Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd

Theme Speaker and Leader for a workshop

Nancy has served as minister to the Bull Run Unitarian Universalists in Virginia since 2004. She studied theology at Xavier University and divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School before entering parish ministry. Her writing has appeared in several publications including Minister X: How Generation X Ministers are Shaping Unitarian Universalism, from Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, The UU World magazine, and A People So Bold: Theology and Ministry for Unitarian Universalists, from Skinner House Books. She lives in Centreville, Virginia with her family.

Scott McNeillRev. Scott McNeill

Chaplain and Evening Vespers leader

Scott joined PSD in the summer of 2010 as he and his wife, Rev. Sarah Gettie Burks, moved to Omaha, Nebraska. He serves as the minister at the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha, where he is getting to know the members and the community around the congregation. So far, he has started to become involved in Omaha Together One Community (OTOC), the Omaha Community Meal for the homeless and local GLBT events. Before coming to Omaha, Scott studied in Chicago and Fairfax, VA and served as a summer minister in North Carolina and Michigan. He received the 2004 Mary Ella Holst Youth Activist Award from the UU Service Committee and was the 2010 recipient of awards in New Testament Studies and Preaching at Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Bruce VanBronkhorst

Accompanist working on the Morning Celebration and other musical events

Bruce has been the music director at Michael Servetus Unitarian Society in Fridley, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities) for 27 years. He directs the choir, the wind ensemble, leads and performs in the Delphi Jazz Trio, Class Act Quartet, MSUS Vocal Quartet, and occasional drumming groups. The church also has a fun bluegrass group. Not bad for a church of less than 100 members!

You will quickly find out that Bruce loves to share his joy of music in many ways. This is his third year at Camp StarTrail.

Ginny MalcomsonGinny Malcomson

Children’s Program Coordinator Ginny Malcomson

Ginny is a part time naturalist for Polk County Conservation where she has worked for 14 years. During that time she also co-created Toddling on the Wildside, an environmental education program for toddlers and their parents through E Resources Group, cofounded KinderNature, an environmental education resource website and presented ICN workshops for early childhood educators through Story County Conservation and Iowa Public Television. Her favorite 'jobs' are mom to daughter, Lauren and wife to husband, Rob.

This is Ginny’s third year working with children at Camp StarTrail.

Liz VanBronkhurstElizabeth VanBronkhorst

Children’s Counselor 

Liz, a student at University of Wisconsin-Stout, is returning for a third year as a Children’s Counselor.


Morgan Watters

Children’s Counselor

Morgan is returning for a third year.

Sherry WarrenSherry Warren

Youth Coordinator

Sherry is the PSD Youth and Young Adult Specialist. She also has served the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence as their half-time Director of Religious Education since 2002. Sherry has worked with youth across PSD and is always looking for ways to bring relevance to the lives of young people while having fun and growing relationships. She taught a combined adult and young adult Our Whole Lives class at a previous year’s Camp StarTrail, has spent time at Camp UniStar during Youth Week 1, and is faculty at MidWest Leadership School for Youth. She is looking forward to the relaxed and fun week that she is sure is waiting at Camp StarTrail and hopes there will be lots of facepainting opportunities so she can work on her art skills.

Activity Leaders

to be announced

District Staff Members at Camp StarTrail

bio NancyHeegeNancy Heege

District Executive

Nancy Heege loves to go to camp with other Unitarian Universalists. She enjoys the program, the music, and the community of campers of all ages that develops over several days together. She’s been District Executive since 1995 and is happy that the dream of having a camp to serve UUs in the southern part of the District has been realized.

Phillip LundRev. Phillip Lund

Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth

A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Phil Lund has been part of the Prairie Star District staff since 2002. As Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth, he coordinates the delivery of lifespan religious education and faith development services to congregations in Prairie Star. He also supports District youth programming, provides resources for young adult programming and campus ministries, and works with congregations on growth.

Camp StarTrail Planning Committee

Julie Enersen, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Barb Gutsch, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina, Salina, KS
The Rev. Fritz Hudson, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Virginia Malcomson, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
Bob Miller, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, MO
Nyla Romeiser, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina, Salina, KS
Cheryll Wallace, First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Omaha, NE

PSD Staff StarTrail Planners

Rev. Phillip Lund, Prairie Star District

Nancy Heege, Prairie Star District

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