Staff

Rev. Dr. Elaine Beth Peresluha
Interim Minister

I am responsible for carrying out customary ministerial duties including worship and pastoral care. I am also here to help honor our past which could include griefs and conflicts. I will help us recognizing our unique identity as well as our strengths, needs, and challenges.

Jason Puracal
Director of Finance & Operations

I am responsible for Financial Operations, Personnel, Facilities & Grounds Management, Office Administration, and Information Technology. I am more than happy to answer any questions and learn how I can better serve East Shore and our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Aisha Hauser
Director of Lifelong Learning

I am responsible for the lifespan religious education program that includes childcare, children, youth and adult programs. Faith development is my passion and I have experience developing curriculum, leading workshops and programs that also focus on diversity and inclusion.

Nicole Duff
Membership Development Manager

I am responsible for all communications out of East Shore. If you want to be added to our email list or submit an article to the Beacon, I’m your contact. I am also in charge of membership, which includes welcoming visitors and getting new and current members connected with groups and activities.

Dianne Upton
Facilities Manager

As Facilities Coordinator, I am responsible for reserving and overseeing the facilities rental space and equipment at East Shore for both internal and outside groups. Contact me if you would like to book a room, plan a wedding, request a TV or laptop for your meeting, or refer your neighbor to a great spot to rent space for an event.

Amanda Alice
Office Assistant/RE Programs Coordinator

Amanda Alice can be found in the front office Monday-Wednesday helping with all Administrative tasks. On Sunday, she is in charge of the High School Youth Program here at East Shore. She coordinates the lesson plans and activities for the High School Youth. She also coordinates volunteers for the RE program.

Felice Nightengale
RE Assistant

As RE Assistant, I am responsible for the administration of the children’s religious education program. I am happy to help you register your child for our RE programming and I assist the teachers with lesson preparation each Sunday.

Eric Lane Barnes
Interim Director of Music

I am responsible for the music programs at East Shore. This includes choir, hymn sings, music reading classes, and special evening programs, giving our church community an opportunity to participate, whether sharing their exceptional talent or stepping out of their comfort zone and getting a little spiritual growth to boot.

Joseph Newman
Caretaker

I am responsible for maintaining the grounds at East Shore, this includes room setups, clean ups, and general maintenance. Since we have meetings several days a week, I am scheduled for part of the week and overlap with the other Caretaker to make sure everything gets done in time.

Rev. Dr. Karen B. Taliesin, BCC
Minister Affiliated

I serve as Minister Affiliated at East Shore. I am responsible for preaching occasionally on Sunday mornings, helping with special events, and assisting with pastoral care. My full-time ministry is being a chaplain and providing spiritual care to the patients, families, and staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital.