Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Leslie Mills, Contract Minister
Rev. Leslie grew up in the Milwaukee region as a third-generation UU. She spent time working in a youth program in a science museum before attending seminary at United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities and then was a settled minister in Elgin, IL before returning to the Twin Cities to live. She has been active in the PrairieStar District Family Camp and MidWest Leadership School. She is an artist, a musician, and a practitioner of aikido martial arts and has a long history of activism in various social justice movements.
Heather McCracken, Congregational Administrator
After spending over a decade in the classroom teaching writing and literature, Heather decided to make the leap and change careers in 2020. Inspired by a commitment to equity and social justice, she hoped to find fulfilling work that supported a compassionate organization and community, and so she is thrilled to have found a home at UU La Crosse. Outside of work, Heather spends her time knitting, playing board games, practicing yoga, and kayaking. Her favorite things to talk about are her dog, Sebastien, her cat, Slightly, and anything related to Japan.
Rita Kock-Thometz, Choir Director
Rita has attended and participated in the UUF’s music ministry, singing in the choir and playing flute, since 2015, and she became choir director in early 2017. She performs in the band Prairie Smoke throughout the year and the La Crosse Concert Band in the summer. Music is an integral part of our Sunday services. Come, make music with us! New choir members are always welcome.
Allison Wyeth, Director of Religious Education
Born and raised in California, Allison is now happily living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a background in education, educational administration, non-profit management and more than twenty years of attending UU congregations and volunteering with UU youth, Allison became a Director of Religious Education in 2018. She currently serves both UU La Crosse (virtually) and First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis in the role of Director of Religious Education. When not at work, Allison enjoys spending time with her wife, Lauren, and her two grown sons (whose stories sometimes make it into her Time For All Ages). She enjoys Broadway musicals, movies, concerts, watching men’s and women’s soccer and will sheepishly discuss her favorite Xbox games if asked.