Rev. Joe Cleveland
Rev. Joe, called to Saratoga in 2014, a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, 2012, was Chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Brookline, MA, served as Interim Minister in the Fellowship of Central Michigan, interned at The First Parish in Bedford MA, taught literature and writing in several colleges, and founded the non-profit musical organization, The Folkus Project.
Joe plays banjo and guitar and enjoys using music to explore life’s questions and to create a deeper sense of community. He lives in Wilton with his wife Kristin.
Director of Religious Education
Julie Lewis is a graduate of Skidmore College and Sage Graduate School, with a Masters degree in Education. She has taught every age and ability from early childhood to college, and enjoys connecting both children and adults with the beauty and power of art, meditation and children’s literature. Julie has been involved with the Religious Education program at UU Saratoga for many years.
Director of Music
Judith Thomas Solomon
Judith Thomas Solomon, Music Director, is a graduate of U. of Illinois with a degree in Music Education and a Masters of Music in piano performance and a minor in conducting. She is an internationally known music educator, pianist, composer, and author of college texts on the Orff Schulwerk approach. She is currently a certification teacher for advanced Orff Schulwerk practitioners.
Judith has brought a wide range of musical knowledge and creative techniques to our Sunday services and we are very fortunate to have her at UU Saratoga.
Janice Wold is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with an Outside Concentration in Business, and an Associate’s Degree in Web Technologies from Central Piedmont Community College, also in Charlotte. Along with her many years of office management experience, she has worked with non-profit organizations devoted to child safety in the home, and in the senior care field.
Janice very much enjoys working at UU Saratoga and is highly motivated in her support of our Congregation as we continue to grow, not only in her job as administrator but also as a member of the congregation. Janice is also a member of the UUCSS Welcoming Congregations Team and is passionate about human and animal rights issues.
Board of Trustees
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Louise is an avid food preservationist and cyclist. She built her own tiny house, ran a CSA Farm and Solarized Canton! She focuses on building beloved community and is always seeking a simple, sustainable and joyful life.
Currently, Louise works as an independent consultant in the energy and sustainability sector primarily serving Municipal Governments in NYS. Prior to this role, Louise was St. Lawrence University’s first Sustainability Coordinator. Louise has traveled extensively spending five months living both in Kenya and an Adirondack Yurt.
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Matt recently retired as a submarine officer after 22½ years of service. Born in Maine, Matt has lived in 8 different states on the east coast before settling down in Saratoga Springs. Matt is married and has two children.
Matt loves fly fishing on the Hudson River, playing with Maggie – the family dog, exploring nature, and learning different computer program languages. Matt is active in Saratoga Pride, Pride Unites and the Greenfield Democratic Committee.
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Sue has been a member of UUCSS for over 15 years, and in that time has served the congregation in a variety of roles. She also seeks to maintain an active schedule of volunteer work for both local and (inter)national non-profit organizations.
Since retiring from the Skidmore College faculty, she has continued to conduct archaeological research documenting the lifeways of Colorado’s Indigenous peoples. In addition, she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and reading – all of which are enhanced when they are shared with friends.
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Mike Egerman became treasurer about 4 years ago. He and his wife of 50+ years, Barbara moved to Saratoga Springs from Ridgefield CT in July 2012 along with their dog Rocky. Prior to retirement, Mike was a hospital pharmacist for the 1st half of his career, then worked for 25 years in a small independent pharmacy in New Canaan, CT.
Barb and Mike both ski (downhill and cross country) in the winter and kayak the rest of the year, as well as have a small boat on Lake George where Mike has camped since the 50’s. They have had some adventurous travel such as hiking in Bryce and Zion Canyons, and going to Africa and Antarctica.
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Nanette Asher has been a UU member for 43 years, seven with UUCSS. Here she has served with the Worship Assistants, the Membership Committee, and the Safety Squad. At UU Congregation of Queens, she served as President for three terms and as Chair of the Long Island Religious Education Committee. She wrote UURE Curricula and was a director of the Sophia Fahs Camp on Shelter Island. After she retired from teaching language and literature at York College and Hunter College High School In 2005 she founded Queens Shakespeare, an acting troupe which is still producing plays off Broadway. She is honored to be a member of the Board of Trustees of UUCSS.
Mark is a lover of nature, community and the intrinsic power within groups. His passion is exploring ways to add dynamic movement to life – both his own and others.
Originally from England, a career in IT allowed Mark to create a family life focused on Waldorf education for his children. He and his wife Kate started a Waldorf kindergarten and charter school in Arizona. An empty nest allowed them to follow their next passion to Saratoga Springs where they support the development of Spacial Dynamics and celebrate the vibrant nature of upstate New York.
Beth and husband Tom attended the first UUCSS meeting at the library in 1996 and found the village that would help them raise their children, David and Emma. She was the Chair of the Religious Education Committee in the early years and along with Jane Root, designed and implemented the first 2 Coming of Age programs. Both David and Emma were a part of those COA programs and identify as UU’s to date.
Beth finally drank the kool-aid and now works part-time for Tom at Jaeger & Flynn in event and community support. Getting fired is not an option, however quitting is, so she has lots of flexibility! As empty nesters, she and Tom are once again traveling and working on their bucket list. She is a member of the Planned Parenthood Action Council, an avid reader and is trying hard to grow tomatoes the Murray Penny way!
Jeff is a technology and outdoor enthusiast with a passion for live jam music. He lives in Galway with his wife and 2 children. UUCSS has been his spiritual home for the past ten years. During that time Jeff has served on various committees including Building & Grounds, Social Justice, Committee on Ministry, and the Ministerial Search Committee.
Jeff currently works as the Director of Technology for Andrew and Sons, LLC, a group of wholesale produce, perishable food, and wine companies with diverse business models including third party logistics (3PL), wholesaling, cold storage, warehousing, freight consolidation, distribution, vendor managed inventory, repacking and product brokerage services.