Our Staff

rev lee anne washington


The Rev. Dr. Lee Anne Washington has been an advocate, author, and educator for over thirty years.  She is also a progressive and liberal feminist biblical scholar.  Her vision of ministry may be expressed by the concepts of the Beloved Community and Tikkun Olam, the repair of what is broken in the world.  Her ministry is actively working with people to find and manifest meaning, purpose, and connection in their own lives and within the larger community.  

Rev. Lee Anne’s passion is teaching and preaching ways for us to live into our seven principles and their underpinning value systems.  She is an ethicist at heart and student of world religions and thought traditions.  She brings authentic multi-faith and multi-ethnic experiences and perspectives into her work as a UU Minister.  She says her “spirit soars” when she finds ethical values and moral principles reflected across multiple sources.

Rev. Lee Anne is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, the University of Virginia Law School, where she earned a Juris Doctorate, and Union Presbyterian Seminary, where she earned a Master of Divinity.


Rev. Lee Anne can be reached at (914) 930-1213 and uuchvminister@gmail.com. 

JAne Podell

Director of Lifespan

Faith Development

Jane Podell has served our congregation as Director of Religious Education (DRE) for the past 7 years.  Before that, she served as DRE at the UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie for 17 years. In addition to working half-time at UUCHV, she also holds part-time positions at the UU Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston as "Youth and Young Families Coordinator"; at Vassar College as the weekend concerts supervisor; and at Cappella Festiva, a community choir in Dutchess County, as Administrator.  Jane has been a UU for 25 years and says that Unitarian Universalism has been the center of her life. She adds, "There is little separation from what I do and who I am." Her position as DRE calls her to minister to children of all ages as they engage in spiritual seeking and discover their own path, always with a sense of wonder.

Rita Ruotolo


Rita has been UUCHV’s administrator since 2006 and handles a lot of the behind the scenes work that is essential to our congregations success.

Giocille Shaw


Giocille Shaw has been a member of the musical staff of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley since 2014. She also teaches in  the Ossining Union Free School District, the Steinhart School of New York University, and The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts. She is a staff musician at Theater O and St. Ann's Church in Ossining, and is the founder of Ossining Sings!, an ensemble devoted to building community through song. 


Our 2019-2020 Board of Trustees


PRESIDENT: Betsy Tomic




SECRETARY: Nora Mulligan

(nora.m.mulligan@gmail.com )

TREASURER: Betsy Tomic


Scott Crowder

Megan Fenton

Teri Lukin

Eddy Fried

The Leadership Development Team


John Aigner

Gerry Peet

Teri Lukin

Our Committee Chairs


Susi Dugaw


Virginia (Ginny) Stillman


Michael Schwartz


Kathy Williams


Monica Dietrich


Chris Oliver


April Stritmater