Introducing our Religious Education Staff
Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Laine Young.
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Laine (rhymes with Jane) Young and her family started attending First UU Church of Austin in 2007. Shortly after joining, Laine’s Religious Educator journey began when she became the K-2nd grade Sunday School teacher, and eventually the Pre-K – 5th Grade Teacher Coordinator. In 2013 her family moved to Berkeley, CA. and while there Laine was the Director of Religious Education at Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, CA. In 2015 Laine returned to First UU Austin as the Lifespan Faith Development Programs Assistant, and she is overjoyed to have the opportunity to serve as Interim. She lives with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter, Kaitlyn. They share their home with a cat, Crookshanks, and a dog, Winky Chewbacca. When Laine isn’t at the church you can find her gardening or in her crafting room.
Childcare Coordinator, Karyn Machler.
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Karyn is a lifelong UU who grew up in Clearwater, FL, where she ran the church nursery for a while and was involved in the RE program. She has many years of experience with leadership of SUUSI (Southeast UU Summer Institute), including serving as the camp’s director. Currently, Karyn’s day job is working as the Infant Center Manager and Infant Lead Teacher at Child’s Day Child Development Center here in Austin.