Regina Puckett is the leader for the Child Care and Spirit Play groups. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 28 years, dedicating herself to promoting the Developmentally Appropriate Practices philosophy. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Childcare Management, a Montessori Preschool certification, and a Montessori Infant-Toddler certification. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration. She has been a registered trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System in the state of Texas since 2010, provides clock hour trainings, and teaches CDA classes for Houston area early childhood educators. She is an atheist, practices Buddhism, and enjoys teaching children about world religions, the UU principals and social-emotional skills. She lives with her husband Ken and son Adrian in Houston, Texas. When not working, she loves to cook, bake, garden, play lousy piano and read.
Dana Fisher Ashrawi is the leader for the older children/teens group. She has worked with Religious Education off and on over the past 25 years. She coordinated the RE program at Tapestry’s prior location for nearly two years. In 2006, she was co-coordinator of the elementary curriculum for the Southwest UU Summer Institute (SWUUSI, now called The Point UU). She has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science and a State of Texas endorsement in English as a Second Language. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. She taught elementary school Gifted and Talented students for 11 years in Houston ISD, and mixed levels for 4 years in Cy-Fair ISD. Currently she works as a technical writer. She is a third-generation Unitarian Universalist, distantly related to the Unitarian slavery abolitionist Rev. Theodore Parker. She is a humanist with Quaker leanings and enjoys creating an environment where children feel wholly appreciated, teaching children about the UU principles and how to celebrate diversity and develop critical and creative thinking. She lives with her husband Ibrahim, a Palestinian humanist of Christian heritage, in Cypress, Texas, and together they enjoy their three young adult children, Sama’an, Alice, and Salwa, who all participated in Young Religious UU activities. Dana loves to cook, garden, play piano, sing, read, and participate in social justice activities, and is trying to help train a rambunctious puppy to be an emotional support dog.