Executive Director, Tess Snook O’Riva

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Phone: (510) 525-0302, ext. 305

Tess Snook O’Riva (she/her) has served as the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley since July 2019. Prior to answering this calling, she owned a consultancy business helping nonprofits do their good work with intention, purpose, and responsible stewardship. For over 15 years, she held a variety of executive positions within the Contra Costa Health Services Department. Her broad volunteer experience includes Chair of the Contra Costa County Arts & Culture Commission (AC5), Community Liaison for the Art of Health & Healing, CCHS PRIDE Initiative, President of Carquinez Middle School PTA, and innumerable service clubs.

Tess brings extensive experience in operations management, information technology, communications, and organizational development to her leadership style. She received her Master of Public Administration from California State University, East Bay, and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of California at Davis. In her spare time, she hosts a loving and diverse community of hearts full of people, pets, and (suspected) extraterrestrials.

Office Administrator, Janae Heard

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Phone: (510) 525-0302, ext. 306

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Connections Coordinator, Charis Domador

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Hola! I first want to say: what a time to join the UUCB team—shortly after moving to California, and two weeks before a shelter in place order! Though I haven’t met many of you in person, I am so lucky to have landed amongst you all. I am blessed to work with good people at a place with values that align with my own.

I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and have lived in Florida, Arizona, D.C., Virginia, and now California. Throughout my professional career, I have always gravitated to fields that connect people. My life’s purpose is serving humanity however I can.

Through my work in communications and as a yoga teacher, I strive to cultivate a world where curiosity yields connection and stewardship among us, recognizing the oneness of humanity. I possess a holy curiosity, and fully embrace independent investigation of truth and the divine. I believe in human rights for all, banishing prejudice of every kind, the harmony of science and religion, the abolition of extreme wealth and poverty, and accessible education for all.

I thoroughly enjoy cake and cooking. I love to laugh but take myself, and life, way too seriously. Spanish is my native language, and I pronounce my name CHAD-ees (rhymes with PATTIES).

I hope my work will enhance and amplify the amazing efforts of UUCB, and I truly cannot wait to meet every single one of you soon.


Facilities Manager, Peter Barnholdt

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Phone: (510) 525-0302, ext. 308

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Facilities Assistant, James Jackson

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