Staff

The Staff at Piedmont UU Church

Staff members can be reached by calling the church office at 704-510-0008.

Ali Allen  (she/her)

Administrative Assistant
ali@puuc.org

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.

Deb Davelka (she/her)

Congregational Administrator
deb@puuc.org

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.

Sean Glover (he/him)

Religious Education Teacher
sean@puuc.org

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.

Shakeisha Holton Gray (she/her)

Minister
shakeisha@puuc.org

Minister Shakeisha Holton Gray is a long time UU. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity with her MDiv in 2018 and has experience in guiding newcomer orientation classes, expanding religious education that spans all ages and stages of life, creative worship, leadership, officiating weddings, memorial services, and other life milestones, and has a deep fondness for all things that connect us as a community and recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. Minister Gray is a strong ally and advocate for our LGBTQIA+ siblings, our BIPOC siblings, Women’s rights, and the climate crisis facing our planet. She is also a certified end of life doula, has experience and training in hospital and hospice chaplaincy, trauma informed care, and is a death positivity activist. Minister Gray grew up in South Florida, but has called North Carolina home for over 20 years. She and her spouse Jason have been together since middle school and have three sons and one pibble mix. Minister Gray channels her passions to help guide others towards a space of healing and growth, and looks forward to seeing everyone in fellowship again soon.

Minister Gray is a Candidate Minister with the UUA and is endorsed as a celebrant and chaplain by The Humanist Society. She plans to be brought into the UUA Fellowship/Ordination soon, very soon.

Michelle Johnson (she/her)

Minister
michelle@puuc.org

Minister Michelle K. Johnson is a native of Charlotte, NC. She grew up in both West Charlotte and Northeast Charlotte. Minister Johnson graduated from THE Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies and a minor in psychology. It’s also the place where she met her spouse. A few years after college, she and her then small family became residents of Macon, GA for 10 years where they attended a Messianic Jewish congregation for six years. In that time she participated on the Hebraic dance team, and she was a lay minister with Anna’s Heart—a pastoral counseling and healing ministry for women.

Minister Johnson  holds a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University School of Divinity where she earned membership  into Tau Alpha Kappa- the national honor society for religious and theological studies. She also curated spiritual exploration experiences with and for students, faculty, and staff as a member of the Office of Spiritual Life. Minister Johnson was a graduate assistant in the Office of the University Chaplain at Wake Forest University. She accommodated students, staff, faculty, and families with memorial services that honored the unique aspects of the honored individuals, managed the calendar of the associate chaplain, and crafted campus events that highlighted the lived experiences of BIPOC students, faculty, and staff.

Minister Johnson has experience in hospital chaplaincy with a specialty in palliative and hospice care. Minister Johnson is a level 2 Reiki practitioner, and deeply enjoys sharing this healing art with others. Minister Johnson loves deep belly laughter and even deeper conversations. She’s highly observant and intentional with her words, which comes along with her gift of writing. She is proud PFLAG member. She is a Member In Discernment with the United Church of Christ. Minister Johnson is excited and honored to be serving as co-minister at PUUC.

Director of Music, Kaarin Record Leach

Kaarin Record Leach (she/her)

Director of Music
kaarin@puuc.org

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.