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Staff & Board of Directors


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."

Rev. McKusick is available for consultation about pastoral and spiritual concerns.  You can reach him via direct line at 515-292-8929 or via email.

Janelle Carlson, Consulting Religious Educator


The consulting religious educator is a temporary, one-year position. In support of the UUFA and Religious Education vision, the primary goals in this role are to: support the return to onsite religious education, design and prepare curriculum for the 2021-22 program year, and assist in the hiring and transition process for the next UUFA religious educator.

Janelle started as childcare provider for the UUFA in 2012 while completing her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at Iowa State University. From 2015-2019,  she took on the role of the Religious Education Coordinator at the Fellowship. Her knowledge of educational programs, child development, and families informed her work with the RE committee in implementing an engaging, liberal education program. Janelle completed her masters degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State in 2019 and then pursued professional opportunities on the east coast.  She is returning to the UUFA in this interim capacity to support the RE program through this transitional period. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband Josh and their feisty tortie cat, Artemis.

Bradley Duckstein, Congregational Administrator


The congregational administrator's responsibilities include bookkeeping; maintaining the website; communications and graphic design; responding to telephone, email, and in-person inquiries; serving as the Fellowship's human resources generalist; coordinating building use for Fellowship activities and rentals; and providing support to the UUFA Board of Directors and congregation at large.

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 drive the day-to-day operations of the UUFA.  In his spare time, Bradley enjoys gardening, volunteering, and spending time with his partner, Chris, and their beagle, Henry.



Membership Development Coordinator

The membership development coordinator supports the UUFA mission by promoting membership through visitor and member engagement.  Through this work, we are able to deepen people’s engagement with and living into the mission of the Fellowship.



Fellowship Voices Accompanist

Please contact the UUFA office for phone/email.

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.



Youth & Family Intern

The youth and family intern supports the UUFA religious education (RE) program by working closely with the RE coordinator and  committee to expand current programming for youth and families.  Duties include serving as a youth group co-leader, developing RE summer camp programming, and assisting the RE coordinator with other programming activities.


Board of Directors


UUFA Board of Directors meetings are held at 6:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month and are open to all members.  Agendas and previous meeting minutes are available before each meeting by contacting the office.

The board consists of four officers (president, vice president, past president, and secretary-treasurer), four at-large members, and a youth representative (or co-representatives, represented by one joint vote). The Minister and the Congregational Administrator serve on an ex officio basis.  The president, vice president, and past president serve one-year terms; the secretary-treasurer is elected for two-year terms beginning in odd years. The youth representative serves for a one-year, renewable term; other directors-at-large serve two years. See the UUFA Bylaws for more information.


2022 Board of Directors

  • Jamie Gurganus, president
  • Christopher Chase, vice president
  • Sarah Carlson, past president
  • Mike Francom, secretary-treasurer (through 2022)
  • Sam Ose (through 2022)
  • David Brenner (through 2022)
  • Nichole Olson (through 2023)
  • Keary Saul (through 2023)
  • Rev. Kent McKusick, ex officio
  • Bradley Duckstein, Congregational Administrator, ex officio


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