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Staff & Board of Directors


Rev. A.J. Galazen, Interim Minister


A.J. Galazen worked most of his career as a business manager for nonprofit religious healthcare organizations in Minneapolis, MN. He was also a recreational specialist with the Minneapolis Park Board and he organized shuffleboard and volleyball clubs. He retired to the small town of Cornucopia, Wisconsin, and soon felt called to the next chapter of life, ministry.

Rev. A.J. attended United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and completed his clinical pastoral education units at hospitals in the Minneapolis area. He went on to serve in ministerial internships with congregations in Ashland, Wisconsin, and Ottawa, Ontario, and most recently completed a two-year interim ministry in Denton, Texas. His primary interests are worship, art, small group ministry, spiritual practices, religious history, and constructive theology.

Rev. Galazen can be reached via direct line at 515-292-8929 or via email.


Dana Poss, Religious Educator (starting August 2023)

The religious educator is responsible for overseeing education programs and volunteer teachers for PreK-Grade 12, as well as oversight of the nursery, childcare staff, and youth advisor.

Dana has been a religious educator since 2008 and has served several congregations in Georgia, Idaho, and Pennsylvania. She has served as an officer of the Ohio-Meadville chapter of religious educators, is a trained Healthy Congregations Consultant, a UUA Chrysalis-certified youth director, an Our Whole Lives (OWL) facilitator, and a member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA). She has led numerous training sessions for youth advisors, youth leaders, and religious educators around the country and has spent time as a volunteer staff person at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in North Carolina and Camp de Benneville Pines in California.

In addition to her professional experience, Dana enjoys gardening, reading, and DIY projects. She has 3 grown children in California, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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.


Board of Directors


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

The board consists of five officers (president, vice president, past president, treasurer, and secretary) and four at-large members (two elected each year to two-year terms). The Minister and the Congregational Administrator serve on an ex officio basis.  The president, vice president, and past president serve one-year terms; the treasurer and secretary serve staggered two-year terms. See the UUFA Bylaws for more information.


2023 Board of Directors

  • Jamie Gurganus, president
  • Tigon Woline, vice president
  • [VACANT], past president
  • Mike Francom, treasurer (2023-2024)
  • [VACANT], secretary (2024-2025)
  • Nichole Olson (2022-2023)
  • Keary Saul (2022-2023)
  • Jeff White (2023-2024)
  • Mark Witherspoon (2023-2024)
  • Rev. A.J. Galazen, Interim Minister, ex officio
  • Bradley Duckstein, Congregational Administrator, ex officio


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