Ministry & Programs

Reverend Karen Foster is our Director of Lifespan Religious Education.

A native Southerner, Karen has lived the last 23 years on the West Coast. She began her ministry career in San Francisco in the mid-90’s during the AIDS pandemic in a congregation that lost hundreds of gay men. Out of that church, she founded an innovative, multi-denominational congregation across the San Francisco Bay, a very UU-like spiritual community that was diverse in theology and religion.

She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Spirituality, both from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, though her favorite seminary classes were those she took at (the UU) Starr King School for the Ministry. Karen received Preliminary Fellowship as a UU minister in 2014, after having had ties with several other denominations. For the last seven years, she has served our congregation as Director of Lifespan Religious Education. She currently lives in the North Lake Tahoe area of California with her spouse, Sue, and their 13-year-old son, Zachary, where she delights in biking, kayaking, snowboarding, skate skiing, and all things outdoors.

Karen is passionate about our faith development as Unitarian Universalists, for youth of all ages as well as for adults. “When you look into our Religious Education Learning Communities, you might think you are seeing the children participate in a craft, a story, or a discussion, but what you are really seeing is the children finding their voices, asking the big questions of life, and becoming the next generation of activists who will change our world.

Administration & Operations

Carol Sorensen is our Office Administrator.

Carol started as our office administrator in June of 2007 and holds a degree in Philosophy and Religion. She is a member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators and the UU Society of Community Ministry. She enjoys helping people, and is glad to be here.

Her office hours are from 9:00am – 3:00pm Tuesday through Friday.

Music & Choir

Bill Quinby is our Music Director.

Born in the Philadelphia area, Bill began his choral education with the Columbus Boychoir School (more recently called the American Boychoir) when he was 11. He has worked with singing groups and caroling groups on both coasts since he was in his early 20’s.

More recently, he has been musical theater music director in many productions in Reno and Ashland, Oregon. He also has taught voice in Nevada for over 15 years. He recently began his eighth year as Music Director for UUFNN.

Bill believes in the power of music to connect people of disparate segments of society and would like to see the choir perform more music ministry in the community.

Marilee Hunt-Mallett is our Pianist/Accompanist.

Marilee is a native of Reno and the daughter of Steve and Iris Maytan, who owned the Maytan Music Center. She started playing piano at the age of 5 and french horn at the age of 11. Marilee graduated from Wooster High School and majored in Music Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was one of the pioneering musicians of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gregory Stone and has played professionally in many local show bands.