To reach any of our staff by phone, call 208.658.1710

Rev. Sara LaWall


With such a love for bouldering, yoga, heights, and the trapeze, somehow Rev. Sara has managed to not run away to the circus. She has, however, traveled the world’s “spiritual hotspots,” like Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, with her husband Michael. We’re grateful to have her here in Boise since she accepted our call in 2015. She is a champion for social justice issues which is an integral part of her spiritual life; and works to weave justice and spirituality into the life of the congregation. As her sons put it “she teaches us to never be afraid to say what you truly believe.” In Rev. Sara’s “free” time when she takes a break from ministry and isn’t on the climbing wall or singing with our Soulful group, she’s indulging in ice cream, Netflix, and family time.

Mary Beth Bolin

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Ministerial Intern

Mary Beth resists in gently fierce ways. She recharges often with long walks, catching up with old friends, and absolutely losing track of time in a bookstore. She tries to make music on any instrument she can get her hands on. A lover of analog, it’s not surprising her person nemesis is too much time staring at a screen. Mary Beth is a big fan of serendipity and dark chocolate.You can find her around embodying creativity, curiosity, and graciousness.

Emmie Schlobohm

Director of Family Ministries


Emmie is a lover of sending love notes to tell people how amazing they are. Which makes sense because she follows her heart and lives life from a place of love. A wanderlusting soul, replenished by the sound of silence and the roll of ocean waves or the babbling of a stream, when Emmie isn’t at Boise UU, she can be found exploring our planet. Dark chocolate mochas make her happy, people being disrespectful does not. Emmie and her team lead our children and youth through religious exploration, or is it the other way around?

Rachel Strong

Director of Administration

Rachel has deep roots in the Treasure Valley going back at least four generations. She has small hands, and a big love for coffee and self reflection. Rachel is organized and compassionate. When she’s not streamlining processes based on her excellent knowledge of analytic efficiency, she’s spending time with her two boys and other people she loves.

Nancy Harms

Program Support Specialist

Nancy is more than meets the eye. A keen interest in murder mysteries makes her an excellent problem solver. Family is incredibly important to her and she loves spending time with them. An owner of a broad palate, her favorite taste is Thanksgiving dinner. Her whole face lights up when she smiles. Nancy is helpful, she remembers nearly everyone in the congregation by name, their children, and fun stories about them.

Tessa Veto

Social Justice and Membership Coordinator
(208) 658-1710

Tess soaks up the wild world around her. As a child she learned how to make a loon call from loons on Ashley Lake in Montana. As an adult she practices sword fighting in the park every Wednesday. She loves the taste of ginger and cooking nutritious foods with friends. Her eye for design comes from observing the natural world; her favorite sequence is Fibonacci’s. Tess’s work in Social Justice started with Standing Rock, but she’s believed in a kinder world her whole life. When she’s not camping around the Pacific Northwest, you can find her here at Boise UU with wild hair and bold lipstick colors.

Emily/Gem Emerson Paige

Religious Exploration Coordinator
(208) 658-1710

Gem is just that. They love to embroider, perfectly placed french knots are their calling. Gem also enjoys photographing their smol doggo “Kita” who frequents the office with them. Even though they have a hard time naming directly what makes them so unique, there are many good-natured quirks: their vast knowledge of Beyonce, love of chalky candy, and dislike of slugs and snot being the tip of the iceberg. Gem is eager for justice and creativity, and to instill those values in our youngest minds.

Carrie Bastian

Director of Music
(208) 283-4152

Carrie is a lover of the arts. She reads literature with David, her English professor husband, and composes hymns for our monthly themes. She’s a huge fan of opera and traveling the world, most notably hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and leading a musical pilgrimage through Transylvania. Carrie also likes to explore through yoga and meditation. She’s our energetic, passionate, and dedicated music director, leading our music program and hearts.

Sammantha DeVore

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Childcare Coordinator

(208) 658-1710

Sammantha indulges in the rich pleasures of life: dark chocolate, cheesecake, and a good story. In fact, she likes listening to audiobooks more than music. In her fiction she digs dystopian futures, but in real life she hopes for something better for all of us. She explores Boise by bike. The zoo and the library are a couple of her favorite destinations. Samm is compassionate and talkative, and is excellent with newborns, toddlers, and kiddos.