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Pastor Laurie Manning

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The Reverend Laurie J. Manning joined Skyline Church in 2006. She holds respective Master’s degrees from Union Theological Seminary (Columbia U), Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. Prior to serving Skyline church, Laurie also served on the staffs of Hillcrest Congregational Church, First Congregational Church in Berkeley and Riverside Church in New York City. Laurie has also served on the University Religious Council of Churches at UC/Berkeley to foster greater support and understanding of religious differences within the student and faculty body. This position included Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions, such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and other faiths. Prior to her ordination, Laurie worked in various management capacities for Hewlett Packard’s Medical Products division, and then as a consultant with high technology and medical clients. Laurie brings a solid understanding of the psychological and organizational complexities of living as a Christian in today’s pluralistic and scientific world. More about Rev. Laurie officiating at your ceremony at skylineucc.org/events

Office Manager Monica Contreras

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Monica Contreras is the Office manager at Skyline Community Church. She has over 12 years of administrative experience in office management, human resources, and accounting. She is a first-generation college graduate and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from CSU East Bay. Outside of work, she loves being a mom to her toddler. They love to make arts & crafts together and explore different parks.

Director of Music Adam Green

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Oakland native Adam Green, comes to us having graduated from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton CA with dual degrees in Viola and Voice. Adam currently serves as the Director of Music at Skyline High School of Oakland. In addition to a robust teaching schedule, Adam also maintains an active and eclectic performing schedule with many ministries, ensembles, recording and musical projects throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Central Valley Regions. Adam is honored and excited to be back serving in the Skyline Community Church Ministry.  More at skylineucc.org/music

Accompanist Robert Finucane

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Robert Finucane is an Oakland-based keyboardist, audio engineer, producer, songwriter, piano teacher, and keyboard technician. A lifelong musician, he is grateful to have made his passion his profession since 2013. He began his career in Los Angeles before moving to the Bay Area, where he acts as a catalyst for the progressive music scene in any way he can.

Children, Youth, & Family Director

This position is open.  Here is a job description.

More about our Children / Youth and Family program.

Children, Youth, & Family Assistant Alegra (Al) Figeroid

Al is a graduate of California College of the Arts’ Illustration program. She was drawn to Skyline because of its open and affirming message to the LGBT community, something that was sorely lacking in her childhood home church.  She loves the close knit community and enjoys singing silly and serious songs during the services. She is the type of person who escorts a wayward spider outdoors and feeds a tired honeybee sugar water.

Event Coordinator Melissa Vee

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Melissa Vee has over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry.  She has a degree in Business and a Meeting & Event Planning Certificate from San Francisco State University.  She has worked in all aspects of the industry; for private clubs, venues, restaurants in and around Bay Area, as well as a number of private events. Prior to joining Skyline Church, she served as an Event Manager at a corporate company in Oakland. She has years of experience working at Hartmann Studios and was one of the main Wedding Coordinators for a popular wedding app in Silicon Valley. Melissa also planned many private weddings and events on her own. She often jests that the demands of these events have prepared her most for what she does today. Melissa has strong communication skills geared towards both event leadership and providing outstanding customer service. She is passionate about her clients and building meaningful relationships. Melissa is a valuable team member. She works hard to ensure wonderful and memorable weddings and other special events. Melissa resides in Oakland with her beautiful daughter.  Melissa is also active in her church. When she’s not planning memorable weddings/events you can find her with her daughter, working out, reading, checking out great restaurants, researching, traveling, volunteering  for a good cause or spending time with her large extended family.  Melissa is also available to be your wedding planner – from music to catering to flowers to day of.

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