Meet Our Staff


Lynnewood UMC’s Pastor

Jennifer was born in Columbus, Ohio and holds degrees from the Ohio State University, the University of Arizona and Pacific School of Religion. She is an Ordained Elder in the UMC and has served churches in California and Nevada since 2004. Her greatest joys in ministry are helping people discover God's love through worship, spiritual practice and service. She believes that learning to love with patience, forgiveness, compassion, and justice is our soul’s life-long journey. She feels blessed to companion this congregation and to serve the Tri-Valley area.  
She and her husband, Chris, have two children. Together, they enjoy camping, hiking, travel and watching the kids grow!  Jenn is an avid runner, voracious reader, Warriors fan, and lover of art, music and theater.

Corey Dao-Forrester 

Director of Youth, Family, & Discipleship 

Corey was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He grew up loving and playing sports, particularly baseball, while also fishing and surfing constantly. Corey then attended college at Campbell University, majoring in Christian Ministry. After Campbell, Corey attended Duke Divinity school where he met his wife Emily. They lived in Durham, NC together for five years before moving to San Francisco. Corey loves playing and going on adventures with his three dogs – Wrigley, Milo, and Banks. Corey and Emily love traveling, experiencing food, and exploring new places. Corey has a deep love for Duke Basketball, the Chicago Cubs, and playing golf. Prior to Lynnewood, Corey served as the Family Ministry Associate at First Cary UMC in Cary, NC. He is grateful and excited to begin this journey at Lynnewood UMC. Corey is passionate about Family Ministry, engaging with youth and children, and pursuing justice and reconciliation in our community. He wants all to feel loved, welcomed, and accepted into our community. 

Amelia Han Riegert 

Worship Music Coordinator & Principal Accompanist 

Amelia was born in Singapore and lived in several Southeast Asian countries as a child of mission workers. She started playing the organ for church as a teenager and cannot remember a time she has not played for church since then. Her parents always encouraged her to strive for excellence and use her musical gifts in honor of her Creator. Her desire to pursue a music degree led her to Newbold College in England where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She moved to the United States in 1998 to attend graduate school at San Jose State University.
Amelia joined the Lynnewood staff in January 2014 initially as church organist. Since then, her responsibilities have expanded and she now serves as Principal Accompanist and Worship Music Coordinator. As a church musician, Amelia does not see her role as a performer but rather as a worshiper presenting her gifts to God while helping fellow worshipers draw closer to Him. In addition to serving at Lynnewood, Amelia also serves as organist/pianist for the Sunnyvale Seventh-Day Adventist Church and teaches piano. In her past life, she has been an office administrator, college instructor, marketing executive, and English language instructor.
Amelia lives in Saratoga with her husband, David Riegert, a professional musician, recording engineer, and math tutor, and their two cats, Patches and Lipton.

Michael Morales 

Choir Director

Michael-Brandon Morales is a Bay Area native, conductor, and countertenor with degrees in Drama and Music. He has conducted worship and educational music throughout the Bay. In 2021, he was named the new Artistic Director for Singers Marin, and he also performs with 21V, a non-binary treble ensemble. He believes in music as a form of personal and corporate prayer, as well as social advocacy. Outside of music, Michael is an avid Giants fan, fervent Beatles scholar, and enjoys exploring every coffee shop and taphouse in the Bay Area with his wife, Katie, and their new son, Michael-James. 

Nicole bush

Office Manager

Nicole has called Pleasanton home for the past 14 years. She’s been up and down the state, raised in the San Joaquin Valley, and then attending undergraduate at UC San Diego, followed by graduate school at both UC Davis and San Jose State University, earning Master’s Degrees in both Anthropology (Archaeology) and Library and Information Science (MLIS).  Meeting her husband, Rob, while both attending UCSD, they decided to settle in his hometown of Pleasanton and raise their three young children. The family loves the many parks and community events offered here. Nicole is excited to serve as the Office Manager and serve the Lynnewood community.