Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Marcus Hartlief, Minister
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (415) 578-9632
Brought up in the Bay Area, Rev. Hartlief is a graduate of Starr King Seminary in Berkeley. He just returned from serving a congregation in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to that, he served First Unitarian in Rochester, New York.
Rev. Hartlief is a dynamic speaker and storyteller who leads worship services that engage the head, heart, and spirit. One focus of his ministry will be multiculturalism, rooted in the Unitarian Universalist vision of a justice-centered beloved community that finds strength and wholeness in embracing diversity. As a Millenial—a member of the least church-going generation in American history—he will also be seeking creative ways to support the congregation to meet the needs of youth and young adults.
His wife, Rev. Emily Hartlief, and one of his mothers are both Unitarian Universalist ministers. The Hartliefs have a two-year-old son, Henry. In pursuing a call to ministry in Marin County, Rev. Hartlief follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Rev. Dr. Henry Kuizenga, who served First Presbyterian of San Anselmo while he was a professor of homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Lara Abel, Director of Family Ministries
Life-long UU Lara Abel is the new Director of Family Ministries and will start at UUCM on August 16th in a half-time position. She was raised in the UU Santa Rosa congregation and now is a member and chair of the Worship Associates at UU Petaluma. Lara has supervised and taught children in RE classes and has also advised and supported youth in YRUU CONs, summer camp, and Coming of Age programs. She also has experience in leading youth as a member of Youth Caucus Staff at the UUA General Assembly. She will begin her studies in social work at UC Berkeley this fall.
For the past seven years Lara worked for Santa Rosa Junior College as a research technician in the Office of Institutional Research and then in the Gateway to College Academy. She has an AS degree with highest honors from Santa Rosa Junior College. She also has a background in IT support and systems administration.
Glynda Christian, Nursery School Teacher
(Nursery, Toddlers, Preschool, and K-1)
Glynda Christian runs our programs for young children through first grade. She comes from the Boston area with extensive involvement in the Unitarian church there. She holds a Bachelor’s in linguistics and modern languages; holds teaching certifications in several content areas, has Master’s Degrees in Multicultural Education and in Library and Information Science, and has completed doctoral coursework. She has developed curricula for students from elementary level through college. Glynda uses her experience as a library director and reference librarian to use the printed word in many activities for fun and excitement. As a lifelong UU, her interest in utilizing and understanding the role of the seven principles in our lives is central.
Amanda Morando, Music Director
Amanda Morando has been the choir director here at UUCM since late 2012. She has sung in choirs since she was young and received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara in 2010. She studied conducting with Jan Pedersen Schiff at Singers Marin at the youth choral program director. Currently, other than her position as choir director she teaches Music & Drama at Dixie Elementary School, Drama at Vallecito Elementary, and teaches and directs children’s musicals at Rhythms Performing Arts in Novato.
Milton Wong, Pianist
Milton works with numbers by day at CSAA Insurance Group but fills his evenings and weekends with various musical activities. Chamber music being his favorite musical genre, he plays piano, violin, and viola in several freelance chamber music ensembles in the Bay Area. Milton graduated with a minor in music, has a lot of accompanying and orchestral experience and has been the pianist at UUCM since 1993.
Janette Morrow, Administrator
Email: email@example.com Direct: (415) 578 9577
Mobile: (415) 871 7232 (After-hours emergency. Texting preferred)
Janette Morrow has served as UUCM’s church administrator since 2006. She brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with her, having run her own office support services business for 7 years. As a passionate UU since 2001, she is keenly interested in diversity and equality issues. Over the years, this interest led her to work with our church’s teens, a volunteer with a local homeless organization, and study psychology and multiculturalism. She feels strongly that being our church administrator is just one way she can live her UU values every day.