Rev. Karen Armina: Minister
Rev. Karen was called to be the minister of the James Reeb UU Congregation in May 2014 and we ordained her in May 2015. She comes to ministry out of a background in plant ecology, and understands the interconnected web of all existence as both a physical and a theological reality. This understanding leads her to be deeply passionate about how we treat each other and our Earth home. Click here for more information about our minister.
Heather Yonker: Music Director
Heather Yonker is an accomplished musician and multi-media artist. She has worked extensively as a musical director and choral director and has also produced her own award-winning experimental film. After completing a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from UW Madison, she began writing original musicals. Critics hailed her songs as “catchy” and “infectious.” Heather has been commissioned as a composer and has scored for original musicals, industrial videos, computer animations, dance-works and independent shorts. She has performed as a pianist and accompanist, as an actor for public theater and as a dancer for MCT and MTS. She holds a Master of Music with an emphasis in music for multi-media from the University of WI Madison.
After a year and a half of fieldwork in Buenos Aires, she continues the study of Argentine music, with a specialty in tango. In addition to the college courses she presently teaches, she continues to teach private lessons, contributes to the annual Broad Humor Film Festival and The Madison Tango Society. She directed “Do Something,” a series of free events geared toward nurturing young women in the areas of music and media arts and last spring was the musical director for CTM’s, The Music Lesson.
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Ansley Knoch: Office Administrator
Ansley was raised on the Near East Side of Madison and is delighted to be working for a pillar of her old neighborhood!
Ansley’s professional background is in office administration, customer service, performing arts, and natural foods. She enjoys putting her organizational powers to use for worthy causes and makes a lot of spreadsheets in her spare time.
Her educational background is in sustainable fashion, vocal performance, circus arts, and massage therapy.
When she is not in the office, she can be found homeschool adventuring with her son, fawning over her myriad plant babies, or at her local library.
Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney:Religious Educator
Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney is a recent transplant from Illinois, where she worked as RE director for a small, rural UU congregation. She holds a specialty certificate from Fort Hays State University in Life Issues, a sociological focus on life transitions such as marriage, childbirth and adoption, and death and dying. She graduated from SUNY: Herkimer with her degree in Human Services. As a hobby, Mandy has taught ballroom dance like the waltz, the cha cha, and the foxtrot.
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