Below are the paid positions at Prairie. Prairie is a truly voluntary organization—it functions because volunteers plan and present programs and services, help with child care, teach children, help with potlucks, shovel sidewalks, and more! There’s no better way to get to know us than to work with us. It’s easy to get involved in any of these activities.

Pastoral Care: Rev. Ralph Tyksinski

Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday working on site in the Annex. Available for in-person meetings upon request. Please contact for scheduling.
(608) 271-8218

Director of Religious Exploration: Alice Mandt

Alice is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, and she grew up in Madison, attending, at different times, all three Madison congregations. She has warm memories from her time in the Prairie RE program in particular. Having attended religious education programs at UU churches throughout her life, Alice has a strong grasp of the importance of faith development throughout the stages of early life and personally have been very much shaped by those experiences. Alice also has a lot of training on the national level through the UUA, particularly involvement with anti-oppression work, youth empowerment, and leadership development. She is excited to bring these skills to the position of DRE at Prairie.

Office hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can contact Alice by email at She’ll be checking email outside these hours once a day. If you have an urgent issue, you can text her at 608-698-4636.

Administrator: Nancy Wunderlin

Office Hours: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday working on site in the Annex, Wednesday – Friday working remotely.
(608) 271-8218

Custodian: Raju Eliganti