Staff

Meet the staff members who support our beloved community.  

Rev. Tom Capo, Settled MinisterMinister
The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. became our settled minister in August 2014.  He comes to Naperville from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  In addition to serving Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist in Cedar Rapids, Reverend Tom was a Commissioner on the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and served on many non-profit Boards and steering committees including Family Promise of Linn County, the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County, the Sexual Health Alliance of Linn and Johnson County, Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa, the Partnership for a Drug-Free Cedar Rapids, and the Cedar Rapids “Blue Zone.”   Reverend Tom was also a moderator for “Ethical Perspectives on the News,” a show sponsored by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County and televised on the local ABC affiliate KCRG. 

Reverend Tom brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only in pastoring a church, but also reaching beyond the walls of the church to provide spiritual sustenance to those in the community who might define themselves as spiritual, but not religious. He brings the message that there is a religion that people can be part of where they can find the spiritual belief that speaks to their heart of hearts. 

You may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or reach him at extension 702.


Rev. Myriam RenaudCommunity Minister
The Rev. Myriam Renaud became our community minister in May 2013. Raised Unitarian Universalist, she was ordained as a UU minister in 2005. Her ministry to the community takes the form of academic scholarship. She is currently an advanced doctoral student in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her dissertation focuses on the concept of God, taking a UU-friendly approach grounded in philosophy and ethics.
 
Rev. Renaud is a frequent contributor of theology columns to the UU World, regularly presents papers at UU and other conferences, has taught liberal theology for the CLF and as a Lecturer at Meadville Lombard Theological School, and serves as the Managing Editor of Sightings, a twice-weekly, online publication sponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. She also blogs at TheNakedTheologian.com. Since GA 2013, she is a member of the UUA’s Commission on Appraisal.
 
Rev. Renaud holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. A software engineer in her first career, she earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a graduate degree in computer science from the University of Missouri at Rolla. She lives in Chicago with her fifteen-year old daughter, Sidney, and her husband, Paul, a musician and fiction-writer.
 
You may email Myriam.


Steve Cooper, Director of Religious EducationDirector of Religious Education
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , a long-time member of the church and of the Youth Religious Education Committee, embodies a passionate commitment to instilling Unitarian Universalist values in the youth of our church and incorporating them into the whole life of the church. He became our Director of Religious Education in 2006.

Computer consultant, artist, educator and father of two, he is a modern-day Renaissance man whose many talents inform both his leadership and his cooperative work. His personal attention and genuine interactions build trust with our youth and attract a wide range of interested volunteers. Youth are the future of our church and our world. Steve, along with his staff, touches that future with insight and vision.

You may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or reach him at extension 703.


Bonnie Brewster, Music Director, PianistMusic Director/Pianist
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been the pianist and music director for the church since 1987. Her dedication to excellence provides inspiring accompaniment to services and other church activities. Bonnie attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and received her music degree from Indiana University. Still living in her childhood home in Wheaton, she has a wonderful husband, Steve Smart, and three children. Natalie is a performance artist based in Tucson, Arizona; Kyle is a web designer in Chicago; and Chloe sings with the Anima Young Singers in Glen Ellyn.

Bonnie has taught private piano lessons for more than 20 years, and is a Past President of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association West Suburban chapter. She enjoys collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from the congregation to provide special music for services. Anyone interested in participating in the music programs is encouraged to get involved!

You may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave voice mail for Bonnie at extension 707.


Vickie Hellyer, Choir DirectorChoir Director
Since This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. became Choir Director in 1997, the Adult choir has grown from a seven-member ensemble to 42 choristers. Her enthusiastic directorial vision inspires great music from both Adult and Youth choirs. She brings expertise and new ideas from her past and current conducting of other church choirs in the area. She also teaches private voice lessons and many church members are among her students.

Vickie received a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis on Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois. She has sung and soloed in many professional choirs, and performed leading roles in musicals in professional and local theaters. She engages in continuing education in voice, theater, and music through classes and conferences. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. Vickie has a part-time position at Northwestern University as a recruiter for HARP—an NIH-funded hearing research project. Vickie lives in Skokie with her wonderful husband, Jon Siegel, and their endlessly entertaining cats.

You may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave voice mail for Vickie at extension 710.


Sheri Regalado, Office ManagerOffice Manager
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. supports staff members and members of the congregation. She edits and produces the bi-monthly newsletter and also manages office functions including database maintenance, processing contributions, and assisting members and outside organizations with room reservations. She began working part-time in the office in 2003 and transitioned to full-time in 2008. Her exceptional organizational skills and long-term experience with the church are vital to the smooth functioning of this busy community.

Sheri holds an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Central Pennsylvania Business School. Her previous experience includes six years working for an attorney and several years as an at-home mother.

You may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or reach her in the office at extension 701.