Clergy and Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. Elizabeth "Beth" Banks

Rev. Beth Banks

(530) 753-2581 x 205, RevBanks[at]

Full time.  Day off: Friday.
Rev. Banks is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, originally from Duxbury, Massachusetts. She taught English to political refugees who had relocated to Spokane, Washington. Her work with cultural studies took her to South Korea, where she taught college level English conversation. She served for two years as an Interim Minister for Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. For nine years she was the Parish Minister at the First Universalist Church in Rochester, New York, and served as a campus chaplain at the Eastman School of Music. Rev. Banks has been the Minister at UUCD since August, 2000.


Assistant Minister for Congregational Life: Rev. Morgan McLean

Rev. Morgan McLean

(530) 753-2581 x 204, RevMcLean[at]

Full time.  Day off: Friday.

Morgan starts August 1, 2016. Read her letter to the congregation here.


Intern and Campus Minister (Sept.-June): Elizabeth Assenza

(530) 753-2581 x202, campusministry[at]

Full time.  Day off: Friday.

Learn more about the Internship Program or about Campus Ministry.


Interim Director of Lifespan Learning: Adrean Dills, M. Div.

(530) 753-2581 x 204, re[at]

Adrean's last day at UUCD is July 31, 2016.

Religious Exploration (RE) Coordinator: Meghan Kelly Meghan Kelly

(530) 753-2581 x 204, re.coordinator[at]

Part time, primarily works Sundays.
Meghan assists the Director of Lifespan Learning with logistics and staffing.  Her efforts have ensured that we have reliable childcare, safe spaces, and a welcoming environment for families!

I am very excited to be working with this congregation in this new way. I am a lifelong UU who believes this faith is a phenomenal way to grow up. I have previously taught R.E. and lead Coming of Age here in Davis. District wide, I help run and staff the middle school program, MUUGs, which hosts four retreats and a weeklong summer camp each year. I enjoy cooking, reading and exploring the world, especially through the eyes of young people. I look forward to getting to know you all better and helping this congregation grow and change.

UNIQUE Youth Group Co-Directors: Catlyn LeGault & Jacob SacksJacob Sacks

(530) 753-2581 x 204, re.youth[at]

Youth Directors work part time, primarily on Sundays.
Jacob Sacks is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. After growing up in the UU Church of Fresno, he attended UCD from 2007-2011 where he was very active in the campus ministry. He also was involved in the church, assisting with various RE activities such as the Coming of Age program. After completing his undergrad, he lived in San Diego, taught English in Spain, and returned to Davis in late 2014. This year he participated in the Spiritual Activist Leadership Training program, a young adult social justice program done through UUJM. He looks forward to deepening his church connection with involvement as a youth leader and as a teacher in the OWL program.

Music Ministry

(530) 753-2581 x 203, music[at]

Part time.

Juuliebells Handbell & Handchime Director: Barbara MeixnerBarbara Meixner

Barbara Meixner earned her BA and MA degrees in music from Mills College in Oakland, California.  She studied harmony, counterpoint, composition and orchestration with noted composers Morton Subotnick, Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud.  She began attending UU services in September 1992 and became a member in 1998.  For most of her adult life, Barbara has been a professional Suzuki piano teacher and arranger of accompaniments for much of the Suzuki piano repertoire.  Since January 2010 her focus has been leading and arranging music for the UUCD Juuliebells Handbell and Handchime Choir.    

Sparks Choir Director: Alison SkinnerAlison Skinner

In addition to conducting the UUCD Sparks Choir, Alison Skinner directs the Davis Chorale, which she has done since 2010. Before returning to her hometown of Davis, Skinner lived in Philadelphia, where she was the Artistic Director of the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware for the 2007-2008 season. In addition, she taught high school music at Germantown Friends School. In the 2006-2007 season, she was the assistant conductor of Philadelphia's Choral Arts Society, directed by Matt Glandorf. Skinner graduated with honors from University of California Santa Cruz, with an emphasis in vocal performance. She holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, where she was a student of Alan Harler. Along with her conducting work, Skinner maintains a private vocal studio.

Nancy Lower

Liturgist & Sparks Choir Accompanist: Nancy Lower

Nancy Lower holds a BA in music from UC Davis and an MA from CSU Sacramento. She has taught at Sacramento City College for 35 years and has worked in church music programs for 25 years. A conductor, pianist, and singer, Nancy has been integral to our music program for over a decade.


Mandy Dawn


Congregational Administrator: Mandy Dawn

(530) 753-2581 x 203,

Full Time (M-F, 9am-5pm); Office hours 9am-3pm, Monday - Thursday.

Bookkeeper: Debrah WhitehurstDebrah Whitehurst

(530) 753-2581 x 203, bookkeeper[at]


Facilities Manager (including Rentals): Chris Hendrix-Chupa

(530) 753-2581 x 203,

Chris Hendrix-Chupa

Send an email or leave a voice message for Chris regarding any issues to do with our grounds or buildings. Email Chris about Rentals:

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