Our Minister & Staff

Rev. Linda Slabon


Linda S. Slabon, M.Div., MSW, M.A., LCSW has been minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb since fall of 1991.  Linda serves the congregation at 70% time.  She also works in private practice as a clinical social work therapist.   

Beth Schewe

Office Manager

I’m a freelance writer and editor, as well as a mother and office manager.  I’ve been a UU for almost 15 years now and have been a member of three different UU churches.  I started attending UUFD in 2011, when I moved to DeKalb after finishing my PhD in English at the University of Wisconsin.  I’ve also taught in English, Women’s Studies, and LGBT Studies at NIU.  A proud member of Bread and Roses DeKalb area women’s choir, I love to sing.  I also love yoga, reading, knitting, and exercise, including chasing my 2-year old.

Gladys Sanchez

Religious Education Director, LFD Co-Chair

 Born in the Philippines and raised in Oak Park, IL since she was 7,  Gladys Sanchez  came to the DeKalb area to attend college, earning an Associate’s Degree from Kishwaukee College in special education and continuing her studies at Northern Illinois University in the same field. Since the young age of 11 when she became a published poet, Gladys has achieved numerous artistic, academic, and leadership awards and distinctions throughout her creative and spiritual path. 

Toni Tollerud

Music Director



Bonnie Anderson

Church Musician



Liz Hyink

Church Custodian




Taylor Richier

Religious Education Assistant

I find working with children to be a very rewarding experience. I have past experience working and volunteering for special recreation associations and participated in a teaching internship at Naperville Central High School in special education classrooms. I’ve volunteered in special education preschool and elementary classrooms and for special olympics. I’m currently studying special education at Northern Illinois University. I’m also an artist and musician. I enjoy painting and drawing and I play guitar, bass, and saxophone.

Megan King

Childcare Provider




Venora Head

Childcare Provider





Rebekah Guillotte

Childcare Provider