Welcome to UUAA from our wonderful staff!
[staff photos by Mike Halerz]

 

 

ManishHS350Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, Senior Minister
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In August of 2018, we joyfully welcomed Reverend Manish Mishra-Marzetti as the thirteenth Senior Minister since our founding in 1865.

Reverend Manish is a lifelong learner, scholar and author and a UU leader committed to community involvement and outspoken public ministry. His recent book, co-edited with Jennifer Nordstrom, Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment was selected as the UUA's (our national organization) common read for the 2018-19 year.

His warm and engaging preaching style appeals to both heart and head. He is a deeply thoughtful person with a multi-cultural background, drawing inspiration from UUism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Humanism, Christianity and Lakota spirituality.

Reverend Manish previously served as the Senior Minister of congregations in Florida, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He has served extensively in UU leadership, including as president of the Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM, our national UU people of color organization). He is currently a trustee on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees.

Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Manish was a U.S. diplomat during the Clinton administration. You can follow this link to read more information about Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti.

Lindasusan350Rev. Lindasusan V. Ulrich, Assistant Minister

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Rev. Lindasusan V. Ulrich is a minister, writer, musician, and activist dedicated to a vision of radical inclusion in both language and action. A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, she served as the Hallman Ministerial Intern at Unity Church–Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota and completed a year-long chaplain residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She was ordained by our UUAA congregation in May, 2016. Lindasusan lives with her wife Emily and their son RJ.

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Rev. Cassandra Hartley, Assistant Minister for Spiritual Growth & Development
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Rev. Cassandra Hartley graduated with her M.Div. from Detroit Ecumenical Theological Seminary and was ordained into Unitarian Universalist ministry by the Farmington UU Church on June 12, 2016. She has a deep passion for faith formation and has worked in several congregations, including an internship at the Church of the Larger Fellowship that focused on family ministry. Cassi is the mother of three young children (Emerson, Fionn, and Miren). She has been a member of UUAA since 2013.

GlenThomas350Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Director of Worship & Music
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A native of Baltimore, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout holds a bachelor’s degree in voice from Vanderbilt University, a master’s and a doctoral degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Glen Thomas is the winner of the 2013 National Student Conducting Competition. He has conducted the University of Michigan Chamber Choir, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, and the Manhattan Chorale—a professional ensemble of New York City. He served as assistant conductor for the University of Michigan Chamber Choir in the Grammy-nominated recording of Darius Milhaud’s opera trilogy, L'Orestie d'Eschyle.

His recent international conducting schedule has included engagements in Perú, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Andorra, and France. Glen Thomas served the University of Michigan Chamber Choir as assistant conductor during its 2014 tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Glen Thomas has served First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor as Director of Music since August 2007. His essay Prodigal Songs: Reclaiming Our Voice has been published by the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

Glen Thomas's work as a singer includes engagements with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group, University of Michigan, the University Musical Society, and the Star-Spangled Music Project. In June 2016, Glen Thomas served as guest vocalist for the investiture of United States federal court judge Judith E. Levy.

Glen Thomas is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

 

 

Allison350Allison Halerz, Pianist-In-Residence
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Allison Halerz is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music with a degree in Performing Arts Technology. As a previous member of the UMS Choral Union, she participated in the Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience in April 2004 under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. Currently, Allison is the Executive Director of Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor.

Allison has been attending UUAA since 2003 and became a member in 2007. She was drawn to the congregation partly because of its already excellent music program, and quickly became an active participant both as a member of the Chalice Singers and as a substitute pianist. She became the UUAA’s Pianist-in-Residence in 2007 and is excited to be a part of the continued musical experiences and growth of this congregation.

 

 

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Ed Lynn, Interim Administrator
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A long time UUAA member, Ed Lynn currently serves as our Interim Administrator during our time of transition. He brings UUAA his seasoned business skills from his career at Ford Motor Company.

Hannah350Hannah Hotchkiss, Welcome Ministries Coordinator
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Hannah has a B.A. in German from the University of Connecticut, studied abroad for a number of years, and eventually received an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from Eastern Michigan University. She taught ESL to adults for over 10 years so she is no stranger to assisting people in adapting to new surroundings.

Hannah discovered her affinity for Unitarian Universalism when she was introduced to the UUAA in 2002. Five years later, she was thrilled to join the staff as the Welcome Ministry Coordinator. Hannah's responsibilities include member services, database management, newcomer hospitality, publicity of congregation events, and most importantly, assisting people in connecting with our diverse and vibrant community.

 

 

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Mark VanKempen, Spiritual Growth and Development Coordinator
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Mark VanKempen graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a masters in education. He has since worked with the Wayne State Math Program as a classroom teacher, including 10 years working the summer program, the Wayne State Math Corps. He also also taught in Dearborn as well as Ann Arbor. He is driven to make sure that youth have a safe space to explore and express ideas, and find their own path in their spiritual journey. Mark, his wife Kate, and son Isaac, have been longtime members of the church. If you see him around the building, be sure to stop him and ask why fractals are so cool.

 

Quiana350Quiana Perkins, Social Justice & Pastoral Care Coordinator
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Quiana Perkins joined the UUAA staff in August 2018 as our Coordinator for Pastoral Care and Social Justice programs. She serves as the point person for communications and program development in these core ministries of our congregation. Quiana has been an activist and organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, worked to assist at-risk and homeless youth, and worked as a community organizer with the YWCA. Quiana brings her extensive background in human services, sociology, volunteer support and empowerment to strengthen and advance our ministries at UUAA.

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Debra Jean Golden, SGD Program Assistant
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Debra is the Program Assistant for Spiritual Growth and Development. She coordinates the summer youth program and lends her creative and artistic talents to many tasks. She has degrees in Graphic Design and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Watercolor and Drawing from Eastern Michigan University. She especially uses the skills from her teaching certificates in art and drama from EMU in working with our youth classes, and writing or enhancing our SGD curriculum. In addition to her work at UUAA, she teaches art classes and creates artwork and illustrates children's books.

Debby Casamatta, Office Coordinator
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Debby serves as the Office Coordinator.

 

Don350Don Hackney, Building Manager
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Don comes to us from Zingerman’s, where he was Maintenance Manager at the Roadhouse for six years, and a baker for five years at the Bakehouse before that. Prior to Zingerman’s, he worked for many years in the dry walling business, carpet installation, and other trades. Don is also an avid fisherman.

Erin350Erin Dixon, Lead Preschool Teacher
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Erin has has been with the UUAA youth programs since 2006. She focuses on providing a safe, secure, nurturing and welcoming environment for children and families of preschoolers ages 3-4.  She has worked with children and families for over 25 years and has an Advanced Child Development Associate Degree (ACDA), and an associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Washtenaw Community College. Her certifications include: Music Together and HighScope. She also serves on a therapy dog and handler team with Therapaws. Erin is married to Ken Dixon and has two grown children, Jill who lives in Delaware and Kenny who lives in Tulsa, OK.

 

Sanne350Sanne Krummel, Lead Nursery Teacher
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Sanne spent the first 12 years of her life in Austria and Germany. She received a MS in Speech/Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University and then worked with patients with head injuries. Many years and 3 kids later, she returned to school, receiving a MA in Early Childhood Education with emphasis on second language acquisition at Eastern Michigan University.  In 2005, she established her own business (Sanne's GermanWorks) teaching German to groups of children.  Having taught children at the UUAA from the nursery to OWL, she has settled into making the youngest attendees (and their parents) feel welcome and cared for in the Nursery since 2009.  When not working, spending time with three young adult offspring, or walking the family dog Milo, she tries to get in as much tennis as possible with her husband, Ken Powell.

 

Hanh Bui, Childcare Coordinator
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theresa rohlck, Director of the Chalice Bells Handbell Choir
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See additional information about theresa in the Music section.

Brianne Boyd, Director of the Chalice Sparks Children's Choir
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See additional information about Brianne in the Music section.

Gail350Reverend Gail R. Geisenhainer, Minister Emerita

Rev. Gail served as UUAA's senior minister from August of 2008 to August of 2016 when she retired from UU ministry and returned to live near family in Maine. In tribute to her commitment to UUAA's music ministries, the Geisenhainer Music Fund was established in June 2016 to fund music programs at UUAA and also community outreach music programs.

KenPhifer350Reverend Kenneth W. Phifer, Minister Emeritus

Kenneth W. Phifer was the senior minister of our congregation from 1980 - 2005. His thought-provoking sermons, caring leadership, vibrant sense of humor, and dedicated community involvement provided our congregation with much inspiration for 25 years. Ken continues to teach classes and preach in area churches. Ken is a founder of the Interfaith Roundtable, and has worked on issues relating to peace, aid in dying, and LGBTQ concerns. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Ken is the author of two books: Hold On: Getting Through Tough Times and Becoming at Home in the World.