Our Ministers and Staff Team

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.

Each of our staff members can be reached by email or by calling the church at 970-493-5906.

Rev. Gretchen Haley

Rev. Gretchen Haley

Senior Minister

Rev. Gretchen Haley envisions our congregation as a uniquely positioned site for personal and societal transformation, where we learn and practice the tools to create greater love and justice in our lives, and in the world.  Especially in these polarized times, she believes that Unitarian Universalism’s affirmation that  “we need not think alike to love alike” offers an alternative vision of unity across diversity, and a hopeful way to forge common life for the common good, for all.  Learn more about Gretchen

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Sean Neil-Barron

Sean Neil-Barron

Assistant Minister

Sean comes to Foothills after four years in the New England area where he completed seminary at Harvard Divinity School. Originally from Canada, Sean’s ministry is focused on creating 21st-century congregations of spiritual depth. His portfolio at Foothills includes pastoral care, adult faith formation, communications and membership integration. Outside of ministry, you will find Sean hiking or cooking up a storm with his partner Charles, and their dog Dollie.

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Eleanor VanDeusen

Eleanor VanDeusen

Director of Faith Formation

Eleanor 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. Learn more about Eleanor.

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Ryan Marvel

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. Learn more about Ryan

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Carolyn Myers

Carolyn Myers

Church Administrator

Carolyn joined the Foothills staff in July 2007 after 24 years managing a medical practice. She was born in Queens, New York, raised in nearby suburban Connecticut and happily found her way to Colorado in 1979. She has been married to Donnie for 34 years and they have a 26 year-old son who lives in Kentucky.  She likes to quilt, cook, travel and watch her husband work in the garden – she has found this the best way to have fresh herbs and vegetables while keeping her finger nails clean.  Learn more about Carolyn

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Kathryn Huckins

Kathryn Huckins

Office Assistant

Learn more about Kathryn

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Marc Salkin

Marc Salkin

Minister Emeritus

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.  Learn more about Mark

Kristina Ruff

Kristina Ruff

High School Youth Coordinator

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.  Learn more about Kristina

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Christopher Watkins Lamb

Christopher Watkins Lamb

Young Adult Coordinator & Religious Exploration Music Coordinator

Christopher is excited to co-create meaningful young adult community through shared worship experiences, intentional fellowship, and collective work for justice. Christopher is in his second year of seminary at Iliff School of Theology pursuing a career as a Unitarian Universalist Minister.Christopher also works with our Religious Education Staff to provide musical worship experiences for our children and youth as a part of their Religious Exploration Programs at Foothills. Learn more about Christopher

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Kelly Connor

Kelly Connor

CSU Campus Ministry Coordinator

Kelly looks forward to the opportunity to work with students and church members looking to grow a vibrant and active UU presence at CSU. She hopes to connect with students in need of a faith community and promote the UU principles and values through weekly discussion and activities. Kelly was raised in the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Texas, where she
participated in the Coming of Age, Our Whole Lives, and YRUU programs. Learn more about Kelly

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