Jessica Laikeman, Director of Faith Formation

Jessica is a life-long UU who is passionate about faith formation. She has been working with children and youth of all ages for 15 years, including over five years of experience teaching/facilitating UU Religious Education classes for both children and adults. Jessica is a certified “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) facilitator and is in the process of becoming a UUA Credentialed Religious Educator. She is also the coordinator for the Colorado Springs Youth Religious Unitarian Universalist (YRUU), the joint high school youth program with All Souls Unitarian Church.

Jessica serves on the Mountain Desert District Youth-Adult Council (YAC) as the Central/Northern Cluster Adult Representative. After spending seven years in the business world, Jessica is thrilled to have finally turned her passion for religious education and faith formation into her profession.

Contact Jessica at


Dianne McRae, Worship Coordinator

Dianne joined High Plains Church, UU in about 2003. Singing in the choir and participation in music have been her strongest passions, but she has also found a love for creating and guiding worship. Reverend Dianne completed training in the Eco-spiritual Seminary with Reverend Ahriana Platten and was ordained in 2006. Her work centers around weddings, funerals, and life-passages ceremonies for members of the local community. She feels privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in our community in this way. Dianne also began helping with worship services here at HPCUU about that time. “Supporting worship is part of my spiritual path and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve here.”

Contact Dianne at


Dionne Myers, Office Administrator

Dionne Myers has been employed at the HPCUU since August 2018. Dionne has a strong work ethic and liberal sprit that allows her to diligently carry out her duties at the HPCUU. Her passions include but are not limited to, family, cooking, art, literature, music and animals. Her work centers around ensuring that the HPCUU activities run efficiently by providing an organized structure for staff and members. Dionne is thankful to have been given the opportunity to work at the HPCUU and she values the experience of coming into work and being apart of a community. In her own word “there is no place better to work.”

Contact Dionne at


Michael Hawkins, Music Director

Michael Hawkins has been leading the HPCUU Music Ministry since August 2018.  As Music Director, he oversees HPCUUs music program and works closely with the Worship Team. Michael studied Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College and Music with and emphasis in sound design and cinematic mixing. He is a Colorado Springs native who teaches piano and recording arts through the Colorado Springs Conservatory and R.P. Lee Youth Center on PAFB. Michael is pleased to be able to share his talents and skills with our congregation.

Contact Michael at


Karen Holton, Bookkeeper

Karen came to High Plains in the Summer of 2015. From the first moment she felt “at home” and became a member within two months of her first visit.  Shortly thereafter she became a member of the finance team when it was learned she had 30 plus years experience in bookkeeping and accounting. After being involved with finance, it became clear that the church was in need of a bookkeeper, so in June of 2017 she began the process of becoming familiar with the books and the system and took over those responsibilities in the fall of 2017. Karen continues in that capacity and hopes to do her best to assist in ensuring our fiscal good health in the coming years.

Contact Karen at


Rebecca Hutchins, Nursery Supervisor

Rebecca Hutchins is a Colorado transplant. She and her partner started attending High Plains last year and have enjoyed growing in their faith together. She has two children, Abrahm, 8, and Avarie, 2. Originally from Oklahoma, she moved here five years ago to work as a Certified Surgical Technologist at a pediatric facility in Denver. She currently works in this role at the United States Air Force Academy where she specializes in orthopedics. Rebecca is CPR certified and has experience working with children of all ages. She is excited to take on the role of nursery supervisor with High Plains. In her free time, she likes to go with her family on hiking adventures.


We are looking for a half-time consulting minister!

See job posting below: