Our Staff

Erica Shadowsong
Lifespan Religious Education Director

Erica is passionate about Unitarian Universalist religious education and excited to serve at First UU and call Pittsburgh her new home. She has come to us from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, Pennsylvania where she served two years as the Interim Lifespan Religious Education Director. A religious educator with six years of experience in the field, Erica has a passion for all things creative, especially the performing arts. She enjoys using her storytelling skills in Unitarian Universalist worship settings.

Formerly a middle school English teacher, Erica holds a B.A. in English and a Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Folklore, concentration in Applied Storytelling, from George Mason University. In addition, she is a member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and a 2016 Fahs Research Fellow, representing educational entrepreneurs in the practice of religious education. She explored the subject of devotional reading as a spiritual practice in her Fahs Fellowship, and most recently, presented two workshops at GA on storytelling and multicultural identities, and the needs of transracially adopted children and their parents in our congregations. Erica began employment August of 2017.

She is generally available Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and by appointment. She is off on Fridays and Saturdays and does not consistently check email on those days. For drop ins, please make sure to call to verify that she is onsite as she may have offsite appointments or engagements. You can also check her Google Calendar, which she regularly updates.

Rita Gates
Business Manager
Allison Landau
Nursery Care Provider
Cicely Moultrie
Program Assistant
Dan Laity
Dan Laity has served as Sexton since 1992. After hours, he manages several rental properties that he has refurbished.
Ellen Gozion
Director of Instrumental Music
Jennifer Parsons
Communications Coordinator
Kathy Miller
Sunday Hospitality Provider
Kensie McElfresh
Building Security Provider
Kris Rust
Director of Vocal Music

Kris has been a member of 1st Unitarian Church Pittsburgh since 1992. He has served on various committees and was 1st Church Adult Choir piano accompanist 2000 – 2002. He holds degrees in music education, musicology, and choral conducting, and has many years experience directing choirs at the high school, university, and adult church & community choir level. He currently works as pianist at Point Park University and is Co-founder/Producer of the Let Freedom Sing Concerts, the Pittsburgh region’s premiere celebration of the MLK Holiday.

Pierre Abram
Summer Nursery Care Provider
Rita Richards
Nursery Care Provider
Shea O'Brien
Nursery Care Provider
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First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-8008     Map and directions
Worship Services
10:30 AM
Office Hours
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday - Friday
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