Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister

Deborah Cayer is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Divinity School. She was ordained in 1996 and served as minister for the Unitarian Church of Sharon, Massachusetts for twelve years. She has served the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since August 2008, first as a part-time Consulting Assistant Minister, then as Acting Lead Minister for two years.

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Role: Lead Minister
Phone: 919-489-2575 x102

Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Minister of Congregational Engagement

Jacqueline Brett has been with ERUUF since 2012, first as member of the administrative staff then as student minister. In 2017 she received her M.Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological School where she was a member of the Board of Trustees, and recipient of the Charles Billings Prize in Preaching and the Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership. Rev. Brett was ordained by the members of ERUUF in Novermber 2017.

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Role: Minister of Congregational Engagement
Phone: 919-489-2575 x109

Rev. Stacy Grove, Consulting Pastoral Care Minister

Stacy Grove is a Jewish Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Director with a background in pastoral care, hospice care, chaplaincy, and Red Cross disaster spiritual care. Her role providing pastoral care for the ERUUF community is part-time and involves working closely with the Pastoral Care Associates and the Care Ministries Team.

Role: Consulting Pastoral Care Minister
Phone: 919-489-2575 x103

Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Minister Emeritus

Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and Meadville Lombard Theological School. He served as Lead Minister at ERUUF for 21 years from 1983 to 2004 and then as Lead Minister at First UU Church of San Diego until his retirement in 2014. Since retirement, he has devoted himself to teaching and to a ministry of spiritual direction.  He has been an adjunct faculty member at Duke Divinity School and Starr King School for the Ministry. ERUUF voted to call Dr. Straube as its Minister Emeritus in 2014.

Dr. Kevin Badanes, Director of Music

Dr. Badanes is Director of Music at Eno River UU Fellowship since 2005. He holds the DMA in choral conducting from Stony Brook University, where was a student of Timothy Mount. In addition he has worked with Ward Swingle, Lee Kjelson, David Lawton and Marguerite Brooks. Dr. Badanes has championed new choral music throughout his career, premiering works here and abroad with universities including St Bonaventure and Virginia Tech, where he was Delta Omicron Professor of the Year in 2002. Badanes was the founder of the acclaimed Long Island Chamber Singers, performing new music in cathedral venues in the metropolitan NY area.

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Role: Director of Music
Phone: 919-489-2575 x106

Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

Daniel brings a varied background to ERUUF. He has worked as a Business Manager for a Holistic Health Organization, served as an editor at Duke University, and is also an ordained, interfaith minister. He holds an M.Div from Yale Divinity School. He has lived in Durham for over 20 years and has three teenage daughters.

Role: Director of Administration
Phone: 919-489-2575 x104

Julia Tyler, Director of Religious Education

Julia was raised in a UU church in Lake Country, WI. She grew up with music, questions, a passion for social justice, and respect for all religions. Julia loves learning about the different ways people pray, hope, and persevere. She wonders why life exists, and what people hold on to when hard times come. What motivates people to do good, to take care of each other, and Earth? She hopes to become more present in her day-to-day movements, and help others become more present for their lives too. 

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Role: Director of Religious Education
Phone: 919-489-2575 x107

Shawn Trimble, Office Assistant / Room Reservations

Shawn Marie Trimble, was born in New Orleans, LA. Colorful as the city she is from, she is the mother of three.  With a background in visual arts, Shawn received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University with plans to pursue her masters degree in career counseling and ordination as a minister of Spiritual Life Consciousness. Passionate about being an agent of change, she has worked with children and adults, facilitated workshops geared toward self-discovery, and has served as a community council organizer for the Durham/Chapel Hill areas (2011-2013).

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Role: Office Assistant
Phone: 919-489-2575 x118
Staff Partner: Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

Scott Oates, Office Assistant

Scott manages ERUUF publications and communications. A North Carolina native living mostly in Raleigh, Scott earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNC-Greensboro after graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Liberal Studies from UNCG. His employment background includes serving as an assistant with the NC Governor’s Crime Commission, NC State Historic Preservation Office, a small web design company, and a couple of local nonprofits. Scott has attended Moral Mondays, is a long-time vegetarian, and loves local music and his dog Max especially. He is grateful to be a part-time team member of ERUUF’s office staff. 

Role: Office Assistant
Phone: 919-489-2575 x118
Staff Partner: Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

LeLaina Romero, Ph.D., Beloved Community Chorus Director

LeLaina is a singer, song leader, and community healer working at the intersections of social justice, music, and well-being. In her community organizing and psychotherapy work, she works with LGBTQ people of color healing from trauma and oppression, facilitates self-care for activist workshops, and engages in training and supervision focused on race, class, and gender justice. She is active in the Association of Women in Psychology and served on the Implementation Collective, working to increase AWP’s welcome and inclusion of women with marginalized identities.

Role: Beloved Community Chorus Director
Staff Partner: Dr. Kevin Badanes, Director of Music

Sheng Yang, Bookkeeper

Ms. Yang easily keeps our accounting and financial systems running smoothly and efficiently. We are glad to have her as part of our team.

Role: Bookkeeper
Phone: 919-489-2575 x105
Staff Partner: Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

Braxton Simmons, RE Assistant

After partly growing up in his family’s rural Baptist church, Braxton began attending the UU Congregation of Wilmington in 2004 and has been an active member ever since. In conjunction with teaching various RE classes (which includes “Harry Potter and Hero’s Journey” and Our Whole Lives), Braxton has been a counselor and director of The Shelter Neck Youth Camp, a camp for Middle School and High School UU children located in Burgaw, NC. He also has a strong passion for social justice, mainly focusing on issues in communities of color and the LBGT community.

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Role: RE Assistant
Phone: 919-489-2575 x107
Staff Partner: Julia Tyler, Director of Religious Education

Kate Lewis, Accompanist

Role: Pianist and Choir Accompanist