Minister & Staff
Rev. Antonia Won
Rev. Antonia has been UUFCO’s Developmental Minister since August 2014. She has served congregations large and small in the U.S., and prior to coming to our congregation she was a congregational consultant for the Canadian Unitarian Council.
Rev. Antonia is a third-generation Canadian Unitarian Universalist who grew up in Quebec, has lived and worked on both sides of the 49th parallel throughout her life, and is grounded in creative process that was the basis of her first career as a designer. She has two young adult children and a beloved partner. She spends most of her free time outdoors.
Jennifer began her career with UUFCO in 2015 in the newly created position of Event Manager. She assisted with the creation of policies around renting the facility to the public and the congregation. The rental program kicked off in January 2016 and has been building strong momentum over the months. In March of 2016, Jennifer added the responsibilities of the Congregational Administrator to her role. In addition to administrative tasks, Jennifer creates the monthly newsletter, the weekly ACE (All Congregational Email) and Sunday’s Fresh Sheet. Jennifer has also recently assumed responsibility for overseeing facility and grounds maintenance, which will include management of the sexton position (to be hired), with a reporting line to the minister.
Prior to joining UUFCO, Jennifer worked for Levis Strauss & Co for fifteen years in Procurement as their Global Travel Manager. Her ability to help the community plan and execute events at UUFCO comes from her time as a Meetings Manager for a global HR firm on the east coast. When not at work, Jennifer can be found trying to keep up with her busy daughter, who loves to make movie sets and practice karate. Her husband, Phil Miscovich, is one of the two piano accompanists at UUFCO.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE FACILITATOR
Chela was hired as half-time administrator in June 2010, focusing on internal communications, database maintenance and publicity. Since the spring of 2016, Chela has been Congregational Life Facilitator, focusing on membership, modeling the congregation’s culture of welcome and appreciation, presenting adult RE courses with a focus on UU identity, supporting Sunday volunteers, producing worship materials, and providing staff support to various congregational initiatives. Chela also has performed various rites of passage (e.g., marriage and celebrations of life) with the agreement of Rev. Won.
Chela brings a variety of perspectives to her work at UUFCO, having completed a Masters of Divinity (SFTS, 1991; 3rd year pastoral internship at Southminster Presbyterian, Beaverton, Oregon), and having worked as both a paralegal and a hospice chaplain. Born and raised in San Francisco, she has called Bend home since 2007, enjoying wide open skies, clear night star views, and a manageable urban density. Chela has been writing music since her teens, led the Dances of Universal Peace in Portland, Oregon, for 16 years, and finds great pleasure in contra dancing, gardening, collaging and singing harmonies.
After a 30-year career as controller and office manager for auto dealerships, Eileen became the full-charge bookkeeper at UUFCO in 2012. She manages payroll, balance sheets, and bank reconciliations, prepares monthly, quarterly and annual reports, and maintains records, and statistics. She works closely with the board, treasurer, and Finance Committee. During our building construction process, she utilized an auxiliary accounting system to track pledge income and expenses.
Eileen is active in the UUFCO community, attending services, and participating in a covenant group and recreational activities. She loves accounting functions and volunteers for AARP Tax Aide, preparing tax returns for senior citizens during the tax season. Her favorite breakfast partner is a Sudoko puzzle.
DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
Ayla Halberstadt is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, who was raised in Northern Illinois. In the past Ayla has worked with UU congregations in many ways, from being heavily involved in leadership as a youth to serving on the board of trustees, teaching religious exploration, and leading youth groups. Ayla also served as the 2015-2016 co-facilitator for young adults at General Assembly.
As UUFCO's Director of Religious Exploration, Ayla is passionate about promoting faith-based, engaging curriculum, facilitating Our Whole Lives sexuality education curriculum for all ages, and fostering relationships with families, children, and youth to make their time in RE meaningful and fun. Ayla is excited to be able to put her knowledge from her own Unitarian Universalist identity and exploration into practice as she helps our religious exploration and family ministries programs flourish and grow. Ayla can also be found coaching a novice swim team and teaching adult swim lessons at Juniper Swim and Fitness.
LEAD RE TEACHER
Shannon teaches grades K-2 in our RE program. She joined UUFCO almost immediately after moving to Bend from Southern California 12 years ago. She has been a childcare provider and RE teacher since then. Her wish is that the young children who come through our doors feel a sense of acceptance and belonging here.
Shannon grew up in a religiously diverse family. She was raised by her Jewish grandmother and Irish Protestant grandfather. Her father was an atheist and her mother was a Christian. Starting when she was a young child, Shannon chose to attend a Unitarian Universalist church. She is married to Harry and they have two sons and a granddaughter.
LEAD RE TEACHER
Krystal teaches grades 3-5 in our RE program. Since becoming a Unitarian Universalist six years ago, she has given many sermons locally and in New Zealand and Australia. Central to her teaching philosophy is tying the scientific to the spiritual, encouraging exploration, and celebrating the wonder and possibility of emergent design.
After obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and a masters from Mississippi State University, both in geology, Krystal spent many years working in various fields and living in numerous states and countries. More recently she has worked in publication and marketing and now owns and operates a local grassroots media company, Guerrilla Media Bend. Beginning in 2017 she will host a community radio program on 88.9 FM KPOV. She can often be found running the register at Central Oregon Locavore where she urges everyone to shop local!
Virlene has served as Music Director since the UUFCO choir began in 2005. Her singing background was the impetus for leading the group, and she has learned choral directing “on the job” with the help of mentors and the UUMN conferences. In addition to leading the choir, she is also responsible for planning special music on non-choir Sundays and works closely with the minister and other worship planners to provide music that is an integral part of the worship experience. Virlene has led an ecumenical choir at the annual Thanksgiving service for the past two years and sings with the Central Oregon Mastersingers.
Dick started piano at age six, church organ at 14, pipe organ at 18. For 25 years, he has played organ/piano in Bend, first at the Presbyterian Church and now at UUFCO. Born to a Wyoming sheep ranching family, Dick has French/Spanish Basque heritage. A retired Spanish teacher, he spent two years with the Peace Corps in Colombia, and two years in Panama with the U.S. Army. Dick has two adult daughters in Bend with two grandchildren. His partner, Randy, sings in the UU choir.
Phil Miscovich and his wife, Jennifer Egan, and daughter, Ellie, have been UUFCO members for two years. Phil feels extremely grateful to have the opportunity to play piano regularly at the church. He has been teaching in secondary education since 1998, and tries to find as much time to make music as possible.