Elaine Stehel became a member of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier in July, 2017, shortly following her cross-country move to Central Vermont from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside UCM staff and volunteers as UCM’s part-time Membership Coordinator and Communications Assistant.
Elaine studied French and Linguistics at the University of Utah, earning a BA in each, along with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate. She was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and resigned her membership from the Mormon faith at the age of 21. After coming out to herself, family, and friends as Humanist, Atheist, and Bisexual, in her turbulent twenties Elaine began working and volunteering in myriad capacities as a community organizer, political campaign canvasser & caller, non-profit event planner, and AmeriCorps Alumna. She co-founded and led a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Utah from 2008 – 2012, and was serving as the Vice President of the Humanists of Utah before moving to Vermont last year. Elaine joined the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City in May, 2010 and has since immersed herself in Humanist, Buddhist, and Unitarian Universalist psychology and theology.
In her full-time professional life, Elaine works as a Personal Care Assistant, private Beginning French teacher, home organizer, and child care provider. She lives in Northfield with her two cats, Colonel Pendleton and Thai Knit.