Sarah Montgomery-Richards, Director of Religious Experience

Sarah Bio

Sarah Montgomery-Richards attending the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions – photo by Al Hartmann/Salt Lake City Tribune

Sarah Montgomery-Richards comes to us with abundant experience in cultural and religious studies. Originally hailing from Ludington, MI, Sarah studied Comparative Religion at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI).  Additionally, Sarah recently completed an M.A. program in Interfaith Action through Claremont Lincoln University in California.

Her experience includes teaching at Western Michigan University in the Department of Comparative Religion during graduate school, and as a current adjunct faculty in the Philosophy Department at Northwestern Michigan College where she teaches Western and Eastern Traditions; and serving as the Director of Lifespan Experience for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse.  She has taken multiple trips abroad and participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT.

Sarah has a background in world religions, history of religion, psychology of religion, philosophy of religion, interfaith action and myth and ritual just to name a few.  She enjoys teaching, leading group meditation, ritual, and participates in celebrations of a variety of world spiritual perspectives.

You can reach Sarah via email:, or phone:  (231) 947-3117


Susan Sherman MSD, Office Administrator


Susan has a diverse employment history which includes the legal and medical fields, the arts, hospitality, and teaching.  She has been a conference and workshop coordinator/facilitator, business organizer and administrator.  Together with her husband, they designed their home property of 277 acres as Michigan’s first Green Certified residential development.

In 2009 Susan completed a Master's degree in Spiritual Direction from a private interspiritual seminary, has studied and continues to practice numerous healing modalities, has been a hospice and crisis volunteer, and occasionally teaches online classes in spirituality.

Susan’s interests include connecting with nature with hikes and gardening, exploring natural health and energy healing as well as exploring an inner life spiritual practice, and she enjoys engaging with people.  She strives to keep her feet on the ground in the present and hope for the future.

You can reach Susan via email:, or phone:  (231) 947-3117


Sheri Novak, Business Administrator

Sheri comes to UUCGT with a variety of business and financial experience.  She has always loved working with finance and operations, but also has a passion for small business creation, having built and sold three businesses since moving to Traverse City 14 years ago.  Prior to having children, she held various positions in Healthcare Financial Management at healthcare systems in Dearborn and Ann Arbor.

Sheri has homeschooled her two sons (Michael and Ryan) for the past 11 years and continues to homeschool Michael, while Ryan now attends The Greenspire School.  She is an advocate for families and has a passion for natural health, which guided her to building two of her businesses around these passions, as well as to serve as a La Leche League leader and on various family-focused committees.

She loves learning, especially about natural health and healing, and enjoys reading, biking, pilates, being in nature, drinking tea, and most importantly, spending time with her family.

Sheri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Administration from Michigan State University and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan (but will always be a Spartan).

You can reach Sheri via email:, or phone:  (231) 947-3117