Foothills Unitarian Church professional ministers and staff work as a team to recruit, equip and support lay leaders in the shared ministry of furthering the reach of love. Together we seek to support our members’ spiritual and emotional health and ongoing growth, transforming ourselves so that we can transform the world.
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The general church email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The church office phone number is 970-493-5906. Our voice mail has pre-recorded information and allows you to leave private messages for any of our staff or ministers.
Rev. Gretchen Haley – Associate Minister
Rev. Gretchen Haley holds a strong passion for our Unitarian Universalist faith and theological reflection, and envisions our congregation as a uniquely positioned site for personal and societal transformation. In her ministry, she values partnership, creativity, a robust combination of playfulness and seriousness, and mutual trust. She loves using technology as a tool for connection and inquiry, dreams of a truly intergenerational church, and is deeply committed to cross-congregational relationships, believing our future is possible when we work together.
Gretchen came to Foothills in August of 2012 after serving part time for 2 years at Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist in Carbondale, Colorado. Midway through her second year with us, our congregation called and installed her as our Associate by March of 2014. Her ministry focus at Foothills is on adult faith formation, membership integration and connection, social justice and pastoral care.
Gretchen received her Master of Divinity at the Iliff School of Theology in 2011, and was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Puget Sound and University of Colorado Boulder, respectively. Prior to seminary, she served as the founding employee and Director of Operations for Options Home Care, a large in-home personal care agency. She serves as the President of the local Chapter of the UU Ministers Association, and regularly participates in leadership at the cluster, district and regional levels of our Association.
Gretchen and her partner of 16 years, Carri, have two children, Gracie Ella (9) and Josef (7), and enjoy riding their bikes, running on trails, playing games and making art, getting too many books at the library, and as a family of extroverts – chatting with friends and family at every possible chance.
Check out her regularly updated blog.
Gretchen is in the office most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from about 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please be in touch to schedule a time to get together.
Office Phone: 970-493-5906; Cell Phone: 303-877-0934. E-Mail: Gretchen@foothillsuu.org; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gretchen.haley Please feel free to call or text or email. If you do choose to send an email, and you don’t get a response back in the time you’d expect, don’t be shy about sending another note or trying her cell, as the volume of emails can sometimes get overwhelming!
Eleanor VanDeusen – Is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and has been serving Foothills Unitarian Church since 1999. Eleanor is passionate about providing a welcoming place for people of all life stages to grow and develop their personal faith and religious community. She directs our programs for Children, Youth & Families, supervises our High School Youth and Young Adult Coordinators and serves in partnership with our Adult Religious Exploration Steering Committee. She is committed to exploring what it means to integrate Lifespan Religious Exploration across the congregation. Contact her if you would like to learn more about our Religious Exploration Programs and how you can become involved as a participant or volunteer.
Check out our website, that Eleanor developed as a spiritual resource for familes at home and beyond www.foothillsfamilesand faith.com
Eleanor is active in the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) on the District and National Level. She is a graduate of CU Boulder and she is a Credentialed Religious Educator through the Unitarian Universalist Association. Eleanor has extensive experience working with children, youth and adults in the arts as well as the church setting.
Eleanor is married and has two young adult children, and a teen daughter who is active in YRUU. She enjoys camping, hiking, reading, theater and dance and her two corgis and two cats.
Office Hours – Mon, & Wed. – Fri. 9 – 3, Sunday 8-1
office phone 970-493-5906
Ryan Marvel – Director of Music
Ryan Marvel joined our staff in January 2006. Previously, he was on staff for 7 years with Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Chandler, AZ as pianist and musical arranger. Ryan believes in the transformative power of music, respecting the ability for it to touch and be within us all. He feels that we are in the midst of an exciting musical journey in our UU faith and looks forward to the possibilities that lay ahead.
Ryan performs around the Front Range as a professional pianist. He also is an arranger, composer and conductor. Ryan teaches private lessons from his home, and co-directs a welcoming and member-driven community chorus. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors hiking, biking, skiing and camping. Passions include music, wolves, nature and family. Indulgences? Coffee, chocolate and red wine.
Ryan’s true love is daughter Elena Rose, affectionately called “Lanie”.
Office Phone: 970-493-5906
Kristina Ruff – High School Youth Coordinator
Kristina received her Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. There, her varied passions led her to complete majors in Biology, Music, and Secondary Education, as well as a minor in Spanish. Outside of learning as much as she can about anything and everything, Kristina enjoys running, hiking, reading, dancing, or spending time outside with her dog, Moose. A native of Colorado Springs, Kristina is excited to be living in her home state’s mountain air once more and is grateful to have found the Foothills Unitarian Church upon her arrival in Fort Collins in 2012. Kristina served as a youth advisor this past year and she looks forward to the opportunity to work more closely with the youth, parents, and other church members involved in the support of Foothills’ wonderful youth program.
Office Phone: 970-493-5906
Chris Sharp – Young Adult Coordinator
I am excited to be a part of the Foothills community! Having just joined this faith and church last winter, I am relatively new to Unitarian Universalism, but I hope to contribute my abilities and share my passion for personal and spiritual growth among the young adults and other groups at the Foothills church. My wife, Misti, our 2 ½ year-old son, Orion, and I moved to Fort Collins three years ago for her Ph.D. program at CSU. I currently work at HP and hold a Bachelors in Physics and a Masters in Teaching, and my hobbies include board games, reading, camping and astronomy. My wife has observed that I have a “man crush” on our church, and I look forward to this opportunity to challenge myself as I challenge others!
Office Phone: 970-493-5906
Sharon is a singer/songwriter, teacher, facilitator and performer. For years she has worked as a music educator teaching in both public and private schools in Colorado, teaching private piano and violin lessons, facilitating parent/child music classes directing & facilitating chant circles and chant retreats. Sharon holds a B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA and a M.A. in Contemplative Education from Naropa University, Boulder, CO. In addition to her musical endeavours, she enjoys hiking, gardening, skiing and spending quality time with her husband, two children, two horses, two dogs, two cats and ten chickens.
Sharon RE Music Coordinator
Office Phone: 970-493-5906
Marc Salkin received his B.A. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and his Master of Theological Studies/Doctor of Ministry from Meadville/Lombard Theological School, which is affiliated with the University of Chicago. Upon graduation from seminary, Marc was called as the spiritual leader of the Unitarian Association in Mexico City, where he served for two years. In 1975, Marc went to the San Diego UU Church, where he served with the Rev. John Clark this large and growing congregation. In 1978, Marc was called to serve the historic church of Watertown, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1630. During his tenure in Watertown, Marc led the church in celebrating its 350th anniversary. Marc served the Watertown church for 13 years before his call to Fort Collins. In 1991, Marc was called to serve the Foothills Unitarian Church. Marc’s leadership and gentle style of ministry is an integral component to the growth of the Foothills Church, and his warm and supportive nature, not to mention his great sense of humor, are hallmarks of his ministry with us. Marc retired from Foothills in June of 2014 after 23 years.