MINISTER and STAFF
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Eleanor Nunez
Eleanor Núñez is a Spanish American conductor, pianist, and educator based in Southern California. She had her international debut in August 2022 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción in Asunción, Paraguay. Eleanor graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. Her belief that music should be accessible to all shines through her creative repertoire programming, enthusiastic rehearsals, and inviting concert environment. Musically, Eleanor loves exploring “the classics” and pairing them with new, modern works. In addition to her work at UUCF, she's currently the Symphony Orchestra Director at Irvine Valley College, and Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Director at Colburn.
ADMINISTRATOR: Amy Styffe
Amy joined the staff in August 2021, and comes to us via our host congregation, First Christian Church of Fullerton, where she has been a member since 1978. She recently retired from full-time work at Santiago Canyon College. Amy is a singer and artist in addition to her administrative skills. She lives in Fullerton with her husband, David. Together they have four grown children, seven grandkids, and a dog, Princess Leia.
MNISTER of MUSIC EMERITA: Judi Herz
Judi serves UUCF as Minister of Music Emerita. She is also Director of the Buena Park Community Chorus and sings with the Orange Master Chorale. As a staff member, Judi serves as director of Family Chimes and Golden Chimes at UUCF. She has two sons, David and Douglas Money, a grandson David Allen Cash Money and is married to UUCF member Al Danzig.
MINISTER: Rev. Dr. Jason Cook
Rev. Dr. Jason Cook is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and has served as minister of UUCF since 2016 after serving as assistant minister to a large UU congregation in northern California. His doctoral degree is from Claremont School of Theology where his work on spiritual recovery from narcissistic abuse received the President's Award for Academic Excellence. He also holds an M.Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological School (a Unitarian Universalist seminary) and an M.A. from Claremont Lincoln University where he received the David C. Lincoln Interfaith Action Commencement Prize. He gladly puts those interfaith organizing skills to use in working with organizations like CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice) and Clergy for Choice. Rev. Jason's writings have most recently been published in Skinner House's "Shelter in this Place" and "Meditations on Class." He has served as both a hospital chaplain and a seminary admissions director. Recipient of the Charles Billings Award in Preaching, Rev. Jason has preached at UU congregations throughout the country, as well as at places like the culturally significant Chautauqua Institute in New York. Before he began his ministry, Rev. Jason served as an HIV prevention counselor for AIDS Services Foundation. In his spare time, Rev. Jason can sometimes be found on stage, including recently playing Brick in a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" streamed on "Broadway on Demand." He is passionate about bringing people together through Unitarian Universalism's blend of reason, justice, and love lived out in the UUCF community.
INTERN: Samuel Hunt
Sam Hunt is an intern minister, marriage and family therapist, and Army National Guard chaplain candidate. With a foundation rooted in spirituality and a calling to assist others, Sam embarked on a journey into ministry because of his desire to be of service to those who serve. He is currently enrolled as a student at United Theology of the Twin Cities pursuing his MDiv degree in interreligious chaplaincy. He has served in the Army National Guard for over 14 years and has been a therapist for 6. Beyond the professional sphere, Sam loves the outdoors. Whether hiking through rugged trails, casting a line while fishing, setting up camp in the wilderness, or enjoying the serenity of the beach, Sam finds solace and inspiration in nature's beauty.
DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Sarah Whittenberg
Sarah most recently served as UUCF board president and comes to the RE program with years of educational knowledge and experience as well as volunteer management. She is a Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America as well as a member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association. She has a BA in English and an MA in Counseling Psychology.
REV. JASON COOK’S SCHEDULE
Rev. Jason is delighted to receive your calls and emails. His regular day off is Monday. He checks email on a limited basis on Friday, his study day.
He is available for one-on-one meetings by appointment.
UUCF OFFICE HOURS (off-site)
Tue-Thu, 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Other times by appointment.