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.
Elizabeth Baldes, Acting Director Religious Education
Elizabeth teaches at a local private nursery school and has years of experience at Albany UU as the Religious Education Coordinator, 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.
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.
Patience Pechette, Administrative Assistant
Patience can assist with room rentals and reservations and other clerical tasks. Patience is here part-time, and is the friendly person you are most likely to meet when you contact us. She will be in the Albany UU office on Wednesday, 2-6 PM, and Thursdays and Fridays, 8-4 PM.
Patience lives in Albany with her husband, son, and two goofy labs. She has a diverse background, including teaching, program coordination, and office management for a youth advocacy non-profit. Currently, she splits her time between Delta Airlines at Albany International Airport and the Albany UU office, doing administrative assistant work. She has degrees in Secondary Education and History. She loves to travel, cares deeply about animal rights, and likes to volunteer in the community.
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.
Paula Brewer, Religious Education Assistant
Paula Brewer moved to Albany NY in 1991, and shortly thereafter began to attend Albany UU (AUU). She became more active in AUU after the birth of her daughter, Anna, in 1996, focusing her activity on the Religious Education Program. Her volunteer AUU RE activities followed Anna as she grew, beginning with her coordination of a monthly Parent Group potluck and discussion group. Being older parents, Richard and Paula found comradery with other similar parents in this group. Paula followed Anna through the RE program volunteering in the Toddler Room and into other grades as Anna got older. She moved to being a youth group advisor, so that she could learn how to deal with her soon to be young adult child. Paula’s commitment to RE included 3 terms on the RE Council and one term as RE Council Chair. She most recently assisted with the 8th Grade Reading Group. Richard and Paula are grateful for the Albany UU ‘village’ and its excellent RE program, which helped them to raise their daughter into a responsible adult UU. She is excited to assist Elizabeth Baldes and Albany UU in continuing its excellent RE program and working with Michele Townsend Grove to ensure that RE continues to meet the needs of the next generation of UUs.
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.