Amber Englund has been serving on the COTA board since January 2018. She lives in Ballard. She enjoys the unique way that COTA creates space for faith expression and connection. Amber serves as the board President and works on the Personnel, COTA kids, and InCommon Committees. Amber is a mental health therapist and works with pregnant woman, parents and young children to strengthen relationship and play. She also enjoys painting, movies, and walks to Golden Gardens.
Frank Kline has served the COTA board since 2020. He lives in Lake Forest Park and enjoys the participatory, inclusive nature of COTA. Frank serves on the Finance Committee as the Assistant Treasurer, on the COVID Task Force, and occasionally assists with music. A Professor of Education, Frank has served at Seattle Pacific University, Pacific Lutheran University, and Highline College. He currently enjoys being a grandparent, traveling (especially Hungary and Italy), music in almost any genre, and reads widely.
Amy Sytsma joined the COTA board in January of 2021. She’s been at COTA for the past 4 years and has been involved with the music team, much to her delight. At COTA, she has made meaningful friendships and learned a lot of new ways of connecting with God. Amy works at the Ignatian Spirituality Center coordinating a leadership and spirituality development program for people in their 20s and 30s. She lives in Fremont with her husband, son, and dog.
Kim Vanderzee joined the COTA board in January 2021. She grew up in Seattle and lives in North Seattle with her wife Jenna and son Ari. She joined COTA in 2016 and loves the combination of laid back and fun atmosphere, with contemplative solemnity. She of course also loves the parties. Best of all, COTA is the first church she attended where she didn’t need to hide who she was. She is involved with the COVID task force and COTA kids.
Alissa Walter joined the COTA board in January 2020 and she is currently serving as the board secretary. She has been attending COTA since moving (back) to Seattle in 2018. She was drawn to the blend of arts and tradition at COTA: the candles, icons, music, and creative blend of traditional and new liturgy create a unique, contemplative space for worship. In addition to serving on the board, she is getting involved in helping with COTA Kids. She and her family live in Phinney Ridge where they love being able to walk down to Greenlake to walk, run, and paddle board.
Emily Willard (she/her) has been on the COTA board since January 2021. She serves as treasurer and is on the personnel and finance committees. Emily loves that COTA welcomes, embraces, and celebrates the Queer community. Professionally, Emily works in public defense and has a background in justice and human rights research. She lives in Puyallup with her two cats, and in her free time, she gardens and creates mixed-media artwork.