Our Operations Staff

Fred Holland,  Director of Operations

In his private sector career, Fred has worked extensively with international organizations in Europe, Africa and Asia, consulted with numerous industry leaders in the United States, and guided PhD scientists, senior executives and front-line managers to improve their organizations’ performance.  For most of his spiritual life, Fred was without a church home, until he discovered Unitarian Universalism in general and, more specifically, ORUUC.  Since joining the ORUUC family, Fred has been an active volunteer for many church projects and ministries, served on the Board of Trustees as Board President, and is pleased to currently be on staff, helping the church expand outreach and multi-site initiatives.


Lori Hetes, Office Administrator

I have been in TN for almost 13 years now, originally from Trumbull, CT. Up until June, 2015 I was working at SAIC as a process/business analyst and after a year off, I am now truly enjoying my work here at ORUUC as the Office Administrator.   I traveled quite a bit with SAIC and was fortunate enough to visit Alaska, Hawaii, California, New Orleans, Virginia and numerous other places.  I love to travel and hope that when I retire, I get to go on safari, dive the Great Barrier Reef and take a hot air balloon ride!   During my year off I decided to try my hand at sewing and started an on-line Etsy business called Pocketique, and as you might surmise,  I make things with pockets!  I've always enjoyed to sew but never considered it as a path for my artistic side so it’s all new to me.  I do also love to knit!  As for other adventures, Dave and I like to ride motorcycles in the beautiful TN countryside and take care of our two dogs and two cats.  


Our Music Staff

David Ensley, Music Director

David is a Tennessee native, raised in the Southern Baptist Church. After a long, long journey, he finds himself immersed in Unitarian Universalism and loving it. 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 Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus.

Aside from music, David enjoys spending time with his partner, Bobby, exploring the natural beauty of East Tennessee and the Carolina coast, enjoying sci-fi and horror movies, and decorating their home for the holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas. David is enjoying getting to know the ORUUCian community and discovering everything ORUUC has to offer.


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. 


Jil Smith, Preschool Coordinator

Hailing from the Midwest’s Great Lakes area, and after many years in banking and library services, Jil and her husband moved to Oak Ridge, TN in 2001.  Her sense of order and fair play, love for nature, and a quest to learn wove into every aspect of parenting her three children.  Now as a grandmother, Jil applies that same drive in nurturing her grandchildren in exploration of the world around them.   Within our church, Jil continues to weave her energy into many facets of the church, lending her skills and support where needed.  Embracing the Tapestry of Faith, she blankets a loving environment tucked within the Preschool Room, conducive of the creatively curious spirit of our youngest children.


Christine Rehder, Elementary 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.

 

 


Jennifer Stark, Youth Coordinator

Jennifer made her way to Oak Ridge via Louisiana, West Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, and North Carolina. Raised United Methodist, she later identified as Wiccan and Jewish before finding her way to Unitarian Universalism, where she thankfully no longer has to choose between belief systems, and where she can raise her son appreciating other religious traditions without having to choose any of them.

She always wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. After more than a year in a Masters in Teaching program, she decided that public education (and all its related problems) was not where she was meant to be, though education was still in her heart. She started pondering where to take this love of education and realized, very happily, that she could combine it with her love of studying religions, and a new career in religious education was born.

Before becoming the Youth Coordinator at ORUUC, she led the middle school group for one year and the high school group for three years. The teenage years are developmentally crucial in so many ways, and she feels honored to help guide our youth through them.


Pamela Stansberry,
Membership Coordinator

After living in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years, Pamela Stansberry recently returned to the Oak Ridge area where she grew up as a teenager.

An author, musician, artist, natural healer, community non-profit worker, and reasonably optimistic human being, Pamela has spent over 30 years seeking spiritual truth within a multitude of faith traditions. Because of this, she expresses immense gratitude for the acceptance and heartfelt openness found in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church--a place where diversity, loving community and expansive minds can thrive.


Our Executive Team

Rebecca Bowman

Rebecca’s professional life began as an accountant when PCs were just entering the market and programmers were hard to come by.  She learned how to program out of necessity and branched out into system development and training. She has provided consulting services in 10 countries and 19 industries, serving more than 90 clients in the public and private sector. She recently completed a degree in Technical Management with emphasis in Project Management and is preparing for the PMP certification exam.  Her favorite part of all of her experiences is working with people and the friends she has made along the way.


Angie Palau

Angie brings to her role on the Executive Team experience as a project manager, technical writer, and financial manager. With a BS in biology, MS in Environmental Engineering, and many years of volunteer experience working with non-profits (particularly as treasurer and grant writer), she is excited to channel her skills to work with the Executive Team of ORUUC.  Angie has been a member of ORUUC for ten years and most recently served as the communications coordinator for the Relocation Steering Committee and the Solar Task Force.  She also loves to chaperone youth trips to The Mountain.