Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

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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.…
Office Administrator

Patsy Kyles

Patsy has been an office administrator and executive assistant for years, and her warm disposition helps set a welcoming tone at the church office. She’s the one who takes care of membership concerns, including updating church records, like attendance. Patsy keeps the white board in the office updated with news of hospitalizations, births, prayer concerns and bereavements. She also stays busy with preparing Sunday bulletins and staying on top of church mailings, plus other (less interesting) paperwork. This responsibility also means working with…
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…
Office Manager

Sol Cuenco

Sol is the eldest of eight children. She was born and raised in southern Philippines. She migrated to the US in 1979 and has since lived in Concord. She and her husband, Ramon, are blessed with four children, all adults now. Their eldest daughter, Yvette, is now a school counselor based in Abu Dhabi, but will be returning to the US in June this year. Yvette’s constant companion in her international travels is her dog, Milo. Yvette’s had Milo before…
Accounts Payable
Theresa Omar

Theresa Omar

I handle accounts payable for the church, so I process payments, once they’ve been approved.  Not very flashy, but it works!  I’m delighted to be working for the church again, since it gives me a chance to stay connected to my wonderful church family from our time in the Bay Area.  I moved back to Texas to be with family, once my husband Yousuf Omar retired.  We live in Plano, Texas with our two cats, Sugar & Spice.  We’re thrilled to be close to our two daughters and their husbands.  I’m grateful to the office staff for their efforts to make my remote work situation possible.
Accounting Clerk

Michelle Cooke

Michelle serves the SRVUMC community in the role of accounting clerk. In this position, Michelle is responsible for processing and maintaining accurate records of donations from this generous community, and for providing relevant reports to pastoral staff, to church committees, and to individual members. Should you have any questions about your donations or the church giving platforms, please reach out to Michelle at extension 102 or by e-mail. It would be her pleasure to assist you.
Director of Recreational Ministries
Matt Clawson, Director of Recreational Ministries

Matt Clawson

Matt is the founding president of a very successful youth basketball organization. He is currently the basketball coach for a local high school and a realtor. He is the son of the builder of the Alamo Recreation Center and the grandson of a United Methodist minister.
Editor

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 of Music Ministry

Rosalind Neisinger

Rosalind comes to us with a demonstrated skill set to create performance excellence. She is currently the Director of Choirs at Monte Vista High School where she has excelled at virtual teaching and online presentation of music, as well as live performance.  Rosalind received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Music Education and English from University of California, Los Angeles. In the fun fact category, Rosalind was born in Malaysia (you’ll have to ask her about it!).
Organist & Pianist

Nadia Blank-Koliha

Dr. Nadia Blank has served as SRVUMC’s organist since 1997. Nadia maintains a private teaching studio and performs as a soloist. Her public appearances include performances with the orchestra of the SF Opera and Ballet Company, Pro Art Symphony, as well as solo recitals and performances. Nadia is mainly heard in the first service where she performs on both organ and piano and also accompanies the Chancel Choir and soloists in both services.