Jennifer Freese Director of Religious Education (DRE)
Jen Freese has worked with children in grades K-12 as a classroom teacher and a tutor for the past ten years, and has enjoyed being a member of the UUCSR community since moving to Sonoma County in 2011 with her family. She earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Inclusive Elementary Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Throughout her career, Jen has felt a deep connection to all of the students she has taught, celebrating their successes and supporting them through challenges. She is honored to have the opportunity to grow with the children and youth of UUCSR on their spiritual journeys.
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.
Roger Corman, Pianist
Roger Corman has played piano professionally in Sonoma County for over 30 years. He studied music at Sonoma State University and SRJC, and studied piano privately with Larry Snyder and Peggy Donovan-Jeffry.
Roger specializes in improvised music of all types: including jazz, blues, Latin and world music.
Roger was the pianist for the Santa Rosa “Wednesday Night” jazz band for 15 years, and accompanied jazz artists including Joe Pass, Louie Bellson and Richie Cole. He leads a local jazz quartet, and has performed for various UUCSR services since 2005.
He currently serves as co-chair of the UUCSR Music Coordinators, and serves as a Worship Associate..
Peter Wilson, Sexton
Peter works closely with the building and operations teams to keep everything clean, beautiful, and running smoothly.