Minister and Staff

Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation has a staff of professionals that includes a full-time settled minister, a full-time director of lifespan religious education and faith development, two community ministers, full-time congregational and communications administrator, bookkeeper, music director, choir director, choir accompanist, children's music educator, and a nursery teacher.

Minister

Rev. Meredith Garmon

A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, Rev. Garmon holds Masters degrees in communication studies and philosophy, and a PhD in government from the University of Virginia. He completed his theological studies at the Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary in 2003 and was ordained a UU minister in 2004. From 2006 to 2013 he served as minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Gainsville, Florida. On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Rev. Garmon conducted his first service at CUUC, and by all accounts fulfilled the congregation's expectations of a dynamic and inspiring spiritual presence.
 

You may contact Rev. Garmon at 914-946-1660 x3, minister@cucwp.org (which forwards a copy to the administrator, who helps make sure he doesn't miss it), or mgarmon@uuma.org (which affords a greater chance of privacy, though no email can ever be truly confidential).

 

Sabbatical Minister

Rev. Kimberley Debus

Rev. Kimberley Debus is a community minister affiliated with the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, NE. Ordained in 2017, Kimberley has previously served One Island Family UU Congregation in Key West, FL, and the First Universalist Church of Southold, NY. She also serves as co-chair of the board of directors for the UU Wellspring Spiritual Deepening Program. Kimberley was raised by Unitarian parents and returned to Unitarian Universalism in the 1990s during her years as an activist in North Carolina’s LGBTQ community. As both lay leader and minister, she has presented workshops on generational theory, the worship arts, and stewardship. Kimberley has been known to burst out in song and will wax poetic about British panel shows, mysteries, and The West Wing. She lives in Round Lake, NY, a small village between Albany and Saratoga Springs, and makes her home with her sister Sandy and three tabby cats.

You may reach Rev. Kimberley at sabbaticalmin@cucwp.org..

Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development

Tracy Breneman, M.A., M.S.

Tracy Breneman joined the CUUC community in July 2019 as our Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development. Faith community holds a central place in Tracy’s life. As the daughter of a United Methodist minister, she grew up witnessing the work of nurturing intentional community and appreciating the richness of relationships that bloom as a result. She has been a UU Religious Educator for over ten years, serving all five Westchester County UU congregations and twice serving two congregations simultaneously. Tracy embraces the call to live into the shared values of our faith and lean in to ongoing learning. Her spiritual practice is grounded in justice making, especially related to racial equity and LGBTQ+ rights. Ongoing professional development and service to our denomination keep Tracy up to date with evolving approaches and resources for RE.  She has held several leadership roles through the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) Metro NY Chapter as well as Continental LREDA, the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovations in Faith Formation at the Meadville Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and among Westchester UUs. Tracy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Universidade de Brasília, Brasil, and a Master’s degree (Ph.D. candidate) in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University. She has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator that includes teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses in conflict transformation at George Mason University, Columbia University, and in the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She has also designed and led numerous conflict transformation workshops. She brings these tools and skills into the service of her colleagues as a Good Officer for Continental LREDA and they are often useful in congregational life. Tracy lives in Westchester County with her teenage sons, partner, and dog.
 
You may contact Tracy at 914-946-1660 x4, or CUUCWPTracy@gmail.com.

Community Ministers

Rev. Deb Morra

The Rev. Deb Morra is affiliated with our congregation as an ordained minister whose calling is to work in the wider world rather than in the parish. She makes her living as a therapist and social worker, and this congregation provides her the context in which she can view that work as ministry. She preaches at CUUC twice a year and provides other leadership.
 
You may contact Rev. Morra at getreal714@gmail.com.

Rev. LoraKim Joyner

Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner, DVM, is a veterinarian specializing in wildlife avian medicine. Since 2001, she has also been a Unitarian Universalist minister (MDiv, Vanderbilt University, 2000). She served as a parish minister for 10 years--most of them as co-minister with spouse, Rev. Meredith Garmon--before switching to Community Ministry. Her ministry encompasses two areas: multispecies ministry (deepening understanding and appreciation between human and nonhuman species) and nonviolent communication (she's a certified NVC trainer).
 
You may contact Rev. Joyner at amoloros@gmail.com.

Congregational and Communications Administrator

Pamela Parker

Pam Parker joined CUUC as our administrator in the spring of 2016. She reports to the minister and works closely with other staff and the congregation. She also creates our weekly email newsletter, the e-Communitarian.
 
You may contact Pam at 914-946-1660 x2, or admin@cucwp.org.
 
 
 
 
 

Congregation Bookkeeper

Diane Pearson

Diane joined CUUC in January 2017. She is a part-time employee who reports to the minister and works closely with the administrator and the Board treasurer. You may contact Diane at 914-946-1660 x5, or cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com.

 

Music Director

Adam Kent

Adam Kent has been the Music Director at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation since 1990. Recently appointed to the music faculty of State University of New York at Oneonta, Adam has performed piano in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music throughout the United States, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Latin America. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Dr. Kent also received top prizes in the Thomas Richner, the Juilliard Concerto, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions, and is a recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. To learn more about, please visit our Musicians page, as well as www.adamkentmusic.com.

You may contact Dr. Kent at 212-595-7280, or music@cucwp.org.

 

Choir Director

Lisa N. Meyer

Lisa N. Meyer has been our Choir Director at CUUC since 2001. She assisted in the creation of the annual Music at CUUC Concert Series, which features several concerts per season including two performances by the CUUC Choir. Ms. Meyer has been an active professional musician in the Metropolitan Area as a soloist, conductor, choral singer, and teacher for many years, and is Production Coordinator for the Department of Music at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University, as well as an adjunct professor in Arts Management there. To learn more, please visit our Musicians page.

You may contact Lisa at lisa.meyer@liu.edu.

Choir Accompanist

Georgianna Pappas

Born and raised in the NY Metro area, Georgianna has been playing piano since the age of 5, and gave her first solo recital at 14. She was educated at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and Hunter College in NYC, graduating with a BA in Music. Georgianna has worked and performed in opera rehearsals, chamber music and art song concerts, improvisational concerts, and has accompanied singers in cabaret settings. She wrote and performed songs for an original musical theater piece Hot Flashes. To learn more, visit our Musicians page.
 

You may contact Georgianna at georgianna.pappas@gmail.com.

 

 

Children's Music Director and Educator

Lyra Harada

Lyra Harada has been working with the CUUC Religious Education program since 2017. She creates and directs children's musical activities to enhance our curriculum and worship services. Lyra reports to the Director of Religious Education.

You may contact Lyra at musicalyra13@gmail.com.