Staff

Robert J. von Trebra

Sustaining Pastor

Bob von Trebra grew up in Wisconsin, but has also lived in Colorado, New Jersey, Illinois, and now Utah. He received an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a M. Div. from the Chicago Theological Seminary. He worked as a teacher and as a chemist before being ordained to the ministry. Bob served a UCC congregation in Indian Head Park, Illinois for 19 years before coming to Holladay UCC. He enjoys golf, skiing, music and traveling. He is married to Jill von Trebra, a retired music teacher. pastor@holladayucc.org

Peter Christensen

Office Administrator

Peter Christensen was raised in Southern California and has lived in Utah for 20 years. He studied journalism and literature here at the University of Utah, and worked for many years counseling at-risk youth and homeless families. When he is not busy tending to the yard/garden, he enjoys cycling, hiking and generally being outdoors. Peter is compassionate and caring and brings a wealth of work experience from the non-profit sector. He can be reached at office@holladayucc.org.

Abby Brown

Director of Community Life

Abby Brown has lived in Idaho, Seattle, Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany, and Colorado Springs. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Abby has enjoyed many experiences at La Foret – the church camp of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. She spent several years as a camper, a camp planner, a counselor, and even worked for a while in the camp kitchen. Abby enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, reading, films, and spending time with family. She will be involved with working with the children and youth of Holladay UCC. community.life@holladayucc.org

Eric Richards

Choir Director

Eric Richards has immense gratitude to have found HUCC in 2013 to be a part of such a talented musical community with the side benefit of incredible spiritual support by such amazing people. Eric started in music at the age of 8 when he played Michael Banks in a production of Mary Poppins. Since his teenage years, he as performed in numerous musicals his favorite roles being Sparky in Forever Plaid, The Tinman in The Wizard of Oz and Edna in Hairspray. In high school and college, he was heavily involved in madrigal and All-state choirs. He sang with America West Symphony and Chorus and Salt Lake Opera for a time period. For the past 30 years, Eric has been a choir director, music director and vocal coach. His clients have been involved with Nickelodeon, Priddis Music, Hale Center Theater, Pioneer Theatre Company and numerous community/regional theaters, Warner Bros, Universal Studios, Fox Television, Karaoke Nationals, Disney Idol, and Simmons Radio Group. He has directed many musicals, his favorites being Seussical, Beauty and the Beast and Scarlet Pimpernel. He typically chooses one musical theater show to direct each year. In 2010, he organized a live “Glee” production with 35 youth. He led the youth musical production “Light the Fire Within” for the 2002 Winter Olympics and has trained with exceptional coaches like Wendy Parr (NYC), Michael Goodrich (LA), Greg Enriquez (Las Vegas), Robert Peterson (Man of La Mancha) and numerous others. Education has included SLS, NATS, IVTOM, Vocology, UofU, BAST, NCVS and has studied with professionals like Michele Weir (UCLA Jazz), Tamra Glaser (Christine, Nat’l Tour “Phantom of the Opera”) and Boko Suzuki (Music Director, Nat’l Tour “Wicked”). Eric has loved helping create music at HUCC and sharing spirituality through music.

Jani Gamble

Contemporary Music Coordinator

Jani Gamble has participated in the music programs at Holladay for over four decades, singing in the children and youth choirs and in the adult choir for many years. Jani was an original member of Twist of Faith, the worship band who led music in the Alternative Service at HUCC beginning in 1997 and continues today.

Kristi Thompson,

Holladay Preschool Director

Kristin Thompson received an MPA in Non-Profit Administration and a BS in Political Science, with a Minor in History from the University of Utah. Kristin has served as the Director for Holladay Preschool since May 2013. Her previous work experience includes promoting sound public policy, event planning and fund raising in the political arena. Prior to that, Kristin coordinated volunteers to work in homeless shelters both in Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. Kristin’s love of Holladay Preschool began when her two daughters, Lily and Macy, attended the preschool. Holladay Preschool’s dedication to developmentally appropriate learning led Kristin and her husband, Bob to the preschool. The incredible experience shared by the Thompson family at the preschool brought Kristin back to serve as its Director.

 


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