Our excellent staff supports the many programs and services and Albany UU. Contact our staff with any questions you may have anytime!
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.
Amy Lent, Church Administrator
Amy is responsible for and can assist you with:
- General direction and administration of church operations and facility management.
- Building rentals.
- 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.
Amy is a member of the Association of UU Administrators.
Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education
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.
Dr. Richard Porterfield, Music Director
Dr. Richard Porterfield is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UAlbany, where he teaches courses in music theory and analysis, ear-training, musicianship, and the philosophy and biology of music. His 2014 CUNY dissertation combines historical and theoretical research to propose a theory and method of analysis for the tonal structure of modal melody in Gregorian chant. Before coming to UAlbany, he taught at Columbia, NYU, and elsewhere in New York City. Rick is a founding member of the vocal ensemble Lionheart, with which he has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Cathedral, and throughout North America and Europe; he can be heard with Lionheart in recordings on the Sony, Nimbus, Koch, and Cantaloupe labels. He has played organ and conducted choirs and orchestras in Episcopal, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic churches, and has performed and recorded as vocal soloist and chorister for Voices of Ascension, the Gregg Smith Singers, and for various concert choirs, churches, and synagogues. Most recently, he was Associate Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in Manhattan. Rick has composed and directed his own music for the Classic Stage Company, Target Margin Theater Laboratory, churches, and dance companies; he has also worked as a playwright, actor, director, and performance artist at The Public Theater and other venues. Rick and his wife Jean live in Albany; their son Siegfried is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Eileen Casey-Campbell, Ministerial Intern
Eileen Casey Campbell, Ministerial Intern, is a candidate for ministry and recent graduate from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She moved here from Rochester in August with her partner, Brian, their toddler, Rory, and their goofy dog, Pepper. Eileen’s previous work is in church growth and membership, first with the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and more recently at First Unitarian Church in Rochester. She is a yoga teacher, who is also particularly called to social justice work and to ministry with youth and young adults. She loves the spiritual practice of learning to create with her own hands–art, dinner, gardens, knitted caps, and more.
Tammy Hathaway, Administrative Assistant
Tammy can assist Albany UUs with room reservations, financial questions, publications, and volunteering. Tammy is here part-time, and is the friendly person you are most likely to meet when you contact us.
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