Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister

Deborah Cayer is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Divinity School. She was ordained in 1996 and served as minister for the Unitarian Church of Sharon, Massachusetts for twelve years. She has served the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since August 2008, first as a part-time Consulting Assistant Minister, then as Acting Lead Minister for two years.

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Role: Lead Minister
Phone: 919-489-2575 x102

Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Minister of Congregational Engagement (Pronouns: she / they)

On Sunday, January 30, 2022, members of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF) enthusiastically voted to call Reverend Jacqueline Brett as new Lead Minister. Reverend Brett currently serves as ERUUF’s Minister for Congregational Engagement and will begin their new role July 1, 2022, following the planned departure of current Lead Minister, Reverend Deborah Cayer.

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Role: Minister of Congregational Engagement
Phone: 919-489-2575 x109

Rev. Stacy Grove, Consulting Pastoral Care Minister

Stacy Grove is a Jewish Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Director with a background in pastoral care, hospice care, chaplaincy, and Red Cross disaster spiritual care. Her role providing pastoral care for the ERUUF community is part-time and involves working closely with the Pastoral Care Associates and the Care Ministries Team.

Role: Consulting Pastoral Care Minister
Phone: 919-489-2575 x103

Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Minister Emeritus

Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and Meadville Lombard Theological School. He served as Lead Minister at ERUUF for 21 years from 1983 to 2004 and then as Lead Minister at First UU Church of San Diego until his retirement in 2014. Since retirement, he has devoted himself to teaching and to a ministry of spiritual direction.  He has been an adjunct faculty member at Duke Divinity School and Starr King School for the Ministry. ERUUF voted to call Dr. Straube as its Minister Emeritus in 2014.

Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

Daniel brings a varied background to ERUUF. He has worked as a Business Manager for a Holistic Health Organization, served as an editor at Duke University, and is also an ordained, interfaith minister. He holds an M.Div from Yale Divinity School. He has lived in Durham for over 20 years and has three teenage daughters.

Role: Director of Administration
Phone: 919-489-2575 x104

Melissa Smith, R.E. Assistant

Melissa Smith joined the ERUUF team in 2021 as the Religious Education (R.E.) Assistant. The Smith family relocated to the Durham area in 2019 and was happy to find community at ERUUF. After witnessing her own children’s growth within the R.E. program, she was excited to partner with the fellowship as a staff member to help others similarly engage. For nearly a decade, Melissa has been a homeschool educator for her own three children and within co-learning communities, working with children with a variety of personalities and preferences while planning and executing fun and educational activities. Additionally, she volunteers as a Girl Scout Leader and in voter engagement. Melissa is a perpetual learner who loves books, podcasts, good conversation, cooking new recipes, and allyship in the social and racial justice movements. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mary Washington University in Political Science and is a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine.


Jenny Jolly, Communications Coordinator

Jenny Jolly grew up overseas and moved to North Carolina as a teen. She is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte where she studied English Literature and Journalism. She has worked as a content creator and communicator for small and large organizations in North Carolina and Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs. Her special talent is passionate curiosity. 

Contact Person: Jenny Jolly
Role: Communications Coordinator
Staff Partner: Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

Shawn Trimble, Facilities Coordinator

Shawn Marie Trimble, was born in New Orleans, LA. Colorful as the city she is from, she is the mother of three.  With a background in visual arts, Shawn received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University with plans to pursue her masters degree in career counseling and ordination as a minister of Spiritual Life Consciousness. Passionate about being an agent of change, she has worked with children and adults, facilitated workshops geared toward self-discovery, and has served as a community council organizer for the Durham/Chapel Hill areas (2011-2013).

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Role: Office Assistant
Phone: 919-489-2575 x118
Staff Partner: Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

Sheng Yang, Bookkeeper

Ms. Yang easily keeps our accounting and financial systems running smoothly and efficiently. We are glad to have her as part of our team.

Role: Bookkeeper
Phone: 919-489-2575 x105
Staff Partner: Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration

Alice Alexander, Planned Giving Coordinator

Alice has enjoyed a fantastic career in nonprofit management, primarily with Planned Parenthood. She recently stepped down as Executive Director of the Cohousing Association of the U.S., nurturing the growth of cohousing communities as an innovative response to social and environmental challenges. Alice discovered UUism straight out of college, belonging to congregations in Northern Virginia and Cincinnati, and joining ERUUF in 2001 after moving to Durham. She is proud to have served as Board President of SUUSI, the UU summer camp, which attracts the largest gathering of UU’s outside of GA. Alice is delighted to be supporting ERUUF in growing our culture of generosity.

Contact Person: Alice Alexander
Role: Planned Giving Coordinator
Staff Partner: Daniel Trollinger, Director of Administration