Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa
Starting This Fall!
The Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa is originally from Chile. Her approach to Ministry is collaborative, deeply rooted in unconditional Love, and intentionally engaged in transformative Social Justice. Rev. María Cristina’s rich multicultural background as a proud Latinx/Immigrant/Two Spirit/Queer/Indigenous person informs her spiritual practice of radical welcoming of people from diverse theological/religious/spiritual beliefs, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, and gender expressions.
Rebecca Chatfield, PhD
Director of Finance & Operations
I manage the business side of East Shore. I oversee finances, facilities, and staff on our beautiful 5 acre campus. My 30+ years of professional work spans emergency response and disaster skills training, organizational and technical consulting for nonprofits, facilities and event management, and real estate. After studying computer science at Stanford, I earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington. Tackling problems inside complex systems of people, organizations and built environments is my kind of fun!
amanda alice uluhan, CRE
Director of Religious Education
I am responsible guiding our Religious Exploration and Our Whole Lives Programs, a collaborative partnership between children, youth, parents/caregivers, and volunteers. These programs support East Shore’s families and inspire our youth. With over 5 years of experience in child and youth development, and a decade more of community organizing, I lead the program with a real passion for creativity, spirituality and justice. I have recently completed my certification through the Unitarian Universalist Association and develops ongoing offerings to build a multigenerational, multicultural, and welcoming community within our congregation. I have served LREDA through the PNW District as a member of the Summer Conference Planning Team and the UUA PWR as a member of the Right Relations Team.
Director of Membership Development
I believe clear and open communications is key to a strong community. If you want to know more about the Pathway to Membership at East Shore, or even just want to know more about who we are, I’m happy to have a conversation with you. I also serve as Vice President of the UU Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP). I am a graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a BA in Mass Communications and Social Media. My path to East Shore has included working as a Reporter and Producer at an NPR affiliate, a morning News Producer for an NBC affiliate and at a public relations firm. I worked for a congregation in Columbus, Ohio for 5 years before moving to Seattle.
As Facilities Manager, I am responsible for reserving and overseeing the facilities rental space and equipment at East Shore for both internal and outside groups. I’ve been at East Shore for more than 10 years and know all the ins and outs! I will work hard to make sure you group, whether a rental or a church group will have the setup you need to have a successful event. I grew up in Ohio and was the business manager of a small non-profit before moving on to the corporate world. I live in the downtown Bellevue area with my husband of more than 35 years and our two cats.
I am a skilled bookkeeper and am ready to answer your questions. I’ve been at East Shore since 2019, and have worked hard to learn everything I can about Realm, our database and financial software. I believe it is my calling to work in non-profits and I am happy to get out of the for-profit arena. I am fluent in Spanish and English.
Eric Lane Barnes
Director of Music
I am responsible for music in services, congregational gatherings and special events. The East Shore Mighty Choir meets on Thursdays at 7:00 pm (currently via Zoom) and new members are always welcome. I come to East Shore with years of musical theater, choral conducting, piano playing, composition and writing in my professional life. The opportunities to connect, enrich, entertain and edify through music has been one of the greatest joys of my life. The UU seven principles are ideals I find I have long embraced on my life’s journey; with East Shore I feel I have found a true spiritual home. You can learn more about my professional journey at www.ericlanebarnes.com.
I am the face you will see when you walk in the door, and am happy to help you navigate East Shore. I was previously a member of the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Thousand Oaks, CA, where I worked in Childspace, as the Youth Group Facilitator, and was a founding member and co-leader of their CUUPS chapter. I am a regular volunteer at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle (formerly EMP Museum) where I can indulge my love of public speaking. Previously, I worked for the Moorpark Unified School District as a drama teacher.
I work to use my knowledge and skills and the technology available to bring learning and UU values to the children and families of East Shore. I help teach the rudimentary foundations of our faith and our beloved values to children in ways that even the most advanced of adults’ minds would surely revel to hear. I assist in leading online sessions, outdoor sessions twice a month, and drive in events with take home activities. These require coordinating with parents, the DRE, and facilities staff to create a positive experience for everyone.
I am responsible for maintaining the grounds at East Shore, this includes room setups, clean ups, and general maintenance. I moved to the U.S. from Turkey in 2017 and love working at East Shore. In Turkey, I worked as a mechanical engineer and also had a jewelry store for 20 years. I have been drawing on Autocad for 12 years. I consider myself an innovative person, who is skilled at and enjoys repairing items such as jewelry, and like to learn new things.