Minister and Staff

Rev. Kristen Rohm, Minister

Rev. Kristen Rohm began her full time ministry at SouthWest UU Church in September 2014.  She and her family moved here from Santa Barbara, CA, where they lived for twenty-five years.

A 2012 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Rev. Rohm served as Interim Minister in Santa Paula, CA. Up to that time, she worked as a Hospice Chaplain after spending two years as an Intern Minister at Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church.

Rev. Rohm grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. “My parents still live there, so it is meaningful for me to come full circle and return to my roots in the Midwest.”  Rev. Rohm is married to John Gleason. The couple has two adult children: Ellen and Colin.

Her message to the North Royalton area is heartfelt: “I hope that you will come and spend a Sunday morning in worship with all the wonderful people at SouthWest UU Church. We can’t wait to welcome you.”

Jennifer Troy Papp, Director of Religious Education

Jenni is an innovative religious educator with a background in home school teaching. She has taught Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes at the Akron UU church, where she has been a long term member.  Jenni promotes an active learning approach to teaching spiritual values. She encourages adults from the congregation to share their knowledge and experience with RE students.


Sarah Barford, Music Director

sarah barford (1)Sarah, her husband Nathan, and their 18 month old son William live in West Akron. They’ve been members of the Akron UU church for four years. Sarah teaches piano from her home to about two dozen students, plays for the occasional wedding, and is finishing her bachelors in piano at the University of Akron. She also holds a Bachelors and Masters in Music Performance in the Oboe. Her husband is a fourth year resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Metrohealth in Cleveland. Sarah enjoys spending time with her three dogs, especially doing dog agility, reading, and watching Star Trek or Dr. Who.

Kathy Villwock, Office Assistant

Kathy has 20 years of experience working in a non-profit setting as an administrative assistant. Twelve of those years were with the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, and the last 8 years were with Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. Kathy likes to spend time with her family. She and her husband have five sons and five grandchildren.


Ellen Hansen-Ellis, Music Director Emeritus

Ellen served as the Music Director for SWUU from 1990 – June 2017. She has a B.M. in Composition from Baldwin-Wallace College, and plays piano and flute. She has also written original music for piano and voice for performance in our church services.