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Clergy and Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. Elizabeth "Beth" Banks

Rev. Beth Banks

(530) 753-2581 x 205, RevBanks[at]uudavis.org

Full time.  Day off: Friday.
Rev. Banks is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, originally from Duxbury, Massachusetts. She taught English to political refugees who had relocated to Spokane, Washington. Her work with cultural studies took her to South Korea, where she taught college level English conversation. She served for two years as an Interim Minister for Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. For nine years she was the Parish Minister at the First Universalist Church in Rochester, New York, and served as a campus chaplain at the Eastman School of Music. Rev. Banks has been the Minister at UUCD since August, 2000.

 

Assistant Minister for Congregational Life: Rev. Morgan McLean

Rev. Morgan McLean

(530) 753-2581 x 204, RevMcLean[at]uudavis.org

Full time.  Day off: Friday.

Rev. Morgan McLean joined the ministry team in 2016. She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist originally from Racine, Wisconsin. She has been part of UU congregations in New York, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Rev. McLean is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and currently services as Chair of the UU Partner Church Council Board. She lives in Woodland with her husband, Daniel Kirsch, who is a professor of Political Science.

 

Intern and Campus Minister (Sept.-June): Alex Haider-Winnett

Rev. Morgan McLean

(530) 753-2581 x202, campusministry[at]uudavis.org

Full time.  Day off: Friday.

Alex is a life-long UU. He studied Peace and Global Studies at Earlham College. After college, he served at the UUA’s D.C. Office for Advocacy.  He attends the Pacific School of Religion. 
He is married to Rev. Christine Haider-Winnett; she is ordained through the Roman Catholic Women Priests. Together they are raising their child.
Alex enjoys reading comics, drinking coffee, and making pickles. He applied to UUCD because of our reputation for enthusiastically embracing our responsibilities as a teaching congregation and for our Campus Ministry at UC Davis.

Learn more about the Internship Program or about Campus Ministry.

 

Religious Exploration (RE) Coordinator: Kate Logvy

Kate Logvy

(530) 753-2581 x 204, re[at]uudavis.org

Part time, primarily works Sundays.
Kate assists Rev. McLean with logistics and staffing.  Her efforts have ensured that we have reliable childcare, safe spaces, and a welcoming environment for families!

 

UNIQUE Youth Group Director: Catlyn LeGault

(530) 753-2581 x 204, re.youth[at]uudavis.org

Part time, primarily works Sundays.

Music Ministry

(530) 753-2581 x 203, music[at]uudavis.org

Part time.

Juuliebells Handbell & Handchime Co-Directors: Linda Birse & Barbara Meixner

Linda Birse

Linda Birse: After Linda earned her BA in Music and a Standard Secondary Teaching Credential, she taught vocal and instrumental music for many years in Esparto, Bakersfield and Davis. While teaching full time in Bakersfield, she earned her MA in Education/Counseling and a Multiple Subjects Credential, as well as a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. In 1994, Linda switched to classroom teaching and taught 5th grade for 16 years at Patwin Elementary, having her students perform musical comedies that she wrote. In 2013, Linda joined the Juuliebells as a ringer, began conducting the group in late 2016, and became co-director with Barbara Meixner in 2018.  

Barbara Meixner

Barbara Meixner earned her BA and MA degrees in music from Mills College in Oakland, California.  She studied harmony, counterpoint, composition and orchestration with noted composers Morton Subotnick, Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud.  She began attending UU services in September 1992 and became a member in 1998.  For most of her adult life, Barbara has been a professional Suzuki piano teacher and arranger of accompaniments for much of the Suzuki piano repertoire.  Since January 2010 her focus has been leading and arranging music for the UUCD Juuliebells Handbell and Handchime Choir.    

Music & Sparks Choir Director: Alison SkinnerAlison Skinner

In addition to conducting the UUCD Sparks Choir, Alison Skinner directs the Davis Chorale, which she has done since 2010. Before returning to her hometown of Davis, Skinner lived in Philadelphia, where she was the Artistic Director of the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware for the 2007-2008 season. In addition, she taught high school music at Germantown Friends School. In the 2006-2007 season, she was the assistant conductor of Philadelphia's Choral Arts Society, directed by Matt Glandorf. Skinner graduated with honors from University of California Santa Cruz, with an emphasis in vocal performance. She holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, where she was a student of Alan Harler. Along with her conducting work, Skinner maintains a private vocal studio.

Andrei Baumann

Accompanist: Andrei Baumann

Andrei Baumann, is a soloist and chamber musician who has performed extensively in the USA, Europe, Canada, and Venezuela. He has a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, a Künstlerischer Ausbildung Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Andrei is originally from Davis, and has returned to be near family.

 

Mandy Dawn

 

Congregational Administrator: Mandy Dawn

(530) 753-2581 x 203, office@uudavis.org

Full Time (M-F, 9am-5pm); Office hours 9am-3pm, Monday - Thursday.

Bookkeeper: Debrah OlsenDebrah Whitehurst

(530) 753-2581 x 203, bookkeeper[at]uudavis.org

Part-time.

Facilities Manager (including Rentals): Chris Hendrix-Chupa

(530) 753-2581 x 203, facilities@uudavis.org

Chris Hendrix-Chupa

Send an email or leave a voice message for Chris regarding any issues to do with our grounds or buildings. Email Chris about Rentals: rentals@uudavis.org

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