On Dec. 10, the Church Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the Business Manager Search Committee to hire Kyna (pronounced “kinna”) Grace Shilling to assume the responsibilities of overseeing the finance and operations functions at University UCC, a post occupied for more than 20 years by David Anderson. David will be retiring at the end of January. (See article on page 2 for
information on the retirement celebration for David.)
The committee (Todd Smiedendorf, Terry Moore, Virginia Felton, Roger Garratt, and Rich Folsom) unanimously and enthusiastically recommended approval. Kyna is currently both Managing Director of Macha Theatre Works and Production Associate at Taproot Theater. She is a lifelong member at Plymouth UCC, serves on their Congregational Council, and for the past several years has led their budgeting process. She is active in the UCC Pacific Northwest Conference.
Kyna will report to Bridge Minister Todd Smeidendorf, who notes, Kyna brings a deep familiarity and love for the UCC as well as lay leadership experience in the areas we are asking her to support. Her experience is a combination of facilities oversight, budget development and management, and church leadership that we believe will be a good fit for UCUCC and provide new insights for us in the future
Her job application was both thoughtful and articulate. In answering why she was interested in this position, she shared the following: “I was born and raised in the UCC. As an adult I’ve felt God’s call to give back to the community that’s been such a formative part of my life. I thrive when working behind the scenes, and I find deep satisfaction from collaborating with people to create and implement systems.
“From my nonprofit theater career, I have experience in marketing, communications, fundraising, and in managing people and buildings. And church, like theater, flourishes when you have leaders who understand the value of people, and who can help connect the daily nuts and bolts to the bigger story of God at work in our lives, our church, and our neighborhood. Basically, what interests me most is the way this job feels like a great fit for who I am. Plus, I love church people. Church people are my kind of people.”
Kyna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in 2007. She had a nine-year tenure as Production Manager and Technical Director at Seattle Public Theatre before joining Taproot Theater Company and Macha Theatre Works. Kyna shares the following about her new position here: I look forward to being part of the University UCC team, and to supporting the great work you do—both inside and outside the walls of the church.