Our Staff

The Rev. Angela Herrera

Senior Minister

The Rev. Angela Herrera

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to First Unitarian. Whether you are joining us for the first time, or the first time in a long time, or as a regular part of this community, I am glad you are here. I invite you also to come in person for Sunday worship, a class, or to join us in working for social justice. (more…)

      Dan Lillie

      Ministerial Resident

      Hello! I’m Dan Lillie, and I am pleased to be the congregation’s Ministerial Resident. Serving as the intern here at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque last year was the final requirement I needed to graduate from Iliff School of Theology in June of 2017.



          Susan Peck

          Susan Peck moved to Albuquerque in January 2016 to accept the position of Director of Music. She has been a Unitarian Universalist music professional since 1997, serving as music director in three congregations in Oregon. Susan has been an active member of the UU Musicians Network since 2000, serving on the UUMN board of directors in several roles. She was the Music Coordinator for UUA General Assembly in 2015 (Portland) and 2016 (Columbus). Her background includes piano and voice studies, teaching privately and in college classrooms, songwriting, arranging, performing and directing opera, choral music, music theatre, cabaret, and a few rock bands. Susan recently joined the New Mexico Women’s Chorus as Associate Director.

              Mia Noren

              Director of Religious Education

              Mia came to Albuquerque with her family in 2009, and she and her husband Skip have been members of First Unitarian since 2010. Following careers in banking and museum administration, Mia has held a number of positions at First Unitarian, allowing her a unique perspective on church operations. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

                  Paul Browne

                  Director of Finance Operations

                  Paul has lived in Albuquerque since 2012, following a 40-year career in leadership and management education. With a background in public policy studies and development economics, he holds a doctorate in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He taught business at several universities, served as dean of the business school at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA, and consulted on business strategy and management development for many organizations in the U. S. and abroad.

                  During his early years, Paul lived in Brazil where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. He grew up speaking Portuguese and has since mastered Spanish.  He and his wife Carol, who met in Ethiopia where they were Peace Corps volunteers, are members of First Unitarian.

                    Beth Elliot

                    Membership Director & Justice Coordinator

                    Beth is an Albuquerque native and first joined First Unitarian in 2002. You may recognize her from her years of ushering or as a current Worship Leader.  She has a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication. She has been working for the last few years as an End of Life Doula. When she is not working or at church, you can often see her performing in local community theatre, teaching children’s theatre at The Growing Stage, or hanging out with her favorite person, her daughter Emma.

                        Carla Nieto


                            Laira Magnusson

                            Church Administrator

                            Laira joined the staff of First Unitarian in January 2015 with a background in arts administration and volunteer management. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1997 with an emphasis on acting, directing and playwriting. Since graduating she has worked in two local community theatres—Sol Arts and The Vortex—where she acted, directed, produced performances, recruited volunteers, created publicity campaigns, and managed all aspects of the box office. Laira has spent the majority of the last eight years as a stay-at-home mother. She and her husband Blake have three delightful children: Shane, Miranda, and Esme.

                                Alana Rodriguez

                                RE Assistant

                                    Alymay Atherton

                                    Youth Coordinator

                                        Brie-Anne Stout

                                        Religious Education Aide

                                        Brie-Anne lives in Albuquerque with her husband and three children. She joined us following a career as a high school biology instructor, and now uses her teaching background and organizational skills to assist our RE staff and teacher volunteers.

                                          Jane Winkler

                                          Publications Coordinator

                                          Jane has been a member of First Unitarian since 2004, and has 20 years of experience in marketing communications and publications. She is married to church member Karl Winkler and has a daughter, Nina. In her spare time she enjoys riding her bike, knitting, and sewing.

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