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Membership and Community Coordinator

Membership and Community Coordinator

ZaNyaa is a native of southern California who has found a home in the city of Glendale. She was first introduced to the UU community when she applied to be a Nursery Supervisor for UUCC Santa Monica where she worked for more than three years. ZaNyaa has a history of serving people as an educator, […]

Dr. Zanaida Robles

Music Director

Dr. Robles holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music, a Master of Music degree from Cal State Northridge, a Bachelor of Music degree from Cal State Long Beach, and she is a graduate of the L.A. County High School for the Arts. Dr. Robles is currently the choral director […]

Marta Membreno

Director of Finance and Administration

Marta comes to Neighborhood with over 25 years experience in Operations, Accounting, Human Resources, Customer Service and membership recruiting. She has a wide range of experience in organizations from social and human services, health education programs, legal, retail, manufacturing, health, museums foundations, LAUSD school foundations, and environmental organizations. Email Marta

Liz Murphy

Membership and Stewardship Assistant

Liz Murphy

Liz Murphy is the new Membership and Stewardship Assistant at Neighborhood. She’ll be assisting with membership development and engagement, as well as working with the Stewardship team on the annual budget drive. Liz is also a first-year Master of Divinity student at the Claremont School of Theology. Liz comes to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C., […]

    Matt Vasko

    Director of Religious Education

    Matt Vasko has a diverse professional background in nonprofit organizations, education, communications, and volunteer organizing. For 15 years, he worked in various supervisory and management roles for two of Los Angeles’ leading cultural institutions, the Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatres) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Walt Disney […]

    Stephanie Ballard

    Social Justice Coordinator

    You might know Stephanie Ballard from the anti-racist allies group called White People for Racial Justice of San Gabriel Valley, which she co-founded in Fall 2015 and now co-facilitates. Previously, you might have known her as a member of the task force that launched Rainbow Connections group for LGBTQ youth. Or from a Chalice Circle, […]

    Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach

    Senior Minister

    The Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach is Senior Minister at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, a progressive spiritual community serving Pasadena and the Greater Los Angeles County area. Lissa most recently hails from New York City, where she served with Rev. Galen Guengerich as the Assistant Minister for Congregational Life at the Unitarian Church of All Souls. Her […]

      Rev. Christina Shu

      Affiliated Community Minister

      Reverend Christina Shu serves Neighborhood Church as an Affiliated Community Minister. As a community minister she works full-time as the Lead Interfaith Chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. There she provides spiritual care to patients, their loved ones, and staff. She specializes in working with the palliative care team, and in providing care to people of […]

      Taylor Chazan

      Office & Communications Coordinator

      Judy has worked in the front office since 2011 and provides administrative support for the church staff, members and volunteers.

      Venny Rodriguez


      For the past four years, Venny has been one of our “go-to” weekend guys that keep the church sailing smoothly for evening events.  He’s quite the multi-tasker and can often be found greeting people having events, handling unique situations quickly, being friendly, setting up and cleaning rooms, acting as security…did we mention friendly?  And if […]

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