Meet Our Staff
Rev. Diana L. Smith
Rev. Diana, WUUC’s interim minster from August 2018 – June 2020, is called to working with congregations that are in transition to build communities within the church’s walls and in the wider community that speak to our deepest values, our individual and collective ways of experiencing the sacred, and hold all of us with love and accountability.
After growing up in Dallas, TX, Rev. Diana earned a BA in Psychology from Oberlin College and an MA in Environmental and Community Planning from the University of British Columbia. She had a career in WA as an environmental professional working for local and state government. Before her call to ministry, she was working for the WA Department of Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program engaging with diverse communities and agencies around challenging, multi-stakeholder processes. She also developed, implemented, and oversaw programming and policies that brought together psychological research with environmental and public health research and needs. Outside of her environmental career, she worked with a crisis intervention phone service for about nine years. Between paid and volunteer work and being a lay leader at Olympia UU Congregation, she found her call to ministry.
Rev. Diana was ordained and entered into fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister in May 2018 after completing her Master of Divinity and certificates in pastoral care and interfaith leadership at Andover Newton Theological School, a two year ministerial internship at First Church Boston, and a chaplaincy internship at Genesis Medical Center. She loves helping people find emotional and spiritual grounding during the sorrows and joys of life, working with people to connect or justice work with spiritual development, and helping groups engage in discernment and transitions work.
Rev. Diana is an avid hiker and backpacker with her dog, and (sometimes) bike commuter (without her dog, who views bikes and something that need to be herded). She loves gardening and cooking good vegetarian, gluten-free food. She’s is a ceramic and a fiber artist and loves appreciating and even participating in others’ theater, dance, and music. And finally, she loves travelling internationally, although she hasn’t had much opportunity to do that in the past few years.
Director of Religious Education
I live in Shoreline, WA with my husband, Jason, and my two children, Meg (20) and Quincy (15). I attend graduate school part time at Seattle University and am pursuing my Master of Divinity Degree. My eventual goal is to seek ordination as a UU minister.
Professionally, I have been working in the aviation insurance industry for over 15 years. I am delighted to be changing directions and starting a new chapter of my professional life as a religious educator. I have been a Unitarian Universalist for a little over 10 years and have been a member of three different congregations in that time. I have served in many positions including Board Member, RE Teacher and Youth Advisor. I have also been a member of several other teams including the Committee on the Ministry, the Welcome Team, and the Worship Planning Committee. For the past 2 years, I have been preaching monthly at the Olympic UU Fellowship in Port Angeles, WA and filling in as a guest speaker at various UU churches in the area.
In my spare time, I love to play board games, read books, go to movies, and perform improv comedy.
Member & Engagement Coordinator
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Karen moved to California where she joined her first Unitarian Universalist congregation. She has been in Woodinville, WA since 2007. Karen has been married half her life and has one son, who grew up a UU. She says, “I’m a working artist and photographer, an enthusiastic supporter of democratic and Sudbury education, and I love living in the Pacific Northwest forest.My life at WUUC has been incredibly fulfilling, helping me become more compassionate and giving me the opportunity to serve others in many different ways. I hope to share my passion with new visitors, longtime members, and everyone in between.”
Lori Varosh joined the staff of WUUC in September 2008 after a 25-year career in journalism.
“I am warmed by the kind, inclusive spirit of church members and staff, and particularly appreciate the social justice and environmental sustainability components of Unitarian Universalism.”
Molly is a native of Seattle and moved back to the area after receiving her Master’s of Music in Voice from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She is also the eldest daughter of congregation members Gary and Elizabeth Tomlinson.
She first began developing her passion for choral music when she sang in Columbia Choirs from 1999-2007. She also participated in the Redmond High School Choir, where she was president her senior year. From 2007 to 2011 Molly also sang with the Chapman University choir while she was earning her BA of Music degree from their conservatory. Molly lived in Chicago for five years, during which time she sang with the CCPA opera group, and was also a section leader for the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.
Through her musical studies, Molly has developed a strong passion for vocal pedagogy and is proud to be a private voice teacher and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Along with teaching, she enjoys putting on her own recital series, as well as performing through the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle. For fun she also sings with a local a capella group, the Emerald City Voices, and volunteers leading weekly sectionals for the Mercer Island High School Bel Canto choir.
From Pop to Opera, Molly said she “loves all music and is excited to work with the WUUC choir this coming year!”
Raised in Southern California by a psychiatrist dad and an artist mom, Terry took to the piano so naturally at age 4 that music clearly chose him rather than the other way around.
He’s been writing his own music since the age of 7. First trying to write like an early influence, George Gershwin, then for his own rock and fusion groups, and then for original stage musicals. To date he’s got umpteen credits for those, numbering among them quite a few children’s shows. He has acted in “Casablanca, Casablanca” (a movie musical) and “War of the Currents” (about the relationship between Tom Edison and Nikola Tesla).
Terry finds his current gig as a church pianist to be an enjoyable challenge. Each Sunday he partners with the many varied musical folk in the WUUC congregation to arrange a wide variety of musical styles. He performs and accompanies all genres of music, bringing a sense of adventure and surprise to worship services.
Originally from Hollywood, FL, Devrah and her family moved to Snohomish in 2005 and absolutely love the Northwest. Devrah is happily married and has one daughter and two stepdaughters. She’s an author, a bookkeeper since 2005, and a homemaker. She enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, and staying home to cuddle on the couch with her husband.
Jennifer Ikeda has been a passionate educator for over 20 years. She has earned her graduate Master in Teaching degree and her undergrad Wildlife Science degree. Her methodology is based on experiential learning, an understanding of both learning and developmental processes, and a focus on fostering self-efficacy in youth.
Known for her exuberance and for her ability to tailor activities to individual needs, she has taught babies to adults and every age in between in a wide variety of subjects and situations. She has also traveled all over the US and the world, learning from various ecosystems and cultures. Jen is excited to spend quality time with your amazing children, playing and learning together.
J. Manuel Macias
Manny resides in Kent. He is the proud father of a lovely daughter. He has been with WUUC for 13 years, caring for our facilities and sharing love with our community. He works as a fiberglass equipment assembler full-time.