Interim Minister
Rev. Michelle LaGrave, Interim Minister

I am a New England native boldly adventuring around the country and serving our UU congregations as an interim minister, a calling I embrace whole-heartedly.  I have just finished serving two years as the Interim Minister at the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Nebraska.  To … read more.

Religious Education

Katy Carpman

Director of Religious Education
Katy Carpman

Katy believes in lifelong learning, supporting families, and the power of story. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator and has worked with UU congregations since 2006.

Katy grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Houston for college. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and watching football.  (Go Packers!)



Karen Van Horn

Business Administrator
Karen Van Horn

Karen joined our staff in 2005 and things have run smoothly ever since!

Office Administrator for Communications
Alejandra Gonzalez

Alejandra (Ale) is delighted to have found this position here at Emerson where our needs and her interests match so well and happily moved to Houston for this job.

She enjoys salsa dancing, cooking, exploring Houston, taking photos and traveling.


Adrian Rodriguez

Director of Music
Adrian Rodriguez

Adrian currently serves as the Director of Choirs at Stephen F. Austin High School (Sugar Land, TX). In addition to conducting five choirs, he is the music director of the musical theatre program and teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and Honors Music History.

Adrian received his … read more.


Keyboard Artist
Hui Shan Chin

Born in Kuala Lumpur in 1990, Hui Shan Chin began her musical education at the age of 3. Ms. Chin is a laureate of many national and international music competitions. Her accolades include top prizes in the Seattle International Piano Competition, HSBC Classics Piano Competition, … read more.

Intergenerational Orchestra

Director of the Emerson Intergenerational Orchestra
Bill Tackett

Bill is the director of the Emerson Intergenerational Orchestra.