First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~ Welcome home!

Meet our Staff

Norman Fouhy, Business Administrator

Since 1989, Norman has collaborated with a cast of thousands in an often changing but always dynamic mix, including ministers, Boards, church personnel, committees and members, rental clients, vendors, licensing agencies and the general public. He has helped bring us into the 21st century and achieve balanced budgets with progressive improvements in business administration, fiscal procedures and property management. The church’s visibility as a truly vibrant cultural and community center has grown locally and nationally thanks in large part to his work. He is the lead contact for church rentals and finances. He has served as Acting Executive Director since the fall of 2012. Norman received his BA in Philosophy from Temple University. Email Norman, or call him at 215-563-3980 extension 300.

Shantala Thompson, Director of Religious Education 

Shantala is excited to join the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia as the Director of Religious Education. As a queer black feminist, who is dedicated to social justice, intersectionality, and inclusion, she was drawn to the church’s mission of social responsibility, and its dedication to LGBTQ and other marginalized communities.

Shantala has over eleven years of experience working in Positive Youth Development and education. She has taught, developed, and implemented literacy, and social action curricula for students in elementary through high school. In addition, she supervised Out of School Time Site Coordinators, in eight after school and summer programs throughout Philadelphia. Shantala holds Master of Arts degrees in Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

In her spare time, she loves to read, cook pescatarian and vegetarian meals and write short stories.


Shelby Campbell, Nursery Director 
Shelby is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University Class of 2016 , where she received her bachelors in education and public policy . Currently Shelby is pursuing her masters in urban studies with a concentration in youth development at Eastern University . She has precociously served as an educator in various roles such as an substitute teacher , kindergarten teacher , middle school teacher  & high project based learning curriculum developer. In her spare time when she is not studying, Shelby enjoys spending time with her dog Lucky, a 10 year old shi-zu,  and her family & friends. You can reach out to Shelby at dre@philauu.org

 








Nic Tenaglia, Building Superintendent

Nic Tenaglia is a born and rasied Philadelphian who joined the First Unitarian Church staff in Spring 2018. Their beard has a beard. They can be reached at superintendent@philauu.org, or (215) 563-3980 x 304.

 

Nate Bergey, Interim Music Director

We are delighted to welcome congregant Nate Bergey on in the role of Interim Music Director to guide the music program and choir for the next few months. Nate, who is finishing up a Music Education degree at Temple University, has already conducted the choir on a number of occasions and is excited to involve more lay musicians in our music program. If you are interested in making music at First Unitarian Church – either in one of our choirs or as an instrumentalist, contact Nate at musicdirector@philauu.org,  or at  (215) 563-3980 x 315.

Jonathan Blount, Sexton

Jonathan was born in Philadelphia, PA in March 1970. He began to pursue his artistic inclinations during high school. At first he sought to develop his creativity by becoming a pastry chef, but soon realized that he needed to change from cake to canvas. Jonathan's early oils were expressions of his inner voice, translating what he was feeling and hearing internally into paint. As he matured, he realized that he loved painting and drawing the male form. In approaching the artistic rendering of the male form, he starts with shadow and works into the light. Jonathan's works have found their way into several private collections of friends and associates. He has become noted via exposure in the world wide web. In 2006 his works were featured at a Philadelphia LGT/Pan exhibit at the Aphrodite Gallery in Queen Village, Philadelphia, and at the Liberty Bears' LGBT art exhibition. When not painting, you may find him baking cakes -  a whole art unto itself, and a big part of Jonathan's family through his mom and grand mom. He has been working with the church for ten years. Orville (Lee) Gumm recommended Jonathan for the position . Lee was the head sexton at the time, and also his partner. Jonathan now lives with his current partner, Braheem.

Benjamin Kuss, Communications and Membership Director

Benjamin Kuss is an actor, educator and organizer, and has been involved in social justice movements since being a teenager. He moved to Philadelphia after many years of organizing work in the Boston area, and has pursued stage acting in Philadelphia. He is very excited to be at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, and is looking forward to learning all that he can from the membership, and sharing his skills and knowledge as well. You can reach out to Ben at communications@philauu.org or 215-563-3980

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