Meet Our Staff
Rev. Dr. Tovis Page, Worship Minister
Rev. Tovis was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry in May 2023, while serving as UUSM’s temporary Worship Minister. In August, she transitioned into her current role as Worship and Pastoral Care Minister. Rev. Tovis is called to congregational ministry and to the larger Unitarian Universalist movement that seeks to embody a theology of radically inclusive love, continuous revelation and collective liberation. She envisions a future in which UU congregations are connected nodes of transformation in the wider web of regenerative, life-sustaining change. Rev. Tovis earned a Master of Arts in Social Change from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2022 and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education that same year at Stanford Hospital. In 2018‒19, she served as UUSM’s ministerial intern, while also leading monthly services at the Unitarian Universalist Coastside Community in Half Moon Bay. Rev Tovis discerned her call to Unitarian Universalist ministry while an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City. In addition to her service to UU congregations, Rev. Tovis has been active in interfaith circles on the Peninsula for nearly a decade. For the past several years she has served as the Program Coordinator of the Peninsula Solidarity Cohort, a network of religious leaders from diverse traditions working for justice, equity and compassion in San Mateo County. Prior to receiving her call to Unitarian Universalist ministry, Tovis earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Religion, Gender and Culture from Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, she taught graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of theology, religion, feminist studies and environmental studies. Rev. Tovis has a background in Vipassana meditation practice and completed a yearlong course in Buddhist chaplaincy before starting her UU training. Rev. Tovis lives on the Peninsula with her spouse, their two children and various furry, feathered and scaly critters.
Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale, Pastoral Care Minister
Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale has been working closely with UUSM’s Pastoral Care Team since May 2022. In that capacity, limited to 20 hours a month, she has focused on supporting lay leaders during this time of transition, responding to urgent member needs, organizing and leading healing worship services, as well as offering monthly Sharing Circles. Rev. Stefanie has over 20 years of experience serving congregations in the Pacific Central District, and has worked as hospital Chaplain at NYU, UCLA, and Sequoia Hospital. She lives in Redwood City with her beloved, George, and their assortment of animals. She enjoys having her 90 year old mother nearby and being affiliated as a Community Minister with the UU Church of Palo Alto, which allows her to focus on “building spiritual courage, resilience, and joy through private spiritual direction sessions, group retreats and workshops, public speaking, justice work, and art. (To find out more please visit TendingSpirit.com.)
Jeremy Raven, Music Director
Jeremy Raven is a San Jose-based recording engineer, singer, and teacher. He is a graduate from Stanford University with a M.A. in Music, Science and Technology and a B.A. in Music. In addition to the role he serves with UUSM, Jeremy works as a substitute teacher in the Campbell Union School District, and has worked as a recording engineer for Stanford-based singing groups Fleet Street, Mixed Company, and the Stanford Chamber Chorale. An avid barbershopper, Jeremy serves as president of the San Francisco-based Fog City Singers chorus, and is also active with the Western Addition barbershop quartet. You can learn more about Jeremy by visiting his website at jeremyraven.com, or by reaching out to him directly at email@example.com.
Jac Brennan, Connections
Jac Brennan (she/her) 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. Jac has been a UU for more than four decades and has served UU churches in a variety of roles. She has nine children, the youngest five of whom are adopted and have different kinds of disabilities. Advocating for her children led her to become an attorney who focused her practice on civil rights, disability law, and employment law. Jac is ignited by the work of creating connections to and within our beloved community. You can reach Jac at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garrett House, Director of Religious Education
Garrett House leads the Religious Exploration program and activities for church youth. Garrett is currently a graduate student in the Master of Divinity program at the Pacific School of Religion and at UC Berkeley. His study focus is social justice, systemic equity, and spiritual care. Garrett is a Peninsula native and has served progressive families for over 15 years in multiple roles, including on the Congregational Church of Belmont’s Board of Education. His love for teaching started when he was 15, as a camp counselor and lifesaving instructor for the Boy Scouts of America. Garrett has a strong background teaching voice and classical theatre. He is the proud father of two daughters and will soon be a grandfather!
Allie is 19, and has been going to UUSM for almost 10 years now. She went through RE, OWL, and COA and now she's giving back the programs that have taught her so much. She's been helping run RE for a few years. She is also an Eagle Scout and is in college at CSM.
Astrid is a rising senior at Burlingame high school and has attended UUSM since she was three. Aside from helping out with RE, she also enjoys running, biking, exploring new places, and spending time with friends.
Kate Wasserman, Office Admin
Kate Wasserman (she/they) lives in the Chicago suburbs and is excited to join the UUSM community from afar as the office administrator. She has worked in a variety of office settings, ranging from a wholesale liquor store to a law firm, and she loves to get nerdy about processes and spreadsheets. Kate is the proud mom to two amazing humans (ages 19 and 16) and two lovable dogs, and when she isn’t working, she loves finding new hobbies to dive into–currently at the top of her list is watercolor painting. You can reach Kate at email@example.com.
Stephanie Lee, Office Assistant
Stephanie Lee is happy to join the staff of the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo to support the congregation in her role as a part-time office assistant. As a long-time neighbor of UUSM and resident of San Mateo for over 30 years, she has a profound knowledge of the surrounding North Central community and its immediate needs. When she has free time, she loves working in her garden, biking with her three children, painting, and taking her dog for long walks around town.
Paul Zawilski, Pianist
Paul Zawilski provides good music for our Sunday services and Thursday choir rehearsals. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and an uncanny ability to transpose in real-time. When he's not on the piano, Paul slips into the back row of the choir and helps out on baritone or tenor.
Nicholas Soriano Smith, Media Tech
Nicholas Soriano Smith makes sure our audio and visual quality are top-notch for UUSM's services and meetings. Nicholas is a senior at San Francisco State in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts department, planning to graduate in the summer of 2023. In his spare time Nicholas is a singer, leaning towards R&B and soul.
Across the distance, the light from within me shines, sending love to all
Across the distance, your light is fuel that warms me
and helps to keep my own light burning
Together, we keep the flame of community burning bright
~ Rev. Laura Thompson