Marsh Agobert is an ordained Unitarian-Universalist cleric who ministered to the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in the 70s and 80s. He has long practiced psychotherapeutic treatment and has successfully worked with individuals, couples, families and the actively psychotic. Marsh is an experienced management consultant (he prefers small and mid-sized businesses) and a life coach, which well utilizes his broad background. Marsh has extended experience in several spiritual practices including martial arts, and other yogas.
Rev. Marsh is in the office most Wednesdays from 10am-3pm. He can be reached by phone at 510-841-4824 ext 2.
Rev. Dr. Carrie Knowles describes herself as a recovering psychologist and recovering attorney, who graduated from Starr King in 2011 and was ordained to UU ministry in 2013. Along with providing pastoral care at BFUU and preaching at Bay Area churches as a guest speaker, she writes poetry, short stories, and is working on a memoir.
Rev. Carrie is in the office most Tuesdays from 2pm-6pm. She can be reached by phone at 510-841-4824 ext 5.
Rev. Tom McAninley is a long time member of BFUU, serving on the board for the maximum of eight years, being president or co-president for many of those years. He also served many years on the Worship Committee. He was ordained by BFUU in 2017, and began serving as Community Minister in 2019.
Dr. Susan T. Mashiyama was born in Michigan and grew up in southern California. She was brought up as a Buddhist and her grandfather was the Bishop of the Buddhist church in Hawaii. She first learned about UU when she moved to the Bay area and was intrigued by the welcoming and intellectual nature of this spiritual community. A lifelong student of music, she plays a number of musical instruments, including the harp, and enjoys contributing to the spirituality of a meeting by creating music. Dr. Susan earned her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at UC Berkeley.
Deborah is a musician, teacher, and community organizer with a long history in the East Bay. Born in Oregon & raised in the greater Bay Area, Berkeley has been her spiritual home ever since the 70s. She teaches Mountain Dulcimer classes at the Freight and Salvage, directs Women & Song and the Unconditional Love Qwire, and organizes the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering annually in May. Deborah is active in the local Pagan spiritual community and has several recordings. Deborah lives locally with her husband of 30+ years and, when her cat allows, knits.
Deborah is in the office from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. She can be reached at 510-841-4824 ext. 3
Susan is a SF Bay Area native who has lived in Berkeley since 2003. She holds a BA in Political Science from UCB and an MBA from CSU East Bay. Susan has enjoyed a variety of office positions but most enjoys working for a community based, community-enriching organization.
Susan is in the office from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. She can be reached at 510-841-4824 ext. 1
Michael is a young talented unique energizer and his thirst for knowledge exceeds him. His certifications include: Cisco IT Essentials, Microsoft Technology Associate, and Silicon Valley MetroEd Internet Engineering, and OSHA. He has a passion for tech & he has great social skills. He loves the chance to learn new things given any opportunity!
Ed Keating (they/them) - Building Manager
Ed was born in Chicago, IL and came to the Bay Area in the mid-60s with his family. Since then he has made the Bay Area his home, moving to Berkeley in 1976 after college. Ed became a peace activist in response to the Vietnam War. He is also very passionate about the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy; a passion he brings to his work in construction and maintenance.
Ed is an avid reader, and likes to write prose poetry and scientific non-fiction. He likes to spend time in nature, with regular trips to the beach and mountains. Ed has been married to Mary Kay Coen since 2009.