Lynne Lane

President, Board of Trustees

I first joined the Unitarian Universalist congregation in 1973 when I was looking for religious education for my then four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. Raised in the Jewish tradition and married to a Ukrainian Catholic, it was important to me for my children to receive an unbiased religious, spiritual and moral education. I taught religious education (RE) for a while and subsequently became RE director for a number of years.

When I remarried, it was an interracial marriage, and our two biracial children came up through the RE program. They graduated in the Coming of Age program, a confirmation program of sorts. My children benefitted from meeting UUs from other congregations and going to UU summer retreats on Star Island. They made friendships that have lasted into their adult years, and I see the values that guided them reflected in the way that they are conducting themselves as adults.

I have served as clerk on the Board of Trustees and, presently, as vice president. In addition, I am part of the advisory council to the minister and a member of the Compassionate Care Team. I love being involved in the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Group (UUW) and have been a participant in Small Group Ministry for the past two years. I look forward to joining the Spirit in Practice program this year.

I continue to maintain a private practice in speech pathology and in business speech consulting. My husband Ed and I also enjoy taking an active part in our grandchildren’s lives.


Nancy Furnas


I have belonged to our UU Congregation for more than forty years. We joined when my three children were very young, and they all attended our UU RE programs. I have been active in many church activities over the years and have seen many changes take place. Ten years ago I retired from my position as a community health nurse with the Stamford Health Department and now enjoy having more time to be active in our congregation, where I have so many dear friends.

Time with my family as well as travel, tennis, reading and community activities are also important to me. Looking forward, I am excited to see how UUC will change and grow.

Peter Devin


I joined the Unitarian Universalist Congregation as a child in 1974, coming from a mixed background of Judaism and the Greek Orthodoxy.  Being raised as a UU and coming up through the religious education program has allowed me to keep an open mind to other faiths, values, cultures, and traditions while also giving me the freedom to forge my own spiritual identity.  Some of the best memories of my childhood center around the social life of the UUC; camp outs, potluck dinners, square dances, weekend retreats, overnights, the youth group… the list goes on an on.  My wife and I were married by the former UUC minister in 2003 and are proud today to have our son enrolled in the RE program.

I now work in the Television industry, primarily as an Editor of Reality TV programming.  I enjoy gardening, biking, home improvement projects, and spending time with family and friends.

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Frank Porco


Barbara Montrose

Religious Educator

Barbara Montrose was raised in Michigan with her five older brothers and sisters. She moved to Massachusetts in 1998 to attend law school. After graduating law school and practicing law for a short time, she realized that her passion was in education. She joyfully transitioned from attorney to college professor and academic administrator. After a decade in higher education, she became the Director of Capacity and Program Development at the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc. in Charlestown, Massachusetts, where she was responsible for community outreach, fundraising and volunteer management. In 2014, she moved to New York with her husband. Upon moving to New York, she served as a substitute teacher in White Plains and Port Chester. Barbara took time off from her career for the first year of her daughter’s life, and now serves as our Religious Education Coordinator


Patti Preiss-Harris

Music Coordinator

Patti Preiss-Harris is a pianist, composer and educator residing in Stamford, Connecticut. Originally trained as a classical pianist, she picked up the electric bass and toured Europe and America with renowned jazz composer Carla Bley, before obtaining an MFA in performance as a pianist at California Institute of the Arts. She has composed over 50 jazz compositions, recorded an album of original piano improvisations, worked as an accompanist for the Voice Department of SUNY Purchase, and performs with The Bill Harris Quartet, The Schubert Club Piano Ensemble and numerous choruses in Fairfield Country.

Patti has taught piano privately since 1980. She began playing piano for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Stamford in 2013.