Our Ministers and Staff
Amy grew up in Connecticut in the Conservative Jewish tradition. She majored in Studio Art and Religion at Wesleyan University, traveled to India and Nepal on a Buddhist Studies Program, and after teaching for two years, entered the M.A./Ph.D. program in Religion at Syracuse University. She began attending the Unitarian Universalist church in 1992 and … Continued
Dan Harper grew up as a Unitarian Universalist in Concord, Massachusetts. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College, and spent a year doing graduate study in creative nonfiction at Emerson College. After twelve years working in various aspects of the residential construction industry, Dan began part-time study for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. … Continued
Jen Dillinger, our community minister, is a minister in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, and working at Stanford Hospital as an interfaith chaplain and supervisory education student. That means she’s learning how to train others in healthcare chaplaincy. No stranger to the Palo Alto area, she received her B.A. at Stanford, along with completing … Continued
Melissa Thomson serves as Chaplain for Inpatient Palliative Care at the Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospital in Redwood City. We endorse her as a Community Minister on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Veronika Agranov-Dafoe has been the choir accompanist and soloist for Palo Alto Unitarian Church since1992. She is also the principal coach and accompanist at Opera San José, the pianist for Temple Emanu-El in San Jose, and a rehearsal accompanist at West Bay Opera in Palo Alto. Born and raised in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia, Ms. Agranov-Dafoe first studied … Continued
People who have worked with him describe him as “just a delight,” “so kind,” “very conscientious and dependable,” friendly and flexible, an excellent collaborator, and “a great guy,” as well as lauding his “wonderful keyboard skills,” his voice technique, and his talent as a vocal coach and choral conductor. He conducted our adult choir as … Continued