Rev. Andrée Cornelia Mol

Rev. Andrée Cornelia Mol (pronouns: she/they) joined the Central Unitarian Church as its Minister in August 2019. Rev. Andrée’s ministry centers around community and spiritual development. She works to nurture community relationships, widen our circle of belonging, and bring forth more love and goodness into the world. As a minister, she uses words, music, stories, and space to create collaborative, transformational experiences.

Rev. Andrée is a religious naturalist who holds interconnection and wholeness as sacred. She draws heavily on her contemplative practices and her identity as a queer and trans individual. She believes that nurturing community includes exploring and honoring both our individual and collective theologies – the sources we share in common and those that are radically different.

Rev. Andrée grew up in California and New Jersey and, as a college undergraduate, studied film production, then “accidentally” fell into a 20-year career in Human Resources for a global bank where they focused on leadership and organizational development. After living and working in New York City, Rev. Andrée moved to Vermont in 2009 and –drawn by a call to Unitarian Universalist ministry – began seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Rev. Andrée was ordained by the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont, where she previously served as the Developmental Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care and Membership before coming to Paramus. She can be reached at revandree@cucparamus.org.

Alie Christopher

Alie Christopher is the Director of Family Faith Formation. She was born in Naples, Italy. She grew up in Central Florida and received her B.A. in English and Education with a minor in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida. She recently relocated to New Jersey with her family. They are starting from scratch to create a better life for her son. She was raised as a Unitarian, and the church’s core principles guide her daily to be the best person she can be. She now looks forward to raising her son in the Unitarian church. She loves meeting new people and helping others. She has had many years of experience working with people of all ages and from all different backgrounds. She was an elementary school teacher, retail manager, and bartender over the years. These jobs have made her patient, kind, quick on her feet, and an excellent multitasker. She believes that we can make great things happen together as a congregation. She can be reached at achristopher@cucparamus.org.

matt-anderson-150Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson has been Director of Music at Central Unitarian Church since 2008. He holds degrees from Temple University (B.M.) and the University of Cincinnati (M.M.). Matt is a professional musician, educator, and composer. To hear original music Matt has written for services at Central Unitarian Church, visit his YouTube channel at Matt Anderson Original Music. He can be reached at manderson@cucparamus.org.

Robert René Galván

Robert René Galván is a conductor and educator with a long list of credits and associations from all over North America, ranging from small churches to the highest echelons of music. He is equally at home in orchestral, choral, operatic repertoire, and musical theater and is known for his extraordinary professionalism, precise communication, and directing skills. In addition to Central Unitarian Church, Maestro Galván is the Conductor of the Bronx Concert Singers, Peace of Heart Choir, and Manhattan Sinfonia in New York City. He currently serves as Professor of Conducting at the Long Island Conservatory of Music. He was also the Music Director of Highbridge Voices Youth Chorus and Professor of Conducting and Choral Studies at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, where he trained young conductors and directed the conservatory chorale. He was guest conductor of the Florilegium Chamber Choir in Manhattan and Cappella Festiva in upstate New York. He was conductor of the Springfield Symphony Chorus in Massachusetts for four seasons. In Texas, Galván held positions as conductor of the Austin Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Austin Choral Union, and director of both the University Chorus and the Longhorn Singers at the University of Texas. He is married to the playwright Holly Hepp and has a daughter, Gina. He can be reached at rgalvan@cucparamus.org.

 

New administrator Maxiel and her goldendoodle puppy.

Maxiel Rodriguez

Maxiel Rodriguez is the Congregation Administrator at Central Unitarian Church. She has over 15 years of experience in project management and administration, where she excelled in leading day-to-day operations and facilitating collaboration. In 2022, Maxiel transitioned her focus to working with minority-owned small businesses, applying her expertise to help them optimize their operations to boost productivity and success. She’s a master at navigating complex challenges, driving results, and exceeding expectations. When she’s not busy with work, Maxiel loves spoiling her furry friend Archie, caring for her many plants, and providing her nephew with a steady supply of banana bread. She has recently taken to doodling and writing to rediscover creativity and reconnect with curiosity.

As our new congregational administrator, she will take on an expanded role with additional responsibilities and skills, with a heavy focus on communications. This will allow us to have staff support for the vital internal and external digital communications and changing technological needs that are so much a part of 21st-century congregational life. She can be reached at maxielrodriguez@cucparamus.org.