Rev. Megan Mathieson, Minister
Rev. Megan Mathieson is from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Masters of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Christendom College in Virginia. She completed a full-time internship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, MD., before taking the position of Minister at SouthWest UU Church.
Rev. Megan was brought up in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. She discovered the Unitarian Universalist community in Baltimore in 2011. “I experienced a feeling that is familiar to many UU converts: astonishment that my lifelong beliefs and philosophies were honored in this beautiful tradition.” She describes her theology as “Christian-friendly agnosticism,” and finds great joy in religious pluralism and ministerial work. She and her wife Nicky have 3 teen children. They also have a 10-year old border collie named Cricket. Rev. Megan enjoys embroidery, red tea, and listening to the McElroy Brothers podcasts.
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.
Ryan Bergeron, Music Director
Ryan Bergeron is a former professional actor and singer in musical theatre and opera, and now serves on the faculty of the University of Mount Union, where he teaches Voice and Musical Theatre. Ryan holds a Master of Music degree and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University, where he also served on the voice faculty. He is also a graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music.
Ryan lives in Broadview Heights with his partner, Tim; and a large collection of semi-sentient stuffed animals. He is on the board of Trustees of the Broadview Spotlights Theater, where he is heavily involved in both the administrative and artistic operations of the theater. He also makes occasional return trips to the professional stage, as both a performer and a musical director; most recently serving as musical director for the Akron Symphony’s “West Side Story” in concert.
Kristen Cimera, Office Administrator
Kristen has an MBA and over 25 years of experience in non-profit accounting and administration. In her long career Kristen has worked in health care, academic research, nature conservancy and youth programing learning something from each engagement. Kristen lives in Ravenna with her husband, two teenaged sons and a house full of pets. She enjoys volunteering for local organizations, spending time outdoors and attending live concerts.
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.
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