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.
Music Director, Christine Lehman, seeks to encourage broad intergenerational participation in the music program, which includes a 33-voice choir, a 7-piece band, instrumental and vocal small groups and soloists, congregational singing, and concerts for the congregation and the broader community. She is passionate about making music which enhances worship and community building. Here at UUFSD, this means making music from a wide variety of genres and traditions, expressing a broad range of intellectual, spiritual, and emotional content. The adult choir sings bi-weekly and the band plays monthly. Together these groups offer two all-music Sundays per year based upon a theme, such as recent service, “Love is a Light,” featuring songs about the nature of love and justice. The Coastal Concert Series helps to convey our Unitarian Universalist message to the broader community. Regular performers have included Carrie Newcomer and Peter Mayer.
As Choir Director, Chris brings 24 years of choral conducting experience with San Diego North Coast Singers, San Marcos Lutheran Church, and previously at UUFSD. As a soprano soloist, she has performed with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Palomar Chorale and Orchestra, the Mendocino Music Festival and others. She has served as piano accompanist for Palomar College, Mission Hills High School, and Coast Kids Theatre. Currently, Chris teaches piano and voice privately. She holds a certification in Kodaly Music Education, a B.A. from Macalester College, and a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University. Previously, Chris worked as a clinical social worker with children and families.
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.