Meet our wonderful staff

Director of Lifespan Faith Development: Courtney McKenny
Courtney is a lifelong UU, who grew up attending the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelors of Art in History. She is the mom of three teenagers – James, Katherine and Finn. Courtney is also a dog lover and is currently the dog mom of Rufus, Daisy and Maggie. She is also an Orangetheory Fitness enthusiast! Courtney has previously served for over 10 years as the Director of Religious Education at the UU Fellowship of Montgomery. Currently, Courtney is serving on the UUA Appointments committee. Previously she has served on the Mid South District Religious Education Committee as well as the Southeast Chapter of the Liberal Religious Educators Association as vice president and then president. She is also an Our Whole Lives Facilitator Junior and Senior High.

Choir Director: James Sullivan (Jim)
James SullivanJames fell in love with choir directing as a freshman in college and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. James also plays oboe. In 1997, he won the position of Principal Oboe of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed living and performing in Birmingham ever since! He maintains an active private oboe studio and is Oboe Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, and Birmingham-Southern College. He initiated and is a co-founder of Southern Oboe Intensive. He’s also on the board of directors for EnvisionOboe, a non-profit organization that provides financial support for oboe students.

Children’s Choir Director: Becca Rogers
Becca is an elementary music teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Talladega County. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in vocal music education. Becca and her husband James live in Irondale, sharing their home with two dogs and two cats. Becca sings in the adult church choir. She also loves spending time outdoors and reading a good book.

Pianist: Chip Williams
Chip is a Birmingham native and Alabama School of Fine Arts alum, completed undergraduate and graduate piano studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Chip is also the Manager of Marketing & Social Media, and often keyboardist, for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Chip has taught piano through Carnegie Mellon’s Preparatory School and served on the staff of the CMU School of Music’s Pre-College program. Chip has taught at University of Montevallo Department of Theatre, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Kids on Stage Drama Camp, and Birmingham Children’s Theatre Young Actors Theatre program.

Grant Administrator: Decarlos Wright
Decarlos is a Business Officer in the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. He was born and raised in the inner city of Birmingham. Decarlos has over 15 years of experience working with both federal and state grants and contracts including recently serving over six years as Financial Officer of the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Jacksonville State University and a master’s degree in business administration from UAB.


J CampbellBookkeeper: J. Campbell
J. Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has had a long career in professional publishing. He was the founding editor of a business-to-business magazine focused on infrastructure and industrial markets. A native of Alabama, J and his spouse, Carrie, currently live in Irondale with one too few dogs, perhaps the right number of cats, and far too many chickens.

Children’s Choir Accompanist: Carmen Williams
Carmen Williams is a classical pianist, born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She’s a senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where she majors in piano with Dr. Lucy DeSa. Carmen has been playing piano for 8 years and has earned several awards for her solo performances. Carmen has accompanied the Flames of Harmony, the children’s choir, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham since 2016.


Office Administrator: Kim Vansandt
Kim is a native Alabamian. She is the mother of a 13-year old son and dog mom to a Shih Tzu, Emmy, and a Yorkie, Ellie. She enjoys hiking and exploring the growing food scene in Birmingham. If she’s not at home, you can probably find her spending time with her family on Lake Martin.

Meet our Custodian: Darius Williams

Meet our Childcare Staff: Amethyst Vineyard, Jelissa Griffin, Ashley Adams, Kenya Embry