Staff

Ari Flauta

Early Childhood Education Specialist

What inspired you to become a preschool teacher?
I have been working with children since I was old enough to babysit. I used to help my mom teach Sunday school at her church growing up, and always loved working with the kids. I pursued my BA in Early Childhood Education because of that love of working with children.

What would you like people to know about you?
Outside of the church, I teach preschool music classes and run a housekeeping business.
What are you passionate about?
Education, music, my kids, mermaids, make-believe, being a vegetarian.
Favorite food?
Saag Paneer (though very mild, I can’t handle spicy foods!)
What do you do for fun?
Swimming with my mermaid tail!

De Anna Hoyle

Interim Director of School of the Spirit
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After serving UU congregations in the southern Colorado, New Mexico, and Denver areas, De Anna comes to the Fellowship with interim experience as a credentialed religious educator. Trained as an “Our Whole Lives” facilitator, De Anna also serves on the Committee on Mentoring for the Liberal Religious Educators Association. She rounds out her active side by dancing, biking, and practicing meditative Tai Chi. De Anna enjoys music of all kinds and may break out in song, as if in a Broadway show, at any time! Her two grown daughters and husband get nervous about that. As a lifelong learner, she continues along the road less traveled.

Tad Koriath

Tad studied piano at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where he received the School of Music’s award for outstanding accompanying and chamber music collaboration as well as festival grants to study and perform chamber music. Tad has been an active pianist and musician in Colorado since moving here in 1999. He’s served as accompanist for a variety of choirs and organizations throughout Denver and Boulder, including 12 years with the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and frequently collaborates in recitals with singers and instrumentalists in the region. When not behind a keyboard or in front of a choir, Tad can often be found pedaling his bicycle up and down the foothills, or out on a walk with his partner Cynthia Ward and their two dogs, Charlie and Millie. Tad‘s spiritual hankerings led him to Naropa University in Boulder where he’s currently completing  a Master’s Degree in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies.

Carol Pranschke

Office Manager

Hello BVUUF!
I am excited to become part of the BVUUF community as your office manager. My name is Carol Pranschke (perhaps it helps to know that my last name rhymes with ranch+key). I am here to organize, create, serve, and learn. My professional experience includes corporate communications dealing with computer security, publication in the Lyons Recorder and small business office operations.

I came to live in Lyons almost three years ago with my two boys, Gareth age 11 and Brennan age 9. I consider myself a woman of many denominations, as I was raised Catholic, affirmed Episcopal, currently attend a Methodist church, hold an annual Summer Solstice get-together, and meditate like a Buddhist. I love to read, hike, relax, laugh, play.

Learn more about me with this short YouTube video.

I look forward to meeting you and/or hearing from you. I can be reached at the office here, 303-665-4280 ext. 100, or by email at officemanager@bvuuf.org. I will be working from home on Thursdays but in the office on other weekdays.

Warm regards,
Carol

What a wonderful Office Manager we have in Carol Pranschke! That she is able to “keep her cool” while juggling so many different projects, interacting with so many different people, and dealing with constant interruptions is truly amazing! And how she finds the time and energy to devote to long-range thinking about the office and its functions is beyond belief. I am so grateful for her dedication, her kind and generous spirit, and her wonderful sense of humor. What a gem!— Marky Lloyd, BVUUF Board Trustee

Spenser Raymond

Communications Specialist and SpiritJam Leader
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Spenser graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s in evolutionary biology and philosophy, and he is currently working on his Master of Social Work degree at MSU. Spenser also currently serves in the Colorado Army National Guard as a commissioned officer. Spenser hopes to utilize his talents in order to help alleviate suffering in the world in its many forms.
As to hobbies, Spenser enjoys engaging in philosophical debate, writing, reading the classics, art, piano, running, and martial arts. Spenser is ecstatic to be a part of the BVUUF staff and looks forward to sharing excellent experiences with the Fellowship.

 

Rachel Stevenson

School of the Spirit Youth Coordinator

Rachel Stevenson hails from the East Coast, specifically New Jersey. Having just moved to Boulder six months ago, Rachel spent some time in Maryland. She is excited to be the religious education assistant for BVUUF and has high hopes for the upcoming church year. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys geography (as well as open source software for GIS and map creation), hikes, traveling and cooking. Find out more about Rachel!

Gordon Weir

Facilities Caretaker

Gordon is studying at CU-Denver in their Mathematics department for a second bachelor’s degree. He plans to become a Math teacher. He’s been with BVUUF since January 2016 helping with our youth and watching over our building with safety, cleanliness and maintenance lenses. Gordon‘s favorite dog is Jewel from S. Korea, a friendly terrier who loves to visit here. He’s currently reading Dresden Files, favorite color is a rich sea-green, and his favorite food is curry – to cook and to eat.