The daughter of a writer, and a pioneering film maker, Toniann was born and raised on the island of Jamaica, where she comes from a rich, mixed heritage.
After finishing high school in England, she attended Portsmouth University where she gained an Honours degree in Education, and met her future husband, Dominic. They were married in 1989 at a Unitarian Chapel in London, and have been Unitarians, then Unitarian Universalists, ever since.
Toniann and Dominic moved to New York City in 1991, and have lived between the US and Jamaica for the last 24 years. In that time they brought home their two, now nearly-grown, children, Zoe (22) and Jesse (18). Toniann says, “We are a multicultural family finding our way in suburban metro Atlanta, and we are grateful to share the journey with the UUMAN community”. The Reads have a large, close knit, extended family in Jamaica that they like to visit whenever they can.
Toniann has been employed at UUMAN since 2002. Her experience working in a variety of settings in the education, healthcare and community sectors, has served her well in her work with us. She has a deep commitment to our community, and our shared ministry. A passion for social justice, liberation, and interfaith issues, drives her work as a liberal religious educator, in which she finds purpose and meaning.