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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany



  • Phone: (518) 463-7135
  • Fax:   (518) 463-1429



Tammy Hathaway,  Church Administrator
Email: thathaway@albanyuu.org

Tammy HathawayTammy is responsible for and can assist 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 Board of Trustees, and the Public Relations, Building Use, and Building and Grounds committees
  • Support for the membership process—from welcoming guests on Sunday morning to answering newcomers’ questions and supporting the membership committee.

Tammy has been working in church administration since 2009, beginning at Bisman UU in Bismarck, ND and currently here at Albany UU.

Leah Purcell,  Director of Religious Education
Email: dre@albanyuu.org

Leah PurcellLeah 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 Capital Region UU’s of NY (CRUUNY) cluster, the St. Lawrence District, the Central East Regional Group 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.

Richard Porterfield, Music Director
Email: music.director@albanyuu.org

Richard PorterfieldDr. 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.

Sapphire Correa,  Administrative Assistant
Email: scorrea@albanyuu.org

CorreaSapphireSapphire can assist with room rentals and reservations and other clerical tasks. Sapphire is here part-time, and is the friendly person you are most likely to meet when you contact us.


Elizabeth Baldes, Religious Education Assistant
Email: reassist@albanyuu.org

Baldes ElizElizabeth 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.


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