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. 

Pete Fontneau, Annie Scott, Jules Jaramillo, Lily Rappaport, Robin Pugh, Leah Purcell and Andrea James. 

 2018 LREDA Board Positions 

Each board member serves a three year term. This year the VICE PRESIDENT and the PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT positions will be open. Apply with a cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to by January 31st

Annie Scott
(Job Description)

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.

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.

Pete Fontneau
(Job Description)

Pete is a life-long Unitarian Universalist who was raised in the Winchester (Massachusetts) Unitarian Society where he participated in Liberal Religious

Youth and was youth group president. His first career was in the United States Coast Guard and his second career was in acquisition support for Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard projects.

Pete has been part of six UU congregations all across the U.S. and since 1986, Accotink in Burke, VA. There Pete served as an RE teacher and on the RE Committee, chaired adult RE, led a building construction project, served as Board Chair and on Accotink’s Commission on Our Ministries, an elected evaluation and strategic planning body. Pete has also served the as President of the Greater Washington Association of UU Congregations, on the Joseph Priestley District Board and Finance/Audit Committee, as JPD representative on the UUA Annual Program Fund Committee, and on the UUA Commission on Appraisal.

In 2007 Pete enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington to pursue social justice/community or religious education ministry. He earned his Master of Divinity in 2011. He served Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, MD as Director of Religious Education 2013-2015, and as Interim Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore 2015-2017. He is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry.

Pete lives with Karen in Springfield, VA; their daughter, a Montessori educator, and two grandsons are in Oregon; a son, who provides information technology support for the House of Representatives, lives in Alexandria.

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.

Jules Jaramillo

At Large: Professional Support (Job Description)

Jules Jaramillo serves as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist in Palatine, Illinois. She is an active member of MidAmerica LREDA Chapter and is currently working closely with the MidAmerica Region to develop a support structure for religious educators through a pilot program called The Learning Collaborative.

Jules has a degree in Social Work and has provided support services for children, youth and families in non-profit organizations, for over 15 years. She has lived in Bogota, Colombia with her husband Fernando, where she taught high school English, at a bi-lingual college prep school. She has continued her professional development with the Professional Interim Training program, Multicultural Education, Family Ministry, and extensive training focused on dismantling systemic racism in educational, non-profit and religious organizations. She has served as Trustee on the Board for California Autism Foundation and coordinates support meetings with the Guild for Interim Religious Educators.

Jules is a passionate Unitarian Universalist and loves being a religious educator. She has a deep understanding of the professional joys and challenges religious educators are faced with. She believes that collegial support is essential in celebrating the joys and sustaining our spirit as we face the challenges. She is honored to hold the Professional Support portfolio serving LREDA members.

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.

Past Presidents of the LREDA Board 

2014-2017 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)