Staff & Lay Leadership

Michelle McMorris

Michelle McMorris is a mother of two adult children and a grandmother of two grandsons.   She has a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations/Early Childhood Education.  She has worked in the Educational /Human Service field for over 30 years and have supervised and directed…

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…

Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt

Rev. Kristin Schmidt was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. After graduating from Western Maryland College with a BA in music, she moved to England, attended a UU church there and felt called to ministry. She was ordained in 2015 after receiving her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Most…

Marsha Thrall

Marsha Thrall is the 2019-2021 Interim Director of Religious Education at UUCSS.  Prior to serving at UUCSS, Marsha spent a year as the Interim Religious Education Coordinator at Unitarian Universalist Church – West, in Brookfield, WI.  Though Religious Education within the UU context is a relatively new experience for her, Marsha is following a vocational…

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.