On Sunday, April 28, 2019, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members.
Karma Collins was raised in the very small town of Seaman, Ohio. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism, Leisure, and Event Planning from Bowling Green State University. She loves her job (and admits she maybe works a little too hard at times) as the sales and catering coordinator at Four Points by Sheraton in West Chester.
Karma is happily engaged to her partner of four years, Donnie Kirker, and together they have a very spoiled cat named Vito. Karma finds spirituality in nature, and she believes in advocating for animal welfare and the environment. She says she is very excited and thankful to be officially joining the Heritage community.
Patrick Igo moved to Cincinnati about a year ago with his husband, Dr. Marcos Estrada, and their five children – Kique, Elsa, Ralph, Phyllis and Xitlali. Patrick is a native of Alton, Illinois, just north of St. Louis, but has been a wanderer through much of his life, having lived in more than a dozen different cities since college, in seven different states and as well as Mexico.
His most recent homes have been Las Cruces, New Mexico, and West Hartford, Connecticut, where he and Marcos were married in the UU Church ten years ago. Raised Episcopalian, Patrick realized early on that Unitarian Universalism was, in his words, “a better fit.” Prior to becoming a stay-at-home dad, he worked in hotel and restaurant management, and catering and banquet sales.
Patrick is passionate about social justice, and enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, dining out, and gardening.
Alex and Diane Resly
Alex and Diane Resly are the proud parents of two sons, Erik and Todd. They have a long and varied UU background, having been members of the Unitarian church in Frankfurt, Germany, for more than a decade while living in Europe, as well as members of UU churches in Connecticut, where they were married, and here in Cincinnati at First Unitarian.
Alex has enjoyed being involved in competitive horse jumping after retiring seven years ago from Proctor & Gamble. Diane enjoys writing and working out at the rec center. They travel frequently, but look forward to building connections here at Heritage.
April Theriot was born in southern Louisiana, the fourth child of six; her family moved to Cincinnati when she was 6 years old. She was raised in a strict fundamentalist Catholic community, which she left upon reaching adulthood; she has since become a spiritual seeker guided by her own spiritual authority. She walks an earth-based Shamanic path connecting with the Divine primarily through nature, and has been looking for a spiritual home for several years.
April has been singing with the MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir for six years. She works for a finance and accounting firm in Kenwood. April recently purchased her first home and moved with her two children to Mount Washington. She says she is “extraordinarily grateful for a welcoming community that cherishes freedom of expression and non-conformity” like Heritage.