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Music Program Director

Leah Hartman begins her new role as Music Program Director on June 1, 2015. Her job entails piano accompanying, joining the worship team in crafting worship services, and coordinating music coverage for our church’s music program.

Leah has been playing piano for churches for 25 years, and for choirs for nearly 20. She has a bachelor's degree in piano from the University of Tulsa, and a master's degree in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She's been a guitar player for 20 years and has also been learning to play the banjo recently. She plays the piano in Baton Rouge for high school choirs and musical theater shows, as well as working with our church choir.
I've really enjoyed working with the UU choir for the last 3 years, and I'm looking forward to making more music as we move ahead. Music-making with other people is one of the most fulfilling things I do with my life.

 

Choral Director

Trey Davis became our Choral Director in August 2015. He holds a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ.  As an undergraduate, he specialized in accompanying and vocal performance (he's a tenor) at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.  At LSU, Trey is is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at LSU, conducting the Women's Chorale and Tiger Glee Club and teaching courses in literature and conducting to graduate and undergraduate students.Members of the congregation are warmly encouraged to sing and experience a diversity of musical styles, regardless of prior experience.   

I am honored and excited to begin making music with the choir this fall, continuing its widely celebrated legacy of excellence, community building, and service.

 

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant of the church is responsible for coordination and support for all programming within the church and for helping the minister, leadership and staff of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge realize the vision and mission of the church. Currently, the Executive Assistant is a volunteer staff position.

Diana Dorroh  holds a PhD in Mathematics from Louisiana State University. She is retired from the State of Louisiana, where she worked as an Information Technology consultant and trainer. She was twice President of the congregation (1990 and 1991) and was chair of the Building Steering Committee for the building project which was completed in 1999.

 

Outreach Director

The Outreach Director is volunteer staff and has the responsibility of promoting the activities of the church to our community, facilitating events with other churches and social service agencies of the Greater Baton Rouge area, joining the efforts of the Interfaith Federation of Baton Rouge in working toward equity, justice and peace among all our citizens.  In addition, the activities of welcoming guests at our worship services and providing a path of membership in our church is directed by this Council.
Rebecca "Becky" Cureau holds the BA degree in music from Bennett College for Women, the M Mus degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities from Atlanta University. She is Professor of Music Emerita of Southern University, where she taught for thirty-five years on the music faculty and served as chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, earning in that capacity the University’s first Academic Leadership Award. A member of the church for more than forty years, she served for seventeen years as volunteer pianist,  during which time she and organized and directed the Fellowship's first choir. She has served in several leadership capacities, including Membership Chair, President of the Congregation, and Chair of the Fiftieth Anniversary Committee; and has held membership on numerous committees, currently on the Planning, Nominating, and Congregational Care Committees. She currently serves as the church’s Historian, and as a delegate to the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge.

 

Director of Social Justice

The Social Justice Director is responsible for the involvement of the congregation in social justice ministries that effect systemic social change,and providing opportunities for social action and direct service work in the broader community. Currently, the Director of Social Justice is a volunteer staff position.  Bobby Thompson has been a member of the Unitarian Church for over 20 years and has done extensive work with the YWCA Dialogues on Race.

 

Office Manager

This administrative support position has office hours Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM.  Allison Hall has been employed since February 2010.

 

Connections Director

The Connections Director is a volunteer staff position of administrative and logistical support, to other staff members, the Board of Trustees and all teams as needed.  Connections Director is responsible for the membership process and all areas that nurture our membership with gatherings, hospitality, and care in times of need.   Dottie Kelly is retired from careers in both business management and nursing and has been a member since 2007.

 

Information Technology Director 

This volunteer staff position is responsible for the web site engineering,  the office technology, and technology used in worship.  Neal Stoltzfus has served in numerous key leadership positions in the church during his 30+ years of membership. 

 

Director of Family Ministry

Kathy E. Smith became our Director of Family Ministry in August, 2017.  The Director of Family Ministry is responsible for Sunday morning programming for children and youth, age 3 through grade 12. In addition, this director supervises the nursery and other childcare, and helps develop and implement programs and events related to children, youth, and families that occur beyond Sunday morning.  Prior to this position, Ms. Smith worked as a religious professional for eleven years, starting with a position in youth ministry with the Joseph Priestley District of the UUA in the Northeast, then as a Director of Religious Education at First Jefferson UU, Fort Worth, TX and then at Community UU Church, Plano, TX.  Ms. Smith earned her Credentialed Religious Educator status in the spring of 2016. Over the past decade, she also volunteered and consulted in various capacities, including adult staff with the youth caucus at General Assembly, UU camp youth program director, leadership in our local LREDA chapter, and panel presentations for workshops at General Assembly.

I love what I do, and I believe that what I do makes a difference in the lives of the people I serve. I believe that we have a life-sustaining, life-affirming, life-changing faith, and I am honored to work in a faith that has so much to offer to people in our communities and to the wider world. 


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