The Staff at Piedmont UU Church
Staff members can be reached by calling the church office at 704-510-0008.
Ali helps in the office with various communication and administrative tasks. Ali is a nerd who loves scifi and fantasy, cosplay, Ren Faires, and traveling to various summer festivals.
Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Rev. Mary Frances served for two years as a community minister and spiritual director before joining Piedmont as our Minister of Congregational Care in 2016. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA (2012), and has also taken courses at Starr King School for the Ministry. She received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Winthrop University. She also holds master’s degrees in psychology and sociology and has a background in education (teaching behavioral and social sciences). Her experience in ministry includes field education during seminary as a Pastoral Care Associate and discussion group facilitator for the Church of the Larger Fellowship as well as six months of Clinical Pastoral Education spent as a chaplain at Carolina’s Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center. She completed her ministerial internship at Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, NC, where she was ordained in September of 2014.
Deb Davelka has been with Piedmont UU Church since 2007. As congregational administrator, she manages the church office and is responsible for a variety of administrative tasks including: facilities care, church calendar, assistance to the treasurer, and communications.
Deb’s background is in communication design. Not long before she began working with Piedmont UU Church, she moved with family to the Charlotte area. She enjoys travel and the new experiences it brings. Deb is a member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators.
Religious Education Teacher
Sean’s experience working with children includes a background in tutoring elementary aged children as well as his teaching experience in Religious Education at a Presbyterian Church in Charlotte where he also served as a deacon. He notes: “I find it refreshing to work with young people who are, as yet, unaffected by the responsibilities and social pressures of adulthood.” Sean serves as our lead teacher and teaches weekly at our Salisbury Gathering.
An independent artist for 25 years, Sean has a background is in Illustration and has worked for SCETV (the South Carolina Educational Television Network) and Riverbanks Zoo in that capacity. He has also been the Art Supervisor for several display companies in the Charlotte area. He specializes in murals and faux finish work, and his current concentration is in portrait and fine art painting.
In a combination of his roles as artist and instructor, he has also had the opportunity to teach adults with fundamental disabilities and also teaches art lessons from his home.
Sean and his wife Kyla are raising their daughter, Autumn, in the UU tradition.
Kaarin Record Leach
Director of Music
Kaarin Record Leach has spent 28 years as a choral director, music minister, and professional performing artist. In 2018, she graduated with a master’s degree in collaborative piano and vocal coaching from Westminster Choir College, partially completed through Princeton University. She holds an undergraduate degree in music education (also through Westminster) and an additional master’s in science (California State University). She has performed domestically and internationally with conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Ricardo Muti, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin along with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, with her ethnomusicology-based proposal being fully supported by the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Kaarin has recently joined forces with Charlotte-based Carolina Voices as their collaborative pianist. In her free time, she is an active birder and has traveled extensively to Africa, South America, and Japan in pursuit of rare birds and musical treasures.