Meet the Staff

Director: Rev. Lauren Odell-Scott

Lauren has served God with UCM since 1993! She received her call to ministry when she was in high school! Lauren preached her first sermon at 17 years old at her local Presbyterian congregation. She went on to study Religion at Texas Christian University where she met and married her husband, David. Together they graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN where Lauren received a M.A. in Religion and Psychology. She was ordained in July 1980 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She served as Pastor of 3 congregations. Currently, in addition to ministry at UCM, Lauren also teaches in the Religion Studies Program at KSU! She has served as a hospital chaplain and completed a second unit of Clinical Pastoral Education with focus on psychiatric ministry. Her husband, David, is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Coordinator of Religious Studies here at Kent State. David and Lauren are the proud parents of grown children, Megan and Paul – both UCM/KSU alums! They are also extremely proud grandparents and love to spend time with their beautiful granddaughter. UCM is an amazing campus ministry open to all KSU students! “Wherever you are on the journey…you are welcome here!”

Lauren and Jodi
Lauren and Jodi

Associate Campus Minister: Jodi Stillisano

As a student intern, Jodi really enjoyed her time spent at UCM. She is excited to be working with Lauren and the students once again! Getting to know the students and sharing in their joys and concerns are highlights of her week. In addition to campus ministry, Jodi serves the First Christian Church in Kent as Minister of Christian Education. Her husband, Scott (UCM Alum) works at KSU as a Senior Application Developer (he helps UCM with the website!) Jodi and Scott are raising 3 boys (future UCM’ers!) Jodi is honored to be a part of this vital ministry at Kent State, representing the mainline churches and sharing the knowledge of God’s amazing grace and unconditional love.

Program & Technology Coordinator: Caralynn “Karrie” Goold

kKarrie is very excited to be working with United Christian Ministries! She has a very diverse background and has traveled and spent time in a lot of different places; all of which have lead her here, to Kent, Ohio. After receiving her degree in education she spent 3 years teaching in North Carolina. Karrie also spent time recruiting and teaching in Barrow, Alaska. Along with education, she has spent time working IT and productivity for Cisco systems. With her passion for teaching and learning, and her background and experiences, Karrie shares “I am confident I am right where I’m meant to be! It is my hope to fill the shoes of my predecessor effectively, working alongside a wonderful group of students, and Jodi and Lauren!”


Student Interns

me2Rhys Winter   Hello, I’m Rhys, and I’m a senior majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Religious Studies. I’m the LGBTQ Intern for UCM, so feel free to contact me about anything, from gender and sexuality to comic books and video games. I love to chat and show off pictures of my betta fish, Mochi. My goal is to help UCM build a relationship with the LGBTQ community and make sure that no one feels they have to sacrifice their religion/spirituality or their sexuality/gender identity for the other. Striving towards understanding and spreading awareness is my goal, and I hope to someday work with museums on setting up cultural exhibits about religion and the part it plays in our everyday life.

Katie Colborn Hi! My name is Katie Colborn and I am a second year graduate student working toward earning my doctorate degree in audiology. My end goal is to work in the NICU administering hearing screenings on the babies there! This is my 5th year at Kent and I have loved every second of it! I’m originally from THE Buckeye Town (Columbus, Ohio) and am the oldest of 5 siblings. I also work part time at the DeWeese Health Center. In my free time, you can find me shooting hoops on the basketball court, jamming to some music, and playing with my puppy! I’m really looking forward to serving UCM this fall as the Program, Sourcing, Worship, and Special Events Intern!

Megan O’Neill I am currently a junior at Kent State, with a major in Sociology and minors in Nonprofit Studies and Business, with hopes of eventually running my own nonprofit in the future and traveling abroad to serve others.  My hometown is North Ridgeville, Ohio where I have attended First Congregational United Church of Christ since I was born. My congregation is truly a second family to me, as they embrace each other’s differences and promote a welcoming environment filled with love. It was a blessing to discover UCM, as they embody the values of acceptance and understanding that my home church does.
During my first two years at Kent, I have had the opportunity to travel to Nicaraga for a service trip and to Washington D.C. to participate in an alternative spring break, with a focus on topics pertaining to poverty and policy. Both of these trips were amazing experiences and really left a lasting impression on me and reconfirmed my desire to help others. I was very fortunate to be able to participate in these trips and I am hoping to continue my travels in order to expand by understanding for others and social justice issues.
In my free time I love to be outside enjoying nature and exploring new things. I especially like to kayak, hike, ride my bike and relax by the beach. I also enjoy playing tennis, shopping, running, reading, painting and spending time with friends and family.
I’m so excited to join UCM’s awesome team of interns this semester and I can already tell that it will be a great year!

Kali Bachman Hi my name is Kali Bachman and I am a Kalisenior at Kent State University! I’m majoring in Early Childhood Education and hope to teach in an urban elementary school one day! This will be my second year as an intern for UCM and am thankful to be able to serve alongside an amazing group of God centered women! Apart from being a full-time student and an intern at UCM, I am a Resident Assistant for Allyn Hall, the Membership Vice President for Alpha Phi Omega, and a barista at Tree City! In my free time, I love to run, hike, and do anything outdoors! I’m ready to give my all to be the best service, volunteers, recruitment, and special events intern I can be and excited to see what God has in store for this year!