Our Ministers and Staff
The ministers and staff at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder are here for you! Learn about our talented team and the skills they bring to UUCB.
Rev. Eric Posa, Interim Minister
Interim ministers come to serve a congregation for a short time – rarely more than 2 years. Sometimes called “transitional ministers,” their role is to guide and coach a congregation through the transition from one long-term (“settled”) minister, through the search for and call of the next settled minister. While this includes serving the regular duties of the minister, it also includes facilitating the many kinds of transition work a congregation undertakes, as it prepares for its next settled ministry. This is the ministry to which Rev. Eric Posa has dedicated nearly a decade of his vocational life, and he began serving that role here at the UU Church of Boulder in July 2019.
Eric was born in Fort Worth, Texas on November 30, 1971, raised in the small, semi-rural suburb of Kennedale, TX, then moved to Denton, TX: the college town of about 100,000 people, about 40 miles north of Fort Worth and Dallas. That’s where Eric first discovered Unitarian Universalism, becoming an active lay leader in the Denton UU Fellowship. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master‘s degree in philosophy there, at the University of North Texas. In the fall of 2000, he started seminary studies at Brite Divinity School, of Texas Christian University in his hometown of Fort Worth.
Eric’s ministry internship was at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge (LA) in 2002. He graduated seminary, was ordained by his home congregation, and fellowshipped into UU ministry in Spring 2005. Eric then accepted an opportunity to do a chaplaincy residency, spending a year as a full-time hospital chaplain in the suburbs of Fort Worth.
Eric’s first full-time congregational ministry was as an interim minister from 2006-2007 at the First UU Church of San Antonio (TX). He then served a settled ministry was in College Station, TX, from 2007-2011. After deciding that interim work was a better match for his gifts, Eric entered the Accredited Interim Ministry (AIM) track in Spring 2011. Since then, he has served at the UU churches and congregations in: Greensboro, NC; Harrisburg, PA; Memphis, TN; and Olympia, WA. Eric received full AIM status in April 2015.
Eric and his wife, Suzi, were married in 2007, and are happy to have moved to Boulder for this interim ministry time.
Rev. Dana Lightsey, Acting Assistant Minister
The job of Acting Assistant Minister at UUCB brings together two of Dana’s great passions, serving people through UU ministry, and working with children, youth, and families.
Dana holds a Masters Degree in Music Education with significant additional training and experience with Gifted Education. Before going into ministry, Dana taught music in the public school system for 17 years and was coordinator for the Gifted and Talented program in two school districts.
Dana did her ministerial internship at Jefferson Unitarian Church, in Golden, CO, where she also served as the Acting Director of Religious Education and later as Consulting Assistant Minister. She was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in January of 2010 when she began serving the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne, in Cheyenne, Wyoming as their Contract Minister and later as the Interim Minister.
After training in Developmental Ministry, Rev. Dana served High Plains Church, Unitarian Universalist for the past four years.
Rev. Dana is delighted to be at UUCB helping to bring this congregation’s vision into reality. She is excited to bring her skills and experiences from both of her careers to serve in this position of Acting Assistant Minister at UUCB.
Debra Hammond, Music Director
Debra brings more than twelve years of Unitarian Universalist experience to our exciting, growing ministry. Her creativity and passion span a wide variety of musical styles and traditions. She is committed to making music a vibrant and living part of our Sunday worship services.
Debra began her formal music studies at Westminster Choir College in her home state of New Jersey, and went on to a national career performing leading operatic roles and orchestral works. She has performed as a soloist three times in Carnegie Hall. In 2013 Deborah received the “Excellence in Music” award from the Florida District of the Unitarian Universalist Association for her work with the UU Congregation of Venice, Fla., and the Venice Interfaith Association.
Beth Elliot, Congregational Life Director
Beth has a B.A. in Intercultural Communication and M.A. in Interpersonal Communication. She comes to us from Albuquerque, NM, where she served as First Unitarian’s Membership Director and Justice Coordinator. She ran her own business for nearly a decade as an End of Life Doula. Previous to that she worked as CEO for a company in New York City. Beth is one of the founding members of a non-profit called ABQ FaithWorks Collaborative.
Beth has lived all over the US and Europe and loves traveling. She is a proud mom to her daughter, Emma, who lives in California.
Amy Szen, Office Administrator
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Amy moved to Boulder in May 2018 from Massachusetts. She has a B.A. from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Anthropology from SUNY Binghamton. In her free time Amy loves taking the family dog on long hikes.
Amanda Williams, Accompanist
Amanda Williams grew up in small town Idaho, and moved to Boulder to pursue her Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, which she completed at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2012. She is currently an active freelance pianist and teacher, seeking out diverse performance opportunities across the Front Range. Amanda most enjoys playing 20th century chamber music, jazz and improvised music, and her own compositions. Amanda has been at UUCB since 2012, and feels fortunate to have a church home where different and varied styles of music are equally embraced.
Rev. Amy Rowland, Affiliated Community Minister
Rev. Dr. Amy Rowland is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister affiliated with our congregation. She is a coach and facilitator and serves as a member of the Ministerial Transitions Team for the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Amy supports the congregation by providing pastoral care and officiating at weddings and memorial services as requested.
Rev. Barbara Eaton Molfese, Affiliated Community Minister
Rev. Molfese is a retired community minister and chaplain endorsed by our congregation. She serves in cooperation with the parish minister and is currently on the Caring Ministry Team and the Immigration Ministry, and occasionally assists with pastoral care.
Renee Loewen, UUCB Bookkeeper
Renee has been our bookkeeper since June 2003. She works closely with our Treasurer, Finance Council, and Board of Trustees, and sends out regular pledge statements to pledging members and friends. She started her business, Bottom Line Bookkeeping and Billing, in 2000.