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.
Delena Leon, Religious Education Coordinator
While she is new to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Delena realizes she has been a member since birth and is excited to have found the existence of such a place. Working for the public library in town has given her the opportunity to educate, entertain, and serve the families of La Crosse and sees her position here as an extension of that. When she is not pushing books and literacy through fun story times she might be walking her dog Homer and or mixing up something in the kitchen. You might also find her listening to live music and dancing like no one is watching. Delena is looking forward meeting everyone here and serving the community.