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 diversity, and a hopeful way to forge common life for the common good, for all.
Rev. Sean Neil-Barron
Assistant MinisterSean 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 FormationEleanor 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.
Interim Director of MusicChris 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 AssistantKathryn 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.
Engagement CoordinatorDarrick joined the staff at Foothills in August, 2017. Darrick is excited to be joining the Foothills team. Darrick has been in the Fort Collins area for the past 25 years and you might recognize him from one of his past jobs as the front desk staff at the Fort Collins Senior Center and one of the Jumpin’ Jivecats, or his current time as a Communication Instructor at Front Range Community College. Darrick lives in Loveland with his wife Gretchen and their daughter Clara. He is excited to get to know you, so please don’t hesitate to say Hi.
Faith Formation AssistantMy name is Arielle. I graduated with my psychology degree from City University of New York, Hunter in May 2016. Prior to that, I earned an Associate’s degree from Bergen Community College. Last August, I moved from New Jersey to Fort Collins. I would say rock climbing and bike riding are my main hobbies, but just walking around on a nice day is good enough for me. I really enjoy working with and helping others. Spending time with people, whether its working on something or just hanging around and talking, is one of my favorite things.
High School Youth Coordinator