Gretchen has a BS in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, an MA in Religious Studies from John Carroll University, and a D.Min. focusing on Creating Healthy Human Systems from Northwest Theological Union. She has served as settled minister in Bremerton, WA; Reston, VA; and Corvallis, OR. She also served as interim minister in Indianapolis, IN and Lexington, KY. In her spare time, she sings with the River City Mixed Chorus of Omaha, reads nonfiction and fiction, writes poetry, and relaxes with her spouse, Judy Finholm, and their two dogs. Visit her website.
From 2005 to 2013 I worked for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a voice professor, and from 2011 to 2013 I served as choir director of James Reeb UUC in Madison. The past three years I worked for Seattle Conservatory of Music, have taught private voice, and served as music director of a vibrant liberal Episcopal church. My background is classical, but my tastes eclectic, and I am delighted to work with any musician who wishes to bring their talents to the table! I have a DMA from University of Michigan, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, and a BM from Oberlin College.
Chelsea was welcomed as Religious Growth Director (RGD) in 2010. She previously served as Religious Education Director of the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha. She has a BA in Education (9-12 Social Sciences and ELL K-12 certification) and is currently pursuing an M.A. in ‘Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education’ with an emphasis in ‘School, Society and Reform’.
Many of you know me from Angels Theatre Company which I co-founded, direct and nurture since the early 90’s – but you might not know: I grew up in a large Catholic family in Harrisburg PA, I’m married to Dan Stratman and mother to Meghan and Katy, founded and manage a summer camp for teen girls (Camp Summergold), am a theatre professional (AEA & SAG), won $25,000 on a television game show, weave + sell baskets and work in the Lied Center box office.
Jean was hired as our Administrative Director in 2008. In her previous life, she was the General Manager of Open Harvest Natural Foods Grocery for ten years. She has an A.A. in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis. She has a wife of fifteen years, and a son who is twelve. She earned her Nia White Belt in September 2016 and begun teaching dance classes. This is an important part of her physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Christina is our Administrative Associate and our Sunday preschool leader. During the week she runs Strong Family Child Care in her home. Christina has four children. She has a B.A. degree in Psychology, Anthropology, and Ethnic Studies and a nearly-complete M.A. degree in Sociology with emphases in Social Inequality and Education.