UUCFL has a wonderful staff of gifted professionals who coordinate together to present our Sunday Services,
Religious Education, Music and other services both at the church and beyond our walls.
Susan Dirgins-Friend and Robert W. Smith
Susan is a double bass player and librarian for the Boca Raton Symphonia. A former member of the bass section of the Florida Philharmonic, Susan, in addition to her work with The Symphonia, works free-lancing around South Florida. Susan is also a music teacher at the Dillard School of the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton. She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, obtaining both her Bachelor of Music Degree and her Master of Music Degree.
Co-Choir Director Robert brings many talents which include being a multiple instrument player - specializing in sax, other woodwinds and percussion.
He has been a touring, performing, and studio musician, being a part of many bands and orchestras, and working side by side with some of the world's most renown artists. Robert is also blessed to be husband to our dear Rev. Susan Smith.
You will also see Robert working on many Sunday mornings running the
audio-visual elements in the service.
Eliane Hess - Pianist
Eliane has worked as the Music Director/Pianist/Accompanist at
Miami Central Brazilian SDA Church, accompanist at the Boca Ballet Theatre, and at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton.
Eliane plays all styles of music and we are thrilled for her to bring her versatility and skills to UUCFL.
Alba Kauffman - Officiant
Alba, AKA Opal Luna, is a Reverend in the Pagan community.
Ordained by Moonpath Circle and part of the Leadership of Moonpath
CUUPS at the UUCFL. She is the author of "Fiber Magick, a Witch's Guide
to Spellcasting using Crochet, Knotwork, and Weaving. Priestess of Minerva,
Reiki Master, and Fiber Magickian.
Suzette Kehrer - Officiant
Suzette, AKA Otsana, leads UUCFL CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) and currently holds a seat on the Board of Trustees
for the UUCFL. She holds a M.Div. (Master of Divinity) and a Practitioner Certificate as an ordained non-denominational minister. Otsana is a seasoned mental health professional with degrees in counseling psychology and social
work. Otsana follows an animistic path (the belief that all things are sacred and all things—including people, animals, geographic features, natural phenomenon, and inanimate objects—possess a spirit that connects them to one another; in other words, we are all connected; we are all one.)
Otsana is co-owner of “From this Moment On” which offers expert
officiation of rituals and events celebrating the Milestones in Life.
From Wiccaning’s to Celebrations of Life and everything in-between. A list of services includes...Mommy Blessings, Wiccaning’s, Coming of Age, Initiations, Dedications, Year and a Day, Coming- out ceremonies, Graduations, Achievements, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Handfastings and or Weddings, Hand
Partings, Retirement, Empty Nesting, New Beginnings, Croning and Saging, Celebration of Life, and any event that changes things, From This Moment On.
Minister Emerita - Rev. Gail Tapscott
Reverend Gail Tapscott was our spiritual counselor and settled Minister for
17 years from September 1999 - June 2016. She continues in full fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Gail holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Harvard Divinity School. She has been bestowed the title of Minister Emerita by a grateful UUCFL congregation.
Rev. Gail has relocated to her childhood state of Mississippi where she continues to find plenty of ministry and social justice actions to keep her schedule full.