Staff Members


 

MVUUF Staff 2017 - 2018

 

Minister, Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson began as our minister in August, 2016. Previous to joining us, Laura was the Ministerial Intern and Campus Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, California. She completed a Chaplain Residency at United Hospital in 2015, which was the same year she received her Master's of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN.
Laura has also completed part-time ministerial internships at First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis and at the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in History from Winona State University from 2009. Laura's previous career was as a chef and food service director... and yes, she still loves to cook.
 
Laura lives with her wife, Emily Kampa and an energetic pooch named Pip. When not working she enjoys music, movies, nature walks and time with friends.

You may e-mail Laura at minister@mnvalleyuu.org.


Director of Religious Education, Jan Fitzgerald

Jan Fitzgerald has been our Director of Religious Education for over a decade. She received her BA from Macalester College and her MA from the University of Iowa in Music Education. She taught eight years at St. Paul Academy and eight years in the Edina Public Schools. Jan is also a past president of the Prairie Star District Liberal Religious Educators Association.

You may e-mail Jan at dre@mnvalleyuu.org.


Minister of Music, Sonja Johnston

Sonja Johnston became Music Director at MVUUF in 1976. The congregation voted in January 2004 to recognize Sonja as Minister of Music. Sonja was schooled in classical music, is an accomplished pianist and a composer and arranger of a variety of music. She is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians' Network (UUMN) attending and participating in the annual conferences. In past years she has served as the UUMN liaison to the Prairie Star District, as the chair of the UUMN mentor program and as a good officer who assists members who are in difficult situations. Sonja co-chaired the annual UUMN conference in August, 2006, in St. Paul with Ruth Palmer, Director of Music Ministries at Unity Church-Unitarian. When asked how she envisions her position, Sonja said, "I simply love my job. I like to think I bring a sense of dedication, skill, enthusiasm, passion and yes, FUN, to the music at MVUUF. My life is richer because of this position." Sonja is married with two adult children and has three grandchildren. She raises the level of our community experience with rich and varied music.

You may e-mail Sonja at music@mnvalleyuu.org.

Youth Coordinator, Wendy Gorman

Wendy joined MVUUF staff in the fall of 2016 as our new Youth Coordinator!

Wendy is a graduate student at Hamline University where she studies Spanish Education. She graduated from Macalester College with undergraduate degrees in Linguistics and Hispanic Studies. Originally from Washington State, she loves hiking, reading and cooking. 

 

We are thrilled to have Wendy working with our senior high students!

Office Administrator, Kay Lewis

 

 

 

 

Custodian

Our custodian is Paul Stresnak.