Tanya Webster, Director of Lifespan Faith Engagement
Tanya Webster came 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 six 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 described her as eager, kind, and thoughtful.
Joel Chapman, Music Director
Joel 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
Karyn Collins, Congregational Administrator
Karyn 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 Congregational Administrator, 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.
The Connections Coordinator oversees radical hospitality to UUSM’s newcomers, members, and friends, and works to connect them to our religious community and assist them in their spiritual growth. This position is currently open, and we are engaged in a search to find the right person to fill it.