Our Staff

Reverend Jane Thickstun, LPC – Minister

Rev. Jane Thickstun came to the UU Church of the North Hills in Pittsburgh in 2019 as its Settled Minister. She has also served congregations in Croton-on-Hudson and Ithaca, NY, and in Michigan, New Hampshire, and Georgia.  Rev. Jane grew up in Potsdam, NY, and has degrees in Linguistics and Philosophy, both from Georgetown University, and prepared for the UU ministry at Meadville/Lombard Theological School, graduating in 2000.  Before ministry, she worked as a mainframe programmer/analyst, taught English to people from all around the globe, and worked on a newspaper, to name just a few of her professional adventures. She enjoys hiking, singing, and contra dancing, among other things.

Dana Poss – Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Dana has been a religious educator since 2008 and has served several congregations in Georgia and Idaho. She has been with UUCNH since 2018. She is an officer of the Ohio-Meadville chapter of religious educators. has been on the Mid-South district board, is a trained Healthy Congregations Consultant, a UUA Chrysalis-certified youth director, an Our Whole Lives (OWL) facilitator, and a member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA). She has led numerous training sessions for youth advisors, youth leaders, and religious educators around the country and has spent time as a volunteer staff person at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in North Carolina and Camp de Benneville Pines in California. In addition to her professional experience, Dana enjoys gardening, reading, and DIY projects. She has 3 grown children in California, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Mary Doubleday – Choir Director

Mary Doubleday has conducted the UUCNH choir since the fall of 2000.

As an undergrad, she studied music and mathematics at Wells College in upstate New York.   She continued her studies in voice, conducting, and music history at Northwestern University, where she received a Master’s degree and completed the coursework for a Ph.D.

A few years later, she completed a Master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 1988, Mary and her husband, Dennis, moved to Pittsburgh and joined UUCNH as members. Their two children grew up in the church;  Julie is now in Washington D.C.,  Kevin is in Rochester N.Y.

In 2016, Mary retired from teaching math at Carlow University.

She is very happy to have more time for music, reading, socializing, and watercolors classes.

Lindsay Scott – Treasurer

Lindsay has been Treasurer of the UU Church of the North Hills since 2013 and has been a UU since 1988.  She has an MBA in Finance and has worked in that field for large corporations, such as Heinz and IBM, and a small family Real Estate Retail Developer/Manager where she works two days a week now.  Lindsay has also served as Treasurer for the local non-profit Sojourner House, as Treasurer for a Canadian non-profit, and as Chair of the Summer Institute Planning Committee.  She enjoys many outdoor activities and lives in Franklin Park with her cat Ozzy.  Lindsay has a married daughter who was a member of UUCNH before moving to Rector, PA.

Hal Dixler – Pianist

Hal has been a member since 1971. He was raised in a loving Jewish family (more cultural than religious) in New York City. After moving to Pittsburgh for employment, he was invited by a neighbor to visit UUCNH. Within a short period of time, Hal became the piano accompanist for worship services and the choir (until 2014). He presently continues part-time to accompany the congregation.

Nick Tiberi – Pianist

Nick Tiberi has served as pianist and choir accompanist at UUCNH since the summer of 2016. Prior to UUCNH, Nick was organist/pianist at McKnight UMC in Ross Township and Oak Grove Lutheran in Zelienople. Nick also performs as a multi-instrumentalist in many different musical genres and settings such as polka, musical theater, rock, and jazz. Nick’s “day job” is in software development. He currently lives in Stanton Heights with his wife Emily (also a musician) and their cat.

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