REV. SCOTT RUDOLPH
Rev. Scott Rudolph became UUFCO’s settled minister in mid-August of 2017. Rev. Scott was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received his B.A. from Hanover College, which included study in Belgium for a year. After several years of travel and work at a variety of jobs, he experienced a calling to the possibility of ministry, completing a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2011. He worked as a Chaplain at Christ Medical Hospital in Chicago before interning at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Washington state. Rev. Scott served as settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hills in the Pittsburg, PA area from 2011-2017. During that time he helped the church to grow as a healthy, kind, and caring community, and to move forward on a shared vision of seeking justice and reaching out into the greater community. Rev. Scott met his wife, Rebecca, in college. She is an occupational therapist. They have two children.
Interim Director of Religious Exploration
Dana Regan has served the Pacific Northwest District as Lead RE Consultant prior to the reformation into the Pacific Western Region of the UUA. She served as Director of Religious Education for Youth & Young Adults from 1995-2012 at First Unitarian Church in Portland. She also served two other Unitarian Universalist congregations for a total of 27 year’s experience. As a professional religious educator, she ministered to (and with) young people, parents, and families, as part of the whole church. She served on the Board of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) as well as the PNWD LREDA Chapter. She has been trained to facilitate and lead the Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education curricula for grades 7-12 and have taught classes in sexuality education to youth for over 20 years. She is also an accredited Interim Religious Educator.
Raised in three diverse religious faith communities: Lutheran, Christian Science and the Re-organized Church of Latter-Day Saints, Dana has been an active Unitarian Universalist for 30 years. She has also worked as an administrative assistant in a hospital and run her own children’s daycare in the Seattle area. She is a long-time member of a book group and has traveled with her family whenever possible. She and her partner, Jerry, have two children, ages 35 and 43, one grandson and two granddaughters.
Mark is beginning his role as music director in the fall of 2018. Mark has a Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin, and previously directed the Touch of Class Choir in Vancouver WA, while he was working as an engineer for Hewlett Packard. Mark has been singing in the UUFCO choir since he retired in 2013 and moved to Bend. In addition to leading the choir, Mark 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. Mark sings with the Central Oregon Mastersingers and with the Cascade Chorale, and continues to be involved in the life of UUFCO in ways that go beyond music.
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 Spiritual Development 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. Rudolph.
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, collageing and singing harmonies.
Administrator and bookkeeper
After a 13-year career as owner-operator of an artisanal stationery studio in Los Angeles, Leora moved to Bend and became the administrator and bookkeeper at UUFCO in July 2019. As administrator, she oversees congregation communications, social and print media outreach, database system, and the internal calendar, and provides facilities and event support. As bookkeeper, she manages payroll, balance sheets, and bank reconciliations, and prepares monthly, quarterly and annual reports. She works closely with the Board and Treasurer.
Leora enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Jonathan moved to Bend in 2013. He grew up in Dunellen, New Jersey. Jonathan arrived in San Francisco when he was 19 to attend the California Culinary Academy. For the next 28 years, Chef JB worked in some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants, including the Flying Saucer, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio and Tracy de Jardine’s Jardinière. In the early 1990s he started, Fork & Spoon Productions, a catering and event planning company that specialized in gourmet food with novel presentations. Jonathan has spent the last 4 years exploring Cuba, Japan, Baja California and the Pacific Northwest. Life remains a search for the perfect beach, with the perfect wave and the perfect fish taco!
Shannon teaches PreK 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.
Molly has been our nursery and childcare provider since 2014. She is also a pre-school teacher.
Peggy De armond
Born in Dallas, Texas, Peggy DeArmond is known for her dynamic and highly sensitive performances. A pianist of great versatility, she was an active accompanist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher in the greater New York City metropolitan area for over 30 years. Ms. DeArmond performed as principal keyboardist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for 26 years, and her other appearances in our region include performances with a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the tri-state area, where she has appeared in Carnegie, Alice Tully, Avery Fisher, Merkin Halls, Madison Square Garden and the Mohegan Sun. Her radio and television performances have included broadcasts of chamber and orchestral music on WQXR and PBS stations throughout the country. Ms. DeArmond currently resides in Bend, Oregon and began playing with UUFCO in September 2019.
Born in Texas, Parker ended up in Bend after hopping on a one way flight to New Zealand and then thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. He feels that the Pacific Northwest has been a fitting adjustment from the excess flannel in his closet. His previous life revolved around music and he has been lucky to have been a French horn player in many incredible ensembles and orchestras and toured in a drum and bugles corps. After a music degree, he pursued a Master’s in architecture but was cut short by burnout and wanderlust, hence the hiking and one way flight business. After spending some years traveling and building climbing walls for a living, he can now be found happily taking care of the UUFCO home while blasting Americana or Mahler over the fantastic sound system.