Tanya Webster, Director of Religious Exploration

Tanya Webster comes to UUSM from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, where she served in various capacities around religious exploration and administration. She has developed programs, managed budgets, recruited volunteers, and wrangled teens (including her own). Tanya has completed five of the UUA training modules for Directors of Religious Exploration, trained as a youth advisor, and attended RE conferences and General Assembly.

Tanya brings her love for Unitarian Universalism as well as her passion and respect for young people to every encounter. The UUSM Search Committee that selected Tanya describes her as eager, kind, and thoughtful. Most importantly, the children whose religious exploration will be guided by Tanya are enthusiastic about her arrival!

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Joel Chapman, Music Director

Joel headshotJoel Chapman is a San Francisco-based conductor, bass-baritone, and songwriter. He sings professionally with Volti, a new-music ensemble that performs and animates completely new works, as well as Endersnight, a choir specializing in Renaissance music. Joel is co-creator of Gravity, a New(tonian) Musical, seen in the Bay Area at the Brava Theater in 2019 and at the TheatreWorks New Works Festival  Music in 2017. Gravity was a finalist in the 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference.

Joel’s theatrical credits include Tinderella (music director/orchestrator, Custom Made Theatre Co & Faultline Theater); Voices of the Quilt (music director, development workshop, Custom Made Theatre Co); Sweeney Todd (music director/Judge Turpin, SF Bay Area Theater Company); Macbeth (sound designer, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics); The Last Five Years (music director, Stanford Asian American Theater Project); and Sunday in the Park with George (music director, Stanford University). Joel is a Stanford graduate and holds an M.A. in Music, Science, & Technology and a B.A. in Music. Visit his website at: joelchapmanmusic.com

Contact Joel via email.

Alia Stadtlander, Children’s Choir Director

Alia Stadtlander discovered Unitarian Universalism while living in New York City and looking for a venue to be married in. She had no idea that a place so open-minded about religion actually existed. Now she and husband Bill are committed to raising their two kids, Sienna and Hudson, in the faith.

Alia is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre in the famed Cap 21 studio. However, her real passion for teaching children didn’t come about until she became a mommy herself. Now she works solely in the field of children and music, striving to make the world a more joyful and fun place.

Alia’s vision for UUSM’s Children’s Choir is that all of the congregation’s children have a desire to participate in the choir, and that the kids cherish the community they create there. She is thrilled that the choir participants feel empowered by their time spent in front of the congregation.

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Karyn Collins, Office Manager

KarynKaryn Collins is an active member of the UUSM congregation, having served as a Worship Associate, a soloist with husband Shaun at worship services, Auction chair, Capital Campaign Committee member, and choir member. Her latest passion is triathlons and fundraising for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to help find a cure for inflammatory bowel diseases. (Karyn’s sister-in-law suffers from this “hidden/silent” disease.)

As Office Manager, Karyn enjoys putting her process-improvement and project-management skills to work to simplify how UUSM communicates with and supports its members. With community and connections, we care and then commit to make a difference for ourselves, our community, and our world.

Contact Karyn via email or call the UUSM office at 650-342-5946.

Connie Spearing, Connections Coordinator

Connie - smallConnie Spearing is an active member of the UUSM congregation, having served as a Worship Associate, social-justice organizer, and choir member.

As Connections Coordinator, Connie provides a bridge for visitors to become active friends and involved members. She works to improve both internal and external communications, highlighting opportunities for connection and service. She assists small groups in recruiting new members, and provides an important staff presence on Sunday mornings. Look for connection-opportunity tables at coffee hour, and talk with Connie about your creative ideas for including more people in UUSM activities. Together, we transform ourselves and our world.

Contact Connie via email or call the UUSM office at 650-342-5946.