Dawn Silveira – Administrative Manager
I love working with people and problem solving. I enjoy creating systems and supporting people through personal and cultural shifts. I have worked in non profit for over 20 years including Restorative Justice, Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. I have served on the Continuum of Care Committee, Maternal Health and Child Board and the County of Sonoma Death Review Committee.
When I am not at work I spend my time with my wife Anna of 30 years and our doggie Rex. We love to spend time in nature walking or riding our bikes. I have my own home baking business called For the Love of Bread. With my own starter I make Sourdough, Bloomer and French breads as well and croissants.
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.
Laura Blum – Bookkeeper
Laura has served on the board or Listening for a Change and California Parenting Institute. She was the treasurer at the Santa Rosa Education Cooperative when her son was a student there.
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.
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..
Kayli Bland – Religious Education Program Assistant
Kayli Bland excited to join the Religious Education staff at UUCSR. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree is English Literature from Sonoma State University where she earned her undergraduate degree. She is hoping to gain a well-rounded experience with the families and staff at UUCSR. She is eager to meet people from all walks of life.
Era Capone – Preschool RE Teacher and Childcare Provider
Era Capone (they/them) has worked with children of all ages throughout their career, and most recently has taught preschool for over five years. They earned their bachelor’s in Developmental Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a focus on the development of preschool-aged children. Era believes fervently in the importance of supporting and understanding children as individuals, and brings their values of inclusivity, intersectionality, and compassion to all they work with. Era is excited to be working with the children and families and UUCSR, and is honored to play a role in the community.
Annika Lawson – Nursery Childcare Provider
Annika Lawson is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento and is currently studying to earn her undergraduate degree at Sonoma State University. She loves working with children and infants and is excited to spend time with the little ones at UUCSR!
Peter Wilson – Sexton
Peter works closely with the building and operations teams to keep everything clean, beautiful, and running smoothly.