Meet the Minister and Staff of Miami Valley
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Minister – Rev. Kellie C. Kelly
Although I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, I have lived across the country as an adult: Los Angeles (where I learned that it can be 70 degrees in February), Honolulu (where I learned how to weed a taro field), and Norfolk (where I learned that pollen can look like yellow snow). I’m happy to call Dayton home as MVUUF’s minister (since July 2018).
My parents and grandparents were all restaurant workers– my grandmother was a waitress, my grandfather a bartender, my father a cook, and my mother a waitress. Both my grandmother and my mother became single mothers. They each worked 60 to 75 hours per week to support their children. I myself am a third-generation single mother.
Raised Roman Catholic, I didn’t realize I could choose my own religion until my teen and young adult years. During this time, I explored alternatives from Robert Heinlein’s science fiction novel Job: A Comedy of Justice to the Willow Creek megachurch to the Bahá’i faith. Ultimately, my spiritual and religious exploration brought me to Unitarian Universalism. I have been an enthusiastic UU since 2001.
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You can contact Kellie at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also schedule a quick call (less than 30 minutes) or longer meeting/visit (60 minutes) with Kellie via her online scheduling tool: calendly.com/kellieuukelly.
Director of Religious Education – Somaya Bernard
Somaya has lived in the Dayton area all her life, and started attending MVUUF when she was 5 years old. She and her partner Kenny have two wonderful children, Milena (“Millie” for short, age 4) and Sagan (like Carl Sagan age 2). They also have two beautiful black cats that endure a lot of love from the kids.
Somaya and her kids love to do arts and crafts together. Millie is amazing at drawing and keeps her mom company while she paints with watercolors. They also enjoy doing puzzles together.
Somaya has spent a lot of time involved in UU leadership roles and leadership development as a youth. In high school she attended two leadership schools and has led many training conferences on Spiritual Development and Chaplaincy. She also served as the Advisor of Spiritual Support for two years on the District Youth Steering Committee. Somaya values being a lifelong UU and expresses that children and youth programming holds a special place in her heart.
To contact Somaya, send her an email at email@example.com.
Director of Music – Sara Davis
Sara grew up in Marysville, Ohio, and before graduating high school she was already earning money for college by playing keyboard in a country/square dance band and accompanying for the local Church of Christ. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education (B.M. Cum Laude, 1985) from Miami University, and taught elementary general music in both Middletown City and Springboro Community Schools.
Sara joined the UU faith in 1989 as a member of MVUUF (when they were located on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood) where she and her husband, Tom, were married by the Rev. Chuck Thomas. She has previously worked as a Music Director for the Loveland United Methodist Church and the Lebanon Theatre Company, and as a volunteer for many years with the Mason Community Players.
Sara and Tom have two grown children, Eric and Laura, and live on two quiet acres in Clearcreek Township with their giant Lab, Leo. You can reach Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship Administrator – Jennie Freiberger
Jennie has the friendly face and voice that greet you – via phone or in person – at the Fellowship. She’s been our Fellowship Administrator since September, 2013, and is kept busy greeting visitors, preparing the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, Sunday deposit, new member paperwork, and many other duties that keep MVUUF running smoothly!
Jennie grew up on a farm in Tipp City, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from Miami University (1987); since then, she’s worked in a law firm, an environmental services company, and 15 years in church office work before coming to MVUUF. She and her husband, Kevin, were married in 1990, and have two adult daughters: CaraLynn (husband, Brian and toddler son, Isaac) and Samantha; they also have a spoiled rotten corgi, Lucy, who sometimes helps out in the office.
Jennie enjoys spending time with family (especially her sweet grandson, Isaac!), and working outside at her Kettering home or inside in her art room. You can reach Jennie at email@example.com or 937-436-3628.