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 has an audacious ambition for the liberal church, believing in its capacity to transform lives and our world by way of hyper-local relationships and partnerships that inspire the unleashing of courageous love. Her ministry is infused with her relentless curiosity about most things, especially the big stuff of theology, the beauty of creation, the magic of collaboration, and the great joy of pop culture. She’s all in on adrienne maree brown’s emergent strategy, and finds solace in the trails in and around Fort Collins. She moved to Colorado from Washington state over 20 years ago for grad school in theatre, and knew almost immediately that she would never leave. She and her amazing partner of 19 years, Carri, have 2 children, Gracie (12) and Josef (10) who both relish and resent being PKs, and who keep her grounded, frustrated, inspired, and humbled, everyday. She is basically obsessed with her puppy, a large sized mutt, named Charlie.
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.
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.
Office and Facilities Manager
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.
Darrick 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 Assistant
My 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