain their integrity and honor their values as they navigate the complexities of our professional work in congregations.
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Metro New York
MichelleMcKenzie-Creechdre@uucmc.org
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Southwest
SarahOsbornedre@neshobauu.orgSarah has served as the Director of Religious Exploration for Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church in Cordova, TN since 2010. She has a passion for creating meaningful rites of passage, facilitating small group ministry, and collaboratively leading retreats and workshops. She loves the ocean, HGTV, and chanting. Sarah is deeply committed to the vision of an anti-racist, multi-cultural, multigenerational, transformational Unitarian Universalist faith. She lives in Bartlett, TN with her family and pup Mickey.
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Metro New York
TuliPateltreasurer@lreda.orgDr. Tuli Patel has been a religious educator in UU congregations for the past 17 years. She has a formal background in teaching and education. She brings a wealth of experience to the position of Treasurer. Tuli is currently the Executive Director of Beacon UU Congregation in Summit, holding portfolios of Lifespan and Financial management.
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ChristinaRiverauu@christinarivera.orgChristina is a religious educator and administrator serving Unitarian Universalism as part of the Lead Ministry Team of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. She was the first Latina and religious educator elected to the UUA Board of Trustees, serving as Trustee, Financial Secretary, and Secretary of the Association. In 2017 Chris co-founded the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn with Aisha Hauser and Kenny Wiley. In 2018 she founded Called to Justice, a faith-based consulting group focused on impactful leadership and congregational development for Unitarian Universalists committed to justice ministries. Called to Justice’s mission is to develop lasting relationships with organizations and support them as they move deeper into understanding how white supremacy impacts all aspects of an organization. In 2020 Christina was selected as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Angus MacLean Award recipient for Excellence in Religious Education. Chris has the faith and support of her husband and twin sons who, along with her ancestors, form the foundation for her calling to Unitarian Universalist ministry.
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Ohio Meadville
RichRobertsuuca.roberts@juno.comRich retired in 2019, having served for 23 years as the Director of Religious Education of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron. He has been an active member of the Ohio Meadville LREDA chapter, served on the staff of the Eastern Great Lakes Leadership School and as an officer in Toastmasters International. Rich is a musician and storyteller who loves creating experiential worship. Married, the father of two and a grandfather, Rich is an avid outdoorsman and lover of the arts. For many years he was active in the Ohio Meadville District Professional Unitarian Universalist Religious Leaders (OMDUUPRL), a group of regional ministers and religious educators. He is grateful to have worked alongside excellent ministerial colleagues and inspiring, creative religious educators throughout his career.
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CUURE
(Canadian UU Religious Educators)
LynnSabourinlynnsabourin51@gmail.comLynn Sabourin has been the Director of Religious Education at North Shore Unitarian Church for the past 40 years. She is passionate about the work, having also been involved as a Renaissance facilitator, a mentor in the Religious Education Credentialing Program and as a Good Officer for CUURE (Canadian Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators). She had wonderful support starting out in the PNWD where she served on the District Religious Education Committee as a member and as chair. She hopes to extend that support to others on this path. Lynn was born and raised in North Vancouver and so is very much rooted in this community. She is a strong believer in good public education having started her career in the public school system. She and her husband, Doug, have three adult sons, now in their thirties and four grandchildren. Her family has enjoyed attending Eliot Institute UU camps since 1989. Lynn has held many staff roles including Children’s Program Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Dean. As a committed Unitarian Universalist, Lynn has been involved in various social justice issues and volunteer roles in the community.
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Seaway
SheilaSchuhsheilas@rochesterunitarian.orgSheila Schuh serves the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY, and is credentialed at the Master Level. Her LREDA service has included mentoring, leading the Seaway Chapter, offering workshops, planning for Fall Con, co-leading Fall Con on Theme-Based Ministry, and providing input for the Commissioned Lay Leadership Program. She holds licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist and is a trained OWL and restorative practice facilitator. Her curriculum writings focus on parent spiritual development, just communication, family circle practice, and race & ethnicity identity development. She has served large, midsize and collaborated with small RE programs, as well as ran a home church for several years!
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Southwest
KathySmithuusunshine@gmail.comKathy E. Smith, Credentialed Religious Educator, has been a religious educator since 2006. She has served churches in Texas and Louisiana, and currently serves our congregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as Director of Family Ministries. She is past president of the SWUUC LREDA chapter, and has also worked with the Community Relations Team for LREDA, the Right Relations Team for General Assembly, the Music Leadership Certification Committee, and the Youth Caucus at General Assembly.
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New England
DeborahWeinerdjweiner101@gmail.com Deborah Weiner is a transitional religious education specialist and faith development consultant working with congregations on the ways in which they can embrace new vision, mission, and energy during a time of change. For over twenty years Deb was part of the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She recently completed two terms as Moderator of the Association for UU Music Ministries and currently serves on the board of New England LREDA (professional standards and services portfolio). She has extensive experience working in crisis communication, conflict resolution, appreciative inquiry and other adaptive leadership areas. She is a co-founder of the Guild of Interim Religious Educators and resides in Lexington, MA.
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