Reverend Christina Leone-Tracy, Senior Minister, has served the Fellowship since August 2017. She grew up in Texas and discovered Unitarian Universalism while a college student at Southern Methodist University. She has her masters degree in psychology from the University of Memphis, TN, and her master of divinity (M.Div.) degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining us here in the Fox Valley, Rev. Christina served as the Faith Development Minister for six years at the UU Church of Annapolis, MD. She is honored to serve the Fellowship as its second settled senior minister, and sees her role as helping us live fully into the mission we have for ourselves: Welcoming, Growing, and Leading. Christina and her husband Brian have two young sons, Nevan and Ellis, and a sweet one-eyed-dog named Asher.

Reverend Leah Ongiri, Associate Minister, has served the Fellowship since August 2012. She grew up in Portland, Oregon in a Jewish and Unitarian Universalist family. She has previously been a child, member, lay leader, staff member, and/or minister at UU congregations in Oregon, Washington, California, New Jersey, and Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in political economy from Evergreen State College in Washington State and her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Starr King School for the Ministry, a UU graduate theological school in California. She co-edited the Skinner House book Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism and is a past president of UUs for Jewish Awareness. Leah and her spouse Amy have four children. She is honored to work with this wonderful congregation. She oversees membership and outreach efforts, including leadership development. Leah enjoys connecting with Fellowship friends and members, especially when they are in need of some care, compassion, or just a listening ear.

Phyllis Schmitt serves the Fellowship as Director of Finance and Operations.  She has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Lakeshore Technical College and brings many years of finance, accounting and business administration experience. Prior to joining the Fellowship, she held positions in the manufacturing and restaurant industries, and also served as a member of the senior management team of a Green Bay not-for-profit. She has a proven record of being very dedicated and professional, and enjoys being a “Jack of All Trades” when it comes to handling the needs of the organizations she serves.

Marie Luna serves as the full time Director of Congregational Life and has been in this position since 2005. She comes from a background working with many nonprofit organizations, predominately Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has also started up and leads the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professionals group. She loves being part of this Fellowship and feels fortunate that she is able to help others become more deeply involved with this community. She is available to meet with anyone who has questions regarding the Fellowship or Unitarian Universalism or who would like to connect to the programs or people of the Fellowship.

img_1405Cyndi Polakowski is the secretary of the Fellowship. She enjoys having the opportunity to help members and friends of the Fellowship in her work.

Steve Sieck has served as the Music Director of the Fellowship since June 2018 and joined as a member in 2010.  Steve received his Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Chicago and his Master and Doctorate degrees in choral conducting from the University of Illinois. Steve also serves as Co-Director of Choirs and Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University, where he teaches conducting, choral pedagogy, chairs the voice department, and directs two choirs. Steve’s academic research focuses on marginalization of oppressed identities in choral settings and how to create a more inclusive choral space. His performance background includes professional work as a choral and opera singer and accompanist. Steve has worked in music and worship for over twenty years and enjoys helping people find connection as a spiritual community through music. There is a place for everyone to make music at the Fellowship!

img_1420Kim Hartman serves as our Director of Religious Education. She has a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. For the past dozen years she has worked as an art education teacher at South Park Middle School in Oshkosh. Prior to that, she worked for five years as a direct support provider, manager, and assistant program manager in group homes for the developmentally disabled.

Eve Rosera is the Religious Education Assistant, assisting Kim Hartman and the RE Volunteers.  Eve takes delight in watching the children and youths learn and grow.  She loves working for the Fellowship in this way.

Ali Peters is serving as the Fellowship’s full time Intern Minister for the 2020-2021 program year.  Her position is a part of the Bertschausen Teaching Ministry program, established in honor of the Fellowship’s Minister Emeritus, Rev. Roger Bertschausen.  Ali grew up in New Jersey and is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned her Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Interreligious Engagement.  She has previously served as a student minister at First Unitarian New Jersey in Fanwood, New Jersey.  Prior to seminary, Ali had a career as a middle school math teacher in Newark and Plainfield, NJ.  After spending most of her life on the East Coast, Ali has recently moved to Appleton with her sweet dog, Jess.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to grow her ministry here at the Fellowship and she welcomes new connections with members and friends.

What can we really say about this AV Technician? An outstanding guy, Adam Robinson enjoys long walks on the beach, a glass of wine in front of the fire, and playing guitar. Wait, this isn’t a dating profile? Oh, you just want a basic bio? Fine, okay…Adam Robinson, AV Technician, has served the Fellowship since September of 2017. Growing up right here in the Fox Valley, Adam first discovered his love for audio and video editing at a young age. He spent his middle and high school days making movies with his friends. Adam attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and after a few years, he chose to pursue his passion, and transferred to the music program to study audio recording. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music with an Emphasis in Recording Technology in the spring of 2017. A few months later, Adam started working for the Fellowship.

Affiliated Community Ministers

We have three community ministers who are affiliated with the Fellowship. These are Unitarian Universalist ministers serving in other ministries in our community but are in covenant with the Fellowship and occasionally offer services here. They are not members of our regular ministry team, but are in relationship with our Fellowship ministers.

ks-35.jpgReverend Karon Sandberg is a graduate of United Theological Seminary where she received her Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She served both First Congregational United Church of Christ and Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as an intern.  She was ordained by our congregation in the fall of 2012. She recently retired from being the Hospice Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. She enjoys preaching regularly for many of the nearby lay lead UU congregations in Wisconsin. She has been married to her partner Joel for over 27 years and they have two children, Derek and Claire.

Reverend Jim Coakley serves as an affiliated community minister focused on regional ministry to three lay led UU fellowships in Fond du Lac, Green Bay, and Stevens Point. He is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained by the Fellowship in 2016. He has been a very active member for over 20 years. Jim currently supports the staff though occasional preaching, pastoral care, and adult programs.

Reverend Hope Engeseth previously worked as the Organizational Chaplain at Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and has been a member of the Fellowship since 2016.

Minister Emeritus

Reverend Roger Bertschausen was the senior minister of the Fellowship from 1990 until 2015. He guided the Fellowship through years of transitions in staff growth, service schedules and practices, building construction, relocation and expansion. Roger oversaw a period of almost constant growth in membership, from 104 members at his hire to nearly 700 members at the time of his departure. This title is honorary and given for his dedication and care of this Fellowship. This title does not include any decision-making, pastoral care, or ministerial leadership functions. It also does not include any type of financial remuneration.