Perhaps you've heard that JUC has a posse and wondered -- what the heck is that about? Here's the deal. It's all part of the Making Room effort to find a larger property for JUC.
It became clear early last year that our efforts to find, analyze and recommend buying a larger property would require many, many hours of work - including detailed property evaluation, planning for fundraising, and communication. Since Rev. Wendy already has a rather robust schedule, she was encouraged to enlist a project management team to do some of that work. Trendy minister that she is, she named this team "The Posse". You may be relieved to know she did not issue them badges.
Debby Bower is the project management team lead. Professionally, she works in strategic engagement with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses. She holds an MS in Development Management from the London School of Economics. A JUC member since 2011, she's been an active volunteer in programs such as SOUPS and Lifespan Education, has been a small group facilitator, and served as the Boulder-Denver Regional UU Cluster Representative for four years.
Dea Brayden is the Posse's fundraising lead. A member since 1996, she's served as Board president (2002-2004 during two interim ministry years, capital campaign and most recent remodel). She's chaired the canvass a time or two and has been on multiple committees. After helping former JUC minister Peter Morales get elected as UUA president, she worked as his special assistant for nearly 8 years. Her portfolio included close collaboration with the UUA's Stewardship and Development, everything from communications for snail mail campaigns to planning major events, from cultivating the President's Council to joint fundraising appeals with partner organizations.
Chris Sealy is the Posse's communications lead. She's been a member since 1992, and has chaired and served on approximately a zillion committees. She was on the steering committee for the last capital campaign, and has done publicity for countless programs, events and stewardship campaigns at JUC. Her first professional life was as an award-winning radio reporter and anchor in Denver and Los Angeles, and she now is a producer/writer at Denver Film & Digital, the video production company she co-owns with her husband, Steef.