Meet Our Religious Education Staff
Director of Lifespan Religious Education
I was born in Ravenna, Ohio and raised in Nashville, Tennessee (yes, the accent still lingers). When I was 24 years old I moved to Tucson, Arizona with my husband, two children, and one on the way. I now live with my son Jimmy and we have two cats, Munchie and Stormy. I am a fisherman and I like to swim. Together, my son and I like to bowl and watch “Jeopardy.” We also like trying new restaurants. Poke is our favorite!
Unitarian Universalism and this work is truly my life! Through more than twenty years of experience with Unitarian Universalism with congregations in Tucson and in Santa Monica, California, I have developed a commitment to and passion for nurturing Unitarian Universalist liberal religious values, identity, and spiritual growth within the congregation. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHING STAFF
Janey Madlani – Preschool Teacher
Janey grew up in Cambridge, England. At 18, she moved to Canterbury, Kent, where she went to University and studied a BA in English and Radio, Film and Television Studies. After graduation she began a long career in journalism working in radio and TV and then music programming in London where she met her husband. In 2008 she had a son, studies to become a teacher and taught in public school for five years. Janey has a black cat called Oreo, and she love singing, cycling and playing chess with her son.
Alaina Haynes – Kinder to Second Grade Teacher
Alaina is a fourth year student at UC Santa Barbara, where she studies Ethics and Public Policy. She is also an RA in a social psychology lab and volunteer with Cottage Pediatrics. Growing up in Irvine, she was actively involved in the children’s ministry at her UCC church, planning interfaith curriculum and annual events.
Christina Boardman – Third to Fifth Grade Teacher
Christina is a Santa Barbara native. She graduated from Scripps Women’s College and is a Neuroscience Master’s student at the University of Strasbourg, in France. She has returned home to finish her thesis. When not in lab or church you can find her playing board games or catering to the demands of her cat, Tigern.
Nicole Ellis – Nursery and Childcare Provider
Nicole grew up in Monterey, CA, home of the beautiful Monterey Bay Aquarium. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2017 to start college at UCSB as an Anthropology major. When she is not on campus or doing homework, she loves to run, cook and bake, babysit, and play with dogs that remind her of the one she misses back home in Monterey!