Our Minister and Staff
Reverend 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 three very friendly flat-coated retrievers: Quin, Blue, and Rannoch. Liz and Tim have two adult children; Rachel lives in Pennsylvania and Alex lives near Baltimore.
Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education
Cathy has served as the religious educator at First Unitarian for over 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 a 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.
Rev. Roger Peltier, Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care
Roger was ordained within the UUA and has 15 years of parish ministry experience. In this new role, Roger will be working with the Lay Ministry and Parish Care Teams and will coordinate with Rev. Liz and staff to enhance the pastoral care offered to the First U community. Roger lives in Cranston with his husband, John Hickey.
Frederick Jodry, Music Director
Jennifer Nardone, Membership Coordinator
Jenn has been attending First Unitarian since 2000 with her husband Jon and their two sons. She has served on the Membership Committee for as long as she can remember. Jenn has also taught in the Church School, participates in a Chalice Circle, and volunteers when she can with her son at the Food Pantry.
Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski, Community Minister
Nancy Forsstrom, Congregational Administrator
Walter O. Sotelo, Administrative Assistant
Jaime Durango, Building Manager
Pedro Vasquez, Evening Security and Sunday Building Manager
Reuben Delgado, Evening Building Manager and Evening Security
Reuben has been our Sunday/Monday security manager since 2017. He lives in Providence with his wife of 30 years; they have four children.