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Jessica Nierad Board SecretaryJess was raised in Phoenix and, by way of California and Washington, DC, she returned to Arizona in 2006 to live in Tempe. She currently works as part of the Development Team at Child Crisis Arizona.

Jess was raised Lutheran and even graduated from California Lutheran University. She first heard about Unitarian Universalism as an aside in conversation with two professors. That aside made a lasting impression and nine years later when searching for a new home church for herself and her family, UU was first on her Google list. After attending services for a few months, Jess joined VUU in 2012. Later, she and Bill, brought in their two daughters, Natalie (6) and Dorothy (2), who participate in VUU’s child dedication ceremony.

Since joining VUU, Jess has participated in teaching RE, serving as a mentor in the Coming of Age program, attending the Spirit of Life discussion group, and keeping potential new members happy by arranging food for the Journey to Membership Sessions. Jess is excited to join the board at this time when, as a congregation, we are setting a future vision. As a member of the board, Jess wants to assist in making progress towards that vision. Ultimately, she looks forward to continuing the journey of being part of a Unitarian Universalist community, to understanding VUU’s role in our larger community, and working to ensure that othersfeel the