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Nina Kalmoutis, Minister

Biography

The Reverend Nina Kalmoutis is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry (a member school of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California) where she earned a Master’s of Divinity degree. Nina has a background in early childhood education, human resources development, and business management.

Nina brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for congregational life to our Fellowship. Email her at minister@uufs.org.

Statement from Nina

I feel privileged to have been called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale–a warm and vibrant inter-generational community in the heart of Silicon Valley. I am a native Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose. My active involvement with the youth group as a teenager provided a place to talk about values and to experience a sense of camaraderie with other Unitarian Universalist youth from throughout the Bay Area.

I have been fortunate to have opportunities to travel and live in different countries, and experiencing those cultures has given me a wonderful perspective from which to view my own. Returning to the area where I was raised to serve this Fellowship is a very special homecoming for me.

Please feel free to call and make an appointment to get acquainted and to learn more about Unitarian Universalism or the Fellowship. I look forward to meeting you!

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Patty Petrie, Director of Religious Education

Biography

In June 2007, Patty accepted the role of Director of Religious Education at UUFS after having worked here as a volunteer teacher. Patty was born in Detroit, Michigan and upon moving to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, found the UU church where she found the openness refreshing after being raised Lutheran. In 1985, after moving to California, she volunteered in religious education at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. In 1998, Patty found her calling working with children in a special needs program for the Santa Clara County Office of Education. She has always loved working with children, and that work naturally extends to the family.

Patty and her partner, Michele, share their home with their rescued pets, Cassie the dog, Callie the cat and Chloe the bird. You can contact Patty at religious.education@uufs.org.

Statement from Patty

I am awed by the children in our Religious Education program. They always remind me that teaching is not about giving them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth. It is a gift for me to be to be a part of the Religious Education Program at our Sunnyvale Fellowship.

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Judy Pearce, Connections Coordinator

Biography

Judy Pearce grew up in Minnesota. Her family did not participate in any organized religion. Judy moved to California in 1981 and joined UUFS in 2013. She is a human resources attorney and consultant. Judy has two children.

Statement from Judy

I am very excited to be the first Connections Coordinator at UUFS. As Coordinator, I am lucky because I work with a very active Connections team, Nina and the rest of the Fellowship to bring people together to strengthen our community. Please look for me on Sunday mornings or email me at connections@uufs.org to discuss ways I can help you connect at UUFS!

Libby Kardontchik, Pianist

Biography

Libby Kardontchik graduated from the Moscow Academic Musical College affiliated with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and earned her MA at the Moscow State Musical Pedagogical Institute. Libby is staff accompanist at both Stanford University and at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet of San Francisco. She is a member of the National Association of American Composers, San Francisco Chapter (NACUSA SF), and appears frequently at NACUSA performing the latest works of its composers. And she is a member of the Two Piano Club of Palo Alto. She performed with her duo partners at the Peggy and Milton Salkind International Piano Duo Festival at the San Francisco Conservatory. She also appears in the role of harpsichord player with the Peralta Consort Early Music ensemble.

Statement from Libby

I am thrilled to be a part of a great UUFS Congregation, to work with Nina and Alan, to play every Sunday morning and accompany the choir, and to have a host of wonderful new friends.

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Adele Herrmann, Childcare Provider

Biography

Adele Herrmann has attended UUFS since she was a child, participating in Religious Education and the “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) sex education course. Adele is currently studying Nursing and Health Technologies at De Anza College and volunteered in the Emergency Department at El Camino Hospital in 2014-2015. She occasionally performs with the UUFS “I Hope Band” as the trombonist. She has two dogs named Jackie and Marcie and a little black cat named Julius whom she loves dearly.

Statement from Adele

I have many positive memories from my years in RE at UUFS, including imagining what God looks like and learning about the religious celebrations of different cultures around the world. Because of RE, I grew up with a positive concept of spirituality as our connection with the world and each other, and the importance of love and tolerance for everyone.

I wanted to work with the youngest children in our congregation, both to give back to the church that raised me and to see if parenting was something I could see myself doing in the future. I have been loving every minute of it.

 

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