Director and Campus Minister: 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!”
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 Karrie 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!”
Megan O’Neill Hi, my name is Megan and I am a Senior at Kent State! I’m majoring in Sociology and have minors in Nonprofit Studies and Business, with the hopes of working in a nonprofit organization when I graduate. My hometown is North Ridgeville, Ohio where I attend First Congregation United Church of Christ. My congregation is very special 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. I am also involved with Kent State’s Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, where I hold the position of president. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I like to kayak, hike, travel, run and play tennis. UCM has provided me with so many opportunities and experiences such as gaining leadership skills, receiving course credit for an internship related to inner-workings of the organization and participating on several alternative spring breaks to Nicaragua, Washington D.C. and New Orleans. I’m so excited to have the chance to be an intern at UCM for another year, especially because my role will have a greater focus on social justice and interfaith initiatives/ programs. I’m looking forward to another great year with an amazing team!
Kali Bachman Hi my name is Kali Bachman and I am a senior 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 fifth and sadly last semester as an intern for UCM! I’m so grateful for the ways UCM has allowed me to grow in my leadership skills as well as in my walk with God! In my free time I love to run, hike, and do anything outdoors! I’m excited to see what God has in store for this semester!
Nicki Grimes Hello, everyone! I’m Nicki and I am a senior here at Kent State. I am majoring in Interpersonal Communication and my minor is Human Development and Family Studies. On campus, I am a Student Success Leader for a First Year Experience course. I am also the treasurer for the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, and am a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. I am from Canton, Ohio and my home church is Trinity Gospel Temple, which I have gone to my entire life. I like musicals, good Netflix shows and movies, and spending time with my friends and family! I am very excited to be an intern for UCM this year and for this opportunity to serve such a great organization that I believe in!
Max Stillisano Hello, I’m Max and I am a sophomore at Kent state! I’m very excited to start second semester as an entrepreneurship major. Growing up I was always involved in UCM and it is exciting to take another step in my journey with UCM as an intern. I grew up locally, going to the First Christian Church in Kent with my family. In my free time I eat, breathe and sleep baseball. I am very blessed to have this opportunity to serve with UCM.
Isaac Ackerman Isaac is not only an intern for UCM, he is also part of the National Benevolence Association’s program for young adults called XPLOR. He is from the pumpkin capital of the world in central Illinois where he attended Eureka College and majored in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Spanish. After graduating, Isaac moved to South Korea to teach English for a year. He loves music, Netflix, and traveling. He would love for you to pick his brain about any of these things. He is excited to help build an inclusive community of compassionate students striving to create wholeness in a fragmented world. Most importantly, Isaac is new to the area, so if he looks lost, help him.