Office & Staff

District Office

Located in Denver, Colorado, the Mountain Desert District office is the hub of the District Services Program and serves as a source of information and a clearing house for communication among congregations, the MDD Board, Staff, and the UUA.

Contact us:

2242 South Albion Street Denver, CO 80222
Office Phone: 303-756-1378
Office FAX: 303-756-1407
Email: office@mdduua.org

Or use our contact form on this page.

Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Mountain Time).

We have an excellent voice messaging system to take your message in the event that we are away from the office. You are encouraged to either phone or e-mail the MDD Office or the District Executive to inquire about or arrange for services or to advise us of name, address, telephone, or e-mail changes that may affect the many reports and mailings that are generated from our database records.

District Staff

Rev. Nancy Bowen

District Executive
nbowen@uua.org

Office: 303-756-1378
Cell: 303-726-9676

Rev. Nancy Bowen serves MDD and Pacific Western Region as staff leader. In MDD she is a congregational consultant, trainer, organizer and Unitarian Universalist cheerleader. Please call her when you need help with anything congregational because she will be able to get you in touch with the right consultant to help you.

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Rev. Nancy Bowen

Rev. Nancy Bowen

District Executive

Rev. Deborah Holder

Beloved Community Formation
dholder@uua.org

Office: 970-921-5380
Cell: 303-625-3979

The Reverend Deborah Holder is a Unitarian Universalist community minister currently serving as Minister of Beloved Community formation in the Pacific Western Region, UUA. She lives in an agricultural community in Colorado on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and is passionate about religion and human transformation. Prior to entering ministry, she was a professional community organizer and social justice funder with the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.

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Rev. Deborah Holder

Rev. Deborah Holder

Beloved Community Formation

Melanie Buck

District Administrator
mbuck@uua.org

Office: 303-756-1378
Cell: 303-946-4105

Melanie Buck has been the Mountain Desert District Administrator since 2001, and is responsible for the day to day tasks in the District office, District bookkeeping, Chalice Lighters mailing and database, as well as assisting other staff with their programs. She enjoys time with her husband, Chet and three children, Coltyn, Madisyn and Dylan.

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Melanie Buck

Melanie Buck

District Administrator

Jennica Davis-Hockett

Youth Ministry Specialist
jdavis-hockett@uua.org

Phone: (801) 201-6260

The Youth Ministries Specialist is employed by the UUA and contracted by the Pacific NorthWest and Mountain Desert Districts and Pacific Western Region in a full time position. Jennica serves both MDD and PNWD in approximately equal proportions, working out of her home office. She promotes and supports healthy youth/adult partnership in congregations and UU communities. Her vision is that every UU youth has a dependable support network that acknowledges their inherent worth and dignity and fosters their potential as spiritual leaders, and that every UU adult in that network has the wisdom, compassion and support to meet that call.

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Jennica Davis-Hockett

Jennica Davis-Hockett

Youth Ministry Specialist

Eric Bliss

Youth Chaplain & QUUest Camp Director
religiousexploration33@gmail.com

Tel: 303-831-7113, ext 4

Eric Bliss is the Chaplain for Youth and QUUest Camp Director for the Mountain Desert District.  Eric's day job is that of the Director of Religious Exploration at First Unitarian Society of Denver.  Eric is a native of Knoxville, TN, where he grew up attending both West Side Unitarian Universalist and Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Churches.  He has been a youth mentor, coordinator, and adviser at places such as The Mountain, Ferry Beach, NCCJ’s Anytown, and at GA Youth Caucus.  Aside from his District and DRE duties, Eric is on the Fahs Colllaborative Guiding Team, a member of the UUA growth strategies Innovative Learning Circle, and the Chair-Elect for the MDD LREDA chapter.  In closing, Eric is the loving father of a beautiful son, named Hollis, is an avid soccer fan and coach, loves skateboarding, playing guitar, and exploring the outdoors.

Find Eric on Facebook or follow him on Twitter!

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Eric Bliss

Eric Bliss

Youth Chaplain & QUUest Camp Director

Jess Cullinan

District Webmaster
webmaster@mdduua.org

Jess Cullinan has been the Mountain Desert District Webmaster since 2009, and is responsible for organizing all of the information on our website. She is a graphic designer and artist, and is an active member of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, NM, where her husband serves as pastor. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any suggestions, corrections, or additions to our site!

Visit JessCullinan.com

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Jess Cullinan

Jess Cullinan

District Webmaster

Rick Wells

Youth Conference Coordinator
ConCoordinator@mdduua.org

Tel: (970) 691-1265

Rick Wells began as Con Coordinator in the fall of 2013. He brings the resources and people together that are necessary to plan the 2 major MDD Youth Conferences each year. These 2 conferences will typically be in the fall and spring. Rick and his wife, Marion, have been involved with YRUU in various capacities since his own children were in the program over 10 years ago. Rick is a member of the Foothills Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Rick Wells

Rick Wells

Youth Conference Coordinator

Beth Chronister

Spirit QUUest Director
beth@firstuniversalist.org

Phone: (785) 250-3964

Beth Chronister, a life long UU from Kansas, is currently serving as the ministerial intern at First Universalist of Denver. Following graduation from Iliff School of Theology in June 2014, she will be working at First Unitarian Society of Denver as their ministerial resident. This summer, she is excited to be working as Camp Director for <a title="Spirit QUUest" href="http://mdduua.org/ministries/youth-ministry/uu-summer-camps/spirit-quuest/">Spirit QUUest</a> for the first time! Please get in contact with her with any questions about Spirit QUUest or the Iliff experience for UU students.

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Beth Chronister

Beth Chronister

Spirit QUUest Director

Suzanne Fey-Gaiser

Registrar
registrar@mdduua.org

Suzanne works with Mountain Desert District and Pacific Northwestern District on Events registrations.

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Suzanne Fey-Gaiser

Suzanne Fey-Gaiser

Registrar