Elaine believes in the transformative power of deep listening. She is passionate about creating spaces that invite us to turn toward each other — and towards our own deepest knowing — to cultivate compassion, care for one another, and discern the movements of the spirit. She believes in the transformative power of the spiritual community grounded in courageously following love’s call.
With over a decade of professional ministry experience that includes both serving a large, multi-minister Unitarian Universalist congregation and one-on-one chaplaincy, Elaine is delighted to engage her passions for pastoral care and community building at Foothills.
Elaine served as First Universalist Church of Minneapolis from 2013-2019 as Minister of Membership and Adult Ministries, focusing on spiritual deepening and radical hospitality. She has served as a hospice chaplain for Allina Health in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a hospital chaplain in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to entering the ministry, she served in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa, and led the social justice and legislative advocacy program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Elaine is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and Grinnell College.
Elaine grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City in an interreligious household. Her mother was raised Methodist on a farm in Kansas. Her Jewish father was born in Israel and moved to the United States when he was thirteen. When she was a teenager, her family discovered that the wide embrace Unitarian Universalism was a natural fit.
Spending time with her husband, Jason, and their two children, Sarah (8) and Micah (2), brings Elaine great joy. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, the magic of trying a new recipe, any excuse to dance, amateur podcasting, and the board game Settlers of Catan.
Katie believes the best things in life are the result of collaboration and diverse perspectives coming together to produce something greater than any individual could. She is passionate about systems, efficiency and collaboration for better community outcomes. She loves dreaming up the big picture and drafting the roadmap to make it happen. She has a background in operations, fundraising, communications and program development, as well as over a decade of nonprofit management experience in Northern Colorado.
Her greatest joy in life comes from her family. Her husband, Steven, a principal at Wellington Middle School, and daughters Emmaline and Esmae are the lights of her life. Together they love mountains, music and all kinds of food. She is passionate about women supporting other women in all stages of life and especially through the critical moments that make or break us. She believes that one of the most important things in life is to be kind.
Being outdoors makes her soul come alive. It always roots her in gratitude and is one of the reasons she loves living in Fort Collins.
Tanner is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and self-described evangelist. He is an experienced marketer, human-connector, and creative communicator who wants to use his skills to help people connect with their faith and live more deeply into their Unitarian Universalist values. Tanner splits his time working with the Church of the Larger Fellowship as their Outreach Coordinator. He is excited to join the Foothills team!
Raised moving around a lot, Destiny enjoys connecting with all people. She has a passion for growing her community in love and compassion. You will mostly find her taking Polaroids to add to her collection, or finding the newest brewery.
Dolhathai “Kloy” Intawong received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the College of Music at Mahidol University. As Thailand’s representative, she participated in the Choir Olympics at the 4th World Choir Games 2006 in Xiamen, China, the 5th World Choir Games 2008 in Graz, Austria, and the 7th World Choir Games 2012 in Cincinnati, USA. Kloy completed her master degree in Choral Conducting at Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she studied under Maestro Cao Tong Yi.
She is a Choral Conducting graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado. Kloy has, since completing the first year of her doctoral studies, served as graduate assistant/TA for the UNC Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, as well as conductor of the University Singers. Additionally, she has served our UNC opera department in the capacity of chorusmaster. Named recently by faculty as Outstanding Graduate Student, She received award in the conducting area.
More recently, she was honored being invited to Thailand to serve as choirmaster for the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. Currently, Kloy is conducting student of Dr. Jill Burgett, and also studies with Dr. Galen Darrough and Dr. Russell Guyver, University of Northern Colorado.
Jennifer studied Social Communication and Journalism with a postgraduate program in Marketing at Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogota, Colombia. For two years, she did social service to help Transgender community of this city. Later, she worked as a journalist at Caracol Radio, which is one of the most important radio stations in her country. During the last 3 years, Jennifer has worked as an account executive in traditional marketing, digital marketing and public relations for different companies. Currently, she is visiting Fort Collins where she was looking for community service, meeting people and learning new things.
As a native New Yorker, Amy enjoys thinking big. She has a passion for community building and has previously worked for three local nonprofits as a database manager to help build systems that can assist with connecting people to their interests and to each other. You will often find her paddle-boarding at Horsetooth with her two kids, enjoying live music, or out walking her high-energy dog, Aspen.
Kaley is a sophomore Music Education Major at Colorado State University where she received a Music Scholarship for performance in Euphonium. Kaley has previously worked as a Nanny as well as being the older sister of a three-year-old sibling! Kaley hopes to be a middle school Band Director in the future.
Betsy is very excited to be the Family Ministry Assistant at Foothills Unitarian Church! Having grown up in Fort Collins, she knows the area and community well. Her background includes being a Youth Services Specialist at Platte Valley Juvenile Detention Center, where she supervised and provided support to incarcerated youth for the State of Colorado. She is also an avid volunteer for Partners Mentoring Youth and has worked with at-risk youth for many years. Prior to working for Platte Valley, Betsy worked at AT&T Mobility in sales. She is currently working towards getting a Master’s Degree in Social Work so that she can become a counselor for at-risk youth. In her time off, Betsy enjoys reading non-fiction books and spending time with her pug mix, Igor. She also hikes on weekends and is very passionate about fitness. Betsy’s always open to getting to know new people, so if you see her around please come say hi!
Kara moved to Colorado in 2006 to study at Northern Colorado and Colorado State earning her Masters in Music Therapy. She works as a music therapist and music educator in the Fort Collins area. She joined Foothills in the Fall of 2017. While still new to Unitarian Universalism, the message of spreading courageous love is what resonated most with her. She enjoys furthering that message with families at Foothills through moving, playing instruments and singing. When not making music, she tries to spend time hiking, skiing, running or reading as many books as she can.
Nature, music and beloved community inform Christopher’s budding ministry. A lifelong UU from Knoxville, Tennessee, he brings his experience in UU camps and conferences, hospital and university chaplaincy, and worship-crafting to serve Foothills. Christopher earned a Master’s of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in 2017, and a BA in French from Middle Tennessee State University. He enjoys spending time outdoors and playing in his band Crispy Watkins and the Crack Willows.
Dyane Rogelstad is a Southern California native, but has adopted Colorado as her home. She grew up on an avocado ranch, loves the outdoors, and has three grown children and two grandchildren. Dyane’s first love is music! She teaches music at her home studio and regularly performs as an accompanist-collaborator in the Northern Colorado area. She also serves as a Project Manager and Accountant at a locally-owned advertising firm in Fort Collins. Dyane is excited and grateful to be part of the Foothills community!
Lauren grew up in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, and moved to Colorado in 2014 with her husband Chris and their two children, Sylvia and Jack. She has worked as a consultant and educator in leadership and organizational development, communication, and diversity and inclusion. She loves bringing those skills together with her experience as a parent and partner to serve Unitarian Universalism and all the youth and families at Foothills. She believes in the power of our church to cast a wide circle of loving support around us as we navigate the tangled gorgeous chaos of our lives. Lauren likes to talk a lot, play word games, and dig in to great novels. She loves the Muppets. She is an ardent friend and focused parent; a gardener, yogurt maker, nature explorer, and dog lover; as passionately devoted to nurturing all those lives around her as she is to sometimes being blessedly alone. Lauren found her true home in Colorado but still feels the pull of the Atlantic Ocean, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay.