Aislynn PasierbAislynn Pasierb (Lead Youth Staff)

Aislynn Pasierb is a Youth Member of Eliot Chapel located in Kirkwood, MO. She enjoys the advocacy, inclusion of everyone’s ideas, and guidance  that Eliot’s congregation and Youth Leaders support and encourage.  When she is not involved with Eliot Chapel, Aislynn focuses on her studies at Kirkwood High School where she is a Senior.  She also enjoys acting, dance, and voice--combining all of these in musical theatre productions both at school and various other companies in the St. Louis area.

Izzy SpriggsIzzy Spriggs

Izzy Spriggs is thrilled to be a YMWLS staff this summer! She went as a YMWLS student in 2013 and has been a part of the Heartland Area Youth Council for over 5 years. Izzy experienced an exchange year in Germany as a Congress-Bundestag scholarship recipient with Youth for Understanding for the 2015-16 school year and is about to graduate high school in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since her study abroad, Izzy has traveled to South Africa and Mexico. She hopes to major in English with an interdisciplinary in African and African American Diaspora Studies and a minor in international relations so that she can continue her love of traveling. Izzy loves her UU community and cannot wait to be apart of YMWLS once again!

Jennica Davis-Hockett

Jennica Davis Hockett

Jennica is the Youth Ministry Associate for our UUA's Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. She supports Youth Caucus at General Assembly, Summer Seminary for youth exploring a career in UUism and the network of Luminary Leaders. She co-organizes the SURJ-SLC (Showing Up for Racial Justice) chapter, plays the ukulele and just got a slow cooker but doesn't know how to use it yet.



Spencer ThomasSpencer Thomas

Spencer Thomas has been involved in UU youth ministry for over a decade, serving in such roles as Coming of Age mentor, YRUU advisor, and member of the Heartland area youth council. He was an RA at the MWLS in 2012 and found it to be a transformative and energizing experience. Spencer is a 3rd generation UU, and has been a member of the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor since 2002.

Henry Hill GormanHenry Hill-Gorman

Henry attended YMWLS in the summer of 2016, found the experience to be truly transformative, and can't wait to be on staff for 2017. Hailing from the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin, Henry is an active member of his congregation and Madison community at-large; currently organizing around immigrant rights and the New Sanctuary Movement. When he isn't doing schoolwork in his bedroom (homeschooled), or lip-syncing to the latest Taylor Swift song (if you attend YMWLS you can count on several performances), Henry is taking the bus down to Chicago every weekend to study and perform improvisational comedy.  He is so excited to be spending part of his summer with you and the wonderful (i.e. unlimited!) cafeteria food of Luther College. Henry also finds it awkward to write about himself in the third person.


Many thanks to past YMWLS staff for 2016: