Anna is a violinist + songwriter, and has been attending COTA regularly for less than a year. COTA has been for her a place of expansion, and she’s excited to be a board member to support and facilitate this sacred space. Her goal is eventually to have every single person at COTA over for dinner.
Brett moved to Seattle three years ago and has fallen in love with the mountains and the sea and spends as much time in them hiking, fishing, and kayaking as possible. To support his growing list of outdoor hobbies and the related toys he works at a local online retailer. Brett’s attended COTA for three years, and wants to support COTA’s radically authentic and open minded search for Christ centered truth wherever it may lead.
Dacia Ray has lived on and off in Seattle for about 20 years and currently lives in Fremont with her husband and two sons. She started attending COTA a year ago and loves the ritual, the attentive worship, and thoughtfulness present in each Sunday’s meeting. She is interested in serving on the board as a way to give back to the community and also hopes to help find opportunities for the children at COTA to join in worship.
Gretchen has called COTA her church home since 2012 when her son Milo was only 2 and she was just months pregnant with Remy. Gretchen had attended a Breakfast Liturgy and later, with the whole family, the evening liturgy where she remembers being so moved by the beauty of the worship and spirit of the people – it felt like home. But not only for Gretchen; she knew she wanted COTA to be spiritual home for her boys. Gretchen has found that being a part of the COTA community has been a blessing. Gretchen is interested in being a board member because she cares about COTA and is excited about being a more integral part of her community – especially as it changes and grows into who God calls us to be.
Kyle is a midwest transplant who moved to Seattle five years ago and felt right at home amidst the coffee shops, breweries, and beautiful scenery. By day he is a software developer, but his greatest passions are food, bicycling, making things, and building community. Kyle and his wife, Lacy, have attended COTA for two years, and he is excited to give back to the community by serving on the COTA board.
Lark Ballinger is a second year COTAn and the board chair. They enjoy serving COTA’s community through building and developing relationships between the members, putting their background in community organizing and volunteer coordination to good use. Lark is known for their booming laugh which is frequently heard when they’re welcoming newcomers and making introductions. They have a love of boards: COTA’s, their longboard, their snowboard, and board games.
Marie B is an actor, pianist, singer, writer and poet. She was born and raised in Seattle and is thrilled to COTA her home for over four years. Marie likens church to a questionable algebraic equation: people in relationships = church = community = family. She is pleased to contribute to the COTA community through board work.
Matt and his wife, Amy, have been hanging around COTA for about a year and a half since moving to Seattle from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Matt is very much into coffee, software, photography, and overcast weather so definitely landed in the right place. But more importantly he is excited about the community that is COTA and its potential over the next few years. Matt has served on church boards before and hopes to bring some of that experiential knowledge to the COTA board. Matt loves to see COTA thrive and wants to be able reach out further into the greater community that surrounds it.
Rebecca Blue has been attending COTA regularly since September 2011 and currently serves as the Board’s Secretary. She has also enjoyed serving as an Open Space curator and has participated in, hosted, and facilitated three seasons of Community Space in its inaugural year. You can also expect her fingerprints to be all over the Annual Pledge Drive. Her passions include cultivating practice and wisdom to nurture women’s empowerment, healing spaces, creative communities, and sacred economies. She lives and works on Capitol Hill with her husband and fellow COTAn Daniel Blue.