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.
Ross Frischmuth has been on the COTA board since 2018 and is currently serving as treasurer. He lives in Lower Queen Anne with his wife Laura and their sons Simon and Nathanael. Ross came to COTA via the Episcopal church and loves the way COTA builds off of and plays with the Church’s ancient traditions. Ross anticipates starting a data science career after spending the last few years as a manufacturing engineer and stay-at-home dad.
Eileen Jimenez has served on the COTA board since January 2019 on hospitality, social justice and in common initiatives. She lives in White Center. Eileen loves COTA's structure and philosophy and hopes to contribute her lived experiences and leadership to the COTA community. As a queer indigenous leader, community member, and as an artist, everything Eileen does is grounded in community. She believes it is her role to continue to show up, disrupt the dominant narrative, and gain access to institutional resources to share them with her community.
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 InCommon Committee, 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, travel (especially Hungary and Italy), music in almost any genre, and reads widely.
Natalia Pierson has been serving on the COTA board since January 2018. She previously served on the board for three years in 2011. She lives in Beacon Hill. Natalia enjoys the open and welcoming Eucharist table at COTA. She serves as the board Vice President and on the Community Architects and Personnel Committee. Natalia is a social worker and works with people experiencing mental health issues, substance misuse issues, and homelessness. She enjoys cooking and running.
Amy Sytsma joined the COTA board in January of 2021 and serves in the areas of marketing, COTA Kids, and finance. She’s been at COTA for the past 3 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. She lives in Wallingford with her husband, son, and dog. She is a Brene Brown fangirl, has mostly worked in higher education student development, and is originally from Michigan.
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 is new to the COTA board as of January 2021. She lives by Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle. Emily loves that COTA welcomes, embraces, and celebrates members of the Queer community. She serves as assistant treasurer and on the personnel, finance, and community architect committees. Professionally, Emily is a human rights and justice researcher. She loves her two cats, gardening, and creating mixed-media artwork.