Anita Mentzer, Director: Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
Anita Mentzer was appointed Director of UUPLAN in August 2014. A former UUPLAN Board member, Anita has been a member of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg since 2004. She has served UUPLAN as the liaison to her congregation and as co-chair of the UUPLAN Economic Justice Team. As a UUPLAN Board Member, Anita served as the Board Coordinator from Harrisburg for the Annual Meeting. Anita is committed to articulating the values of Pennsylvania UUs in the public square and the concept of building coalitions both with faith-based and secular organizations who share our concerns.
Anita brings 32 years of experience in public education as a teacher and school librarian. In addition, Anita has a variety of advocacy experiences, as both a participant and leader in her professional associations, and as a trained advocate for children and education (ACE). She has also volunteered in political and community campaigns. In her recent volunteer work with UUPLAN, she has made numerous visits to the PA State Legislature to lobby for low-wage workers, the expansion of Medicaid to working, low-wage Pennsylvanians and to prevent predatory lending from entering the Commonwealth.
Mentzer has a Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University and graduated with a degree in education from Millersville University. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristi Lado, Administrative Assistant: First UU Church of Berks County
Kristi Lado began her work for UUPLAN in November of 2014 and has been a member of First UU Church of Berks County since 2011.
She is a graduate of Kutztown University with a BS in Electronic Media. Her professional background includes production of the TV series Forensic Files, as well as television and radio advertising. She has led adoptee search and support groups since 2001 and now serves on the board of Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights as a legislative advocate.
Kristi works an average of 12 hours a week for UUPLAN and is charged with updating membership lists, creating our databases, producing and distributing our monthly eNewsletter, coordinating our marketing materials, and other services to members, the Board, and the Director. You can reach her at email@example.com.