Southern Region Administrative Staff

Kathy Charles: Event Planning
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, I moved to Houston, Texas in 1988.  Very soon after arriving in Houston I joined Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church.

I began volunteering in my congregation immediately and found myself feeling very satisfied with the work.  

I am a member of the RCMA (Religious Conference Management Association) and I have attended the annual conference. I have attended DBLE (2007) and several AR/AO/MC trainings. I currently serve on the General Assembly Planning Committee as co-vice chair.  

I was a small business owner for 40 years until my first retirement in 2014.  I came to work in the Southern Region UUA as an event planner in June 2012 and enjoy the challenge and excitement of this new career.  

I have been married for 14 wonderful years to John, who has worked at NASA for 25 years as a scientist. I have one perfect son, Jason. Jason is 32 and a successful business owner in Houston.  
My other loves are reading, knitting, quilting, cooking and planning events. I look forward to serving the Southern Region UUA.

Kathy may be reached at

Jessica Curren: Congregational Connections
Jessica Curren has been with the Florida District since 2002 and her job has expanded to include administrative work for Mid-South District (2011) and Southwest District (2012).  Her role in the Southern Region is "Congregational Connections" administrator.

She is a native Floridian and has lived in central Florida most of her life.  She is married, to Tyler, and they have a young adult son, Chris.  Her prior work history includes theatre box office management and retail supervisory positions.  She has a BS in Liberal Studies and a BA in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, standup paddleboarding, reading and music.

Jessica found Unitarian Universalism while looking at religious education options for her then young son. She began attending First Unitarian Church of Orlando in 1996.  She has been a member there for thirteen years and has served in a variety of volunteer positions.

Jessica may be reached at

Christine Purcell: Communications and IT 
Christine began working as the webmaster and technical consultant for the Southern Region team in 2011.

She comes to us with a background in sociology and media technology. She has worked as a workshop facilitator at a military counseling center, a corporate trainer, and a videographer/video editor. She is a Red Cross certified emergency shelter manager, and volunteers for community organizations which assist homeless and low-income families. She is a member of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, and has held congregational and cluster leadership positions. She is a mother, dog lover, photographer, and world traveler.

If you have a document, photo, or suggestion for the website or newsletter, please contact her at