Minister and Staff
At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga, we are fortunate to have many individuals who share their time and talents to make UUCC a welcoming home for everyone.
Our 2018-19 Staff members are:
Iris DeLaPaz, Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Iris DeLaPaz joins UUCC as the Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth in 2018. She first became a religious educator on December 24th 2015 and likes to joke that getting that job was the best Christmas gift she have ever received. Iris is a first generation Cuban-American and was born in New Jersey, where she lived before moving to Chattanooga. Iris is passionate about forming community and getting people to connect with each other.
Iris attended Montclair State University and got Bachelor’s Degrees in Creative Writing and Linguistics and minored in Education and World Religions. She is also currently part of the Religious Educators credentialing program, with a graduation set for June 2020.
Jennifer Arbogast Wilson, Music Director
Jennifer Arbogast Wilson has been the Music Director at UUCC since August of 2013. She enjoys leading the choir and playing piano for Sunday worship services. In addition to her work with UUCC, Jennifer is an Associate Professor in the Music Department and Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State where she teaches Applied Voice, Music Appreciation, Musical Theatre, Opera Theatre, and Voice & Speech. She holds a doctorate in Vocal Performance with a secondary emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jennifer is actively involved in the local arts scene, particularly with local community theatre organizations as a performer and director. Some favorite roles include The Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Anna Leonowens (The King and I), Irene Molloy (Hello, Dolly!), and Lucy Harris (Jekyll and Hyde). Additionally, Jennifer has had been privileged to direct or music direct over 20 productions, some favorites of which include Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, Ragtime, and Into the Woods. Jennifer has performed in master classes with renowned artists such as Ben Vereen and Angela Brown, is an active member in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and regularly presents voice workshops at the annual conventions for the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Mandy Cowley, Office Administrator
Mandy Cowley has been the office administrator at UUCC since July of 2017, when her family relocated to Chattanooga from South Louisiana. Mandy received her Master’s degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 2012 and spent the next several years working in the nonprofit sector as the Associate Executive Director of Louisiana’s oldest and largest domestic violence agency. After working in such a demanding field for many years, Mandy is enjoying using her skills to help further the mission of UUCC.