Holy Cross Staff

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion is to share the love of Jesus with all people, and our goals are to help people be transformed by the love of Christ, grow in their faith and equip them for ministry in the world.

Pastor Kathy Morris

Pastor Kathy Morris began her ministry at Holy Cross in January 2019.  She was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001 and has served as an Associate Pastor at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park, Maryland (2001-2012) and New Song Lutheran Church in Henderson, Nevada
(2014-2019), prior to moving to Reno.  After growing up in San Jose, California, she graduated from Trinity Lutheran College with Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in 1996 and from Luther Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 2001.  Pastor Kathy has a passion for helping people of all ages see how God is working in their lives and
sharing God’s abundant love and grace with others.  She has been married to Jeff since 2005 and they have
two school-aged children, a girl and a boy. In her free time, Pastor Kathy loves spending time with her
family, writing, reading, scrapbooking, and traveling to explore God’s creation.

Lanai Strawn, Administrative Assistant

Lanai was a long time visitor before relocating to Reno in 2019 from Watsonville, California. She has a rich background of office management for churches, and she is excited to join the Holy Cross Lutheran family. She was the office Manager at the Congregational Church of Soquel for 2 years and the Office Administrator at the United Presbyterian Church of Watsonville for 10 years. During her time at the Presbyterian Church she did it all to include handling all the finances/payroll to the everyday tasks of the church and preschool. Lanai is the proud mother to three grown children and has seven grandkids. Lanai enjoys fishing, eating at buffets and attending live concerts.

Brittney May, Music Director

Brittney is originally from Anamosa, Iowa. She studied Music

Education at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and graduated Cum Laude with her bachelors degree in May 2011. After graduation she moved to Tucson, AZ and taught K-6 band, choir, and general music for four years. She then moved to Reno, NV in June of 2015 to begin her Masters degree in Music Education from UNR which she completed. She is currently the interim director of choral activities and lecturer of voice at UNR. Brittney enjoys traveling to see her family and friends, trying new restaurants, music, yoga, and is an avid dog lover.

Becky Bradley, Organist/Pianist

Becky started taking piano lessons in Kindergarten, and then began playing the organ in 6th grade. She’s dabbled with flute, guitar, and string bass in the past, but keyboard is her forte. Becky started accompanying her school choruses while in 4th grade and accompanied undergraduate music majors in college. Her professional church organist duties include an Episcopalian church (2 years), a Presbyterian church (20 years), and an Evangelische Kirche in Germany (9 years). She has also been musical director of an Army Community Theater when living in Germany. Becky is a retired teacher of high school students with learning disabilities, and now operates her own medical billing/transcribing business out of her home.  Since she doesn’t like to practice, she’s kept music as her hobby!

She joined HCLC in 2015 as one of the music team members.

Joulette Marbina, Janitorial Services

Joulette has  been providing janitorial services for Holy Cross for many years. She is a long time member of Holy Cross with family in Reno.  Her loving care of our facility has maintained a high quality of cleanliness over the years.

Katie Torry, Church Council President

Katie is a long-time member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She and her family joined HCLC when Katie was 12. Katie was confirmed in the church. As a member of the church, she has served on various committees and participated in many events. Her favorite committees are children’s ministry and the Annual Rummage Sale. Currently, Katie is the council president. She was elected to the council in January of 2022 and became president in February of 2023.  Katie got her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from UNR in 1993. She

earned her graduate degree from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership. Katie retired from teaching in the summer of 2022 after serving for 30 years in the Washoe County School District. She taught first through six grades. Katie ended her career teaching fourth grade. In her free time, Katie likes to read, watch movies, work with the quilt group and spend time with friends and family.