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. Earl W. Koteen, whom BFUU ordained, is our Community Minister for Environmental Justice. He is also Environmental Justice Minister at the UU Ministry for Earth and serves on several boards and the steering committees Before entering the ministry, Earl had a 30-year career in strategic planning, organizational development, and human resources. He's a lifelong UU, who grew up in the All Souls Unitarian Church in DC. He has two adult daughters.
Rev. Elena Rose Vera
The Rev. Elena Rose Vera, originally hailing from rural Oregon, has distinguished herself as a political and theological writer with a focus on the intersections between colonial history, race, gender, and queer liberation. Between touring nationally as an acclaimed preacher and educator and working as a minister-at-large in marginalized communities, she emphasizes a compassionate approach rooted both in deep scholarship and a commitment to making that work broadly accessible. A board member both of Solar Cross Temple, a pagan service organization, and San Francisco's historic Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, Elena lives and labors in the East Bay.
Susan T. Mashiyama was born in Michigan and grew up in southern California. She was brought up as a Buddhist and her grandfather was a Buddhist minister 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. She plays a number of musical instruments, including the harp, and enjoys contributing to the spirituality of a meeting by creating music.
Deborah Hamouris - Event Space Coordinator
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 Macke - Office Coordinator
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
Ed Keating - 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.
Richard Sandling - Custodian
Richard started as custodian at BFUU in 1978, the same year as past minister Paul Sawyer, and has worked at least 22 of the last 34 years here.
He is most engaged in the world with Afro-Cuban music and has played latin piano montunos for 25 years and congos for 35 years. He also enjoys watching cooking shows on PBS and usually has 20 or so books checked out from the library. His world view has been most influenced by the writing of the late Quaker economist and philosopher Kenneth Boulding.