• Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd

    Senior Minister

    Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd has served as Senior Minister at River Road since 2012.  Passionate about preaching, liturgy and social justice, her first commitment is the building of relationships that sustain us and challenge us to grow braver in the face of brokenness and loss.  Using her background in community organizing, pastoral ministry and worship … read more

  • Rev. Louise Green

    Minister for Congregational Life

    Rev. Louise Green has been Minister for Congregational Life since 2013.  Her 25 years of ordained ministry include work as community organizer or clergy in Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.  She is committed to both Unitarian Universalism and interfaith action in the world.  Louise came to RRUUC to help lead pastoral care, worship, spiritual deepening education, … read more

  • Dr. Alexa Fraser

    Ministerial Intern

    Alexa Fraser is River Road’s ministerial intern through Aug 31 2018. She is a student at Starr King School for the Ministry and holds a PhD in Environmental Studies. As a second career seminarian she previously managed large environmental data collections for EPA, CDC, NIH and other federal agencies. Alexa lives in Rockville with her husband … read more

  • Ana Lim

    Congregational Administrator

    Before coming to RRUUC, Ana Lim worked mainly in non-profits organization that were arts or education focused, including Kennedy Center and the Holton Arms School.  Ana studied Art History at GWU, and doesn’t talk about it much but is pretty proud of her Smithsonian Cine Award for Best Art Documentary which she produced in 1995, … read more

  • Gabrielle Farrell

    Lifespan Religious Educator

    Gabrielle joined the River Road staff in May, 2012. Prior to coming to RRUUC, Gabrielle served as the Religious Educator of Lifespan Learning and Family Ministries at All Souls Church in Washington DC and as Religious Educator at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis.  She is the co-author of two Tapestry of Faith curricula.  One … read more

  • Amanda “Mandy” Kelly

    Building Manager

    Mandy is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in the Mt. Pleasant/Adams Morgan area.  She has been married for 24 years, and has three children who are currently in college.  After a 7-year stint in the greater Nashville area, Mandy and her young family returned to DC in 2010.  In her spare time, Mandy enjoys … read more

  • Dr. Clifton Hardin

    Director of Music

    Our thriving music program is led by our Director of Music, Dr. Clifton Hardin.   Clif believes in finding a dynamic combination of seeking musical excellence while fostering community through rehearsals that are engaging, uplifting and fun.   He works with our adult choir and three youth choirs and regularly arranges and composes for those groups as … read more

  • Sheri Blanchette

    Director of Membership

    Sheri started work at River Road on December 4, 2003 – three days before the Annual Bazaar.  When she saw all the excitement, energy and love (and “good goods”) filling the building, she knew she found a great place to work.  Sheri is now responsible for member services, database management, outreach and, most importantly, helping … read more

  • Beth Irikura

    Religious Educator for Youth and Outreach Technology Support

    Beth is a Credentialed Religious Educator having completed the UUA’s credentialing program.  She has a certificate in Lay Ministry with an emphasis in Youth Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.  Beth and her family attend the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, where she was a lead advisor for their youth program for three years. Beth serves as … read more

  • Diana Chimes


    Diana joined the staff as bookkeeper in 2001 not long after serving as a volunteer for an accounting project in the RRUUC office.  She is responsible for the congregation’s financial data management. During her tenure, she has worked with committees on two Capital Campaigns; the first campaign for the Fellowship Building addition in 2008 and … read more

  • Rev. Ginger Luke

    Minister Emirita

    The Reverend Ginger Luke is currently the Minister Emerita of River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Bethesda, Maryland.  As the Director of Religious Education or Minister of Religious Education she served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Lincoln, Nebraska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland. Rev. Luke obtained her … read more

  • Rev. Leslie Westbrook

    Affiliate Minister

    Rev. Leslie Westbrook is a Unitarian Universalist minister with a doctorate in clinical social work. She offers therapy to individuals and couples, with offices in Bethesda and Kensington. She is affiliated with River Road. Leslie passionately believes that religion and mental health are intertwined. When we are hurting, the whole person is struggling. This understanding led … read more