Bonnie Kline Smeltzer
Bonnie came to UBBC in the fall of 2002. Having grown up in Baltimore she was coming home after pastoring in California with her husband for 16 years. Bonnie loves to plan worship, lead small groups, talk with people about life and faith, and sing in the choir. Bonnie pastors from the heart and finds it important to connect to those she serves by bringing real life and a living faith together. For fun, she likes to travel, work out at the Y, go to the beach and the movies, read, and have last minute get-togethers with friends. Recently she has developed a love for all things Costa Rican! Bonnie has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Elizabethtown College and a Masters of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary. She completed the 2 year Oasis Ministries program, Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides. By far her greatest education has come from her family and the people in the congregations she has served. Bonnie can be reached by email at [email protected]
Director of Christian Education
Karen started working at UBBC in June 2008 after serving on the Board of Christian Education. Karen grew up in the Poconos and moved to State College in 1986 to teach children with special needs in the public school system. She enjoys spending time with her husband Paul and children Caitlin and Ben. She also enjoys cooking, reading, working out at the Y, and visiting with friends. Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Mansfield University and a Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Lock Haven University. Prior to working at UBBC she taught for over 18 years in various public schools. Working at UBBC has given her an opportunity to blend her faith and teaching skills in a meaningful way. Karen can be reached by email at [email protected]
Alysia joined UBBC in early 2018 after taking a short career break to raise her two children. Alysia grew up in Centre County and resides in the Bald Eagle Area School District. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She loves to read but does not like to put a book down once she has started.
Alysia has an Associates Degree in Business Administration from South Hills School of Business & Technology. She has over 10 years experience working in various Human Resource positions with specialization in employee relations and recruitment. At UBBC, Alysia has found that this is much more than just a job – but rather a family!
Alysia can be reached by email at [email protected]
Dr. Heike Burghart Rice
Director of Music
Heike grew up in a mid-west Baptist church
surrounded by music and church musicians. She sang and played various
instruments before being drawn to the pipe organ. She holds Masters and
Doctorate degrees in organ performance. Heike’s professional experience
spans over 25 years and includes directing children, youth and adults in choirs
and ensembles of all sizes, bell choir and praise band in a wide variety of music
styles. She sums up her love of making music with others by saying, “I cannot
imagine not being involved with church music!”
Bio coming soon.