Meet the 2020 Ministerial Search Committee

Meet the Ministerial Search Committee

L to R: Bee Moradi, Allen Keiswetter, Sarah Yue, Kelly Kohl, Sally Determan, Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso, and Frank Corsoro
L to R: Bee Moradi, Allen Keiswetter, Sarah Yue, Kelly Kohl, Sally Determan, Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso, and Frank Corsoro

Our members–selected by the church’s nominating committee and elected by the congregation–are Kelly Kohl (chair), Frank Corsoro, Sally Determan, Allen Keiswetter, Bee Moradi, Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso, and Sarah Yue. Learn more about them here!

Kelly Kohl has been attending UUCA since 2014 and has been a member of the church since 2016. As an active leader within the UUCA Young Adult community, Kelly has facilitated the bi-weekly Beer, Pizza, and Questions About the Universe philosophical discussions since 2015. In her professional life, Kelly works with the Federal government on large-scale IT system modernization efforts. She holds a BA in Strategic Communication from Temple University. In her free time, Kelly enjoys horseback riding, attending concerts, and cycling.

Frank Corsoro has been a member of UUCA since September 2006. An introduction to the UU faith and philosophy in a “New UU” Covenant Group in 2007 left a lasting impression on Frank and he has gone on to facilitate many Covenant Groups since. Frank has a special affinity for facilitating “New to UU” Covenant Groups, now called “Beginning Connectors”, and has facilitated these groups since 2012. Frank saw the churches commitment to Social Justice and participated in three consecutive service trips to New Orleans for post-Katrina recovery in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Frank co-led the church’s mission team on the last two NOLA efforts. Frank served a two-year term on the Board of Trustees from 2010-11 and learned up close about policy governance. Frank attended his first General Assembly in 2010 in Minneapolis, and represented the church at GA in Charlotte in 2011, at the Social Justice GA in Phoenix in 2012, GA in Providence in 2014, and GA in Portland in 2015. Frank has been the church representative to the Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice in the Capital Region (UUSJ) and is currently the UUSJ alternate. Frank experienced a life-changing spiritual experience when he was chosen to be a UUCA Worship Associate by Rev. Aaron and has proudly served in that role for nearly three years. Frank has also spent considerable time over the years as one of the church’s many dedicated volunteers called Sunday Ambassadors, helping with numerous activities over the years including Sunday morning greeter. Frank has been married to church member Linda Lutes for five years; Frank and Linda met while co-facilitating a Covenant Group.

Sara-Ann (Sally) Determan moved to Northern Virginia in 1963 and joined UUCA within three or four years thereafter. Now age 81, she’s been a member for more than 60% of her life. While she attended church fairly regularly, Sally became much more active when Rev. Joan Gelbein inspired her to become a member of the Board of Trustees, on which she served for several years until the sudden death of her husband. Besides the Trustee service, Sally’s most intense UUCA volunteer activity was as a member of a senior minister search committee, seeking someone to replace Rev. Gelbein. Sally is a 1960 graduate of the University of Delaware and a 1967 graduate of George Washington School of Law. She clerked on the D. C. Court of Appeals. She accepted a position with the largest D. C. law firm, Hogan & Hartson (now HoganLovells), where she became its first woman partner. She retired from active practice 35 years later. During these years she was elected President of the DC Bar and served on the boards (including in most serving as board chair) of the ACLU (local and national), Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the Women’s Legal Defense Fund (now the National Partnership for Women and Families) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. She also served as chair of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities of the American Bar Association. She has two living sons, four grandchildren and two daughters-in-law. Her third son died of leukemia in 1984–an event she describes as “the toughest experience of my life but the one from which I learned the most.” Sally is eager to use her talents to help find an outstanding UUCA senior minister.

Allen Keiswetter has been a member of UUCA since 1991 and chaired the Board of Trustees when Rev. Michael MCGee was called in 1999. He co-chaired the 2010-11 capital campaign which raised $5.5 million and the architecture and building committees which oversaw the construction of the new addition and the paving of the parking lot. He has also chaired the Nominating Committee and Annual Giving Campaign. Recently he led the Strategic Planning Committee and the Growth Group. Currently he serves on the Financial Advisory Committee. Both he and his wife Gerda particularly value the Covenant Groups that they have facilitated for more than 15 years. Allen notes that for nearly 30 years “UUCA has been the beloved community which has nourished our social and spiritual life and nurtured our children.” A retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with tours in six Arab posts, he is now a Scholar at the Middle East Institute and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. He has taught at the National War College and the National Intelligence University. He recently returned from a month’s stint teaching in Ghana. He was president of Metro DC PFLAG Board of Trustees for four years.

Bee Moradi has been attending UUCA since 2011 and became a member earlier last year. Her first time at UUCA was in 2010 as a volunteer for a luau fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Since then she has participated and volunteered with a variety of UUCA events including food bagging, Living the Pledge, and ESOL. Bee was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Springfield, Virginia at the age of three. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia where she founded a chapter of a multicultural sorority based on service and social justice, and for which she later served on the National Board of Directors. Her first career involved working for 11 years on special projects in educational and cultural affairs at the U.S. Department of State. During her last three and a half years at State, Bee completed her J.D. as an evening student at American University’s Washington College of Law. She’s currently a federal attorney and lives in Falls Church with her husband Brian, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and their dog Bucky Barnes. Bee and Brian enjoy morning coffee, gardening, hunting for and up-cycling antiques (reduce, reuse, recycle!) and watching rainstorms on their front porch.

Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso has been a member of UUCA since 2015, and a Unitarian Universalist since 2005. Her religious roots are Presbyterian and Jewish. In our congregation Betsy has co-facilitated a summer RE writing club and three Covenant Groups. She participated in the year-long Leading from Within retreat series and served as a worship associate for two years. Betsy served on the music director search committee that called Mimi Bornstein. Betsy has participated in anti-racism and allyship trainings and led “Where I’m From” poetry-writing workshops. She led the transition task force that worked to ensure continuity in worship and pastoral care during Rev. Aaron’s leave of absence and oriented Rev. Beth Miller as temporary senior minister. She sings tenor in the Voices United Community Chorus. Betsy and her husband Randy (a friend of the church) have two children—11-year-old Zoe and 5-year-old Zeke. Betsy is a lifelong wordsmith who has run her own writing and editing business since 2006. She writes two blogs—You Ask a Lot of Questions and and hosts a podcast—Five Questions, which has featured several UUCA members as guests. Betsy loves books, music, movies, board games, crossword puzzles, playing soccer, and a good sandwich.

Sarah Yue began attending UUCA in the fall of 2013 and became a member two years later. As the parent of three young children–Evan, age 11, Katie, age 7, and Natalie, age 2–Sarah has been active in the RE program for several years, teaching preschool and first-grade classes as well as leading summer RE workshops. Sarah is also deeply involved in music at UUCA: she plays in the Polymnia handbell ensemble, volunteers as an assistant director for the multi-generational beginners’ handbell group Bellissimo, and (along with her daughters) sings at Goodwin House every month with the SHINE choir. In her professional life, Sarah manages AmeriCorps grants at the Corporation for National and Community Service and is a former high-school science teacher. She enjoys volunteering with UUCA’s Meals on Wheels program and at Claremont Immersion Elementary School, where she helps recruit volunteers for hands-on science activities. Sarah is also active in Better Angels, a national citizens’ movement devoted to building trust and mutual understanding across the political divide. Sarah is honored to be a candidate for the UUCA ministerial search committee and is committed to listening to and faithfully representing the diverse voices, experiences, and life stories that make up our beloved community.