RE Staff


ADam Shive

Youth Coordinator

Adam has spent the last 20 years working with youth in both a volunteer and professional capacity.  First as an instructor for the University of California Los Angeles’ Summer Arts Intensive and as a facilitator for “Arts Bridge Los Angeles” creating arts-based curriculum for elementary youth in Inglewood, Los Angeles.  He has also worked in a volunteer capacity with many UU congregations, chaperoning YRUU service trips around the country. He believes that we are bonded through community and a commitment to each other through work, shared values and experience. Spiritual practice is found in the doing – in the practice of helping others and being helped in turn.

Previous to working at USSB, Adam spent twenty years working professionally in theater production both on and off Broadway. His work was most recently seen at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Atlantic Theater Company, Theater for a New Audience, The Dublin International Theater Festival, REDCAT Los Angeles, The Walker Center for the Arts Minneapolis, Ensemble Theater Company Santa Barbara, and Elementary Elements at Mountain View Elementary School.  He holds a BA and MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.


danni mcconnell

Children’s Religious Education Coordinator

For the past decade, Danni has been a strong advocate for social justice and firmly believes in the power of individuals coming together to create compassionate change in their communities.  She holds a BA in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and was heavily involved in activism throughout her college career.  As a college senior, she experienced a pivotal moment while in the South Bronx studying strategies for creating change in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of color from a group of teenage activists.  This experience helped her discover her passion for working with young people and activating youth to make a difference in their communities.

Danni has spent several years working in education at various capacities including, District-Wide Events Coordinator for Center City PCS in Washington, D.C.; After-School Program Leader (Kindergarten) for High Tech Elementary in Chula Vista; Kindergarten Assistant Teacher for Two Rivers PCS in Washington, D.C.; and most recently, Student Teacher at Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara Junior High.  Danni also just graduated from the Teacher Education Program at UCSB with a Social Studies Teaching Credential and a Master’s of Education.

On a personal note, Danni is originally from Ohio but feels most at home near a beach.  She enjoys a reading good book, watching baseball, and playing basketball.

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