Deborah Mason Director of Religious Education (DRE)
My career background has been in the field of mental health; I have a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and have worked as a foster care social worker, child custody mediator, and therapist in a psychiatric hospital. All of my work has been devoted to caring for the needs of children.
At the center of my life for the past 25 years has been the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura over the years in many ways: both taught and served on the Religious Education (RE) steering committee; chaired Membership; chaired Worship Associates for the past five years; served on the Board of Trustees twice; and active in church sponsored social justice activities. I love to work in collaboration with Unitarian Universalists because all come with a wealth of energy and creative ideas.
As Director of Religious Education for Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa (UUCSR), I get to combine my two greatest passions: serving children, and promoting the principles of Unitarian Universalism.
Sadie Sonntag, Choir Director
Sadie Sonntag has been singing, composing, teaching, and performing (flute and piano) since she was 12 years old. She is classically trained with a B.A. in Music Education from Sonoma State University. She has performed as mezzo-soprano soloist as well as choir singer with the Sonoma Bach Society. Sadie has been the winner of several singing awards and scholarships. She is a professional music director in Sonoma County. Sadie as served as board member with the Santa Rosa Concert Association. She has also released several CDs in both rock and classical genres, performing works of classical composers and her own original music.
Janis Brewster, Administrator
Janis Brewster graduated from Burlingame High School and then attended night school at College of San Mateo where she studied Computer Programming and Operations. She also attended Canada College where she completed a Certificate Program in Tourism.
Prior to coming to UUCSR, Janis worked as the Office Manager/Administrator for 14 years at All Saints Lutheran Church and Children’s Center in Novato. She was responsible for handling all the bookkeeping and office duties. Prior to her position at All Saints, Janis spent 8 years working as an Administrator/Customer Service Rep for Northern Telecom in Redwood City. This company installed and supported computer and telephone systems throughout the western United States.
Janis comes from a large family; she and her twin sister are the youngest of seven children. Relationships with family and friends are very important to her, and she feels very fortunate to have most of her family in close proximity. Janis has been married for 20 years and has 3 children. She and her family have lived in Petaluma for the past 17 years. They enjoy music together, spending time at the beach, riding bikes and camping. Most of all, Janis enjoys meeting people and listening to what they have to share.
Tessa McClary, Pianist
Tessa McClary is a pianist, songwriter, and teacher. She began her studies with renowned musicians in the Bay Area and participated in the Young Artists Chamber Ensemble at the Green Music Center. She studied music and writing at Middlebury College in Vermont, then studied in Paris, France at the Ecole Normale de Musique. After graduating from college she moved back to the West Coast where she has performed in dance/music productions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Bay Area theaters and diverse music venues. She currently teaches music and musical theater privately and in local schools in Petaluma.
Peter Wilson, Sexton
Peter works closely with the building and operations teams to keep everything clean, beautiful, and running smoothly.