The Reverend Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz has been the settled minister at the Fellowship since Aug. 1, 2012. She comes to Winston-Salem from Topeka, KS, where she had served the UU Fellowship for nine years. She was chaplain for a residential addiction-treatment facility for eight years before her congregational work. Rev. Lisa has a master's degree in divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO (1994) and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Kansas (1985). Rev. Lisa’s family includes Jim, her husband for more than 25 years, and her daughter and son-in-law who live near Asheville. Lisa loves to explore North Carolina and spends time hiking, reading and playing the piano. Learn more.
Director of Religious Education
Pam Lepley coordinates and oversees our religious education classes for children and youth as well as a variety of enrichment programs that reach beyond the traditional classroom setting. Pam is available to meet one-on-one for discussions on life, religion and family matters. She is also able to make referrals if needed for professional counseling. On most Thursday mornings, you will find Pam in the library for friendly conversation and with a listening ear.
Pam graduated from Wake Forest University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in religion. Before working at the Fellowship, she served as an advocate for battered women and survivors of rape in Concord and was a foster-care social worker for the Guilford County Department of Social Services. Pam lives in High Point with her husband, two children and a menagerie of family pets.
The DRE keeps office hours on Sunday from 9 am to noon; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm; and at other times by appointment. Contact Pam.
Mignon Dobbins oversees our music program and has directed our outstanding choir since 1998. Mignon holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A National Board Certified Teacher, she is the director of choirs at Reagan High School in Pfafftown. She sang with the Bel Canto Company for 15 years and occasionally freelances as music director for area community theaters.
Most of Mignon’s family members are music educators and/or performers. About her work, she says, “I like nothing better than researching, preparing and performing challenging, thought-provoking music to enhance the worship or meditative experience. I also value the relationships that develop and are strengthened through choral music: the emotional connectedness, the nonverbal communication, the sense of trust, the thrill of achievement, and the inspiration of poetry and music.” People who attend Sunday worship services are regularly impressed by the quality of music she elicits from our choir, as well as her own exceptional voice. Contact Mignon.
Yong Im Federle
In addition to providing beautiful music for our Sunday services and accompanying the Fellowship choir, Yong Im is an accomplished performer and teacher who received her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University South Bend and her doctorate at UNCG. She and her husband, Ted Federle, a professional opera singer, have both lived, worked and studied in the Triad area for a number of years.
Yong Im has performed numerous recitals throughout South America and the United States and has served on the piano faculty at Winston Salem State University and Lenoir-Rhyne University. She also teaches piano at St. Mary's Music Academy in High Point and in her private studio in Winston-Salem. Contact Yong Im.
Cathy Kelley, our Fellowship administrator, has a bachelor's degree in business management from Columbia College and 15 years of experience handling the accounting and financial needs of churches. She's originally from Hartsville, SC, and she and her husband Glen lived in Columbia, SC, for 28 years before moving to Winston-Salem in 2006. Cathy and Glen have two children and four grandchildren who live close by.
Cathy has office hours Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. Contact Cathy.
Caron Armstrong is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where she met her husband, Steve. She is a tutor and has been a home-schooling mom to Keegan, Catie and Josie. She lives with her family and her many pets in Kernersville. As member/volunteer coordinator, Caron maintains the member database and works with the Membership Committee on programs for new and existing members. Caron also assists in recruiting volunteers by matching Fellowship committee requests with the interests of members of the Fellowship.
Caron has office hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. Contact Caron.
Wynn Talley Perkins
Wynn Talley Perkins is a student at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago. She completed her undergraduate work at UNC Greensboro and has a bachelor's degree in religious studies (Early Christianity) and history. Wynn was a paramedic for Rockingham County until she was disabled in 2009 in the line of duty, leading her to hear the call to ministry. Wynn identifies as Wiccan and holds a traditional third degree in that faith practice. She currently serves as High Priestess of Unity Haven Coven in Greensboro. Wynn lives in Greensboro with her husband, Ian, and two sons, Luke and London, along with their two dogs and seven cats. Contact Wynn.
Acting Youth Director
Lysandra Sykes is our acting youth director and will be with us until June 2014. Lysandra grew up in Winston-Salem at our Fellowship. She received her high-school education at Salem Academy and earned a bachelor's degree in acting and theater education from Emerson College in Boston in 2006. After traveling independently in Argentina for five months, she moved to Los Angeles and experimented with improv, stand-up comedy and acting on television. After a couple of years she moved back to North Carolina and worked as a nanny in Asheville while taking writing class and exploring what was next. This past year she decided to pursue a career in speech language pathology, and she is currently a fulltime student at UNC Greensboro completing prerequisite classes while applying to graduate school. Contact Lysandra.
The Rev. George Briggs
The Rev. George Briggs was appointed our Minister Emeritus in 2000, having served as our Interim Minister in 1991-92. A native Californian, George holds a bachelor's degree from San Jose State College and master's degrees from Iliff School of Theology in Denver and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. George spent five years in the Methodist ministry in Oregon and Idaho, and was a social worker for seven years in Oakland. He then went on to serve as a Unitarian Universalist minister for 27 years in seven states, retiring in 1995. George and his wife Elise, whom he married in 1957, have one daughter and three grandsons.