Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay, Minister
Raised Unitarian Universalist in Newton MA. in a family with both Jewish and Catholic roots, Liz earned a Masters of Divinity and an advanced Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. Her academic interests are ancient Greek religion and culture, Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity, as well as the history of women in western religion.
Liz has served UU congregations in Lexington, MA, Mt. Kisco, NY, and Silver Spring, MD. For years she served on the board of UUs for Jewish Awareness. She also served on the Continuing Education (CENTER) committee of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), helping to plan the UUMA’s ground-breaking first Institute for Excellence in Ministry, and co-chairing the second Institute.
Since 9/11/2001 Liz has built a strong interfaith relationship with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. She is committed to building a multiracial, multicultural community within and beyond our congregations. Parish ministry remains her passion and calling.
Liz lives in Lincoln with her husband Tim Maclay and two very friendly flat-coated retrievers, Quin and Blue. Liz and Tim have two children; Rachel (23) lives in Pennsylvania and Alex (25) lives near Baltimore.
Kevin Carson, Ministerial Intern for Pastoral Care
Kevin has joined First Unitarian’s staff for a six-month special internship focused on pastoral care beginning in January 2019. Before entering seminary, he was an active member of First Unitarian. Environmental justice issues are very important to Kevin; last summer he attended training to become a Climate Reality Leader to deepen his advocacy on behalf of preserving biodiversity and responding to climate change. He and his wife, Mardee, live in Johnston, RI.
Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski, Community Minister
Rev. Gwendolyn Howard, Community Minister
Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education
Cathy has served as the religious educator at First Unitarian for 25 years. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS in Nursing, she earned her Master of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School. She is immediate past president of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, the professional group for UU religious educators. Cathy lives in Providence with her husband Norm. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Frederick Jodry, Music Director
Jennifer Nardone, Membership Coordinator
Marcia Taylor, Youth Music Director
Nancy Forsstrom, Congregational Administrator
Nancy joined our staff in 2018 and keeps track of the day-to-day life of the church, working closely with the minister, Prudential Committee, and staff team to keep things running smoothly. A Rhode Island native, Nancy recently moved back after 20+ years in Connecticut where she served as senior minister of two American Baptist churches. She has degrees in English, New Testament Studies, and Humanities. Nancy is also an experienced fundraiser and combines creativity with organizational skills.
Walter O. Sotelo, Administrative Assistant
Jaime Durango, Building Manager
Pedro Vasquez, Evening Security and Sunday Building Manager