DATABASE AND FINANCE DIRECTOR
Allen joined us after 26 years with Kodak, Kodak subsidiaries and Kodak joint ventures. He has a MBA in Finance and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Al lives on Cranberry Pond in Greece with his wife Laurie and daughter Emily. He enjoys water and snow skiing, volleyball, tennis and hiking.
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William Hayes joined the staff in November 2007. He lives in the 19th Ward of the city with his grandson, Quamae. He has two children, William Patrick and Tiffany Ryane, and two other grandchildren, Madeline and Stephan. He enjoys music, fishing, camping, woodcarving and working in the garden.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR
Cassandra is the full time Administrative Assistant with the Aging & Adult Services Department at the Catholic Family Center. She is currently a student at Empire State College pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Community & Human Services. She enjoys gardening and traveling. Cassandra is a Rochester native and mother of two adult children, CaTyra and Thomas. She also has a grandcat named Honeycomb.
EVENING ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Laurie graduated with honors from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Psychology. She has held many different jobs over the years, from waitress to mortgage underwriter. She has two grown daughters, and is now very much a cat lady. The part of her job she enjoys the most is putting together the church newsletter. She truly enjoys all the people she meets here, and considers herself extremely lucky to be working here.
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EVENING ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
A Rochester native, Heather recently returned to the area after living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. She holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Art from RIT, and an MS in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Her previous work experience includes 12 years as the senior designer for an upholstery mill. Locally, she is active with the Weavers Guild of Rochester, and is happy to be involved at First Unitarian. Heather lives in Brighton and enjoys swimming, reading, weaving (and all things textile), watercolor painting, and spoiling her cat, Otto.
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Shannan has attended First Unitarian Church for 6 years. She has enriched her spiritual life by joining three UU WellSpring groups; along with two Soul Matters groups. She has been trained in Healing Circles, is a Soul Matters facilitator, team leader for the Décor Committee, and has cared for our youngest UU’s in our Religious Education program. Shannan and her husband Mark, have two daughters, ages 3 and 9. Shannan has a Master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling and has worked at various organizations and school districts in the Rochester area. She is very excited to help visitors connect with our church and support them through the membership process.
SUNDAY MINDFULNESS EDUCATOR
Jan is deeply honored and excited to work with Sheila, parents, youth and staff to integrate mindfulness practices and adult spiritual development with our RE programs. Jan has a Master’s degree in Education, is a certified Body-Mind Centering® practitioner, registered somatic movement educator, and an ordained Buddhist Minister. She teaches embodiment and mindfulness programs both locally and nationally in a variety of contexts, and continues to study with leaders in these fields. Joining First Unitarian 13 years ago was an opportunity to put her spiritual life in the foreground of this inquiry. She has been in a rigorous study of Buddhist teachings and practice with a Tibetan lama/scholar, Anam Thubten and many western dharma teachers. For the last 12 years she has been integrating the love of community and working for social justice with the depth of Buddhist tradition and practice.
David joined our church staff in October 2010. He and his wife of over 40 years are the proud parents of two sons, Christian and Mathew, and grandparents of Nathan. David is a native of Monroe County and is currently semi-retired. Licensed as a New York State Professional Land Surveyor, he has worked managing survey departments for several local engineering firms. He is also a member of the Planning Board for the Town of Gates. He enjoys music, reading, history, genealogy and gardening.
SUNDAY FAMILY MEMBERSHIP/WORKSHOP LEADER
Emma joined the Religious Education staff of First Unitarian in September of 2010. She grew up in the congregation and participated in OWL and Coming of Age. She also took on a youth leadership role during her time in Youth Group, serving on CALF and organizing and running youth conventions and a youth chaplaincy training. Emma has taken on many roles during her time at First Unitarian, and currently works as the Assistant Family Welcome liaison and assists RE director Sheila Schuh in leading workshops for grades K-5. Emma brings her passion for the programs that RE offers and her own experiences from having grown up in the church to her position, and deeply values the work that she does. In her time away from church, Emma is a full time key holder at Parkleigh, enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with her cats and fiancé.
Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Zachary Zwahlen is the second of seven children. During his teens Zachary became very involved in musical events – performing and accompanying musical selections for church services, accompanying high school and church choirs, and playing piano in pit orchestras for musical theater productions. Zachary attended the Community College of Southern Nevada, earning an Associate’s degree in piano, following which he earned his Bachelor’s degree in piano and organ performance from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. He served a two-year Spanish-speaking proselyting mission in New York City, after which he returned to BYU and completed his Master’s degree in organ performance with Dr. Doug Bush. He is currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, studying organ with Dr. David Higgs.
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP ASSOCIATE
Melissa has been a leading member of house band Orange Sky since 2010. Her background spans a number of disciplines including musical theatre, fine art, graphic design, writing and communications. She currently serves as the lead singer and manager of Orange Sky and is the producer of our monthly Soul Assembly services, a high-energy Saturday night “happening” featuring contemporary music, video and other art forms.
REV. LIBBY MOORE
Libby was ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary as an Interfaith Minister in 2011 and was certified by One Spirit as a spiritual counselor two years later. A life-long Unitarian, Libby joined First Unitarian Church in 1984, as soon as she moved to Rochester. Her greatest passion in church is small group spiritual development, especially UU Wellspring. Outside of church, visiting her grandchildren and paddling her kayak or riding her bike keep her happy and content.
REV. LYNN AQUAFONDATA
AFFILIATED MINISTER AND DIRECTOR OF COMING OF AGE
Lynn M. Acquafondata works as a licensed mental health counselor at the Pastoral Counseling and Family Therapy Group and Crossbridge Counseling providing therapy for individuals, couples and families. In addition she created the Congremap model to consult with congregations facing a variety of challenges.
Lynn is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations in other states and worked as a chaplain in hospital and hospice settings. She hold a Doctor of Ministry and a Master of Counseling degree. Lynn lives with her husband and two dogs. She is the mother of two adult sons.
DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD
Tamika is 26 years old and loves teaching and being surrounded by children. She attended Rochester Educational Opportunity Center where she received her Child Development Associate Credential (infants and toddlers). She plans to attend MCC to further her learning in early childhood education. Currently employed at a local daycare, she hopes to eventually own her own daycare, and open other centers in different locations. Tamika is committed to helping the younger generation learn and grow and help them develop a strong foundation.
SOCIAL JUSTICE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Cassie is honored to be working with the Social Justice Ministry at First Unitarian Church. She earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Nazareth College, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University in Massachusetts. Cassie has a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations in both Rochester and in the Hudson Valley. She lives in Webster with her husband and two daughters.
DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR YOUTH MINISTRY (6TH-8TH GRADE)
CaTyra is a native of Rochester, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Spanish) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating Cum Laude with Honors in Spanish and High Honors in Sociology. During her undergraduate career she studied in Puerto Rico for a semester. She earned her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the State University at Albany at the age of 23. Upon graduating she returned to her hometown and founded Career Prep in 2011. Career Prep is a career preparation and editing company that specializes in resumes, cover letters and editing.
She recently taught Spanish 101 at Georgia State University, served two terms as an AmeriCorps member and served as a Grant Reviewer for the MLK Day of Service Program hosted by Points of Light. She serves as the Fundraising Chair of Savannah Interagency Diversity Council. She was also a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Selection Committee Member.
CaTyra is also a published author. Her first book, Professionalism, What’s That? is available for purchase on Amazon Kindle. CaTyra loves community service volunteering, entrepreneurial endeavors, reading and traveling.
YOUTH COORDINATOR (9TH-12TH GRADE)
Wayne graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology quite a few years ago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Upon joining First Unitarian he became involved in many different volunteer groups and was an Assistant for the Coming of Age class several years ago, and has taught in the OWL program. Wayne feels that joining the staff and working with the Youth Group is a great opportunity to serve our community again.
SUNDAY CHILDCARE PROVIDER
Caitlin is a biomedical sciences major, with a focus in pediatrics. She has 3 years’ experience as a babies & toddlers teacher, and 5 years’ experience with children with disabilities. Her interests include basketball, hiking, board games, programming, sewing, linguistics, and crafting.
Originally from the NYC area, Ed is a graduate of SUNY Brockport and served in the U.S. Army for 4 years. Ed has worked at Harris Corporation for the past 12 years. Currently he lives in the Penfield area with his two children. He enjoys camping, x-country skiing, hiking and running.