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Denominational Ministry

Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region, Congregational Life Staff Group, Unitarian Universalist Association, 2016-2019

  • Supervised a staff of more than 12, creating a strong, cohesive team
  • Improved communications with and services to the more than 180 congregations of the Pacific Western Region
  • Developed and presented high-quality workshops and webinars responsive and relevant to the everyday needs of congregations
  • Led a team in organizing an inspirational regional assembly attended by more than 600 adults, youth, and children
  • Re-imagined and redeveloped the region’s leadership development program, reducing costs and doubling participation
  • Re-organized administrative staff responsibilities to better serve the region
  • Created improved financial management and eliminated a structural deficit in a $1 million budget
  • Introduced new technologies

Congregational Ministry

Lead Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 2019-present

  • Currently serve as the lead minister in a developmental capacity

Minister, Saltwater Church, Seattle suburbs, 2000-2016

  • Led a Unitarian Universalist congregation in the Seattle suburbs through the transition from a small-sized congregation of less than 125 to a medium-sized congregation of more than 200 – – the most difficult size transition
  • Deepened the congregation’s understanding of the liberal religious values of Unitarian Universalism
  • Increased the congregation’s participation in the wider community

Service to the Wider Community

  • Sound Alliance community organizing network, King County, Washington, 2011-2016 – – helped create and lead an interfaith coalition that successfully advocated for immigration reform, funding for early childhood intervention programs, and funding for a day center for the homeless
  • Advisory Council, Catholic Community Services, Kent, Washington, 2006-2007
  • Healthy Families and Communities Task Force, King County, Washington, 2005-2006 – – appointed by King County Executive Ron Sims to identify a stable source of funding for human services
  • Religious Leaders Task Force for Human Services, 2003-2005 – – successfully advocated for a ballot measure that increased human service funding by tens of millions of dollars

Service to the Wider Unitarian Universalist Movement

  • Served on the UUMA (Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association) Board during its transition to having its first executive director – – a time of tremendous organizational change
  • As a UUMA good officer, counseled colleagues and congregations through conflicts and ministerial transitions
  • Led high-quality, well-received workshops on outreach, worship, pastoral care, and community organizing within the Pacific Northwest District
  • Served as Denominational Formation Coordinator for Unitarian Universalist students at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry
  • Served as an internship supervisor for students preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry and as a mentor to ministers in preliminary fellowship

Prior Work Experience

Teacher, Trainer, and Recuiter for AEON Corporation , Tokyo, Japan, 1992 – 1996

  • Taught students and developed and implemented training programs for teachers at the company’s 220 English-language conversation schools throughout Japan
  • Mediated problems between Japanese managers and the foreign teaching staff
  • Opened and managed the company’s New York City recruiting office

Reporter, SUN Publications, Naperville, Illinois, 1985 – 1992

Wrote news, features, and sports stories for community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs while still a high school and college student.

Education

  • Doctor of Ministry, Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Chicago Illinois, 2000.
  • Internship at First Unitarian Church of Portland Oregon, one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in the nation, with the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, 1998-1999
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992
  • High School Diploma, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, Illinois, 1987