Our Staff

The Rev. Christine Robinson

Senior Minister

The Rev. Christine Robinson
crobinson@uuabq.org

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to the Web site ministry of the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque! I hope that you will find the information and inspiration you’re seeking and will be able to join us in person for worship, classes, community, and service. This is an exciting, diverse congregation, and we aim to warmly welcome all who come to us. (more…)

    The Rev. Angela Herrera

    Senior Minister Elect

    The Rev. Angela Herrera
    aherrera@uuabq.org

    ¡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 Intern

        Hello! I’m Dan Lillie. I completed my coursework at the Iliff School of Theology in May, and spent the last summer serving as a chaplain at the University of Colorado Hospital.

        I am excited for the opportunity to spend this year serving, learning, and growing in and with the vibrant and transformative congregation here at First Unitarian in Albuquerque. (more…)

            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). Susan is a musical generalist, with a background that includes piano and voice studies, teaching privately and in college classrooms, songwriting, arranging, performing or directing opera, choral music, music theatre, cabaret, and a few rock bands. When not making music, Susan is out on a trail somewhere.

                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.

                      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.

                          Beth Elliot

                          Membership Director

                          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.

                              Alan Clawson

                              Accountant

                              Alan is a CPA with more than 10 years’ experience in tax preparation, accounting, and consulting. He holds an MBA and Master of Accountancy from the Anderson Graduate Schools of Management at UNM. Alan is pleased to bring his experience and passion for not-for-profit accounting to First Unitarian. He is a member of the board of directors of Ensemble Music New Mexico, the parent organization of Chatter, an Albuquerque not-for-profit organization that presents a variety of chamber music concerts in Albuquerque. He and wife Kathleen have a 17-year-old son, Christopher.

                                  Alana Rodriguez

                                  RE Assistant

                                      Hannah Stephens

                                          Colin Spooner

                                          Youth Programs 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.