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Rev. Doug Long, Senior Minister

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Doug began laying the groundwork for UPUCC (formerly North Raleigh United Church) in the fall of 1998. He has two grown children, Jess and Jordan. [Jordan is graduate of UNC-G with a degree in Theater and now lives back in Raleigh. He continues to pursue Community Theater whenever possible. Jess (L’Roe) and her husband, Andrew, are both grads of UNC and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They now live in Vermont where Jess teaches at Middlebury College.]

In November 2012 Doug married Janice Odom. Janice is the Director of The Caldwell Fellows at NCSU, where she is best known as “Dr. O.” (Doug and Janice met several hundred years ago in Seminary and feel incredibly lucky to have found each other in new ways in their 'advanced' age!) Janice also has a grown son, Wren. Wren received his degree from Appalachian State where he majored in Appropriate Technology. He is presently appropriating that by teaching skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

Doug was born in Raleigh and has pastored in Burlington, NC, and Oberlin, Ohio. He has served on numerous committees and boards of the Southern and Ohio Conferences of the United Church of Christ. In addition, Doug loves most everything about the out-of-doors.

Peg Arcari, Children's Director and Church Administrator

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Peg grew up in the Cincinnati area. A graduate of both St. Olaf College (B.A. in Child Development) and Ohio University (Masters in Education), Peg enjoyed her career as a Licensed Professional Counselor following eighteen years in an Ohio UCC church as Outreach Coordinator, Christian Education Director, and interim Authorized Minister. Peg coordinates the birth through grade five programming as well as communication, publications, volunteers and other administrative duties. Peg and husband Michael have four children and seven grandchildren.

Sheila Alderman, Choir Director

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Sheila holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UNC - Greensboro. During the week, she is the music/movement/chapel leader at Millbrook Baptist Preschool. She also teaches private piano lessons. Sheila is married to Don and has two adult children, Lauren and Marshall.

Margo Schaffer, Nursery Director

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Margo brings over 30 years of experience working with infants to preschoolers. She currently is the director of a large, five-star center in Morrisville where she has worked for the last ten years.

Vickie Teal, Financial Administrator

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Vickie grew up in Raleigh. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science having attended both UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU. She also earned an MBA from Meredith College. Vickie began her career as a member of the team that opened the Wake County Alcohol and Drug Education Traffic School and then spent almost 30 years working in various IT roles in the Power Management industry. In her role as Financial Administrator, Vickie performs the accounting, payroll and financial reporting activities for UPUCC.

Vickie has one daughter, two adopted dogs and two rescued cats.

David Wilson, Accompanist

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Anne Maust, Youth Director

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