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.


Ellen Hansen-Ellis, Music Director

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

The music at SWUU is selected from different genres and formats: jazz, blues, classical, and New Age; instrumental and choral music; solos and congregational singing, and traditional hymns. Ellen directs the SWUU Choir, which rehearses and performs once a month. Newcomers are always welcome.

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.