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Shawn Reifschneider, Music Director

shawn headshot Shawn Reifschneider has been directing church music since 1994. He has been the music director for Lutheran, Messianic Jewish, Baptist, and United Methodist congregations before “coming home” to UUSM.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University in Hayward, double majoring in Vocal Performance and Business Administration. He went on to pursue further study in Music and Worship, earning his Master of Divinity degree at Portland, Oregon’s Western Seminary.

In addition to church music ministry, Shawn has been teaching in the San Mateo Union High School District since 2000. He has taught instrumental music, vocal music, musical theater, and computer application classes. He currently teaches choral music at both San Mateo High School and Burlingame High School. Shawn has also been a guest conductor and adjudicator for festivals and summer music camps.

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Kathy van Leuwen, Co-Director of Religious Education

KathyVLKathy van Leuwen grew up in Connecticut, where she regularly attended a United Methodist Church. She studied at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and completed Masters’ Degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health at U.C. Berkeley. Her career has had one focus: helping communities meet the needs of their families and families meet the needs of their children.

Kathy and her partner, Bob Young, have two children, Ryan and Ellie.

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Phone: (650) 342-5946 x13

Nancy Jasa, Co-Director of Religious Education

Nancy Jasa webNancy Jasa has a background in sales, marketing, training, and management. Nebraska is her childhood home, and she has experienced many different settings since leaving there. From big town to big city to the slow rural crossroads, she has experienced many areas of our country and its varied cultural crossroads.

Nancy is a member of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek. Chairing the Marriage Equality Task Force (recently re-named LBGTQQ Equality), volunteering with the Food Justice committee, mentoring for the Coming of Age program, and working as the Lead Youth Advisor are some of the areas that Nancy has put her energy into at her home congregation. Lifting up the youth of our denomination and providing a safe environment for them to grow into themselves is her passion.

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Phone: (925) 237-1647

 Glenn Ricafrente, Office Manager

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Glenn Ricafrente grew up in the Philippines and moved to the US in 1994. He has worked mainly in the public information and non-profit fields. Aside from working for UUSM, Glenn is the Association Manager of an educational non-profit that disseminates information on dyslexia.

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Phone: (650) 342-5946 x11

 Jamia Konrad, Office Assistant

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Jamia grew up on the north shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. She and her husband have a son, who is married and lives in Mountain View.

She is a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco. She served as a Deacon and an Elder on Session and is currently a member of the Worship Commission.

Jamia serves on the San Francisco Theological Seminary auxiliary, hosting special events. She also coordinates the San Francisco Interfaith Council monthly breakfast meetings. She has been working as Office Assistant at UUSM since 2007.

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Phone: (650) 342-5946 x11