Susan Sherman MSD, Office Administrator

Susan has experience in a variety of fields - legal, medical and hospitality fields, the arts and teaching. She has been a conference and workshop coordinator/facilitator, business organizer and administrator. Together with her husband, they designed their home property as Michigan’s first Green Certified residential development. Her most fulfilling occupation has been the privilege of being a mom to her adult daughter, Elizabeth, who lives in Denver.

In addition to completing a Master's degree in Spiritual Direction in 2009, she has been a hospice and crisis volunteer, explored numerous natural healing modalities, and occasionally teaches online classes in spirituality. Susan’s interests include connecting with nature, hiking and gardening, exploring natural health and energy healing as well as exploring the inner life as a 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 of the world.

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

Betsy Hammerberg MA, Director of Religious Education; Teacher K-6

I attended the UUCGT from the ages of 6-17 and recently began attending again, after a long hiatus, during which I studied elementary education and taught Pre-K through 3rd grade in Thailand, Syria, Vietnam, and Austria. My husband, Kris, and I moved back to Traverse City last year with our two boys, Elliot (2.5 years old) and Oliver (10 months old), to be closer to family. The religious education I received through the UUCGT was fundamental to the development of who I am, and continue to strive to be today. I look forward to supporting the next generation of UU's as they develop their senses of compassion, acceptance, inclusion, peace, curiosity, and respect for all."

Claire Crandell, RE Teacher


Alison Ernst, RE Teacher

Alison Ernst is a librarian by profession, a writer by compulsion, an avid cyclist, and a lover of the outdoors. She's a life-long learner, a strategic thinker, and a fan of experiential education. Originally from upstate New York, she lived in beautiful Western Massachusetts for three decades before moving to Metro Detroit in 2010. A recent resident of Traverse City, she and her recently retired spouse Jim Mumby, are enjoying living "up north."

Katie Tomczyk, Teacher 7th-9th grade; OWL Facilitator



Katie’s Master’s degree is in Curriculum and Instruction with endorsements in PE/Health Education and Special Education and she has experience in teaching a wide range of health topics including self-care and reproductive health.

See resume here


Joan Sheard, OWL Facilitator