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.
Please note, due to the challenges of COVID-19, and staffing changes, our response times may be delayed.
Rev. Dana Lightsey, Acting Lead Minister/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 eighteen 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.