Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Jo Ann Elizabeth Green
An ordained minister as a title does not give justice to the life experience I have had through the years. Becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister later in life allowed me to utilize those skills I have acquired in 35 years of working and supporting myself in other occupations.
My call to ministry came in 2008, fairly recently after becoming a Unitarian Universalist in 2005. As life events would have it, my path was guided by universal happenings that propelled me along the course of ministry. I graduated from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA in May of 2014. My ministerial internship led me to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ where I also completed another year of residency. I then ministered to the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia, PA. as their Consulting Minister for the 2016-2017 church year. I worked as a Chaplain and gained vital pastoral skills in Oakland and Berkeley during part of my seminary years and completed a Chaplain Residency Program at Geisinger Medical Center to further my pastoral skills. Most recently, I was Interim Minister for the Mission Peak Uniterian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, CA from 2018-2020, before coming to UUFSD.
Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod
Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod has been serving this congregation since March 2007. She was born and raised Unitarian Universalist and has experienced Unitarianism across the country, including All Souls in Washington D.C., UU’s of the Palouse in Moscow, Idaho, and First Church in San Diego.
While earning her M.Ed. and Bachelors at Washington State University, Alison served as an elected official on the City Council of Pullman, Washington. Her service was continued as a teacher for Eclipse Alternative High School, was the JV Tennis coach at Pullman High school, and served on numerous boards for organizations that addressed issues faced by women of color, civil rights and social justice. She continued that work across the country working for various non profits that focused on youth and child empowerment through community involvement and reaching beyond social and economical constraints. Directly before coming to UUFSD, Alison served for three years as a Disaster Response and Recovery coordinator for the 2003 Wildfires. Her service to others was recognized recently with an honor as a finalist for San Diego Woman of the Year Award in 2016, nominated by some of our congregation members.
Alison is thrilled to be a part of the UUFSD “family” as she calls it. A congregation that encourages and empowers children to find their own religious paths. She endeavors to provide a well-rounded liberal religious education for our children in an environment where they feel safe, accepted, respected and heard. Alison develops remarkable, special connections with our children, youth and emerging adults, encouraging them to grow spiritually, develop a sense of personal and social responsibility and experience joy as a central part of a loving Unitarian Universalist community.
I greet you with deep gratitude and excitement as I step into the role of music director at the Fellowship. I acknowledge the foundations of a musical culture that Christine nurtured and developed during her time with the congregation, and look forward to exploring and experimenting with communal music making both during this time of physical distancing and also when we transition back into face-to-face interaction. I am particularly looking forward to working with our choir, band, and other volunteer musical groups.
In a famous song, Bill Staines taught us that “All God’s critters got a place in the choir.” I really believe that. So no matter what God you believe in, or don’t, and no matter what kind of critter you are, please know that I would love to get to know you as part of our choir community, which will resume meeting on Thursday evenings in October.
Since 2014, I have worked with UU congregations as a “troubadour,” leading worship music with more than 30 congregations throughout the country, including the 2015 UU General Assembly in Portland, OR. I am a member with the Association for UU Music Ministries with a deep understanding of Unitarian Universalism principles.
Thank you to the search committee for this opportunity, and I simply cannot wait to make music with all of you.
Tracey is a Southern California native who grew up in Ventura County and moved to San Diego in 1989. She met the love of her life, her husband Andy, in 1994.
She attended Ventura College and Grossmont College and has worked as an administrator most of her life, with a sojourn into commercial voice acting in the mid-1990’s when she worked for Cox Media. She has been a staff volunteer for San Diego Comic Con since the mid 1980’s, is an avid paper crafter and cross-stitcher, and is a NASCAR fan.
She loves working at UUFSD and tells her friends and family that this is the job she wishes to remain at until retirement.
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Byrht is 31 years old. He enjoys reading (mainly sci-fi/fantasy) and has previously worked in the restaurant industry as well as doing two years of volunteer work at the Carmel Valley Library. He has extensive experience in customer service.
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Derek joined the UUFSD Fellowship when he was just 5.
He is an incoming sophomore at Torrey Pines High School and has completed the Coming of Age and Our Whole Lives classes. His hobbies include playing basketball, going to the beach, and producing music. He also enjoys attending the camps at de Benneville Pines.
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Guthry has a passion for photography and videography as well as an interest in music.
He has been going to UUFSD for all 17 years of his life and would like to further help the church through this job.