URI North America Staff & Volunteers


Sari Heidenreich
Regional Coordinator 

Sari joined the URI team in October 2014 as the Regional Coordinator for North America, bringing with her a background of cross-cultural living and working. She spent middle and high school in Ghana, West Africa, where her parents worked with a network of churches. As an adult, she spent time living, traveling and working in Middle East, including a year-long stint in Jerusalem. This immersion gave her the life-changing experience of entering into the worlds of people from different backgrounds and finding common ground with them. Sari absolutely loves connecting with people and sharing their stories, a set of skills she is excited to apply to her work at URI.

You can reach Sari by calling (415) 762-2713 or emailing sari@uri.org.

Grace King
Public Relations/Storytelling Intern

Grace is multimedia journalist who just relocated to New York City after graduating from Olivet Nazarene University. She is looking forward to being a part of the URI team to dive deeper into her understanding of religions and expand her long form writing skills. In her free time she takes long walks through the city, reads on the subway, and is currently learning how to barista. You can reach Grace by emailing na.news@uri.org.

Rachel Long
Social Media Intern

Rachel is a senior Global Development student at Seattle Pacific University. She has spent her college career traveling, studying, and working in places such as China, India, Myanmar, Ghana, Egypt, and Jordan.  She has a passion for connecting people and sharing the beauty of our diverse world. Rachel is excited to be able to utilize her skills in digital media while working with URI as the social media intern. When Rachel isn’t filling her passport, she enjoys photography/digital media art, drinking way too much coffee (but good coffee — she lives in Seattle!), hiking, and playing with her new pup, Benny!

Ryan PolskyRyan Polsky
Storytelling Intern

Ryan is a writer from Los Angeles, California, who is passionate about social justice, current events, and making the world a better place. He enjoys getting to know, learning about, and working with people of diverse backgrounds. He is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, with a degree in Journalism and Media Communication. He is also interested in sports, chess, and music.

To read Ryan’s stories, click here. You can reach Ryan by emailing na.news@uri.org.

Sandy Westin
Communications Committee Member

Sandy Westin has been writing professionally and personally for…. let’s just say decades. Her skills have enabled numerous small businesses, professional and homeowner associations, and non-profits to get their message across. Sandy also served as the United Religions Initiative Regional Coordinator from 2009-2011.