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Byron Krystad

Byron Krystad

Director of Operations

Byron and his family have been members of UUC since 2002. He served on the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2009, and was Board President during the final year of his term. In February 2010, he joined the staff team at UUC as the Director of Operations, and his responsibilities include finances, facilities, human resources, and ... more

Janine Larsen

Janine Larsen

Director of Ministries

As Director of Ministries, Janine oversees church programs and staff supporting learning, spiritual deepening, connection, community service and activism. Prior to joining UUC staff in July, 2016, Janine served the Unitarian Universalist Association in the Pacific Northwest for twelve years, and in nonprofit management and consulting for 25 years before that. She practices Zen Buddhism, took Jukai ... more

Felipe Vera

Felipe Vera

Operations Coordinator 

Originally from Texas, Felipe relocated to Seattle in January 2017 to begin a new career as UUC’s Operations Coordinator. He will provide full-time support in the center office as we plan for our future UUC home. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Business from West Texas A&M, a master’s degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University, ... more

Melody Moberg

Melody Moberg

Director of Religious Education

Melody is passionate about Unitarian Universalist faith formation, youth ministry, sustainable agriculture, and advocacy for adults with developmental disabilities. Melody received her BA in religious studies and English from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and spent several years volunteering full-time before coming to Seattle. She currently serves on the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council board of directors and ... more

Chris Budd

Chris Budd

Accountant

Chris Budd began working at UUC in June of 2012.  She was originally contracted to work on the audit and continued on to perform the accountant’s duties once the audit was complete.  She became a member of the staff in July 2013.  Chris is a native of Virginia where she received her BS in Accounting from Virginia Tech and ... more

Justin Almeida

Education Program Coordinator

Justin comes from Las Vegas, NV and is currently in seminary at Seattle University’s School of Theology & Ministry working toward a Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy. He received his BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of San Diego and served in the Peace Corps (Romania 2007-2009) working in non-profit development. He has skills in ... more

Jorge del Valle

Jorge del Valle

Weekend Custodian

Jorge del Valle has been with University Unitarian Church for more than ten years. He is originally from Mexico City.  He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their son, Miguel. When Jorge isn’t working, he loves to watch soccer and play soccer as well as going to see movies.

Contact Jorge del Valle or other members ... more

Sharla Wipplinger

Sharla Wipplinger

Acting Connections Coordinator

Sharla Wipplinger joined staff in October, 2014, as Front Desk Coordinator. In October 2016, she moved into the role of Acting Connections Coordinator. This position supports membership and connections ministries at UUC.

She is a Seattleite born and raised, and attended UUC as a child which left her with two concepts that have shaped her life: love ... more

Alberto Sandoval

Alberto Sandoval

Weekend Custodian

Alberto Sandoval has been with University Unitarian Church for over four years. He is originally from El Salvador. Alberto works quite a lot, but when he is not working, he enjoys watching soccer and going out to eat.

Contact Alberto Sandoval or other members of our custodial staff at (206) 549-6435.

Susan St. John

Susan St. John

Communications Coordinator

Susan St. John is a Seattle native and has been a member of UUC for over 25 years. With an MS in Computer Science, she worked as a software engineer for 16 years and then decided it was time for a change. Susan returned to school and finished her MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Science) a few months ... more

Luis Figueroa

Luis Figueroa

Weekday Custodian

Luis Figueroa works Sunday through Thursday from 2:00-10:00 as the UUC Weekday Custodian. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and is now working on learning Portuguese. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and listening to many different types of music, including Motown, reggae, and salsa. When asked who his favorite artist is, ... more

Karen P. Thomas

Karen P. Thomas

Director of Music

Karen P. Thomas, Director of Music, is a conductor and composer, who has served on the UUC staff since 1994. She is also the Artistic Director of Seattle Pro Musica, with whom she has recorded ten critically-acclaimed CDs, and received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award. Her compositions are performed internationally, by ... more

Jacob Finkle

Jacob Finkle

Intergenerational Choir Director

Jacob is a graduate student in the Masters program in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington, where he is concurrently working on a Music Education Teaching Certification. He has a great background of working with both children and adults.

 

 

 

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