Meet the team that keeps our Association running behind the scenes.

Laurice Grae-Hauck

Acting Executive Director



Laurice’s UU career path began at the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, where she was the Outreach Coordinator and Business Administrator. She comes to AUUMM from New Jersey Theatre Alliance where she was the Manager of Digital Communications and Marketing. Her biggest achievement at the Alliance was helping to launch a ground-breaking public-private partnership, Show-Score NJ, the first regional edition of the “Rotten Tomatoes for theatre”. Bringing her UU values and social justice background, she was instrumental in forming the Alliance’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and served on a similar working group for ArtPride NJ. Laurice’s EDI work with the Alliance introduced her to Equity Quotient, a national consulting firm dedicated to transforming the arts through the lens of erasing racism to achieve cultural equity, for whom she now does organizational training/facilitation and communications strategy. A nonprofit communications specialist, Laurice also runs a consulting business, Voice & Vision Digital. She currently serves as the communications chair for the Association of Performing Arts Service Organization.

In her free time, she loves to watch movies with and cook for her husband, Markus, and daughter, Beatrice, and dreams of being best friends with Brené Brown. Laurice is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair as a singer, religious educator, communications consultant, and Minister of Hugs. She believes that music is an integral part of building beloved community and sustaining social justice work. 

Mary Ellen Morgan

Office Administrator



A Unitarian Universalist for over thirty five years, Mary Ellen has held congregational leadership roles as church Treasurer and Board Member, District Board President, and many staff positions as church accountant, Director of Administration, Director of Religious Education, and a one-year position as Choir Director. In her spare time she has also run her own accounting practice specializing in small businesses and not-for-profit accounting.  

Conference Planner

Bea Ann Phillips
Owner, BPlanning Meeting Management, LLC



Bea Ann is an independent meeting professional with over 25 years of experience planning meetings, conferences and trade shows for groups of 50-1500. She is also the former Director of Children, Youth and SHINE (Healing) choirs at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA.

UUA Staff

Jan Gartner
Compensation and Staffing Practices Manager



Jan joined the UUA staff in 2011. After 5 years in the Professional Development Office, where she oversaw the Music Leadership Certification and Religious Education Credentialing Programs, Jan moved to the Office of Church Staff Finances. In providing guidance on compensation, personnel matters, staff transitions, and healthy teams, she strives to equip congregations for excellence as employers and their staff for financial competence and well-being.


Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill
Professional Development Programs Manager



Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill is the Professional Development Programs Manager in the Faith Development Office, with responsibility for the Music Leadership Certification, Religious Education Credentialing, and Renaissance programs. She is a UU minister and has served in religious education and chaplaincy.


Board of Trustees

Meet the team of volunteers dedicated to ensuring the future of the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries is sustainable and bright.

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DeReau Farrar

President, 1st term, Jan 2020 - Dec 2022


First Unitarian Church of Portland, Director of Music

Deb Weiner

Moderator, 2nd term, Jan 2018 - Dec 2020


First Parish in Bedford UU,  Interim Director of Religious Education


Sarah Jebian

Secretary, 1st term, Jan 2019 - Dec 2021


UU Congregation of Rockville,  Director of Music

L. Harrison "LB" Brown

Treasurer, 2nd term, Jan 2020 - Dec 2022 (completing vacated term)


UU Church of Greater Lansing,  Director of Music

Amanda Thomas

Trustee at Large, 1st term, Jan 2019 - Dec 2021


Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, Director of Music


Rev. Christe Lunsford

Trustee at Large, 1st term,   Jan 2018 - Dec 2020


UU Fellowship of Gainesville, Minister


Joel Chapman

Trustee at Large, 1st term,   Jan 2018 - Dec 2020


Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, Music Director



Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee terms run for 3 years. The committee is charged with identifying and vetting candidates to be presented to the Association for Board of Trustees elections.

Mateo Frisk

Chair, 2020


Columbine UU Church, Director of Music

Beverly Horton
Incoming Chair, 2021


First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Music Leader

Beth Norton


First Parish in Concord, Director of Music

Contact Us

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Executive: 17 Johnson Road, West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (856) 886-8742



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