Ministry & Programs

Reverend Karen Foster is our Senior Minister

Reverend Karen Foster

Senior Minister

A dynamic spiritual leader, Rev. Karen inspires us to deepen our engagement. She leads services that are compelling and challenging. An innovator who loves change, she often asks, “Why not?” She believes that in our rapidly changing world, the Church must ask hard questions of itself to thrive. Karen is passionate about spiritual nurture that calls us to deepen our commitment to change the world. “Justice work is the hallmark of an engaged spirituality. Burnout is inevitable without nourishment. Without activism, a narcissistic spirituality will implode. Balancing the two is the hallmark of a healthy, engaged spirituality.”

Rev. Karen holds an MDiv and MA-Spirituality from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. During the AIDS pandemic she ministered as Associate Pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. She is the founding Pastor of New Spirit Community Church of Berkeley.

Kristin Famula

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Kristin is a life-long UU. She serves the UU faith in congregations across the country, and through leadership with the UU College of Social Justice and the Living Legacy Project. In addition, she is a youth ministry consultant in our region. Complementing her commitment to Unitarian Universalism, Kristin has dedicated her life to the work of peace and justice, most recently through the National Peace Academy, which is an educational institute dedicated to peacebuilding.

Currently, Kristin is pursuing her call to UU ministry. She recently completed an MDiv at Iliff School of Theology and will serve as ministerial intern at a UU congregation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the coming year. Learn more

As an educator, justice advocate, and peacebuilder, Kristin supports the work of deepening our collective embodiment of our UU values and principles. 

Administration & Operations

Carol Sorensen

Office Administrator

Carol started as our office administrator in June of 2007 and holds a degree in Philosophy and Religion. She is a member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators. She enjoys helping people, and is glad to be here.

Her office hours are from 9:00am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday.

Music & Choir

Bill Quinby

Music Director

Born in the Philadelphia area, Bill began his choral education with the Columbus Boychoir School (more recently called the American Boychoir) when he was 11. He has worked with singing groups and caroling groups on both coasts since he was in his early 20’s.

More recently, he has been musical theater music director in many productions in Reno and Ashland, Oregon. In addition, he has taught voice in Nevada for over 15 years. Recently, he began his eighth year as Music Director for UUFNN.

Bill believes in the power of music to connect people from different parts of our community and would like to see the choir perform more music ministry.

Marilee Hunt-Mallett


Marilee is a native of Reno and the daughter of Steve and Iris Maytan, who owned the Maytan Music Center. She started playing piano at the age of 5 and french horn at the age of 11. Marilee graduated from Wooster High School and majored in Music Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was one of the pioneering musicians of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gregory Stone and has played professionally in many local show bands.