Nicole Lamarche is a minister in the United Church of Christ, a spiritual entrepreneur and a public faith leader. She served churches in Wellesley, MA and Cotuit, MA before co-founding a church of progressive Christians, agnostics, spiritual independents and other people of conscience in San Jose, CA now called Urban Sanctuary.
Nicole earned a BA in International Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and a Master of Divinity and a MA in Theology from the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
Nicole is committed to building Beloved Community beyond the walls of sacred spaces and was a member of the Interfaith Tent at Occupy Oakland and the movement to improve community and police relations with accountability and oversight in San Jose as part of Black Lives Matter.
Nicole believes Community UCC is a special place in Boulder to live the values of peace, justice and kindness. She loves the chance to be a part of a group of spiritual seekers who believe there are many spiritual paths, inviting people of all kinds to bring questions and doubts.
Nicole and her husband Jeremy have a daughter Eliza and enjoy spending time outside, dancing at live music festivals, volunteering and hanging out with friends.
Contact Pastor Nicole at revlamarche @ cuccboulder.org
Jackie Hibbard is an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ and holds an undergraduate degree in education and a Master of Divinity Degree focusing on Pastoral Theology and Care from Iliff School of Theology. She has had careers in Volunteer Management, Education (community, college and graduate level), Chaplaincy and Hospice Leadership. Jackie is a 2016 Graduate, Advanced Facilitator, and EFLC Level One Provider and Program Assistant with Kathy Pike and the Academy for Coaching with Horses. She offers individual Equine Learning and Coaching sessions and workshops with her business Dancing Spirit. She lives on a small farm with spectacular views in the foothills of Lyons with her wife, dogs, chickens, cat, and three beautiful horses.
She has attended CUCC for about 10 years and became a member in 2012. She has been involved with Taize and the In Discernment group. She is excited to join the team as Pastoral Associate and looks forward to offering Pastoral Care to members and leadership for the Caring Ministry group.
Contact Rev. Jackie at pastoralassociate @ cuccboulder.org
Director of Progressive Christian Education
As Director of Progressive Christian Education, Heather Bowler is delighted to share her decades of experience serving children and their families with her home church, Community UCC. After a childhood traveling the world as an Air Force brat, her degree in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory led to performing in children's theatre and musicals in the Chicago area. Then her plan to use her lifetime of practical child care skills for part-time employment as a postpartum doula led to a fulfilling career providing in-home care for families during the first weeks of welcoming their newborns. And this in turn brought Heather the joy of directing her own child care program from 2006-2010 for children ages infant-5 years. She and her husband relocated from Chicago to his hometown Boulder in 2010 and, in 2011, welcomed their own sweet daughter, Miko, who has enjoyed the Sunday School at CUCC from infancy!
Heather's deepest passion lies in helping children discover their own talents and strengths and she believes faith exploration can support each child's journey of self-discovery at every stage of development. Our Progressive Christian Education program's philosophy that each of us is a beloved child of God born capable of experiencing wonder blends perfectly with Heather's gifts as a co-director: great storytelling to share faith, fun music to experience faith and her love for the children of our community to validate their journey.
Contact Heather at pce @ cuccboulder.org
Alissa Kuster graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in May 2019. She holds a B.A. in Integrative Physiology. While at CU, she worked as an Alternate Format Specialist providing specialized documents to students with visual disabilities. She also volunteered at Longmont United Hospital in the Emergency Room and Birthplace. Alissa plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling, Biomedical Sciences, or to get her teaching license. In her free time, Alissa enjoys spending time with her partner, doing yoga, hiking, and baking bread. Alissa is passionate about building community and social justice. She is excited to contribute to CUCC as office administrator.
Contact Alissa at office @ cuccboulder.org
Kamilla Macar has been our choir director for since 1988 and treasurer since 2009.
Kamilla graduated from West Chester Teachers College in 1958. She received a Master of Music Education degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1959. After 10 years of public school music teaching she entered the world of business. Since 1981 she has been the president of her own accounting firm serving business and family clients in the Boulder area.
Kamilla’s activities in the Boulder music scene include singing with Ars Nova, the Boulder Bach Festival, the Colorado Music Festival Chorus, and the First Methodist Church choir. She directed the Rocky Mountain Chorale for 4 years. She also played viola for many years in the Boulder Philharmonic, the CU Symphony Orchestra and in private string quartets. She is now a student of the cello. One of her proudest accomplishments was hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. Kamilla also enjoys road biking, reading, bridge, concerts and playing scrabble with friends and relatives on her smart phone.
Alaina de Bellevue is a pianist residing in Boulder. She recently returned from living in Germany, where she freelanced as a vocal coach and repetiteur, and continues to work primarily with vocalists. Previously she served as a coach at Colorado State University’s Ralph Opera Center, James Madison University’s German Singer Sommer in Freiberg, Germany, and Opera Colorado. Alaina is also active as an orchestral pianist, appearing with Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and Front Range Chamber Orchestra. As a choral pianist, she works regularly with Colorado Bach Ensemble and Anima Chamber Ensemble. Alaina is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in vocal coaching at CU Boulder, where she works on the music staff for the Eklund Opera Program, and maintains a private teaching and coaching studio at home. In her free time she enjoys cycling and learning to play fiddle and accordion.
Bill Dacosta is our Property Steward. He joined our staff in February of 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance of our facilities and grounds. Bill grew up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He attended New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. After several years of travel, he landed in Boulder which has been his home since 1983. As an adult, Bill has been extensively involved in Scouting. He operated a lawn care business for ten years, and currently owns and manages several rental properties. Bill lives in North Boulder.
Rev. Kayrene Pearson was Community UCC’s minister from June 1988 through May of 1995. Kayrene received her Bachelor of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in1958 following her B.A. and teaching degree from Oregon State University. She was ordained in 1961 at First Congregational Church in Boulder, CO, where she worked as Minister of Christian Education. There she met and married Ivar Pearson in 1962 and they adopted two children, David and Mischa.
Congregants appreciated Kayrene’s leadership as a woman in ministry at a time when very few women were available in this role. She led CUCC in the decision to become an Open & Affirming Congregation in June of 1995. Kayrene pulled Community UCC up from a place of constant financial struggle as a small congregation into a community of growth and hope.
"Kayrene reminded us that the feminine perspective on life enriches us all, that men and women, boys and girls, have individual gifts which blur the boundaries of femininity and masculinity as they are customarily defined, and that what is important is how each of us develops and manifests those individual gifts. Kayrene's gentle strength, courage and determination, inner joy, her lighthearted self-mockery, the noticing and remembering of happenings in people's lives, the compassion and love, the enthusiasm for learning and living - admirable qualities - in a woman, in a man, in a minister, in a human being. (Joyce Robertson, 7/30/1995)"
Pete Terpenning served CUCC from 2001-2013. Receiving an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, Pete served churches in Chicago, Cleveland, OH, and Bay City, MI before coming to Boulder. He is married to Laura Baldwin Terpenning and has two daughters, Esther and Becca.
Among the accomplishments of CUCC when Pete was pastor include the beginnings of the Earth Action Team and addition of solar panels, training in Centering Prayer and contemplation, a contemplative service of Taize, the building of the labyrinth, the Caring Ministry and the vote of the congregation to become a “Peace with Justice Church”.
Retired to Boulder, Pete is now dedicating his energy to the environmental movement, what Thomas Berry, the theologian called, “The Great Work”. Working with a local garden group, Earth’s Table, Pete helps grow food for donation to local food pantries using land and water shared by generous, local people. He and Laura are also trying to regenerate their 2 acres where they live using permaculture principles and sustainable energy solutions. Pete also has a blog called “Seeking a Regenerative Life”. Pete is grateful to have had the opportunity to serve such as “welcoming, progressive and environmentally aware” church.