Mary Beth Bolin
Congregational Life Coordinator

Mary Beth Bolin relocated to Los Osos after completing a Ministerial Internship at the Boise and Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowships of Idaho. She is a native of Southern California, and attended Claremont School of Theology where she earned a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, combining Spiritual Formation and Music. She is excited to be working with UUSLO as Congregational Life Coordinator, where she gets to focus on bringing people together, facilitating deeper connections for all who find their way here. An endlessly curious and creative person, she is now exploring her gifts as a visual artist while also homeschooling with her six-year-old son, Finn.

Jo Ernest – Congregational Administrator

Jo was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been a resident of California since she was 9 years old. After growing up in Santa Barbara, and after studying horse management at Merced College, she has lived in SLO County since 1986. She met her wife, Donna Verbeckmoes, in 1996 and they have been together ever since – marrying when it became legal in 2008. Together, they have 3 teens: Paige, Peyton, and Elliott. Jo has been a UU since the late 90’s and she and Donna started attending regularly with their children when they were very young. Jo retired after 30 years as a staff member at Cal Poly, where she was a Personnel Specialist for the College of Engineering. Jo resides with her family in Arroyo Grande, and her mom, Gayle Leaf, has recently joined them. She is very happy to serve in the role of Congregational Financial Administrator and wants you to know that you are welcome to ask questions about your pledges, contributions, or anything else! She looks forward to being able to join together in-person again!

Alba Franco-Cancel – Music Director

Alba Franco-Cancel has been serving as the Music Director for UUSLO since 2016, she is also a Voice Instructor  both at Cuesta College and Cal Poly. As a singer, Alba travels all around the country performing opera and concert works. She is a native of Puerto Rico, where she met her husband, music therapist and classical guitar player, Steven Franco.

Mark Pietri – Pianist

Mark Pietri has been serving as the Pianist for UUSLO since 2016. Fluent in multiple styles, Mark brings a wide variety of music from many genres to the congregation. Mark has also served as Music Director for The Melodrama, SLO Repertory Theater and the CCAT in Cambria. Mark teaches piano full time from his home and now online.

Janet Murphy
Director of Religious Exploration

Many of you know me from UUSLO positions I have held. Throughout the years, I have been a member of the Aesthetics team,  Board of Trustees, BlUUmers, Worship Arts committee, Leadership Development Team, Ministry of Generosity, PSWD Board and the RE committee.  I am a birthright UU raised in the Berkeley, CA congregation.  When I was a child, my mother was very active in RE and I have fond memories of serving lunches and selling items at our fare trade booth in our social hall on Sundays. I came to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly in 1980 and haven’t left (except for a short stint in the Pasadena-Claremont area to get my Masters Degree in Human Development and teaching credential from Pacific Oaks College). I have spent my life working with and advocating for children. Having taught all ages, from babies to college students, throughout my 35 year education career.  Twenty of those, I taught at CP in the Child Development and Psychology department. My favorite position was as Director of the on campus Preschool lab. In this position, I was able to foster compassionate anti-bias curriculum with students and empower them to engage in developmentally appropriate practices with the children enrolled in the lab program. In my personal life, my husband, Tom and I have raised three boys here on the Central Coast and enjoy the wonderful weather, outdoor opportunities, friends & family we have right here in our backyard. I’m enthusiastic about embracing the DRE position and combining my passion for children and youth with my lifelong UU values.

Morgan Saltamachio
Religious Exploration Leader

Greetings Fellow UU Members,
My name is Morgan Saltamachio. I am a senior at California Polytechnic State University. I will be obtaining my Bachelors of Science in Child Development this spring. I am currently planning to run a nursery zoom session for the younger children. Additionally this past summer I assisted in helping run a youth group for middle school aged youth. Soon I will be assisting in running the Be the Change program for our youth as well as the Coming of Age program. I am excited to spend more time with this community. I myself am new to Unitarian Universalism, but I have enjoyed my time so far. I started working with this community last year when Fran Dukehart hired me for the nursery position. I have gained so much knowledge and respect for this community. I have enjoyed meeting new people. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to continue working this year despite the circumstances. I want to thank Janet Murphy for allowing me these opportunities as well as my amazing teaching and nursery partner Alexi. I look forward to meeting more of this community in the next year.

John Landreth – Custodian

John lives with his wife, Tami, in San Luis Obispo. Three generations (John’s father, himself, and his son) were all born and raised here in SLO. He has been working for the congregation since March of 2016.

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