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. 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.
Abby Highland, Congregational Life Director
Abby grew up in a Unitarian Universalist community in Sarasota, Florida, where she attended an arts and performance high school, focusing on her passion for painting, singing, and writing. She has a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A student of Sufism, she can be found leading the intentional movement and song practice, Dances of Universal Peace. Abby is happy to bring her experience and joy to the UU community of Boulder in the position of Congregational Life Director.
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 and training in aerial silks.
Ellen Saunders Duncan, Youth Coordinator
Ellen is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, raised in congregations in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Her passion for growing strong Unitarian Universalist communities for youth and young adults began in college, when she became very involved in the congregation just off campus. Ellen has experience working in youth programming at a congregational level, leading campus groups for college-aged UUs, running a summer camp at a historic UU retreat center in rural North Carolina, and working as a Director of Religious Education. At UUCB, Ellen leads the youth programming, which is jointly supported by the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship (BVUUF). Ellen is also currently working as the Religious Education Program Coordinator at BVUUF, and is trained as a youth chaplain and OWL facilitator. Outside of congregational work, Ellen is a certified Rolfer in private practice and recently completed an Avita Yoga teacher training. At the University of North Carolina, she studied Entrepreneurship and American Studies.
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.