Our Staff

Donna Cavedon

Rev. Donna Cavedon joined SCUCC as our Sustaining Pastor on July 3rd. She is part-time with a focus on working with our Worship Team and leading worship each week. She commutes twice a week from Sedona, where she was a former associate pastor at the UCC Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona.

We are pleased to have Donna with us to help with this next phase of our journey as our Search Team moves towards finding a settled Pastor.

Livia Gho, SCUCC Director of Music

Livia Gho

Livia Gho joined our Staff as Director of Music in May 2016.  Livia directs both our voice and handbell choirs, and also coordinates the scheduling of our professional musicians. 

Livia comes to us with many years of experience as conductor of church and secular choruses in Indiana and Canada. She is currently the artistic Director of the Phoenix Women’s Chorus (which practices at the Church of the Beatitudes.) www.Phoenixwomenschorus.org

Livia has a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and is also an accomplished composer. She loves all types of music and directs both our voice and handbell choirs. A native of Singapore and speaker of several languages, she loves to play the piano in her spare time—and also the Chinese zither!

Susan Leonard

Church Administrator

Susan is originally from Massapequa, New York and moved to Arizona when her husband took early retirement from the phone company. Back East she worked for over 8 years at an Episcopal Church and Day School as an office manager.

Susan and her husband, Brian are the parents of three children, Gayle, B.J., and Karen and grandparents to Anna and Gracie.

Michelle Mellott

Michele Mellott

Michele is an ardent follower of the UCC’s God is Still Speaking campaign and has recently completed the UCC training program for church planters at The Center For Progressive Renewal. She is very committed to experiential worship and evangelism and delights in participating in Godly adventures with the youth and people of all ages at SCUCC.

Michele graduated from Claremont School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2009. She completed one unit of study of Clinical Pastoral Education at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in 2010. She received her Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in the spring of 2006 and received a Masters of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Photography in 1981.