Our Board of Trustees, entirely made up of members of Foothills, works to ensure the mission of the congregation is being fulfilled. The Board meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:30 pm on Zoom. The Board also convenes a shorter discussion meeting on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Both meetings are in Zoom Room 1. You can read meeting minutes and other important documents at the bottom of our Governance Page.

Contact the Board at theboard@foothillsuu.org

Meet the Trustees

Sue Sullivan, President, and her family (Steve Sedam, Willow Sedam, and Harri Sedam) joined Foothills in 2007 when they moved to Fort Collins (in large part because Foothills was such a vibrant congregation.)

Sue and Steve joined their first Unitarian church in Riverside, CA, when Willow was born in 1999, and help found a Unitarian Universalist fellowship in the next Southern California community they moved to, Temecula Valley UU Fellowship.

Sue’s involvement at Foothills began with teaching RE classes when the kids were young. In 2017 she became involved in lay leadership, serving on the Committee on Shared Ministry, participating in Rev. Sean Neil-Barron’s preliminary ministerial fellowship committee process and was a member of the 2018 Music Ministry Visioning process.  

In 2018 Sue was elected to the Board of Trustees as secretary. She is serving her fourth and final year on the board, and her second year as board president.

Sue was a newspaper reporter for nearly a decade at the Riverside Press-Enterprise, followed by a five-year stint as public information officer at the University of California, Riverside. Parenting and homeschooling then became a full-time focus (with a foray into massage therapy and three years of private practice in Temecula, CA.) 

Sue’s passions include food and flower gardening and a profound and abiding pursuit of spiritual growth and self-inquiry practice.

Richie Nelsen, Vice President, grew up in Colorado and was raised Catholic. He found Foothills when his wife Erin started attending and telling him what she was learning about Unitarian Universalism. Curiosity quickly turned into belonging and he has been a member since 2018. Shortly after, Richie and Erin had a UU wedding at Red Feather officiated by Rev. Sean. Foothills, the principles of Unitarian Universalism, and the growth our community encourages, have been an integral part of how they have formed their family system and how they raise their children, Vienna and Jasper.

Within Foothills, Richie has been able to provide some assistance with AV technology and estimating anticipated IT costs for the building expansion project. Richie and Erin have also found great meaning in helping the Mobile Food Bank and the Family Housing Network.

In the community of Fort Collins, Richie is the Director of IT for the College of Business at CSU. He is also the co-founder of a conservation consulting company, Gaia Environmental, working primarily in National Parks throughout the US. He strives to create space where everyone feels safe to be their whole selves, and he believes the answer is in the room if you take time to listen. He leads with integrity, authenticity, and sustainability. He is grateful to be a part of Foothills and looks forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to him and his family.

Walter Nash, Treasurer, works as a computer program developer from a home office since moving to Fort Collins in 2007 from San Diego with his partner, Patti, and their two children. 

Hobbies and interests are being in nature, reading, movies, time with friends, cooking, puzzles, studying astrology, and, in general, trying to be present and authentic. Walter and Patti have been going to Foothills UU on and off for several years but decided to get serious with this group and became members three years ago. 

Andrea Delorey, Secretary, is passionate about designing experiences that put people on a path to fulfill their potential, both personally and as agents of positive change in the world. Andrea has worked as a school administrator, curriculum specialist, and leader at the nonprofit No Barriers. Prior to these roles, she taught in South America and New York City. Andrea earned her Master’s in Education from Columbia University and completed the Principal Licensure program at Colorado State University. Outside of work, Andrea thrives on new challenges and loves exploring the wilderness and the world alongside her husband and son. Andrea is active in the local community, serving in volunteer roles at Compass Community Collaborative School and Foothills Unitarian Church.

Mary Klecan and her wife, Loretta Bailey joined Foothills in the Fall of 2017. Mary grew up in a large Catholic family in Albuquerque, New Mexico and joined the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati after high school. She spent the next ten years teaching at the elementary and high school levels primarily in special education in Pueblo, Denver, and Loveland. Upon returning from a seven-month hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, she became the executive director of the Namaqua Center in Loveland, a residential treatment center for abused children. Mary retired after 20 plus years and opened a home repair and painting business in Fort Collins. She loves to hike mountains and canyons, especially the Grand Canyon, where she has planned and led groups up and down (actually, down and then up) the canyon over the last twelve years. Mary loves and feels right at home at Foothills with its triple focus on spirituality, activism, and community.

Linda Kothera has been a member of Foothills since 2006. She has served on the Hospitality Committee, has been a small group facilitator, and helps with sound for Sunday services. Linda works as a biologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here in Fort Collins, and has a son who attends the University of Colorado at Denver. Her hobbies include lots of crafty things, hanging out with her golden doodle Rex, and treasure hunting at garage sales. 

Linda looks forward to working with congregants, staff, and the rest of the Board as we move towards implementing Foothills’ vision of courageous love locally and beyond. 

Doug Powell and his family (Jenn, Spencer, and Owen) joined Foothills in the Fall of 2010, shortly after moving to Fort Collins, as a way to build community and connections in their new hometown.

The first Sermon he heard at Foothills was about “The Hero’s Journey” and the senior minister at the time was using Frodo Baggins from the Lord of the Rings as an example. He’ll never forget it. He knew in that moment that Foothills was home. He really feels so blessed to have found this community.

His involvement with Foothills began with teaching religious education and has included participating in the Worship Learning Community, being a member of the RE Committee, Worship Hosting, and ushering.
He finds the work of the board to be personally challenging, important, and deeply meaningful. It really calls board members to embody the values that define who we are as a community. 
Doug’s hobbies include hiking, table top role playing games, playing and making didgeridoo, and “flying” little acrobatic drones.
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