The mission of the LREDA Board is to serve our membership. We:

  • SUPPORT the professional development of our membership;

  • ADVOCATE for professional religious educators in congregations and in alliance with our professional colleagues and the UUA; and

  • SUSTAIN our organization through responsible fiscal stewardship, and creative, visionary leadership.

 (L to R) Front row: Andrea James, Cathy Seggel, Robin Pugh.
Back row: Leah Purcell, Lily Rappaport, Karen LoBracco, Annie Scott

Cathy Seggel
President (Job Description)

Cathy brings with her previous Board experience as Vice President, 22 years experience as a Director of Religious Education and Campus Ministry, and a history of serving regional RE committees, retreat centers, and other boards. Her goals include the promotion of effective team leadership of ministers, religious educators, musicians and administrators for the health and growth of Unitarian Universalism.

Robin Pugh
Vice-President (Job Description)

Robin is full-time Director of Lifespan Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing in Titusville, NJ. She has been a religious educator for 15 years and is credentialed. She would not be a religious educator today but for the support of LREDA. Robin believes that part of being a professional religious educator is to do something for LREDA every year. Toward that end, she has been on the following LREDA committees (in reverse chronological order): LREDA Continental Nominating Committee, President of Metro NY LREDA Chapter, LREDA RE Education Futures Committee, LREDA 21st Century Grants Committee, Convener JPD LREDA DSAREC cluster. She is currently on the Executive Committee for Star Island LRE Week. Additionally, she has also served on several district committees including Chalice lighters, Philadelphia/ Wilmington Metro Growth Committee and the JPD Director Lifespan Faith Development Search Committee.

Robin loves her job and strives to make the RE program better every year. She is serious about religious education and believes it can be fun and engaging. Robin has a BA from Tufts University and a JD from Fordham law School.

Karen LoBracco
Treasurer (Job Description)

Karen is in her third and final year serving as Treasurer of LREDA. Currently she serves as the Interim Director of Faith Development at the UU Church of Amherst, near Buffalo, NY. Previous interim DRE positions include the UU Church of Kent, OH and the UU Church of Birmingham, AL. Prior to that Karen served as Lifespan Faith Development Consultant to the St. Lawrence and Ohio Meadville Districts. Before moving “back home” to upstate New York, she was active in the Mid-South District RE Committee and Board while serving as DRE at UU Metro Atlanta North and Northwest UU Congregation near Atlanta, GA. Karen is a Credentialed Religious Educator, former Good Officer, Renaissance Module leader and Healthy Congregations facilitator. Recently she has become active in G.I.R.E., the Guild of Interim Religious Educators.

Before the religious education career Karen worked in retail, as a public health educator, data director for a physician peer review organization, as well as being a foster parent, Girl Scout leader and service unit director. She remains active in civic and community organizations. Karen lives in scenic Brockport, NY, on the Erie Canal with her husband of almost 43 years, Bernie, and two cats. Their daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law reside in Atlanta and a son lives in Manhattan.

Andrea James

Secretary (Job Description)

Andrea James has served the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg as Director of Religious Exploration for children, youth, and families since 2008. She greatly enjoys being part of a collegial community and is honoured to serve LREDA continental. Andrea is a long-time member of a book group, has a thing for bodies of water, and travels with her family whenever possible. She and her partner Murray have two daughters.

Meagan Henry

At Large: Professional Support (Job Description)

Meagan serves as the Director of Education Ministries at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the Metro NY LREDA Chapter and was an active member of the Joseph Priestley District LREDA Chapter for seven years where she also served as Chapter President. She has attended seven Renaissance Modules and has been a leader of the Ministry with Youth and the Administration modules. Meagan has served as a full-time religious educator for three congregations and began her religious education work as a Youth Programs Coordinator. Her previous professional experience was as an elementary Montessori school teacher and an instructor of Religious Studies at the University of TN, Knoxville. Meagan is a life-long UU and she is honored to have the opportunity to serve and support religious educators as they engage in their amazing and transformative work.

Lily Rappaport

At Large: Continental Events (Job Description)

Lily Rappaport brings twenty years of experience working as a religious educator in Unitarian Universalist congregations. A teacher, activist and arts enthusiast, she is committed to making the world better through education, learning from others, community building, and intentional activism. “I’ve learned that the best way to save the world is to savor life, relationships, nature, and to welcome all intentions of bringing peace into the world.” She likes to rollerblade (which is both retro and hip), ice skate, travel, snap photos and organize talent shows.Currently she is the Interim Director of Religious Education at the Universalist Church in West Hartford.

Lily has also served congregations in Manhasset, Westport and White Plains. She has been the Dean of Star Island Lifespan Religious Education conference for the past two years, a facilitator for the online Interim training course for UU Professionals, and an Instructor for the UUA Youth Advisor Training. Lily is part of the Diversity/Multicultural Ministries and the Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus (A/PIC).

Leah Purcell

At Large: Professional Development (Job Description)

Leah has been serving as the Director of Religious Education at the First UU Society of Albany since 2007. She was credentialed in 2011 at the Credentialed level. She is the convener of the DREs of her cluster; serves on the St. Lawrence District Nominating Committee and the LREDA 21st Century Fund Grant Committee and is a mentor in the credentialing program. She has facilitated Renaissance Modules and other trainings for religious educators and leaders.

Leah was a teacher and volunteer coordinator in many settings for nearly 20 years prior to becoming a DRE. She and her husband, Kevin, have two grown daughters who are both artists.

Annie Scott

Annie Scott has been shaped and nurtured by her involvement with LREDA colleagues, clusters, chapters and the continental organization since 1992. They have enabled her to stay in this calling of Unitarian Universalist religious education by living in covenantal relationships, inviting her into an always deepening spiritual and religious journey and by walking with her through professional and personal hard times.

Annie has had the privilege to serve five congregations; Phoenix, AZ, Devon, PA, Germantown, PA, Oregon City, OR, and currently, Golden, CO. She has served on district RE committees in the Pacific Southwest, Joseph Priestley and the Pacific Northwest LREDA Chapters. She served on the LREDA Diversity and Inclusion Team for nine years and the Excellence in Shared Ministry Task Force 2012-2013 and was a member of the LREDA Nominating Committee 2013-2015.

She loves camping with her hubby, Mick, and dog, Bubs, watching Alfred Hitchcock movies and singing occasionally with her brothers 60’s rock and roll band in Oregon.Religious Education conference for the past two ye

Past Presidents of the LREDA Board 

2014- Cathy Seggel
2011-2014 Natalie Fenimore
2008-2011 Anne Bancroft
2005-2008 Susan Davison Archer
2002-2005 Makanah Morriss
1999-2002 Patricia Ellenwood
1997-99 Susan Philley
1995-97 Norma Veridan
1993-95 Barry Andrews
1991-93 Nancy Heege
1989-91 Elizabeth Strong
1987-89 Marjorie Skwire
1985-87 Carol Edwards Stern
1983-85 Ellen Johnson-Fay
1979-83 Beth Ide
1977-79 Ruth Herold
1975-77 Roberta Nelson
1973-75 Joan Goodwin
1971-73 Elizabeth Anastos
1969-71 Ellin Massey
1967-69 Christine Wetzel
1965-67 Ruth Ballou
1963-65 Ruth Clark
1961-63 Emily Thorn
1959-61 Elizabeth Holden Baker
1957-59 Elizabeth Laselle
1955-57 Ruth Hutchinson
1953-55 Margaret Odell
1951-53 Josephine Gould
1949-51 Jean Humphreys (Cochran)