Leadership Team

Meet our Staff

Katie Kline 

Executive Director

Katie (she/her) is an educator, activist, community-builder, and writer with a passion for the arts, social justice, civid engagement, spiritual exploration, and the natural world. With an academic background in religion and a professional background in communications, nonprofit leadership, and arts administration, and education, Katie is passionate about engaging in multi-generational, intersectional movement building that centers right relationship, story, and community care. 

Leslie Mills

Community Outreach

Leslie (she/her) is a third-generation Unitarian Universalist who joined the MUUSJA team in 2023. She has trained in the peaceful Japanese martial art of Ki-Aikido for over a decade and focuses her work through that lens. Living in an artist’s loft in St. Paul, she is a writer, painter, singer, knitter, gardener, gluten-free baker, and tea maker. Her favorite kind of travel is aways based in relationship building, service learning, and justice work. Leslie was ordained in 2016 and has worked with UU congregations around the Midwest, volunteering regularly to work with youth on both a regional and national level.

Dallas Rising

Program Management 

Dallas (she/they) is an activist, yoga instructor, somatic grief worker, and interfaith chaplain. She came to the UU faith as a teenager and spent the 90’s deeply involved in UU youth leadership from the local to national level. After a 20-year hiatus from church, she rejoined in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd during the pandemic, seeking a way to be more resourced during a particularly tumultuous time. With decades of grassroots organizing work in liberation spaces and experience in secular nonprofits, she’s enjoying approaching social justice work from a space of spiritual grounding. She lives in Minneapolis with her spouse and two rescue dogs.

Karen Wills

Democracy Strategist

Karen, MUUSJA’s former Executive Director, is wearing a new hat as our Technology Integration specialist. Karen is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and organizer.

Meet our Board

Gail Bishop

Gail has been a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester for 25 years, having served as a past president of the congregation as well as in other leadership capacities. At First UU she is currently Chair of the Social Justice Council, a member of the Finance and Stewardship Committees, member of the Disability Task Force, and serves on one of the church Hospitality Teams. She is an advocate for the disabled, serving for the past eight years on the Board of Directors of PossAbilties, an organization that creates opportunities for children and adults to contribute and connect with the Rochester community. Her family consists of one husband, two daughters, and three Westie dogs! When not serving for causes on the ground she is in the air as an instrument rated, private pilot. “At altitude,” she says, “there are no differences – we all appear the same!”

Terri Burnor

Rev. Terri Burnor helps communities of faith and spiritual practice connect to and grow the movement for climate and racial justice. She delights in building relationships and celebrating the power of community organizing. Terri worked in marketing and communications primarily for technology companies for nearly 20 years prior to answering a call to ministry in 2011. She earned a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2017. Most recently, she was part of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light’s staff for 3 years and served two years as a co-interim minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka. She is a member of Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul.

Terri is on the steering team for MARCH (Multifaith Anti-Racism, Change, & Healing) and is a Recycling Ambassador with Ramsey County. She joins her spouse in volunteering with Merrick Community Services on the east side of St. Paul. Terri is a life-long Minnesotan and grew up outside of Duluth. Her front yard in St. Paul is a butterfly and bee magnet with native perennial and vegetable garden beds. Terri enjoys riding an electric bike and walking the neighborhood with her spouse and dogs.

Lynn Degerstrom

Lynn has been a member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester for 6 years. She has been highly active in social justice issues for the last 30 years. Currently, she focuses on LGBTQIA+ issues and facilitates the Wide Welcoming Team where the mission is to extend radical welcoming to each person who enters the First UU Church – Rochester doors. She is also responsible for overseeing the annual renewal of the Welcoming Congregations program through the UUA. She lives her life looking through the lens of her mantra “everything is energy” which led her to study energy work and traditional Chinese Medicine at Windemere School of Eastern Healing Arts in massage where she later became the Director of Student Affairs. That passion for “energy” has led her to a lifetime study of Feng Shui. Her family consists of her husband of over 35 years, a son, and 3 dogs. In her spare time, she loves to do wool applique and is an avid player of MahJongg.

Judy Foster, Chair

Judy has been a member of the St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SCUUF) since 1979, having served in numerous leadership positions, including two terms as president of the Executive Board. Now retired as an English professor at St. Cloud State University, she is active in the community, currently serving on the St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission. At SCUUF, she serves as newsletter editor and chairs the Community Garden and Technology committees. Her current social justice focus is justice for ex-offenders, a joint project with Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Cloud.

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Bonnie Graham

Bonnie is awn active member of the Underwood UU Church and is closely involved with climate justice work in northern Minnesota, especially around Camp Firelight. Photo and full bio forthcoming!


Jeff Snyder, Treasurer

After living in Rochester for 38 years, and attending First Universalist Unitarian Church of Rochester for the last seven of those years, Jeff and his wife Karen moved to Minneapolis in June of 2014. While at First UU, Jeff served as a member and chair of the Finance Committee and was on the Board of Directors serving as Treasurer at the time of his departure. Jeff and Karen are new members of First Universalist Church where Jeff is now a member of the Community Investment Team. Jeff’s primary interest in the social justice arena is in the area of environmental justice. He is currently retired and plans to stay that way after a long career with IBM as an engineer and project manager. Jeff and Karen have an adult daughter and son living in Los Angeles and Minneapolis respectively.