Reverend Benjamin Maucere, Interim Minister
Benjamin Maucere came to First Church with valued experience from a number of interim ministries in UU churches, most recently at the Shawnee Mission congregation in Kansas. His experience with urban churches and social justice issues is extensive. During his tenure at First Church, Rev. Maucere will assist the congregation to prepare for the arrival of a settled minister by 2017.
Meredith Plummer, Director of Family Programming
Meredith is a second-generation Unitarian Universalist. Throughout her childhood she attended Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Anderson Township. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Miami University in December, 2008, with a B.S. in education. Meredith came to First Unitarian Church in 2009 with 8 years' experience working with children and youth, and 2 years in management. She has two disabled daughters and currently serves on the Board of EqUUal Access, an independent UU organization committed to the full engagement of people with disabilities in our congregations and beyond. Meredith believes parents are their children's primary religious educators, and she is passionate about partnering with parents to raise the next generation of Unitarian Universalist change-makers.
Jera Cox, Music Director
Jera grew up in Bryan, Ohio and became a church keyboardist at the age of 13. After moving to Cincinnati to attend CCM, Jera worked with many community theater groups as music director. She became keyboardist and music director at Hartzell United Methodist Church. After marriage, raising children, and divorce, Jera completed her B.A. degree in music from Xavier University. She recently earned a master's degree in secondary education while completing requirements for teaching certification in Music K-12. She is the band director at Reading Community Schools and has 11 violin and piano students. Jera came to First Unitarian Church in November, 2010 as keyboardist, and became Music Director in 2011.
Carrie Spiess, Operations Manager
Carrie earned a bachelors degree in psychology from Northern Kentucky University, graduating with distinction and as a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Carrie worked as a retail manager and human resources manager prior to staying home to raise children. She has been very involved in her community including as a past board member for the Clermont Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Miami Township Soccer Club, NAMI Wellness Walk Coordinator, Miami Township Soccer Club Assistant Tournament Director and Team Administrator.
Susan West, Office Administrator
Susan's background of service and ministry to others has prepared her well for her position at First Church. Susan earned her Masters of Divinity at the Iliff School of Theology and started her career as a United Methodist minister. She also has worked as a child and family counselor, a Family Services clinician and even as a law clerk. Perhaps most directly applicable to the work she will do at First Church are her more than six years of experience as an administrative assistant and business office coordinator. On a personal note, Susan grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has lived in Cincinnati since 2004 and is married to Bob Trombley.