First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Albuquerque, NM Blog

Spotlight on Staff: Alana Rodriguez

In 2014, Alana Rodriguez was hired as First U’s Religious Education Assistant. Since that time, she has worked with Mia Noren on the administrative aspects of the Religious Education program. In recent years, Alana’s...

Spotlight on Staff: Rick Held

by Cheri Plavnick, Radical Generosity Committee Rick Held is First U’s Manager of Information and Technology. He began volunteering at First U in 2012 when our systems were fairly simple.  In 2021, as our...

Spotlight on Staff: Bryan Hackett

by Cheri Plavnick, Radical Generosity Committee As First U’s Director of Finance, Bryan Hackett prepares and oversees the expenditures for a 1.1 million-dollar operating budget. He is responsible to our Board of Directors, and...

Spotlight on Staff: Mia Noren

by Cheri Plavnick, Radical Generosity Committee Mia Noren began her career at First Unitarian in 2012 as RE administrative assistant. In 2015 she became Director of Religious Education. The program was sparsely attended when she began...

Spotlight on Staff: Laira Magnusson

by Cheri Plavnick, Radical Generosity Committee Of all First U’s non-clergy staff, Laira Magnusson, Director of Congregational Life, is undoubtedly the best known. She said, “my work entails the ‘people’ part of the church:...

Spotlight on Staff: Susan Peck

by Cheri Plavnick of the Radical Generosity Committee Why would a musician choose a career in a church rather than other settings?  First U’s music director Susan Peck answers:  ”Working in a church allows...