Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Karen Madrone
Rev. Karen Madrone came to Unitarian Universalism and received her call to ministry at her home church in Greensboro, NC. Rev. Karen attended seminary at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She graduated with her Master of Divinity and received ordination in 2019. Rev. Karen’s call to ministry is in Interim Ministry, assisting congregations as they transition from who they are now to who they want to be in the future. Prior to serving UUFD, she served as the Interim Minister at South Valley UU Society in Cottonwood Heights, UT. Previous to UU ministry she worked in education and government settings in North Carolina and Missouri, where she received her Master’s in Public Administration. Rev. Karen and her wife Michelle Giorgi have a dog, Letty, and a cornsnake, Don. They split their time between Decatur and Chicago where Michelle is employed as a Veterinary Technician at MedVet Chicago.
Religious Education Director
Lisa Coates and her family relocated from Pike Creek, Delaware in 2017.
Lisa was active in her local UU congregation, in which she began her journey as a religious education leader. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Lisa graduated from Webster University with a master’s degree in teaching early childhood education.
As a wife of Chris and mother of three daughters, Carly, Caden,, and Luella, Lisa is very involved in educational and family services in our community. She is a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, 4H of Blue Mound and Special Blessings of Decatur.
Along with leading the Religious Education program for UUFD, Lisa also teaches parent, child classes for a local preschool.
Lisa is eager to work alongside the families of UUFD. Her plans include activities focusing on creative arts, family involvement and community outreach.