MY PATH

A connected web of relationships, from individual to global, can influence any complex system toward health. When we can increase authenticity, people begin to trust that there is enough hope, joy, and love for everyone.
 
I am a dedicated educator, non-profit development specialist, and project manager who is committed to facilitating wholeness and collaboration in our world.

Professional

Experience
 

Project Manager - FAITHIFY.org
Unitarian Universalist Association; Boston, MA.

2016 – present

Manages all aspects of the FAITHIFY crowdfunding project of the Unitarian Universalist Association which processes over $300,000 in campaigns annually. Develops and ensures execution of strategies and website management. Serves as the public face of FAITHIFY, supervises the development of materials and media, and oversees and administers all customer service related to the site.

Assistant Director
The Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School; Chicago, IL.

2013 – 2016

Skills

Nonprofit Fundraising
Program Management
Social Media
Workshop Facilitation
Faith Formation
Wordpress
Storytelling
Youth Ministry
Research
Curriculum Design
Program Development
Administration
Conflict Transformation
Right Relations
Safe Congregations
Community Building
Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression/Multicultural
Systems

Stewarded the re-launch and growth of a non-profit educational think tank. With Director, Dr. Mark A. Hicks, developed a structure for sustainable growth while innovating programs and expanding outreach to build an organization highly regarded in the field of Faith Formation.

  • Project Management: Executed multiple concurrent projects. Developed objectives and priorities with diverse teams of volunteers and paid contractors. Oversaw the creation and promotion of materials, including curricula, videos, websites, and conferences.

  • Financial Management and Development: Secured and managed grant funds. 

  • Communications: Managed social media accounts and newsletters. Familiar with Briliant Framework, Wordpress and Wix website platforms. Presented at conferences of 3 to 5000 people.

Workshop Facilitator

2012– present

Leads with attention to multiple learning styles. Focus on faith formation, collaboration, and anti-oppression/multiculturalism topics.

New England Region UUA, 2012 - 2017
  • Peer Facilitator, August 2015- September 2017

  • Youth Ministry Consultant, 2012-2015

UUA General Assembly
  • Co-Leader, "Mobilizing Networks for Rapid Response", New Orleans, LA, 2017

  • Co-Leader, “Living the Principles", Columbus, OH, 2016

  • Co-Leader, “Incubating Seeds of Promise Into Possibilities”, Portland, OR, 2015

  • Panelist, “Finding Our Way Back to Right Relationships”, Portland, OR, 2015

UUA Renaissance Modules Leader
  • UU Identity, Newton, MA, 2017 

  • Teacher Development, Newton, MA 2015

LREDA Fall Conference, St. Paul, MN, October 2013
  • Workshop Leader “Faith Formation and Technology: How Are We Called to Serve?”

Director of Religious Education
Channing Memorial Church; Newport, RI

2006 - 2013

Oversight and direction of religious education program for 75 children and youth, ages birth through high school with over 60 adult volunteers annually from a 225 member congregation. Maintained social media presence for the RE program, faith formation website, and online blog. Regularly offered spoken reflections, multigenerational worship, and trainings. Responsible for development of program budget, oversight of paid childcare and youth adviser staff, and liaison to the Governing Board.

Volunteer Experience
Unitarian Universalist Association
Right Relationships Team Member

General Assembly, June 2013, 2014

(from the UUA website:)  The Right Relationship Team exists to listen to and engage with people who have experienced problems of oppression while at General Assembly. The goal of the Right Relationship Team is to support General Assembly (GA) participants. In a community of this size, we are blessed to have so many perspectives and experiences in one place. And when the inevitable happens, and our trust and faith in each other is broken, we will do our best to help rebuild it together.

Liberal Religious Educators Association​ (LREDA) Leadership Roles

(2009-present)

Continental:
  • Good Officer 2011 - present
  • Religious Education Credentialing Scholarship Committee  2012- 2014
  • Credentialing Mentor 2012 - present
 
New England Regional Chapter​:
  • Secretary  2009 - 2011 and 2013

  • Nominating Committee  2011 - 2014​

Board of Directors Member
Unitarian Sunday School Society​
  • Treasurer 2014- 2018
  • At-Large 2012-2014

 

Education

Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
M.A. - Leadership, Magna Cum Laude, 2017​
 
Clark University, Worcester, MA,
B.A. - American History, Cum Laude, 1993
Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland

1991-1992

Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington, MA

​1988 - 1989

Certifications

Credentialed Religious Educator

Unitarian Universalist Association

Associate Level 2011; Credentialed Level 2012

 

Our Whole Lives Facilitator

Unitarian Universalist Association

Elementary Level 2008

Relevant
Training
Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, by Kim Klien Nov 2017
 
Principles of Dialogue Education, Global Learning Partners Jul 2017
Liberal Theology 
Meadville Lombard Theolgical School Chicago, IL 2015
Professional Boundaries: Pitfalls, Potholes, and How to Avoid Them with Cindy Beal & Rev. Jennifer Hamlin-Navias Jul 2013

 

Faith Formation for the 21st Century with John Roberto; New England Region UUA Dec 2012

Designing 21st Century Faith Formation for All Ages with John Roberto: New England Region UUA Feb 2013​
Get Real: Dealing With Crisis in Congregations; UU Trauma Response Ministry 2012
​Interim Religious Educator Training; UUA​ 2011

 

Heritage Week with Rev. Liz Strong; Lanoka Harbor, NJ 2011
Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals; The Religious Institute 2011
6 Renaissance Modules completed: Philosophy of Religious Education (2006), Worship for All Ages (2006), Ministry With Youth (2012), Administration (2007), Unitarian Universalist History (2008), MultiCultural Religious Education (2011)
Walking the Talk: Social Justice Ministry with Richard Gilbert; Newport, RI 2010
TeamWORK workshop with Helen Bishop; Star Island, NH 2008
Member, Liberal Religious Educators Association - Continental and New England Chapter

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