Ministers and Staff

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 uuinfo@foothillsuu.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 – Senior Minister

_MG_1753Rev. 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.

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 and interfaith relationships, believing our future is possible when we work together.

Gretchen came to Foothills in August of 2012 to serve as Assistant Minister after serving for 2 years at Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist in Carbondale, Colorado. In November of 2015, Gretchen was called as our Senior Minister, the first woman to serve as lead minister for Foothills since 1902.

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 has served 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 17 years, Carri, have two children, Gracie Ella (10) and Josef (8), 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from about 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Her days off are Monday and Saturday.  Please contact the office to schedule an appointment.
  • She also holds Community Office Hours at Cuppy’s coffee shop on Drake from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.  All are welcome to stop in for conversation.
  • Office Phone: 970-493-5906; Cell Phone: 303-877-0934 (texting is fine).  E-Mail: Gretchen@foothillsuu.org
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gretchen.haley  (She will happily accept your friend request, but will not “friend” church or community members)
  • Please note that if you send an email, text, or voice mail on her day off, she will respond as soon as possible after her return to work.

 

Rev. Marc Salkin – Minister Emeritus

Marc Salkin received his B.A. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and his Master of SALKIN-MARC-39Theological 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.

 

Eleanor Van Deusen – Director of Religious Exploration Eleanor Photos 02.2012 028

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 three corgis and three cats.

Office Hours – Tuesday – Friday 9 – 3, Sunday 8-1
Email: eleanorv@foothillsuu.org
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 MARVEL-RYAN-109Valley 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”.

Email: ryan@ryanmarvel.com
Office phone: 970-493-5906

 

Carolyn Myers – Church AdministratorCarolyn Myers
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.

Carolyn credits her parents’ careers for her skills to thrive at Foothills.  Raised around 2 rehabilitation centers (52 Association in Ossining, NY for war veterans and Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, NY), a recreation center and a senior center from a very young age, Carolyn is used to being around all kinds of people.

She loves her job at Foothills.

Office phone: 970-493-5906
E-Mail: Carolyn@foothillsuu.org

Kristina Ruff –  High School Youth CoordinatorKristina Ruff Church Picture fo website
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
E-Mail: yruu@foothillsuu.org

 

Christopher Watkins Lamb – Young Adult Coordinator & Religious Exploration Music Coordinator

Christopher hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where he grew up attending and then working at the Unitarian Universalist Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina calledChristopher Watkins Lamb The Mountain. Christopher has provided music and programs for UU young adults and youth since 2002 and recently served as the Young Adults @GA Worship Coordinator at General Assembly in Rhode Island. Christopher is in his second year of seminary at Iliff School of Theology pursuing a career as a Unitarian Universalist Minister. “Christopher is excited to co-create meaningful young adult community through shared worship experiences, intentional fellowship, and collective work for justice.”

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. You will also see Christopher leading music for the congregation when our children and youth join us for our multi-generational “All Church Sunday” worship services.

E-Mail: youngadults@foothillsuu.org

 

Kelly Connor – CSU Campus Ministry Coordinator

Kelly was raised in the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Texas, where she Kelly Connorparticipated in the Coming of Age, Our Whole Lives, and YRUU programs. Kelly is a senior Social Work student at Colorado State University and is also minoring in global environmental sustainability. Kelly is passionate about enhancing and restoring individuals, communities, and the environment’s functioning. Kelly is involved many social justice issues including access to reproductive health care, gender inclusive facilities, and sustainable food systems. She is an avid public radio fan, gardener, and mom to her dog Scout. Kelly envisions the growth of a spiritual community on campus, where students can discuss, explore, and question their personal beliefs and experiences. 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 looks forward to the opportunity to work with students and church members looking to grow a vibrant and active UU presence at CSU.

 

Kathryn HuckinsBOYLE-KATHRYN-9
Office Assistant 

Office Phone: 970-493-5906
E-Mail: Kathryn@foothillsuu.org