Meet Our Staff
The Rev. Lane-Mairead
The Rev. Michelle Yates
MINISTER OF LIFESPAN FAITH
Dr. Brock Tjosvold
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About Reverend Lane-Mairead Campbell
Rev. Lane-Mairead Campbell is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who realized a call to ministry and leading worship in the midst of Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU). Their journeys in ministry have brought them to Berkeley, CA, Kansas City, KS, Columbus, OH, and now the First Universalist Church of Rochester, where they were called to be the settled minister in 2018.
Rev. Lane-Mairead is active in addiction recovery and co-edited the collection, This Day is Recovery from Skinner House Books, which won a Silver Nautilus Prize in 2022. They are committed to justice, specifically in the areas of racial justice, LGBTQIA2S+ rights, and houselessness advocacy in downtown Rochester, NY. They openly identify as genderqueer and queer of all kinds are are working on an upcoming collection of Queer Theyology of Unitarian Universalism and beyond.
In their free time, Rev. Lane-Mairead enjoys hiking in the beauties of Western New York, spending time with their two cats, listening to live music, and cooking all kinds of vegan food. They live alone with these two incredibly playful cats in the 19th Ward neighborhood of Rochester, NY.
About Reverend Michelle Yates
Michelle grew up in the Buffalo NY area. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Health & Human Services from SUNY Buffalo (UB) and her Masters of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Michelle is passionate about Lifespan Faith Formation which to her means opportunities to explore wisdom, joy, and love in our world, in each other, and within ourselves. She aims to coordinate such opportunities for all age ranges in our spiritual community.
Michelle lives in Rochester with her husband Mike, three teen-aged step-children, a preschooler, and a small menagerie of animals. She looks forward to meeting with members of the community of all ages, and helping match them up with a mode of faith exploration that works for them.
About Brock Tjosvold
Brock is currently a student at the Eastman School of Music, where he is earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. He is originally from Kimball, NE, and was previously living in Bloomington, IN, where he has been in school for the last two years.
Brock stays busy with a varied music career as a pianist, organist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and choral conductor.Brock enjoys attending concerts and movies in his free time. He also loves to hike and explore new areas while traveling.
About Emma Barry
Emma grew up in Rochester and the surrounding area and recently moved back after an exciting series of adventures in San Francisco and New Orleans. She has her BFA in graphic design from SUNY Oswego, and is obsessed with typefaces. Emma is passionate about helping people and contributing to the greater good, and is thrilled to be part of the staff of First Universalist. She began working at First Universalist in January of 2019.
Emma also works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. She is passionate about social justice work, especially in the Rochester area. She enjoys donating platelets often, and works as an election inspector in Monroe county.
When she is not working she enjoys reading, knitting, baking, kayaking, video games, board games, movies, and overall being a huge geek. She lives in Rochester with her partner and two rescue cats, the delightfully tetchy Malachai, and the sweet-tempered Haplo.
About Carol Williams
Carol works in the nursery every Sunday morning with children six weeks to kindergarten age. She has a Red Cross certification in CPR and is interested in helping children develop their kindness skills. She teaches the children that they are important, and emphasizes life lessons, such as hands are for helping, not for hurting.
During the work week, Carol provides in-home day care. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting dolls, traveling to foreign countries, trying new recipes, and spending time with her four grandchildren.