Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Senior Pastor

Kim Risedorph

Pastor Kim Risedorph is grateful to be serving at the church where she and her children were baptized. With her whole heart, she knows that being a part of a church community deepens our awareness of God, and prompts us to serve others as followers of Christ Jesus.  Kim and her family joined San Ramon Valley UMC when they moved to California in 1996.  She had been a college professor teaching modern Chinese history, when a series of life events…
Associate Pastor

Mantu Joshi

The Joshi family recently returned to the California-Nevada Annual Conference when Mantu’s spouse, Heidi, took a position as a manager and faculty at the UCSF/John Muir Family Medicine Residency in Walnut Creek. Pastor Mantu last served as Pastor of Congregational Development and Innovation at First UMC in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he was also an instructor at Western Michigan University.  Pastor Mantu is a published author of many articles on parenting kids with special needs and the book, The Resilient Parent.…
Director, Family Ministries

Laura Roy

Laura has over 23 years in ministry experience as both a Children’s Pastor and Community Life Pastor.  She is passionate about building a strong faith foundation for children by providing a safe and fun place for them to learn to live and love like Jesus. Helping families to connect both with the church and each other to build a strong community is also a high priority. Over the years she has worked with children as a pre-school teacher, Girl Scout…
Director, Youth Ministries

Rebecca Bernstein

Rebecca grew up in Livermore and moved to Seattle for college where she lived for five years and is a graduate of  the University of Washington with a bachelors in Linguistics. Rebecca learned French and Russian and had the opportunity to spend a year in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where she taught English and learned about the language and culture of Central Asia. Rebecca considers studying language as one of her hobbies, along with writing and hiking, and she also just recently…
Director, ARC


A native of Danville, CA, Joey was raised in the Bay area and played basketball for Head Coach, John Raynor, at San Ramon Valley High School and graduated in 2007. He also played college basketball at the Masters College and graduated with a Communications degree in 2011. Then he went on to play professional basketball for two seasons in Munich and Frankfurt, Germany. After finishing his playing career, he joined Eric Musselman’s staff at the University of Nevada-Reno as a graduate assistant coach…
Director, Audio/Visual Services

Linda Green

Linda has served as the Director of Audio/Visual Services since 2015.  For many years prior she was a volunteer who produced the Sunday service A/V programs.  Her experience with A/V systems is a result of her curious nature.  Her experience in management stems from her 30-year career as a civilian in the US Navy where she became the Senior Manager at the Naval Supply Center in Oakland.  A native of Michigan, Linda has resided in Danville for the past 40…
Office Manager

Susan Dowling

Susan has been working in the management field for over 25 years. Susan has an undergraduate business degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters of Business degree from St. Mary’s College. She is both the Office Manager and Human Resource Manager for SRVUMC. She works part-time. Prior to working for SRVUMC, Susan spent 20 years in rising management positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company; she had responsibility for project management, project development, and other roles in many…
Facilites Manager

Marilyn Clarke

Marilyn Clarke has held the position of Facilities/Purchasing Manager at San Ramon Valley UMC since 2002. She has assisted , in her capacity as Facilities Manager, in 3 major building projects on campus, as well as building and updating of the church courtyard and memorial garden. Marilyn’s prior work history includes working in her family business, which dealt, to a great extent, of serving the motion picture industry. She has a lot of great stories, if you get an opportunity…
Finance Administrator

Theresa Omar

Theresa is our Finance Administrator. She is also in charge of  accounts payable and required reports. She works with our finance committee to monitor the yearly budgets.

Lisa Jancarik

Lisa writes and edits content for the Valley Messenger monthly newsletter and some of San Ramon Valley UMC’s other written materials. She aims to keep the tradition of the monthly newsletter alive with a readable, lively format that captures SRVUMC’s joyful hum of activity from month to month. Before taking on the role of newsletter editor, Lisa has written a range of copy—from email and essays to news articles and catalog descriptions—for companies like Thermo Fisher Scientific and Bel-Art Products.…
Director, Music & Choir

Bruce Koliha

Bruce Koliha has served as the SRVUMC Director of Music since 2007. Bruce recently retired from a long career directing high school choirs as well as 6 years at St. Mary’s College and many years of teaching music theory at Los Medanos Community College. Bruce is the director of the Chancel Choir and oversees the functioning and coordination of the other musical ensembles at the church.
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