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Reverend Jeannie Shero, Senior Minister

Email Jeannie or call her at 303.759.2770

Rev. Shero joined the ministry team of First Universalist as an Assistant Minister in July of 2010. The congregation ordained her on January 30, 2011, and voted to call her as an Associate Minister on February 26, 2012 and as Senior Minister on May 15, 2016. As Senior Minister, Jeannie is both minister and CEO of the church. Prior to 2010, Jeannie worked as a hospice and hospital chaplain for 5 years.

Jeannie comes to the ministry with a vision for shared ministry and a commitment to partnership and collaborative congregational leadership. She finds the experience of shared ministry to be rewarding and challenging in positive ways.

Jeannie completed her Master of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. While at Iliff, Jeannie actively participated in Living into Covenant, an in-care program of the Mountain Desert District of Unitarian Universalist Association. Following graduation, Jeannie joined the Steering Team of Living into Covenant, holding the portfolio of supporting students in discernment. She served as the Student Liaison for Unitarian Universalist students at Iliff and Naropa University and ministerial interns working in the Boulder-Denver area. From this role, Jeannie held a position as an adjunct faculty member at Iliff. The work of supporting ministers in formation is uniquely rewarding, and is part of Jeannie’s ongoing commitment to serve our denomination.

Jeannie is committed to social justice and social change. She served on the Executive Council of The Freedom Fund from 2010-2014, and is actively involved in work for justice in Denver through Together Colorado, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and the Unitarian Universalist Faith Leader Council.

Reverend Aaron Norris, Assistant Minister

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Aaron is serving First Universalist as Assistant Minister in the 2017-2018 church year after serving the congregation first as Ministerial Intern and then as Ministerial Resident. Aaron completed his Master of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He completed a clinical pastoral externship at the University of Colorado Hospital where he served primarily the rehabilitation, orthopedic, and burn units. He is excited to walk in companionship with the congregation at First Universalist.

Aaron comes to ministry from a previous career in law, where he served as a deputy district attorney and owned a law firm practicing mainly criminal defense. He served in the Peace Corps in Mali. He holds a law degree and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Denver. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Creative Writing.

Administrative staff

Cris Cardenas, Congregational Administrator

Contact Cris for: Facility rentals and room requests, church office and administrative needs, donation and pledge questions, and general inquiries.

Email Cris or call her office extension: 303-759-2770, ext. 23

Cris is a native to Colorado and a Unitarian Universalist since 2007. Her professional background includes a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with a long history of volunteer coordinating. In addition to helping organizations develop policies and procedures, her main passion is making connections with volunteers and inspiring them to find their place in the community. Her approach to work is collaborative and creative, don’t be surprised if she stops you to ask about yourself and what brought you to First Universalist.

Jessica Montgomerie, Communications and Office Coordinator

Contact Jessica for: Submissions to our newsletter or events page and questions about the website or mailing lists.

Email Jessica or call the main office line: 303-759-2770, ext. 10

Jessica has been a member of First Universalist since 2008, and became our Communications & Office Coordinator after serving two years on our Faith Formation & Religious Education team as the Childcare Coordinator and caregiver. Before joining our staff, Jessica taught English as a Second Language to adults for 11 years and served as a docent in Denver Public Library’s Community Technology Center. A native of Central Illinois, Jessica has lived in Denver since 2006 and considers it her new hometown. Formerly the Chair of our church’s Social Justice Council, she is active in First Universalist’s work for immigration justice.

Faith Formation and Religious Education staff

Yvonne Wilken, Director of Faith Formation and Religious Education

Contact Yvonne for: Information about religious education programs and events for children and youth

Email Yvonne or call her at: 303.759.2770.

Yvonne has been working in ministry in one form or another since 1999. While in art school, she felt the call to ministry and transferred to Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where she received B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry in 2003. She went on to complete her M.A. in Congregational and Missional Leadership in 2006 from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Yvonne still considers herself an artist and loves to draw, paint, create mixed media, sew, knit, spin and in general create beautiful things. In her spare time, she can be found working on an art project, reading, walking, or spending time with family. I was born and raised in Minnesota and lived there for most of my life. In 2007, I moved to Wisconsin to become a campus minister for the University of Wisconsin River Falls. In 2014, I moved to Colorado to be closer to family. After a brief return to Wisconsin to care for family, I am excited to return to Colorado and First Universalist Church of Denver.

Meghan Iacino, Nursery, Preschool, and K-4 Coordinator

Contact Meghan for: Questions about childcare and programming for infants and children ages 6 months to 4th Grade.

Email Meghan or call her at: 303.759.2770.

Meghan Iacino is excited to be returning to the staff at First Universalist. In the 2017-18 church year, she will be the K-4 Coordinator. She and her husband, James Iacino, became members in August 2015. They found a home at First Universalist and quickly got involved. Meghan volunteered teaching with the 2nd and 3rd graders and James joined the choir and BFF. Meghan is a Denver native. She attended Colorado State University and graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and an Early Childhood Education teaching license. She has previous experience teaching dance, preschool, kindergarten, and most recently, second grade. In addition to her teaching background, Meghan has been a dancer and performer since the age of 5. She has performed in Colorado musical theater productions professionally over the last 12 years, danced on two Celebrity Alaskan cruises, and continues to act in regional and national television commercials.

Claire Reifert, Youth Mentor

Contact Claire for: Questions about programs and events for youth in middle and high school

Email Claire or call her at: 303.759.2770.

Claire grew up in Denver, and attended Arapahoe High School, before moving to Iowa for six years as a young adult. Claire and her family has been attending First Universalist since 2013, and she joined the FFRE staff team as a Program Assistant in 2015. She enjoys a variety of adventures like traveling, snowboarding, and flying; as well as adventuring vicariously through books. Claire’s children are looking forward to growing up in the congregation and learning about Unitarian Universalism, as well as gaining a broad perspective on other religions. Building connections with all of our First Universalist families is Claire’s favorite part of working with the Faith Formation and Religious Education team.

Music staff

John Hubert, Director of Music

Contact John for: Sunday Morning Music, Adult Choirs, Singing Meditation, Multimedia, Family Orchestra, Concert Series, and anything music related.

Email John or call him at: 303.759.2770.

John is a conductor and singer originally from St, Louis, MO who has been with First Universalist since 2004. John received his Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Truman State University in 2000, then moved to Boulder to pursue a Master’s in Music at CU-Boulder, which he completed in 2003. He was the Choir Director of the Spirituals Project Choir from 2007-2012, the UUA’s General Assembly Music Coordinator from 2009-2010, and the Music Director at several more traditional churches. Currently, John is an Affiliate Professor of Voice and Choir at Regis University. He is a member of UUMN, NATS, NANM, and ACDA.

Sarah Libert, Pianist and Welcoming Coordinator

Contact Sarah for: Information about Membership and the Membership Team, Sunday Volunteers, information for Newcomers, and musical opportunities for children and youth.

Email Sarah or call her at: 303.759.2770.

Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, Sarah Libert began studying piano at the age of six. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, where she graduated with honors. She then completed her Master’s at CU-Boulder, working as a graduate assistant, accompanying the CU opera and teaching classical piano. Sarah has been the pianist and accompanist at First Universalist since 2004, and started working with Membership as the Welcoming Coordinator in 2009. She also directs the Chalice Sparks and Chalice Flames, our choirs for Children and Youth.