The 2018-2019 LREDA Board of Trustees

Linnea Nelson, Andrea James, Juliet Donaldson, Kari Kopnick (administrator), Lisa Maria A. Steinberg, Annie Scott, Jules Jaramillo, Lily Rappaport. 

The mission of the LREDA Board is to serve our membership. We:

  • SUPPORT the professional development of our membership;

  • ADVOCATE for professional religious educators in congregations and in alliance with our professional colleagues and the UUA; and

  • SUSTAIN our organization through responsible fiscal stewardship, and creative, visionary leadership.

Contact the board by email board(at) 

Annie Scott
(Job Description)

Annie Scott has been shaped and nurtured by her involvement with LREDA colleagues, clusters, chapters and the continental organization since 1992. They have enabled her to stay in this calling of Unitarian Universalist religious education by living in covenantal relationships, inviting her into an always deepening spiritual and religious journey and by walking with her through professional and personal hard times.

Annie has had the privilege to serve five congregations; Phoenix, AZ, Devon, PA, Germantown, PA, Oregon City, OR, and currently, Golden, CO. She has served on district RE committees in the Pacific Southwest, Joseph Priestley and the Pacific Northwest LREDA Chapters. She served on the LREDA Diversity and Inclusion Team for nine years and the Excellence in Shared Ministry Task Force 2012-2013 and was a member of the LREDA Nominating Committee 2013-2015.

She loves camping with her hubby, Mick, and dog, Bubs, watching Alfred Hitchcock movies and singing occasionally with her brothers 60’s rock and roll band in Oregon.

Linnea Nelson
Vice-President (Job Description)

Linnea Nelson is the Executive Director of UU Wellspring, a year-long spiritual deepening program for Unitarian Universalists. She is a Credentialed DRE and former Director of Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, Virginia. She has also been a Head of School, a Learning Center Director, a teacher, an educational textbook editor and an international trainer for the Great Books Foundation.

Linnea believes that deepening our connections and being open to new learning is at the heart of our work. She also believes deeply in service. She co-led a NOVA Cluster Teacher Training offered to 11 congregations, served on a LREDA cluster executive team (GWAREC) from June 2015 to Dec. 2017,  taught the UU Identity online module and recently served on a team to update the resource list for the RE Credentialing program. She is a LREDA Good Officer.

She has co-taught “Building the World We Dream About” and was a founding member of the Racial Justice Steering Committee at UUCF. Linnea has also served on UUCF’s Board of Directors, nominating committee and RE Committee. She has served on two other boards for children with special needs.

Linnea has a master’s degree in school psychology and undergraduate degrees in education and business. She lives with her awesome husband, Ted, in Orlando, Florida where her two young adult sons promise to visit regularly!

Juliet Donaldson
Treasurer (Job Description)

Thank you to the LREDA Board for welcoming me into the role of LREDA Treasurer. I'm looking forward to using my accounting skills and giving back to this wonderful community of Religious Educators.

In 1993 I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom, training with Price Waterhouse Coopers, and have taken on a variety of accounting roles in both the public and private sectors in the UK.

Thirteen years ago I relocated to the US with my husband and four children where I discovered Unitarian Universalism. I enjoyed teaching RE so much I decided to switch careers five years ago and became the Director of Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro, a small church in Southeastern Massachusetts, before moving to the larger congregation of First Unitarian Church in Worcester this year as the Director of Faith Formation.

Andrea James
Secretary (Job Description)

Andrea James has served the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg as Director of Religious Exploration for children, youth, and families since 2008. She greatly enjoys being part of a collegial community and is honoured to serve LREDA continental. Andrea is a long-time member of a book group, has a thing for bodies of water, and travels with her family whenever possible. She and her partner Murray have two daughters.

Jules Jaramillo
At Large: Professional Support (Job Description)

Jules Jaramillo serves as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist in Palatine, Illinois. She is an active member of MidAmerica LREDA Chapter and is currently working closely with the MidAmerica Region to develop a support structure for religious educators through a pilot program called The Learning Collaborative.

Jules has a degree in Social Work and has provided support services for children, youth and families in non-profit organizations, for over 15 years. She has lived in Bogota, Colombia with her husband Fernando, where she taught high school English, at a bi-lingual college prep school. She has continued her professional development with the Professional Interim Training program, Multicultural Education, Family Ministry, and extensive training focused on dismantling systemic racism in educational, non-profit and religious organizations. She has served as Trustee on the Board for California Autism Foundation and coordinates support meetings with the Guild for Interim Religious Educators.

Jules is a passionate Unitarian Universalist and loves being a religious educator. She has a deep understanding of the professional joys and challenges religious educators are faced with. She believes that collegial support is essential in celebrating the joys and sustaining our spirit as we face the challenges. She is honored to hold the Professional Support portfolio serving LREDA members.

Lily Rappaport
At Large: Continental Events (Job Description)

Lily has also served congregations in Manhasset, Westport and White Plains. She has been the Dean of Star Island Lifespan Religious Education conference for the past two years, a facilitator for the online Interim training course for UU Professionals, and an Instructor for the UUA Youth Advisor Training. Lily is part of the Diversity/Multicultural Ministries and the Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus (A/PIC).
Lily Rappaport brings twenty years of experience working as a religious educator in Unitarian Universalist congregations. A teacher, activist and arts enthusiast, she is committed to making the world better through education, learning from others, community building, and intentional activism. “I’ve learned that the best way to save the world is to savor life, relationships, nature, and to welcome all intentions of bringing peace into the world.” She likes to rollerblade (which is both retro and hip), ice skate, travel, snap photos and organize talent shows.

Lisa Maria A. Steinberg

At Large: Leadership Development (Job Description)
Lisa Maria Andreoli Steinberg has worked in churches for over 25 years, first as a musician and then as a religious educator. She brings a background in education, social work, music, and theology to her career in religious education and faith development. As a graduate student, Lisa Maria studied at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA and at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA where she graduated with a M.A. in Theology and the Arts with concentrations in education and music. She resides in Shirley, MA with her husband and their two young children.

Lisa Maria has served LREDA membership on the 21st Century Fund Committee and the LREDA Endowment Committee. Regionally, Lisa Maria has served the New England Region LREDA on Nominating and on the Board with the Events Portfolio.

Past Presidents of the LREDA Board 

2014-2017 Cathy Seggel
2011-2014 Natalie Fenimore
2008-2011 Anne Bancroft
2005-2008 Susan Davison Archer
2002-2005 Makanah Morriss
1999-2002 Patricia Ellenwood
1997-99 Susan Philley
1995-97 Norma Veridan
1993-95 Barry Andrews
1991-93 Nancy Heege
1989-91 Elizabeth Strong
1987-89 Marjorie Skwire
1985-87 Carol Edwards Stern
1983-85 Ellen Johnson-Fay
1979-83 Beth Ide
1977-79 Ruth Herold
1975-77 Roberta Nelson
1973-75 Joan Goodwin
1971-73 Elizabeth Anastos
1969-71 Ellin Massey
1967-69 Christine Wetzel
1965-67 Ruth Ballou
1963-65 Ruth Clark
1961-63 Emily Thorn
1959-61 Elizabeth Holden Baker
1957-59 Elizabeth Laselle
1955-57 Ruth Hutchinson
1953-55 Margaret Odell
1951-53 Josephine Gould
1949-51 Jean Humphreys (Cochran)