Leadership

We believe in the power of shared ministry, that the work of the church is too large and too important to be done by only a few.

Working together we can accomplish more and have more fun in the process! Good leadership supports and empowers people in finding their particular ways to serve. The Board of Trustees, elected by the congregation, works with the minister and staff to set goals that support our mission of being a faith community changing lives and transforming the world.

Church Staff

Frank Clarkson, Parish Minister

Photo of Frank Clarkson This congregation called the Rev. Frank Clarkson to be its minister in April of 2008, and he began his ministry here the following August. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank previously worked as a freelance commercial photographer before he discerned a call to the ministry. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge in 2004 and was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2005. For three years he served as the assistant minister at the North Parish of North Andover. Frank’s been married to Tracey for thirty years and they are happy to be the parents of two young adults, Will and Emma. In his free time, Frank enjoys spending time at home with Tracey, going fly fishing and camping, and being quiet.

Valerie Miller, Office Administrator

We're pleased to announce the newest addition to our staff team, our new office administrator, Valerie Miller. Valeries is experienced in accounting, office administration, and customer service. She's also worked as a floral designer and florist shop manager. We're excited to be working with Valerie, and know you'll be pleased about what she brings to our church too!

Clare Fortune-Lad, Director of Religious Education

Photo of Clare Fortune-Lad Clare Fortune-Lad joined the UUCH Staff in September of 2016. She comes to us from Southern Maine where she has been an active member of the Sanford UU Church since the age of 3. Growing up UU shaped her spiritually and professionally, as she has always had a passion for social justice and multiculturalism. Before moving to Haverhill, Clare worked as a Community Educator at a Domestic Violence Resource Center in Maine. She has her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver and looks forward to joining our congregation in making their vision of Religious Education a reality. Clare met her husband Kyle at Dartmouth College and they now face the wondrous challenges of raising a feral Maine Coon Cat named Aslan together.

Lisa Zaleski, Choir Director

Lisa Zaleski worked as our interim music director during the 2014-15 church year, and we’re thrilled to have her back to UUCH as our choir director! Lisa works as a drama teacher and choral director at Newburyport High School, and is the parent of two teenagers, Eden and Delia.

Nate De Young, Pianist/Organist

Photo of Nate De Young

Nate De Young joined our staff in September of 2015. A music major in college, he studied oboe, English horn and organ. Nate has previously worked at churches in Vermont and Massachusetts. A gifted and expressive pianist, Nate truly loves making music and sharing music with others. During the week, he works as a baker in a test kitchen in Salem, MA, and he regularly blesses us with his baked goods!

Fred Hooper, Sexton

Fred joined our staff in June of 2015, having previously worked at the Haverhill Citizen Center. Fred's commitment to keeping our building clean and orderly is evident all around! He is handy with tools and a real asset to our church.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is elected at the annual meeting, and is responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing the work of church committees. The board members for the 2016–17 church year are:

  • Zan Spaihts-Mohns, Chair
  • Maggie Reeve, Vice Chair
  • Kirsten Wunderlich, Treasurer (Ex-Officio)
  • Corinne Steele, Clerk (Ex-Officio)
  • Susan Fall Clarke
  • Michael Drexler
  • Anne Doughty
  • Patty Gutta
  • Diane Itasaka
  • Bill Taylor