Rev. Kent McKusick, Minister
Rev. McKusick was called in May 2012 to serve as the UUFA's third settled minister, after serving congregations in Laconia and Franklin, New Hampshire. Prior to attending Starr King School for the ministry, Kent's diverse work experiences included recreational management (skiing and whitewater rafting), theatre (acting and directing), stained glass crafting, and banking.
He carries these diverse perspectives deep into his ministry, helping to serve the UUFA's broad theological spectrum. He writes, "As Unitarian Universalists, our theologies often intersect, parallel with each other, or diverge wildly in opposite directions! I attempt to understand and be understood in the spirit of good will. We each experience truth as we understand it. Being open to other understandings of truth helps us better know and experience our own understanding of our world. Interreligious dialogue is critical for a stronger, developing Unitarian Universalism in our own congregation as well as in the broader context of world faiths."
Bradley Duckstein, Congregational Administrator
The congregational administrator's responsibilities include bookkeeping; maintaining the website; publishing weekly and monthly communications; responding to telephone, email, and in-person inquiries; coordinating building use for Fellowship activities and rentals; and providing support to the UUFA Board of Directors.
Bradley joined the Fellowship staff in late 2014 and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in business management. His background of banking and finance, as well as his extensive experience with customer service and non-profit organizations, has helped him "dive right in" to the day-to-day operations of the UUFA. In his spare time, Bradley enjoys gardening, volunteering, and participating in and supporting the Arts.
Diana Crosswait, Projects Coordinator
The projects coordinator's duties include managing pledge tracking and incoming funds, and tackling a host of once-a-year projects such as the membership directory, annual contribution statements, pledge-season support, and the annual report.
Diana has worked at the UUFA for five years. This is her first school year as an empty nester, with two college students both away from home. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines and experimenting with new recipes.
Janelle Carlson, Religious Education Coordinator
The religious education coordinator supports the UUFA by ensuring that all parts of the religious education (R.E.) program are running smoothly. Duties include monitoring R.E. facilities and equipment, coordinating program activities and childcare, and communicating R.E. news, happenings, and needs.
Janelle has worked with families at the UUFA since August 2012. She is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, also currently teaching 3-year-old preschool at Eagle's Loft Early Learning Center. In her free time, she enjoys settling down with an iced coffee and a good book.
Barb Evenson, Fellowship Voices Accompanist
Please contact the UUFA office.
The Fellowship Voices accompanist supports the choir of the UUFA. Responsibilities include accompanying the ensemble during weekly rehearsals and monthly performances at Sunday services during the program year.