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Strong RE Programs Begin with Strong Leaders

Strong RE Programs Begin with Strong Leaders


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.

The 2014-2015 Board includes:

Cathy Seggel

Cathy brings with her previous Board experience as VP, 22 years experience as a DRE 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

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.

Becky Brooks

I am proud to serve as your LREDA Board Secretary, 2013-2016. 

I and my two partners, Lyn and Uri are parents of four-year-old twins, Max and Maizy. Our little Beans are teaching us valuable lessons in living in the moment, letting go of perfection and what is most important in our lives.

Karen LoBracco

Karen’s most recent work has been at the district level, serving the St. Lawrence District since 2008 and the Ohio Meadville District since 2011 as Lifespan Faith Development Consultant. Before moving back to upstate New York she was active on the Mid-South District RE Committee and Board while serving as DRE at the UU Metro Atlanta North Congregation for eight years and Northwest UU Congregation for three. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator, former Good Officer, Renaissance Module leader and Healthy Congregations facilitator.

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 and her local congregation. Karen lives in scenic Brockport, NY, on the Erie Canal with her husband of 41 years, Bernie, and two cats. Their daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law reside in Atlanta and son lives in Manhattan. Karen’s district positions end June 30, 2014, and she is in search, looking forward to new adventures on the LREDA Board and in all areas of life.

At Large: Professional Support
Meagan Henry

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.

At Large: Continental Events
Dana Regan

Dana Regan has served as a religious educator for two congregations from 1989-2012. She served on the Board for the Liberal Religious Educators Association for Large Churches (LREDA LARGE) and also served as the LREDA Chapter President for the Pacific Northwest District. She was just elected to serve on the LREDA Continental Board. In 2007 she received her Credentialed Religious Educator Certificate from the Unitarian Universalist Association. She currently serves the Pacific Northwest District as Lead RE Consultant.

At Large: Professional Development
Leeah Purcell

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.

Review our list of past presidents here.