Staff

Reverend Dr. Kathryn Ellis

Reverend Dr. Kathryn Ellis

Co-Minister
Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis grew up in Lower Paxton Township; her father, Harold Ellis, became one of the curmudgeons of UCH. Kathy’s first career was in mental health. She and her husband of 45 years, Rick Heckman, met while working the night shift at the Holy Spirit Mental Health unit. After earning a doctorate in counseling, Kathy worked as a professor of counseling and director of the counseling center at Shippensburg University. She left academia for private practice in psychotherapy with adults and couples. A call to the ministry led her to seminary and a job with the new UU congregation, WellSprings, where she was director of leadership and spiritual development. After graduating from Meadville Lombard, Kathy served the Unitarian Universalists of the Restoration, a multicultural congregation in Philadelphia. Chronic Lyme disease led her to retire in 2016. Retirement allowed her to care for her sister, Marybeth Williams, at the end of Marybeth’s life. Kathy and Rick have one adult daughter and live with two dogs and one elderly cat. With several years of treatment, her health is now better. Kathy finds herself quite surprised but pleased to be accepting a new ministry with UCH.
Rev Sandra Fees

Reverend Dr. Sandra Fees

Co-Minister
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees recently retired from First UU Church of Berks County in Reading after 18 years. A naturalistic agnostic-leaning mystic, she fell in love with Unitarian Universalism at UCH, where she experienced the call to ministry and was a member from 1998-2004. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University (B.A. in English Literature), Syracuse University (M.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing), and Lancaster Theological Seminary (MDiv and DMin degrees). Prior to ministry, she worked in corporate marketing communications and nonprofit fundraising. Her passions include eco-spirituality, eco-justice, poetry, and yoga. Born in Lebanon, she is a former poet laureate of Berks County and lives in Reading with her partner Christopher and her cat Belle.
Yvonne DuVal, MMus

Yvonne DuVal, MMus

Director of Music Ministries
Yvonne graduated from Colorado State University in 2006 with a Bachelors in Flute/Piccolo Performance. She then attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where she had the honor of studying under Peter Lloyd. She graduated in 2007 with a Masters in Flute/Piccolo Performance. Yvonne has taught as an instrument specialist in public high schools as well as in her own private studio. In addition, she has ten years of experience in business, including six years in human resources. She has performed with many groups, including 12 years with the Fort Collins Wind Symphony. Yvonne completed the Music Leadership Certification Program through the UUA in early 2023 and is an active member of AUUMM (Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries) and DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries).
Cory Ness

Cory Ness

Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Cory began her journey as a Unitarian Universalist in the early 1990s when she found a religious home to raise her children at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. There she discovered the UU Principles and Sources, which aligned with her own life philosophies. She has been a professional religious educator since 2006, serving most recently at the UU Church of the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, VA. Cory’s love and passion for Unitarian Universalism can be seen every Sunday and in the many credentials she has acquired over the years. In 2012 she became a Credentialed Religious Educator, completing all 10 of the Renaissance Modules. Since that time, she has completed Our Whole Lives (OWL) Training, a comprehensive sexuality program for Kindergarten through the 12th grade; Spirit Play, a Montessori approach; Pastoral Care; Creating Healthy Congregations; Anti-Racism Training; Interim DRE Training and others. She and her husband, Daryl, were both born in York County and have lived most of their lives in the southern part of the County. They have two adult daughters who live in Virginia. Their oldest is an industrial-organizational psychologist, and their youngest is an English as a Second Language educator. For self-care, Cory loves creating fiber art including quilts, needle felting, and crochet. She also enjoys spending time camping and hiking with her husband.
Tavia Flanagan

Tavia Flanagan

Office Assistant
Tavia handles our daily office needs including bookkeeping, answering emails, coordinating room and Zoom reservations, creating graphics, preparing Orders of Service, and other general office functions. She also serves as the coordinator of our gift card fundraising program and assists lay leaders and volunteers with projects as needed.
Chris Emkey

Chris Emkey

Piano Accompanist
Chris Emkey is a professional musician and music teacher based in Central Pennsylvania. Originally from Reading, PA, his start in music came at age 9, stumbling through “Ode to Joy” by ear at home after hearing it played by the school band. After gigging his way through high school in local bars and restaurants, Chris enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he earned a degree in Piano Performance. After graduating in 2016 Chris headed to Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent over 6 years performing and recording with dozens of bands and artists as well as teaching private piano lessons. During this time, he was able to work with some of the Music Industry’s best, including jazz keyboardist Karlton Taylor (Victor Wooten), blues guitarist Carl Stewart (BB King), rock guitarist Kris Bell (Bo Bice), and country drummer Vincent Dee (Brenda Lee). Now back in PA, Chris continues to use this depth and variety of experience to create memorable live performances and an inspiring and creative teaching environment. Learn more about Chris’ career, performances, and teaching at Chris Emkey Music.
Mike Waldvogel

Mike Waldvogel

Facilities Manager
Mike has worked in facilities maintenance and management for over 10 years, including at the Lebanon Rescue Mission and Palmyra Area School District. He is currently employed as Operations Manager at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. Raised in New York City, he now lives in Annville. He oversees and coordinates the day-to-day operations of the church’s buildings and property and works collaboratively with the staff, Building Team, and Gardens and Grounds Team. He also serves as sexton, attending to general cleaning needs.
Patti Hazell

Patti Hazell

Childcare Provider
Patti is a proud member of UCH! She is a native of Harrisburg and was raised Catholic, but became a UU in 2009 and served on the Board of Trustees from 2017 to 2023. She currently serves as Chair of the Auction Committee and is a member of Queen Spirit and the Engagement Team. Patti previously volunteered by helping in the nursery and with the K-5 classes. She has helped to organize various events at the church including potluck dinners, Winter Solstice services, Samhain celebrations, Pie Day, and revitalizing the Safer Congregation Team. Patti lives with her daughter Jessica, son-in-law Grant, and grandson Jack along with two dogs and a cat. Clearly a busy household but full of love! Her son Ryan and his wife Valerie also live in the Harrisburg area. Currently, Patti works full time from home as a customer support analyst for Brightree, LLC; a software company based out of Atlanta GA. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, gardening, walking the dogs, and playing with Jack.