New Staff Specialties in the Pacific Western Region

A group of six people stand with a body of water in the background.

The PWR UUA program staff at their August 2019 retreat. From L to R: Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, Tandi Rogers, Annie Scott, Sarah Schurr, Eric Bliss, and Jonipher Kwong.

We've recently said goodbye to some staff people on the Pacific Western Regional team. We've said hello to others, and one position remains open. In the interim, we'd like to share with you our areas of specialty.

Five of our staff are both "generalists" and "specialists," meaning that they serve as primary contact for thirty or more congregations, as well as a specialist to all 180+ Pacific Western Regional congregations in more than one specialty area. One of our staff, Eric Bliss, is purely a specialist.

This year, Christine Purcell, who has served as ministerial transitions specialist for other regions, began serving the PWR in this capacity. From her home in New England she supports our network of Regional Transitions Coaches (RTCs.) Her contact information is in the chart below.

Specialties of the Pacific Western Region Staff
Accessibility and Inclusion Ministries Annie Scott
Conflict Transformation/Healthy Congregations Team Tandi Rogers
Covenanting Communities Tandi Rogers
Disaster Relief Sarah Schurr
Emerging Adult Ministry (Ages 18-24) Eric Bliss
Emerging Ministries (new congregations and UU communities) Tandi Rogers
Generosity and Stewardship Tandi Rogers
Leadership Development Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
LGBTQ+ Inclusion Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
Ministerial Transitions Christine Purcell
Multicultural Inclusion/Dismantling White Supremacy Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Professional Misconduct (addressing, healing from) Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Religious Education/Lifespan Faith Formation Annie Scott
Safety in Congregations Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Small Congregations Sarah Schurr
Social Justice/Public Witness Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
UU College of Social Justice Jonipher Kūpono Kwong
Youth Ministry (Ages 14-18) Eric Bliss

Your primary contact remains your best way to get the services you need. If they can't help you with what you need, they can connect you with the relevant specialist. We look forward to all the ways we will engage with you in the coming year.