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Pacific Western Region Staff
Pacific Western Region Staff & Contacts

Pacific Western Region staff are part of the UUA's Congregational Life Staff.

Every congregation in the Pacific Western Region has a primary contact, which can be found on the Primary Contacts for PWR Congregations index.

Regional Lead

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Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto

The Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto is the Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region. As the regional lead, he has overall responsibility for the services that regional staff offer to congregations. He provides expertise to congregations in governance and social justice. He also is the main point of contact between regional staff and district boards. He works from his home office in the Seattle suburbs.

Read James' full bio or contact him at jkubalkomoto [at] uua [dot] org  or (253) 252-6539 .

Primary Contacts

Rev Jan Christian

Rev. Jan Christian

The Rev. Jan Christian serves as the primary contact to congregations in Arizona, Nevada, California, and Hawaii. She is also the regional specialist for stewardship, and provides consultation on stewardship throughout the region. Before joining UUA staff in 2015, she served as a lay leader for ten years and then as a minister in Ventura, California for thirteen years. She is currently working on an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising. She works out of her home office in Atascadero, California.

Contact Jan at jchristian [at] uua [dot] org or (602) 908-7576. Read her full bio.

Jonipher Kwong

Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong serves as primary contact for congregations in California and Colorado. Jonipher is also the Co-Dean (along with Rev. Renee Ruchotzke) of the UU Leadership Institute and Dean of Russell Lockwood Leadership School. He is also the regional specialist for Leadership Development, Multicultural Transformation, and Covenantal Partnerships. He is also a program leader for the UU College of Social Justice.​ Before joining the UUA staff in 2015, Jonipher was the settled minister at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. He also served as a consulting minister to both UU and Metropolitan Community Church congregations. He also has experience in the nonprofit world as a Community Minister (Executive Director) and Interfaith Organizer. Prior to this calling, Jonipher worked in the film industry and the business consulting world. He works out of his home office in Los Angeles, California.

Contact Jonipher at jkwong [at] uua [dot] org or (808) 728-7177. Read his full bio.

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Rev. Tandi Rogers

The Rev. Tandi Rogers serves as primary contact for congregations in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and a few in Oregon and Colorado.  She is also the the regional specialist for Emerging Groups, Conflict Transformation, and Accessibilities & Inclusion Ministries. She works out of her home office in Tacoma, Washington.

Contact Tandi at trogers [at] uua [dot] org or (253) 278-4646. Read her full bio.

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Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh

The Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh serves as primary contact for our southernmost congregations from San Diego county to El Paso, Texas, including most of Arizona and New Mexico, parts of California, parts of Colorado. She is also our Lifespan Faith Formation Specialist within the PWR. As such, she helps congregations fulfill their missions of providing meaningful religious education opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, young adults, and adults. (Eric Bliss is our Youth Ministry Specialist.) Sarah is the regional Safe Congregations specialist and helps congregations prevent and respond to boundary violations. She works out of her home office in San Diego, California.

Contact Sarah at smillspaugh [at] uua [dot] org or (858) 215-2650. Read her full bio.

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Rev. Sarah Schurr

The Rev. Sarah Schurr serves as primary contact for congregations in Oregon, Northern California, Montana, Wyoming, and a few in Washington. She is also the regional specialist for small congregations. She is also the regional program manager for Ministerial Transitions. Before joining UUA staff, she was minister of a number of small congregations and was an active lay leader and professional social worker prior to ordination. She works from her home office in Portland, Oregon.

Contact Sarah at sschurr [at] uua [dot] org or (503) 936-0479. Read her full bio.

The Rev. Christine Robinson

Rev. Christine Robinson

Christine Robinson works with the Pacific Western Region as a Congregational Life Consultant for Large Congregations. Christine retired in August 2017 from serving the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, one of our largest congregations in the Pacific Western Region. During her 29 years of ministry there, she led that congregation through several size transitions, so Christine is intimately familiar with the challenges congregations face as they grow larger. She writes the blog "iMinister," and has authored numerous books, articles and meditations. She also delivered the 2008 Berry Street Essay, "Imagineering Soul," to the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and speaks regularly at the UUA's General Assembly.

Contact Christine at crobinson [at] uua [dot] org (crobinson) or (505) 908-6765. Read her full bio.

Youth Ministries

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Eric Bliss

A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, Eric Bliss is the region’s Youth Ministry specialist, partnering with congregations and larger district and regional structures to execute safe, covenantal, and spiritually rich youth programs and offerings. His portfolio integrates leadership development, faith formation, and justice work into our movement’s ministries. Prior to this calling, Eric taught science and coached soccer in secondary level classrooms, served as a youth advisor, then DRE, chaplain, and camp director in the Mountain Desert District.  He works out of his home office in Denver, Colorado.

Contact Eric at ebliss [at] uua [dot] org or (303)903-3144. Read his full bio.

Youth Programming Staff

Under the direction of Youth Ministry Specialist Eric Bliss, PWR Youth Programming is also supported by:

  • Jessica Laikeman, Director of Camping Ministries and MDD Chaplain to Youth, jlaikeman [at] pwruua [dot] org
  • Amber Alexander, Youth Ministry Consultant, PNWD and PSWD Youth Conferences Coordinator, aalexander [at] pwruua [dot] org

Administrative Staff

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Rhiannon Smith

Rhiannon Smith serves as Regional Administrator for the Pacific Western Region. She lives and works in San Diego but is a New Englander at heart, originally hailing from Rhode Island and Boston. She is an active member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and currently serves as President. Rhiannon enjoys travel, (watching) sports, animals of all kinds, and musical theater.

Contact Rhannon at rsmith [at] uua [dot] org. Read her full bio.

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Diane Brinson

Diane Brinson is the Administration Manager for the PWR, and supervises all administrative staff. When you have no idea which staff member to reach out to, contact Diane. She will happily steer you in the right direction. Diane works out of her home office in glorious Seattle.

Contact Diane at dbrinson [at] uua [dot] org. Read her full bio.

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Rev. Christopher Wulff

Rev. Christopher Wulff is the Pacific Western Region’s Communications Technology Specialist. He both supports the PWR staff and consults with congregations to support their effective use of communications and online technologies. If you have questions about newsletters, branding, mailing lists, worship technology, databases, automation, social media, or really anything that involves a computer or design, contact Christopher. He works part-time out of his home office in Vancouver, British Columbia

Contact him at cwulff [at] uua [dot] org or 778-917-3377. Read his full bio.

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Amanda Radak

Amanda Radak is the Events Coordinator and Regional Registrar. She works from her home outside of Seattle.

Read Amanda's Full Bio or contact Amanda at aradak [at] uua [dot] org.

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Melanie Buck

Melanie Buck is the PWR Bookkeeper. She manages the books for all four districts as well as the region. She works full time out of her home office in Brighton, Colorado.

Contact Melanie at mbuck [at] uua [dot] org. Read her full bio.

Diane Lavinder

Diane Lavinder is the part-time Assistant Bookkeeper. She shares bookkeeping responsibilities with the regional bookkeeper, working out of the bookkeeper’s office in Brighton, Colorado, one day a week, and out of her home office in Aurora, Colorado the rest of the week.

Contact Diane at dlavinder [at] uua [dot] org.

Address & Email

Pacific Western Region
P.O. Box 567
Brighton, CO 80601
(720) 778-6682
pwr [at] uua [dot] org (​pwr [at] uua [dot] org)

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