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. Jeremy Nickel, Consulting Lead Minister
The UUCB Board of Trustees has entered into an agreement with Rev. Jeremy Nickel, to serve as our minister for the 2020-21 church year, beginning late August 2020.
Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel thrives at the intersection of spirituality and technology. A lifelong spiritual adventurer and entrepreneur, after Seminary in Berkeley, CA and jobs in the tech world, Jeremy was Ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Association and served seven years as the Spiritual leader of Mission Peak UU Congregation in Fremont, CA. He left in 2017 to launch EvolVR. EvolVR is a secular/spiritual community that is creating personal growth experiences in Virtual and Augmented Reality. He is now excited to spend a year back in the Congregational setting as he serves a one-year term as Consulting Minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, CO. When un-plugged from his Ministry Jeremy enjoys spending time exploring the great outdoors of his newly adopted state of Colorado with his wife Nicole, a UCC minister, and daughter Eliza.
Rev. Dana Lightsey, 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.
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.
Kitty Kaler, Joint UUCB/BVUUF Youth Coordinator
Hello! I’m Kitty, and I’m delighted to be your Youth Coordinator. I have been working with youth for most of my life, from camps to counseling and everything in between. I have a Master’s Degree from Naropa in Contemplative Psychology. I love the intersection of play and compassion, and am looking forward to engaging with the awesome youth in this congregation! Feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!
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.