Our Ministry and Staff
Our excellent ministry and staff support the many programs, services; and the members, friends and community of Albany UU. Contact our staff at any time with questions you may have.
Rev. Samuel A. Trumbore, Minister
Before coming to Albany in 1999, Rev. Trumbore served in Port Charlotte, Florida for six years and three years in a consulting role in Niagara Falls, New York, the congregation in which he was ordained. He received his education for ministry in Berkeley, California at Starr King School for the Ministry. He is Past President of Iroquois Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship. He is past President of a Capital Region faith based community organizing project called ARISE, A Regional Initiative Supporting Empowerment. Rev. Trumbore continues to serve in various non-profit leadership and support roles in the Capital Region of New York. He is also active with the West Hill Minister’s Fellowship and Interfaith Impact of New York State. Rev. Trumbore is married to Philomena Moriarty Trumbore and together they have a son Andrew born in 1992.
Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry
Leah is responsible for:
- Assisting people of all ages explore and develop their religious beliefs in the context of our seven UU principles. The greatest and most direct involvement of the DRE is with programming at Albany UU for children and youth.
- Leah partners with parents by equipping them with resources to become actively and intentionally involved in the religious growth of their children. She is also a resource for parents when they are having difficulties in their family lives.
- Leah lends guidance, support and direct involvement with Religious Education programming for lifespan faith development for adults (of any age).
- Leah is a member of Albany UU’s Safe Congregation Task Force which guides implementation of the Board’s policy, Toward a Safe Congregation.
- Leah participates in and facilitates the activities of UU organizations in the larger world. This includes the Hudson Mohawk UU’s of NY cluster, the Central East Region and LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association).
Leah received her RE credentialing through the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2011 at the Credentialed level. She is the convener of the DRE’s of CRUUNY. She serves on the St. Lawrence Nominating Committee. She also serves on the LREDA 21st Century Fund Grant Committee and as a mentor in the credentialing program through the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Tammy Hathaway, Church Administrator
Tammy is responsible for and can assist you with:
- General direction and administration of church operations and facility management.
- Supervision of administrative and custodial staff including managing human resources.
- Congregational communications.
- Support for church programs in general, the membership process, the Board of Trustees, and the Public Relations, Building Use, and Building and Grounds committees.
Tammy has a BA in Liberal Arts and has been serving in church administration since 2009; beginning at BisMan UU in Bismarck, ND and currently at Albany UU. She lives in Averill Park with her husband and sons.
Randy Rosette, Interim Music Coordinator
Though a longtime pharmacist by profession, Randy has recently focused on music as a vocation. She enjoys the challenge of using instruments (flute, voice, keyboard) to create a fitting musical atmosphere and backdrop for lifetime events, church services, and varied occasions. Additionally, Randy participates in numerous vocal and instrumental groups. Randy brings her love of music and strong teaching skills to support the Albany UU Music Team. This may include leading sectionals and the congregation in song, accompanying, and collaborating on musical projects. As Interim Music Coordinator, Randy will perform the administrative and organizational tasks related to the music program, as well as assist the Interim Choir Director with varied responsibilities.
Chris Jensen, Interim Choir Director
Ever since performing in the barbershop quartet of a high school production of “Music Man”, Chris found the passion of his life- singing in harmony! He has sung in many choral groups, including the Albany Pro Musica, Electric City Chorus, Revisions quartet, Voices in Harmony, and the Albany UU choir. Chris also enjoys the challenge of occasional solo work. Chris has expanded his musical concentration to include choral conducting and has taken a number of courses in this discipline. In his role as Interim Choir Director, Chris hopes to use these skills to enhance the music ministry at Albany UU.
Elena Karpoff, Interim Accompanist
Elena is a fifth-generation UU who grew up in Syracuse and attended church throughout her youth. Born into a musical family, she fondly remembers an era of her life where her mother and father were the music directors at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. In May of 2019, Elena released her debut album “Artifacts,” a project she wrote, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered during her time at The College of Saint Rose. She subsequently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry. Through accompanying the choir and congregation at Sunday morning services, Elena aspires to be everyone’s cheerleader!
Elizabeth Baldes, Religious Education Coordinator
Elizabeth teaches at a local private nursery school and has years of experience at Albany UU as a teaching team volunteer and Religious Education Council member. A Capital Region native and lifelong learner, she is a graduate of Empire State College. She and her husband Rich live in Albany with their two school-age daughters.
Tracey Hickey, Lead Youth Adviser
Our Lead Youth Adviser, Tracey Hickey, works with the volunteer advisers and youth to coordinate activities and provide continuity for the group. Tracey has a wide range of volunteer experiences including social justice projects and facilitating the Our Whole Lives program at the elementary and 7th/8th grade levels here at Albany UU. She is a Pennsylvania native working toward her Master of Social Work degree at SUNY Albany. She brings her background in social justice, writing and the arts to her work with youth at Albany UU. Tracey lives in Pine Hills with her fiancé and two perfect cats.