Ministers and Staff

Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt (she / her)

Rev. Kristin Schmidt was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and grew up attending the Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda. After graduating from Western Maryland College with a BA in music, she moved to England, attended a Unitarian church there and felt called to ministry. She was ordained in 2011 after receiving her…

Dr. Laura Solomon, Director of Spiritual Growth

Rev. Dr. Laura Solomon

Rev. Dr. Laura Solomon graduated from Meadville Lombard TheologicalSchool with her Master of Divinity in 2021 and was ordained in March2022.  She completed her internship at the Washington Ethical Societyand the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA. Prior toseminary, Laura worked as a psychologist, serving children andadolescents with developmental disabilities in Baltimore and HowardCounty, MD. …

Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes has been the Music Director of UUCSS since 2004. In this capacity, he has helped to develop a diversified and integrated music program at UUCSS and the Music Residency Program; he has also promoted enriching collaborations among musicians in the church and in the community.  A recent example of this was his vision and planning for the “Missa Gaia” project, a musical celebration of our sacred earth, in collaboration with composer/songwriter Jim Scott who was a collaborator in the original Paul Winter Consort “Missa Gaia” production in 1982.

Jeannette Jackson 

Jeannette Jackson joined the staff team at UUCSS as Office Administrator in the Spring of 2022. She brings many years of office management and communications experience to her work with our congregation along with a deep commitment to freedom and equality.

Philip Browne (he / him)

Philip Browne provides technical support for UUCSS. He is a native of Columbia, Maryland and is delighted to be part of our staff. Philip enjoyed a multifaceted career as a professional orchestral musician in the Baltimore-Washington area, served UUCSS formerly as our Communications Administrator, and now works as a software engineer.

Juan Vargas

Juan Vargas is the Sexton at UUCSS.  A native of Nicaragua, Juan has been with the church for more than ten years and has enjoyed working for UUCSS.  Juan has three sons named Michael, Jimmy, and Jeffrey.  Juan is an avid baseball player and also loves animals, plants, and watching American Football.

Phi T. Thach

  Phi T. Thach received her Associates in Business Administration, Bachelor in Social Work, and Masters in Early Childhood Education in Washington, DC. She has 11 years of experience working with youth with and without special needs and have 5 years of experience in managing up to 15- 25 caseload in working with families and…

Rev. Ashley Burczak

Rev. Ashley Burczak is an Affiliated Community Minister with UUCSS. She works as a hospice chaplain with JSSA Hospice and as the chaplain for the Unitarian Universalists at Riderwood Retirement Community. Ashley preaches at UUCSS a handful of times each year. She is covenanted with UUCSS to serve our mission in the wider community but is not paid staff.   Ashley received her…