PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

Program Staff

meg Riley 2009 184x196Rev. Meg Riley

Theme Speaker and leader for a workshop

Rev. Meg A. Riley has been Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a 3,500 member Unitarian Universalist Church Without Walls since August 2010. She has worked in the intersection of religion and culture in a variety of contexts, including serving as Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Advocacy and Witness staff group, Office of Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Concerns, Washington Office for Advocacy, Youth Programs, and as a religious educator in several Unitarian Universalist congregations. Meg is a Huffington Post blogger and is currently President of the Board of Faith in Public Life: A Resource Center for Justice and the Common Good.

Rev. Kelli ClementRev. Kelli Clement

Chaplain and Evening Vespers leader and leader for a workshop

Rev. Kelli Clement is the Executive Director of the MN Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. A Unitarian Universalist Community Minister, she is affiliated with First Universalist Church, Minneapolis. At United Theological Seminary she was the coordinator of the UU Student Group as well as Seminarians for Choice and is currently a member of the national speakers bureau of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. Kelli has a particular interest in the intersection of pastoral care and social justice. With a background in theatre, her worship leadership experience is informed by the need to make meaning from human stories. When her family was living in the Netherlands last year, Kelli was privileged to speak at UU congregations in Amsterdam, Basel, Brussels, Paris, & rural Germany. Kelli lives with husband Mike (whom she met at a pro-choice rally!), daughter Fia, & poodle Memphis near Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis.

Ginny MalcomsonGinny Malcomson

Children’s Program Coordinator

Ginny has been a naturalist since 1996. Working with Polk County Conservation, she has provided countless opportunities for all ages to engage in nature through field trips, public programs, and nature-related trips, but the accomplishments she is most proud of were providing parents and teachers opportunities to engage in environmental education with their young children. She co-created Toddling on the Wildside, an environmental education program for toddlers and their parents through E Resources Group, co-founded KinderNature, an environmental education resource website and presented ICN workshops for early childhood educators through Story County Conservation and Iowa Public Television. Her favorite 'jobs' are mom to daughter, Lauren and wife to husband, Rob.

This is Ginny’s fifth year working with children at Camp StarTrail.

Wendy Sullivan

Assistant Children's Program Coordinator

Leslie MillsLeslie Mills

Youth Program Coordinator

Leslie Mills grew up as a UU youth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from Beloit College with a degree in Creative Writing and Museum Studies, she moved to Rockford, Illinois to teach science to kids of all ages at Discovery Center Museum. While there, she ran the youth volunteer program, training local teenagers to run special activities in the museum. After that, she moved to Minnesota in 2009 to begin seminary. While she was diligently studying and doing all her homework, she discovered a local shamanic drumming group, and so she has been training with them as well, learning indigenous practices that she incorporates into her ministry. Leslie was the ministerial intern at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka from 2011-2012, and during that time she worked closely with the youth group. Together, they raised funds and made a Pilgrimage to Phoenix, a 15-day roadtrip to attend General Assembly 2012. After that, Leslie came to Camp StarTrail for the first time and had such a great week with the youth that she couldn't stay away! She is absolutely delighted to be joining us again for 2013.

Ben StallingsBen Stallings

Assistant Youth Program Coordinator

Ben Stallings grew up UU at All Souls Church in Tulsa, where he got hooked on youth conferences and Southwest District's SWUUSI summer camp. After leading the UU group at Grinnell College, he became a youth adviser at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, serving in that role for 6 years. He loves the enthusiasm and fresh perspective that our UU youth bring to every activity.

 

Jessie StallingsJessie Stallings

Coordinator of Salmagundi

This year will be Jessie’s fourth year facilitating Salmagundi art activities. Salmagundi means “a mixture” and in our activities, we encourage a mixture of all ages. Jessie is an art therapist and has facilitated art activities with individuals from 2 ½ to 90 years old. She has facilitated art at elementary schools, summer camps, treatment facilities, nursing homes, among other places. Last year art activities enjoyed by all ages included recycled bag shopping bags, altered books, and upcycled hotel soap.

JJulie Enersenulie Enersen

Coordinator of Evening Programming

Julie Enersen is the Worship Arts Director at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (NE) where she conducts a variety of choral ensembles, performs with the contemporary house band and organizes the Drama Club for youth. Julie also serves on the conference planning committees for the UU Musicians Network and the Prairie Star District Annual Conference.She is a musical theatre performer and singer with the women’s trio, Broad Appeal.

Julie, her husband Steve, and their kids Alex and Meredith have been attending Camp StarTrail from the beginning. They look forward to it every year!

Bruce VanBronkhorstBruce Van Bronkhorst

Accompanist working on the Morning Celebration, children's rhythm band, and other musical events

Bruce has been the music director at Michael Servetus Unitarian Society in Fridley, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities) for 27 years. He directs the choir, the wind ensemble, leads and performs in the Delphi Jazz Trio, Class Act Quartet, MSUS Vocal Quartet, and occasional drumming groups. The church also has a fun bluegrass group. Not bad for a church of less than 100 members!You will quickly find out that Bruce loves to share his joy of music in many ways. This year at Camp StarTrail Bruce will lead a music workshop for older elementary-aged children, using rhythm instruments.This is his fourth year at Camp StarTrail.

 

Barb Gutsch

Camp StarTrail Coordinator

works part-time, year around to make plans for Camp StarTrail

Activity Leaders

  • Steve Enersen
  • Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, minister All Souls UU Church, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Bob Miller
  • Sondra Smalley
  • Pam Beall Vincent

Additional leaders to be announced

District Staff Members at Camp StarTrail

Nancy 2002 cropped 150x229Nancy Heege

District Executive

Nancy Heege loves to go to camp with other Unitarian Universalists. She enjoys the program, the music, and the community of campers of all ages that develops over several days together. She’s been District Executive since 1995 and is happy that the dream of having a camp to serve UUs in the southern part of the District has been realized.

 

PhilLund smRev. Phillip Lund

Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth

A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Phil Lund has been part of the Prairie Star District staff since 2002. As Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth, he coordinates the delivery of lifespan religious education and faith development services to congregations in Prairie Star. He also supports District youth programming, provides resources for young adult programming and campus ministries, and works with congregations on growth.

Camp StarTrail Planning Committee

Julie Enersen, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Barb Gutsch, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina, Salina, KS
Ginny Malcomson, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
Bob Miller, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, MO
Nyla Romeiser, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina, Salina, KS
Ben Wallace, First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Omaha, NE

PSD Staff StarTrail Planners

Rev. Phillip Lund, Prairie Star District
tNancy Heege, Prairie Star District