Minister & 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

Dr. Laura Solomon

Dr. Laura Solomon recently graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School with her Master of Divinity and is in the process of completing the fellowship process with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She completed her internship at the Washington Ethical Society and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA. Prior to seminary, Laura worked as a psychologist,…

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.

Philip Browne (he / him)

Philip Browne is the Communications Administrator at Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring.  He is a native of Columbia, Maryland, and is delighted to be part of the staff at UUCSS.  Philip has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a professional orchestral musician in the Baltimore-Washington area.  He has performed with groups such as the Baltimore…

Lindsay Cowett

Lindsay Cowett serves as the Religious Education Coordinator and the temporary Communications Coordinator at UUCSS. She is also currently pursuing her Master of Sacred Theology degree online at Chicago Theological Seminary with a focus on Interreligious Studies. She lives in Chantilly, VA with her spouse and their two cats, Sparky and Domino. In her free…

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…

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.

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…