Rev. Jullan* Stoneberg (she/her) joined UUCW in August 2022 as our Interim Minister. She crossed an international border to be with us, having ministered over 17 years with two UU congregations in Ontario, Canada.
Journey and process are key to Rev. Jullan’s theology. Her faith is grounded in a commitment to the process…even when it seems there are no answers. Anti-racism work is her passion. Transparency, self-reflection, and honest communication feed her introvert soul. She believes that our belonging, our inherent worth, and our purpose are found within the ever-changing journeys of our lives…and that our individual journeys are deeply enriched by sharing the path with others.
Working with UUCW’s Transition Team, Rev. Jullan will be guiding us as we move toward and into the next iteration of UUCW’s congregational life, purpose and identity. Each and every voice is needed in this process. To contact Rev. Julie via email, click on her photo above.
* Rev. Jullan’s given name is Julie; she’ll answer to either Julie or Jullan (YEW-lan).
Dave CiceroDirector of Lifespan Religious Education
Dave Cicero (he/him) joined the staff of UU Church West in August 2019, after a career teaching Art in Waukesha, WI and CA public schools. He’s also a potter/sculptor and a musician (guitarist, and bassist in a band that sometimes appears in public but under different names). Dave is a native of Chicago (who roots for both the Bears AND the Packers), a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and lived for a time in California, where he began his teaching career and started a family. He earned an MA in Visual Studies from Cardinal Stritch University and realized he was UU just prior to joining Lake Country UU Church in 2006.
Ruben PiirainenLead Music Director
Ruben Piirainen (he/him) has served at UUCW since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University. In 2009 Ruben was one of the first graduates of the UUA’s Music Leadership Certification Program. Ruben is also a piano teacher with the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Opera, Present Music, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Brew City Opera, Opera for the Young, Festival City Symphony, and Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. He manages UUCW’s music programs and enjoys the enthusiasm of our fine group of musicians and the congregation’s love of diverse music.
Vicki BanvilleChurch Administrator
Vicki Banville (she/her) joined the staff at UUCW in 2012. She holds a Master’s degree in Training and Development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to serving UUCW, Vicki worked in management for Goodwill of North Central Wisconsin and Goodwill of Southeastern Wisconsin. Vicki was born in Waukesha, and after spending 10 years in northern Wisconsin was glad to move closer to her family. She is grateful for the caring people of UUCW and loves working for an amazing religion that shares her values.
Kelly BognarPublications Coordinator
Kelly Bognar (she/her) has been with UUCW since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Communication. As Publications Coordinator, Kelly is responsible for the UUCW newsletter, E-news, social media posts, printed church publications, and website updates. She also provides video and tech support for Sunday services and assists in the Religious Education Program. Prior to UUCW, Kelly worked in Milwaukee and Chicago creating computer graphics for audio/visual service companies.
Miles BognarSound Technician
Miles Bognar (he/him) has been on the UUCW staff since 2014 as a Sound Technician and Campus Specialist. He recently completed the Tool and Die Program at Waukesha County Technical College and is employed at IDC Precision in Mukwonago.
Evan McDonielsSound Technician
Evan McDoniels (he/him) joined the church staff as Sexton in June 2022. Evan holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and he worked as a Bilingual Special Education Teacher in MPS for over 5 years. In January 2022, Evan began the Sound Engineering program with MATC. Evan lives with his wife and dogs Olive and Kanga in Milwaukee. When not making music, Evan enjoys writing poetry, gardening, running ultramarathons, biking and creating visual art.