SOUUL Facilitator Bios
Learn more about the exciting roster of SOUUL facilitators! These are the folks who will be growing our capacity for leadership and connection. Registered SOUUL attendees will receive an email about registering for specific workshops closer to the conference.
NANCY PALMER JONES has served as senior minister at the First Unitarian Church of San José, California since 2005. With the late Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, she co-edited Soul Work: Antiracist Theologies in Dialogue. She is also the author of Mistakes and Miracles.
BRYCE THOMASON is the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. With over 25 years of leadership experience, he brings a unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit, tech-savvy, and a deep-seated commitment to social justice. His journey has been defined by fostering authentic relationships, driving innovation in business development, and leading with an ethos of inclusivity and integrity. With an MBA focusing on the Management of Technology from the Scheller College at Georgia Tech, Bryce blends savvy acumen with a heart-forward commitment to soulful connection.
JENNIFER THILO found her spiritual home at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta about 15 years ago. Jennifer has served as Board President for non-profits including the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, Friends of Gwinnett County Seniors, and Charis Circle. In her work as a Regional Vice President for Delmar Gardens Enterprises, with responsibility for two continuum care senior communities, she engages with people experiencing great life changes. She has frequently served on boards during times of transition, and UUCA was no exception.
NANCY COMBS MORGAN is a Congregational Life Consultant in the Southern Region, this is her 21st year serving on UUA field staff. With a background in Unitarian Universalist faith development, pastoral care, and interspiritual companioning.
LAURA BETH BROWN is a proud 20-year member of LREDA, having been a Good Officer, President of the Metro New York chapter, and currently the President of the Southeast chapter. Laura Beth is also a UUA certified Interim Religious Educator. Before her current position as the DLRE at the UU Congregation of Atlanta, she served 5 congregations in New York and New Jersey. Laura Beth created the UU Leadership Institute course, Stop Recruiting Start Retaining, led her Embracing Family Ministry workshops at both LREDA and UUMA national conferences, and has consulted with congregations in areas of governance, family ministry, and volunteer strategy. You can find her most recent essay in the recently released Skinner House book, Beyond Welcome: Building Communities of Love.
DR. LETA WOO has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta since 2019. She holds a BS from Georgia Tech and a PhD from Northwestern University, both in Materials Science and Engineering, and received training from the Bradford Project Management Program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and from the Technical Management Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension. She attended SUULE in 2019 and has served as a teacher for Religious Education, mentor for Coming of Age, co-chair for Stewardship and Social Justice Team, member of various committees (Ministry, Capital Campaign, Retreat Planning, Search for Director of Lifespan Religious Education), and is currently a member of UUMoves (UUCA’s movement choir) and a Trustee at UUCA.
DR. JASON DELANEY is a behavioral and experimental economist who teaches economics, statistics, and game theory in the School of Business at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, where he is a Professor and Associate Dean. His interest in economics stems from his underlying interests in ethics, moral philosophy, Christianity, Taoism, Microsoft Excel, computer science, budgeting, mortality, discount rates, amortization tables, and English literature, among other things. At UUCA, he has served as the chair of the Stewardship Committee, and has been a Coming of Age Mentor and Facilitator as well as a Youth RE teacher in the past.
REV. JAKE MORRILL served the UU Church in Oak Ridge, TN as lead minister for 19 years and now works as a leadership coach and consultant. He holds degrees from the University of Texas, Austin; the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Harvard Divinity School; and East Tennessee State University. He was in the Bowen Center’s Postgraduate Program from 2015-2021 and is also on the Faculty of the Bowen Theory Education Center in Chattanooga TN.
ERIC BLISS has been active in UU leadership over the course of 35 years, beginning as a YRUU group leader, eventually becoming a youth mentor, coordinator, and adviser at such places as The Mountain, Ferry Beach, NCCJ’s Anytown, and at GA Youth Caucus. He was the Director of Religious Exploration at First Unitarian Society of Denver for six years and served as the Youth Chaplain, the Quuest Youth Camp Director, the LREDA Chair for the Mountain Desert District, and on the Fahs Collaborative Guiding Team. Currently, Eric is the Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry Specialist for the Southern Region of the UUA.
REV. SADIE LANSDALE is the minister of UU Greensboro. Her ministry focuses on transformative worship, social justice through accountable community relationships, deep connections across all generations, and faith formation. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Bethesda, Maryland, Rev. Lansdale earned her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2017 and she holds a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Tufts University.
SONYA TINSLEY-HOOK is a strengths and career coach with Deloitte and a Lay Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. Sonya has a B.A. in English and a Master’s degree in Psychology and Leadership Coaching. She is passionate about taking strengths coaching to people who would not ordinarily have access to it, so she loves to work with nonprofit organizations, congregations, schools, and community groups.
DONALD MILTON III has been a leader in Unitarian Universalist music and worship creation and innovation for over 15 years. He is the full time Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA). At UUCA, Mr. Milton runs one of the most eclectic and exceptional music programs in the city and in the denomination. Across our denomination, Mr. Milton has led large services at General Assembly and presented workshops and lectures for district and regional events throughout the US and Canada. Active in the Atlanta music scene, Mr. Milton conducts the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, is the founder of SkyPunch ATL, and has served many non-profit organizations as a consultant or board member. Mr. Milton is one of the authors of the 2018 book Upcycle Your Congregation: Creative Ideas for Transforming Your Faith Community.
LIEBS HONEYCUTT is a lifelong educator, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta board member, and leader of the Radical Welcome Team. LAURA YAMASHITA has served on many UUCA leadership teams including the board and the 8th Principle committee. SERETHIEL FREEMAN works as a copywriter at serves at UUCA on the Religious Education and Radical Welcome Teams.