Meet Our Teachers

Youth and Family Ministries Staff and Volunteers

At Unity of Olympia, we see children as God's shining light and we honor each of their unique spiritual journeys. Our dedicated teachers, assistants and staff are here to care for, nurture and respect each individual child as they grow and discover their own way in this world. We are proud of our diverse group of YFM educators and each of their special skill sets they bring to the program. We are always looking for volunteers as well. If you are interested in working with our youth, please contact the YFM director at youth@unityofolympia.org.

 


Lisa Petrich - Youth and Family Ministries Director

Mother of three, State Certified Elementary School Teacher for 14 years, and over 20 years of experience working with teens through the Unity Church’s Youth Program in the Southeast Region.  Currently, Unity Church of Olympia’s Youth and Family Ministries’ Director.  She has facilitated creativity classes and activities for all ages.  She plays the violin – 7 years with a community orchestra in Jacksonville, Florida - and knows a few chords on guitar, ukulele and piano. Most recently, she has been a part of the local Peace Choir as well as Unity of Olympia’s Choir.  Member of Empower Music and Arts, an organization committed to raising the consciousness of humanity through music.  Furthermore, as a truth student for over 25 years, she leans on her experience to bring forth activities to engage and entertain, as well as enhance a child’s self-worth and abilities. 

Karen Berg - Volunteer

Terri Charles - Volunteer

Mother of three, veteran music and movement teacher, vocalist, song-writer, and actor – is passionate about teaching others to realize and develop themselves as artists. She provides a loving, emotionally safe environment where students feel supported and affirmed. Terri has facilitated several summer day camps for grade school students over the past ten years. She loves seeing them gain confidence and share their artistic selves with their loved ones in end-of-the-week performances.

Ann Chenhall - Volunteer

Raised in Corvallis, Ann graduated from Corvallis High and Oregon State University. In 1972, she earned her MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona, the same year Ann & Ray were married. She worked in the areas of title insurance and mortgage banking for six years. Ann went back to school at EWU to earn her teaching certificate when her two children began school. Ann taught Art, then Fourth Grade for North Thurston Public Schools for her 21 year teaching career, first at Seven Oaks then at Pleasant Glade. Her daughter is the fourth generation in a family of teachers. Ann enjoys her many retirement activities, traveling, reading and spending time with family. Ann is the Interfaith Works representative for Unity of Olympia and a substitute usher.

Deb Cacace - Volunteer

 

 

 

Mark Delaplane - Volunteer

 

 

 

Christen Graham - Volunteer

Kerry Kinville - Volunteer

Steve Mazepa - Volunteer

Malynda Murphy - Volunteer

I love adventures, laughing, and I love Our youth...it's pretty special getting to volunteer my time, doing something I love!

 
 

David Petrich - Volunteer

 

 

 

Karen Reddick - Volunteer

Hello, my name is Karen Reddick and I attend Unity of Olympia with my three children ages 6, 4 and 1. I enjoy cooking and exploring the world as if for the first time with my kids. Unity of Olympia is our spiritual home and we love being part of this community! My children look forward to coming to the youth program every Sunday and I enjoy volunteering with the youth. We hope you will come join us!

 

Kevin Schoenacker - Volunteer

Deb Walter - Volunteer