Our minister and staff

Minister

Rev. Tom CapoHello, I am Rev. Tom Capo. I have been the settled minister of DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church since August 2014. I was attracted to DuPage UU Church because the people here are friendly, welcoming, and hard-working. The work done within and outside these walls comes from the visions and dreams of the members of this congregation. 

I am married to Martha, who is also a member of DuPage UU Church. She is involved in the choir and in the earth-centered group here (the DUUCKIES). I have two sons, Aaron and Jacob, who live in Cedar Rapids, IA.

I am involved in the Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association and the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. I am also a member of the DuPage County NAACP. I have developed close relationships in many of the faith communities and non-profits in the county, including Planned Parenthood, Youth Outlook, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (of DuPage). 

I reach outside these walls to make the world a place of compassion, justice, and equity for all. However, I am first and foremost the pastor of DuPage UU Church, providing care and assistance to members of this church. My worship services provide spiritual comfort while also challenging the members and friends of this congregation to look deep within themselves for the answers they seek. 

You may email Rev. Tom or reach him at 630-505-9408, ext.702.

 

Director of Religious Education

Steve Cooper, Director of Religious EducationSteve Cooper has been our Director of Religious Education since 2006. Steve, a long-time member of the church, embodies a passionate commitment to instilling Unitarian Universalist values in the youth of our church and incorporating them into the whole life of the church. He is a modern-day Renaissance man whose talents inform both his leadership and his cooperative work, building trust with our youth and attracting a wide range of interested volunteers. Steve knows that youth are the future of our church and our world. Steve lives in Montgomery with wife Chris; they are parents of a grown son and college-age daughter.

You may email Steve or reach him at 630-505-9408, ext. 703.

 

Congregational Life Coordinator

Mary Law, Congregational Life CoordinatorMary Law has been the Congregational Life Coordinator since 2016. She has been a member of the church since 2009. She believes that being welcoming to others is a spiritual practice and enjoys assisting visitors and members of the congregation in deepening their connections with others. Before becoming the CLC, Mary taught religious education classes and was on the Youth Religious Education committee. Currently, she is a member of the Media Services committee. Mary lives in Aurora with her husband, 2 boys and 1 cat. She attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has a Bachelors in Mass Communication.

You may email Mary or leave a voicemail for her at 630-505-9408, ext. 704.

 

Music Director/Pianist 

Bonnie Brewster, Music Director/PianistBonnie Brewster has been the pianist and music director for the church since 1987. Her dedication to excellence provides inspiring accompaniment to services and other church activities. Bonnie attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and received her music degree from Indiana University. She lives in her childhood home in Wheaton with her daughter, Chloe, and husband, Steve Smart. Her older daughter Natalie is a performance artist based in Tucson, Arizona; Kyle is a web designer in Chicago.

Bonnie has taught private piano lessons for more than 20 years, and is a Past President of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association West Suburban chapter. She enjoys collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from the congregation to provide special music for services. Anyone interested in participating in the music programs is encouraged to get involved!

You may email Bonnie or leave a voicemail for her at 630-505-9408, ext. 707.

 

Choir Director

Vickie Hellyer, Choir Director

Vickie Hellyer has been our Choir Director since 1997. The Adult choir has grown from a seven-member ensemble to 42 choristers. Her enthusiastic directorial vision inspires great music from both Adult and Youth choirs. She brings expertise and new ideas from her past and current conducting of other church choirs in the area. She also teaches private voice lessons and many church members are among her students.

Vickie received a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis on Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois. She has sung and soloed in many professional choirs, and performed leading roles in musicals in professional and local theaters. She engages in continuing education in voice, theater, and music through classes and conferences. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. Vickie has a part-time position at Northwestern University as a recruiter for HARP—an NIH-funded hearing research project. Vickie lives in Skokie with her wonderful husband, Jon Siegel, and their endlessly entertaining cats.

You may email Vickie or leave a voicemail for her at 630-505-9408, ext. 710.

 

Congregational Administrator 

Sheri Regalado, Office ManagerSheri Regalado has supported staff and members of the congregation since 2003. She edits and produces the bi-monthly newsletter and also manages office functions including database maintenance, processing contributions, and assisting members and outside organizations with room reservations. Her exceptional organizational skills and long-term experience with the church are vital to the smooth functioning of this busy community.

Sheri holds an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Central Pennsylvania Business School. Her previous experience includes six years working for an attorney and several years as an at-home mother.

You may email Sheri or reach her in the office at 630-505-9408, ext. 701.

 

Ministerial Intern

Gemma GuentherGemma Guenther interns with our congregation as a part of her studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Her passions in ministry include pastoral care, mental health advocacy and earth-based spirituality. She lives in Plainfield with her husband Mike, dachshund Frankenstein and tarantula Natalia.

You may email Gemma or reach her in the office at 630-505-9408.

 

Community Minister

Community Minister, Rev. Myriam RenaudThe Rev. Myriam Renaud became our community minister in May 2013. Raised Unitarian Universalist, she was ordained as a UU minister in 2005. Her ministry to the community takes the form of academic scholarship. She is currently an advanced doctoral student in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her dissertation focuses on the concept of God, taking a UU-friendly approach grounded in philosophy and ethics. 
 
Rev. Renaud is a frequent contributor of theology columns to the UU World, regularly presents papers at UU and other conferences, works at The Parliament of World Religions, has taught liberal theology for the CLF and as a Lecturer at Meadville Lombard Theological School, and serves as the Managing Editor of Sightings, a twice-weekly, online publication sponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. She also blogs at TheNakedTheologian.com. She is a member of the UUA’s Commission on Appraisal.
 
Rev. Renaud holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. A software engineer in her first career, she earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a graduate degree in computer science from the University of Missouri at Rolla. She lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter, Sidney, and her husband, Paul, a musician and fiction-writer.