Ministerial Search Team
Hi, I am Danni Schantz and I am the chair of the Search Committee. My family (Peter, Ben and Sam) have been attending the UUFWC for approximately 10 years and we love this community! My husband Peter and I have been very involved with the UUFWC including the Stewardship Committee and the Building Expansion Committee. Ben and and Sam are very involved in local sports, which keeps us busy. I am an attorney and work at McGown & Markling, an Akron based firm that specializes in education law, which has proven to be very interesting during the current pandemic! We all look forward to a time when we can be together again in person.
My name is Mary Wicks and I have been a member of the UUFWC for 26 years. I grew up in Virginia, moved to Texas to work in the oil industry, met my husband, moved to Alaska, had 2 daughters, and then moved to Wooster. My daughters were raised in the UUFWC and, although they are now in NYC and Chicago, they often tell me how much they appreciate the values they learned from this community, I currently work as a program coordinator at the OARDC, where I am always learning. In my spare time I enjoy reading, biking and hiking. Although I first attended the UUFWC for my daughters, I keep coming because of the people – they are curious and supportive and kind.
My name is John Waldman. My partner, Vera Rowland, and I have been attending the UUFWC since 2009, and became members in 2010. We live in Ashland and are the proud parents of three grown children. My career has been spent working in accounting management and I am presently employed at a sales, distribution, and service company in Medina, as their Accounting Services Manager. I find that the UUFWC offers a broad view
of spirituality in a welcoming and open-minded community. And that is why I keep coming back – this is the best place for me to continue the work of becoming the best human I can be.
Susan Heady moved to Wooster from Louisville, KY in 1981, having just been introduced to a UU church there. In typical UU fashion, she began attending services in 1981 at the Grange Hall, but attendance was intermittent. She and her husband were married by a UU minister from Akron in 1984, and attendance was more regular, but never in the summer. She officially joined in 1994. Susan has been married to Larry Madden for 36 years. They have one adult daughter, Zoe Madden. Susan’s first career was as an Entomologist (Ph.D.,1985 from OSU) and she worked at OARDC and taught at ATI and Stone Lab on Lake Erie. After Zoe was born, she changed careers (a second Master’s, 2000 from Case Western Reserve University) and became a social worker/psychotherapist. In her second career as a counselor for the employees of the Cleveland Clinic EAP – Wooster and Medina, she has worked part-time for 20 years. Susan is an avid flower gardener, handmade paper card artist, tea connoisseur, and vintage (pre-1920) women’s clothing collector. Susan was raised a Methodist but spent many Sundays in the Catholic church given the religion of her best girlfriends, numerous boyfriends, and husband’s family. After studying the Eastern religions in college, she looked for a more inclusive religion. The UU multifaith inspiration, comfort with atheism/ agnosticism, women’s spirituality, and social/environmental justice movement have provided a home for community and spiritual growth. Our Fellowship has encouraged her spiritual, emotional and creative growth.
Being a member of the UUFWC Ministerial Search Team is both an honor and a role not lightly undertaken, given the work load and immense importance of it to our future. I will serve with diligence, honesty, and deep respect for the congregation. I first attended the UUFWC when meetings were still at the Grange (1996) just before the move to the Saybolt location. My entire family, husband Tim, sons Skylar and Andrew (wife Emily, children Sarah and Abby), are rooted in this fellowship community and have been enriched by being a part of it. I’m a retired teacher and continue that role in the Earth Spirits RE room. The UU Fellowship has been my spiritual home for 24 years and I feel a strong connection to this community and its mission. (Mady Noble)
Raised a three-times-a-week Lutheran, as an adult I was part of the “great unchurched” for nearly 20 years, I first went to the fellowship at the grange hall in that year known for a famous book, 1984.
My sons were in their sophomore and senior years in high school. I wanted them to learn bible history as a part of their education, not as a doctrine of belief. So I enrolled them that fall in a bible study class at the fellowship. Subsequently, they went on with their lives, resuming sleeping-in on Sundays. My husband continued playing tennis on Sunday mornings alongside a group of UU husbands. My daughter Alex and I stayed and became UU’s. Now my grandchildren Estella and Hawthorn are in RE. We all found our niche.
We had come to Wooster in 1975 so I could attend ATI in landscape horticulture. It was and is a good place to raise a family, so we worked to find the employment that would enable us to stay here. After finishing ATI, I started a landscape company that would last 17 years. I added a job at the postal service, working mainly throughout the Southwest Local school district area, mainly in Apple Creek and Fredericksburg.
I remain a UU because it still is my best opportunity for personal growth. (Ruth Sewell)
My name is Dan Stavnezer and I have been a member of the UUWFC for 15 years. My wife and I moved to Wooster in 2002 as she was hired in a tenure track professorship at the College of Wooster. We have two great kids, Ben (15) and Max (13) and a guinea pig named Squeakers. I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and have been for 24 years and currently work at my own private practice in downtown Wooster and am on the Wooster City and Wayne County Schools Career Center school boards. Having grown up with no religious or spiritual guidance, I sought out a place that would allow me and my growing family to do so. And we are better for it!