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
Senior MinisterRev. 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
Rev. Sean Neil-Barron
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.
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.
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
Interim Director of Music
Chris joined the Foothills team in March of 2017 after spending almost two years serving as music director of Trinity Lutheran Church here in Fort Collins. Additionally, Chris also serves on faculty at Colorado State University as the voice and opera coach, and currently, he is finishing his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. Chris received his Masters in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from Eastman, and his Bachelors in Piano Performance from Oklahoma State University where he was a student of Dr. Thomas Lanners.
Program and Office Assistant
Kathryn Boyle joined Foothills staff in 2006 after a long stint as a bank teller.
She enjoys meeting and working with the congregation and providing to support to the ministers and staff. When you call or come in, she will be there to greet you and answer your question.
Kathryn and her son Ian enjoy cooking, shopping and playing with their dog Moose.
When not at work, you will find Kathryn out salsa dancing and enjoying the beautiful Fort Collins community.
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