The Reverend Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Office Hours: Mon, Tues & Thurs 1-4pm, or by appointment
Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz has been the settled minister at the Fellowship since Aug. 1, 2012. She comes to Winston-Salem from Topeka, KS, where she had served the UU Fellowship for nine years. She was chaplain for a residential addiction-treatment facility for eight years before her congregational work. Rev. Lisa has a master's degree in divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO (1994) and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Kansas (1985). Rev. Lisa’s family includes Jim, her husband for more than 25 years, and her daughter and son-in-law who live near Asheville. Lisa loves to explore North Carolina and spends time hiking, reading and playing the piano. Learn more.
Director of Religious Education
Office Hours: Sun 9-noon; Tues & Thurs 9-1; or by appointment
Pam Lepley coordinates and oversees our religious education classes for children and youth as well as a variety of enrichment programs that reach beyond the traditional classroom setting. Pam is available to meet one-on-one for discussions on life, religion and family matters. She is also able to make referrals if needed for professional counseling. On most Thursday mornings, you will find Pam in the library for friendly conversation and with a listening ear.
Pam graduated from Wake Forest University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in religion. Before working at the Fellowship, she served as an advocate for battered women and survivors of rape in Concord and was a foster-care social worker for the Guilford County Department of Social Services. Pam lives in High Point with her husband, two children and a menagerie of family pets.
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9am - 4pm
Cathy Kelley, our Fellowship Administrator, has a bachelor's degree in business management from Columbia College and 20+ years of experience handling the accounting and financial needs of churches. Cathy handles the business transactions for the Fellowship as well as event scheduling. She's originally from Hartsville, SC, and she and her husband Glen lived in Columbia, SC, for 28 years before moving to Winston-Salem in 2006. Cathy and Glen have two children and four grandchildren who live close by. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their kids and grandkids.
Office Hours: Mon,Thurs, Fri & Sun
As Membership Manager, Caron oversees the processes of welcoming and educating newcomers, promoting membership, engaging members in programming, and recruiting volunteers. She maintains the member database and works with the Membership Committee on programs for new and existing members. Caron also assists in recruiting volunteers by matching Fellowship needs with the interests of members and friends of the Fellowship.
Caron Armstrong is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where she met her husband, Steve. They have three grown children. She lives with her family and her many pets in Kernersville.
Office Hours: by appointment
Mignon Dobbins oversees our music program and has directed our outstanding choir since 1998. Mignon holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A National Board Certified Teacher, she is the director of choirs at Reagan High School in Pfafftown. She sang with the Bel Canto Company for 15 years and is now the singer for the Salem Swing Band.
Most of Mignon’s family members are music educators and/or performers. About her work, she says, “I like nothing better than researching, preparing and performing challenging, thought-provoking music to enhance the worship or meditative experience. I also value the relationships that develop and are strengthened through choral music: the emotional connectedness, the nonverbal communication, the sense of trust, the thrill of achievement, and the inspiration of poetry and music.” People who attend Sunday worship services are regularly impressed by the quality of music she elicits from our choir, as well as her own exceptional voice.
Yong Im Federle
In addition to providing beautiful music for our Sunday services and accompanying the Fellowship choir, Yong Im is an accomplished performer and teacher who received her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University South Bend and her doctorate at UNCG. She and her husband, Ted Federle, a professional opera singer, have both lived, worked and studied in the Triad area for a number of years.
Yong Im has performed numerous recitals throughout South America and the United States and has served on the piano faculty at Winston Salem State University and Lenoir-Rhyne University. She also teaches piano at St. Mary's Music Academy in High Point and in her private studio in Winston-Salem.
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9am to 1:30 pm. Sundays: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Mariela was born and raised in Cuba, and in 1995 her family migrated to the United States as political refugees, with the help of World Relief. Mariela holds a Master’s degree in Writing and Literature from Bennington College in Vermont and is in her second year of Divinity School at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In the summer of 2018, she completed 400-hours of chaplaincy training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Mariela, who lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, their daughter, and their two dogs, is passionate about exploring alternative ways of doing ministry and worship, incorporating creativity, embodied practices, and a lot of soul. She envisions a ministry of Radical Hospitality using her theological roots of Love and Liberation, Serving and Savoring, Resilience and Relationships.