Our Operations Staff
Tracy Long, Director of Operations
I come to ORUUC after nearly a decade of public service with the City of Oak Ridge and 2 years teaching American History in a Title 1 Middle School in North Carolina. I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and graduate work in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University (AL).
I was raised in the US Army and moved around throughout my childhood, landing in Oak Ridge in ‘95. My family is my top priority. I am very close to my parents and my fur baby Lorenzo! I have several Godchildren, two of which I helped raise from birth. The oldest is a student at Roane State and the youngest begins her college career this fall at ETSU.
I have a passion for social justice and equality. I feel so at home here at ORUUC because I love the welcoming atmosphere. I look forward to supporting the church and its members in their mission as Director of Operations.
Jeannie Cuevas, Office Administrator and Membership Coordinator
I was born and lived most of my life in Gulfport, Mississippi. My family and I moved to Knoxville in 2005 after hurricane Katrina. My husband of 29 years, my daughter, now 24 and I finally stumbled across a beautiful piece of property and built our dream home on a mountain where my husband and I live with our 7 dogs. I have a passion for animals and would love to see the human race be kinder to each other and Mother Earth.
I love to travel and my dream is to one day kiss my husband on top of the Eiffel Tower. I’ve worked in several jobs and owned my own business that I sold to spend more time with my daughter. A while back, fate stepped in and found me a place at the ORUUC. The people here are compassionate, open minded and make me feel completely welcome. ORUUC is right in line with my own beliefs and I wholeheartedly enjoy my work here.
Rachelle Navy, Bookkeeper
Rachelle ‘Rae’ Navy was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in a rural area, Pembroke Township, in Kankakee County, IL. Her pursuit in the music industry took her back to Chicago where she and her brother, George Beverly, started an independent record company and published music in the Midwest region. In 1987 she met her husband, Kenneth Navy, relocated to Los Angeles, CA, and sang, professionally for 14 years.
Meanwhile she completed the Music Industry Program at UCLA Extension and studied Business Management at Santa Monica College where she earned her Associates Degree and transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) to pursue a double major in Organizational Management and in Music Production.
Having worked in various bookkeeping and accounting positions for over 30 years in numerous industries, including the non-profit sector, her private employment history reads like that of a CPA’s client list.
A family illness brought her to Knoxville, TN, where she and Kenneth, have become homeowners for the second time. New to ORUUC, she is still settling into bringing her comprehensive bookkeeping, accounting, and organizational skills to ORUUC. She is hoping to put her musical education and skills to use at ORUUC as well.
Our Music Staff
David Ensley, Music Director
David is an East Tennessee native, born and raised in Cleveland, Tennessee. After a long, long spiritual journey, he discovered both Unitarian Universalism and Paganism, and eventually found his way to ORUUC as Music Director. David has a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, as well as experience in musical theater and opera. He is also an active member of the Oak Ridge Chorus, where he sings in the tenor section and serves on the Chorus Board. He has sung with the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus, The Knoxville Choral Society, The Knoxville Chamber Chorale, and The Knoxville Opera. He cofounded the Harmonia Vocal Quartet, an ensemble specializing in Gregorian chant and Renaissance choral music.
David is a first-level practitioner of traditional Welsh Witchcraft, and is an active participant in the EMBERS group at ORUUC. He lives in Rocky Top with his partner, Bobby. Together, they enjoy spending time exploring the natural beauty of East Tennessee and the Carolina coast, watching sci-fi and horror movies, and decorating their home for the holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas.
Our Faith Formation Staff
Susan Rosenbaum, Nursery Coordinator
Susan has been at ORUUC for 28 years. She was raised in the Baptist faith in South Carolina. She married Larry, who is Jewish, in 1977. Once they had their children—Erin (1980, deceased); Philip (1983); and Kelly (1986), they decided they wanted a place to worship together. Duane Starr introduced them to ORUUC.
At church, Susan has served on the RE Committee (now Youth Faith Formation Team) for over 25 years, having been Chair several times, including 2015-16. She and Larry are also regulars at the church’s Monday night Ballroom Dancing, having been some of its first participants when it began around 10 years ago.
Her love of babies led her to apply for the Nursery Coordinator position when it became available in 1998. She has been caring for babies at the church most Sunday mornings since then. Being in the Nursery fulfills her passion for healthy, happy babies and well-supported new parents. She loves watching these youngest among us grow through all the ages and stages of their childhood years.
She also substitutes in the public schools. During her 24 years in this work, she has substituted in classes from kindergarten through high school.
Whitney Cole, Preschool Coordinator
Whitney was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and then spent over ten years in Chicago. After marrying her husband Rob, they decided to settle down in East Tennessee. After the birth of their only child, they decided to find a church that they would be comfortable raising her in. Thankfully they found ORUUC.
Whitney has a bachelor's degree from Purdue University which she used in her 10+ years in retail management. After the birth of her child, she found that she lost her passion for retail and discovered her love for childcare and teaching. She firmly believes in the Montessori model and that children are wiser than we usually realize.
Christine Rehder, Elementary and Youth Coordinator
Christine Rehder, Elementary Coordinator, has a Masters in Human Development and has formerly worked in professional development for child care providers. She firmly believes in Spirit Play's hands-on approach to exploring and nurturing children's spiritual development. Christine lives in Oak Ridge and is a native Kansan turned "career Science" wife and mother of three.
Our Executive Team
I truly enjoy working with an organization that I can stand behind and support fully. I love all the support for equality and the fight for social justice. I feel blessed to be a part of all the good accomplished by this congregation.
I was first attracted to ORUUC as a place to find community, and that I have found, in abundance. What I discovered, however, was a community which promotes and nurtures growth on multiple levers: spiritual, intellectual, moral. For individuals, for groups, yes even for our surrounding community. Sometimes that growth happens with the joy and ease of spring foliage, and sometimes with challenges that urge us to push past old boundaries. And one consistent time that makes me full of love and pride for ORUUC is when we sing our children out of the service; when we, once a week in song, pledge our commitment to them, to nurture and support their own growth journey.
Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Tandy has been on staff at ORUUC since 1997, starting as a part-time religious educator and moving into ordained ministry in 2014. She loves ORUUC's warm and welcoming community and can-do spirit.
Tandy comes alive when it is time to dance, any kind of dance...she's on the move.
Rev. Jake Morrill
Technically, the Executive Team is ORUUC's management team. But, because ORUUC's ministries are grassroots and volunteer-led, I think of the Executive Team as ORUUC's equipping team, figuring out with every decision how to get to a sustainable, inspiring, and impactful 'YES.'
When we moved from New Hampshire to Oak Ridge in 2010, my husband and I searched for a church similar to our Congregational (UCC) home. It took some time, but we finally connected with ORUUC. We've enjoyed getting involved in various community-based projects, and continue to be amazed by the positive action and energy this church continually has. For our nature-loving, creative, young family of four, it's a good fit!