Staff

Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner
Interim Minister

Rev. Debra has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for more than 18 years. She has served UU congregations in Westport, CT, and most recently Reston, VA, and Santa Cruz County, CA. She has been the executive director of two national not-for-profit organizations, and she has worked closely with the UUA and the UUMA on the development of materials on sexual safety in congregations, professional sexual misconduct prevention, and sexuality training for UU ministers and religious educators. Rev. Debra is the author or co-author of seven books, including “From Diapers to Dating: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children,” which has been translated into 12 languages. She holds a doctorate from the Pacific School of Religion and Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, a Master’s in Public Health from the Yale School of Medicine, and a BA from Wesleyan University. Her work has been honored by such diverse organizations as the UU Women’s Federation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Union Theological Seminary, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Rev. Debra served as an early consultant on the development of the OWL program, the Guidelines Committee of the UUMA, and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.

You can read her bio here: https://revdebrahaffner.com/about

Danielle Burby
Danielle BurbyDirector of Religious Education
Danielle is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and was deeply shaped by her own experiences growing up in the UUFH Religious Education program, which she is happy to now oversee. She graduated from Hamilton College with a dual degree in women’s studies and creative writing and works in book publishing with a focus on children’s fiction.
Danielle can be reached at: rec@uufh.org
Dr. Jie Yi
Dr. Jie YiConductor
Dr. Jie Yi joined UUFH as Conductor in August 2018. Jie holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree in conducting from Manhattan School of Music. He is the author of Chinese for Singers, the first comprehensive guide for Western singers to use in singing Chinese texts. Jie conducted Messe de Minuit by Charpentier, Musikalische Exequien by Schütz, and Missa O quam gloriosum by Victoria at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2018 and 2019. He also conducted Handel’s coronation anthem Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened at Riverside Church in 2018. In 2015, he made his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata. He was Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at the Shanghai Opera from 2008 to 2013. Jie is a recipient of the Asian Culture Council Fellowship (2011) and the U.S. China Cultural Institute Fellowship for Young Conductors (2006). As pianist and vocal coach, he performed at La Lingua della Lirica Festival in Italy (2015–16) and performed Bellini’s opera I Capuletti e i Montecchi at Manhattan School of Music (2013).
Sandra Yens
Sandra YensOffice Administrator
Sandra grew up at the UUFH and is excited to be back. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Economic History and has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of Richmond. Her career has varied from corporate office roles in Administration to most recently being the Communications Director for the Nursery School of the United Methodist Church in Huntington.
Isabella Eredita Johnson
Isabella Eredita JohnsonPianist
Isabella lives in Northport, and accompanies and teaches piano professionally. She was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music where she received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees, studying with Constance Keene. She has won both the prestigious George Schick award for outstanding musicianship and 1st prize at the Mason & Hamlin Piano competition. Among her proudest accomplishments are the presentations of the Diabelli Variations and the Goldberg Variations. Each of these two concerts involved the gathering of over thirty fine pianists, each performing a single variation. Ms. Eredita is an active advocate for the arts on Long Island, and regularly hosts the “Opera Night” series on Long Island.
Bridgette Nicolini
Bridgette NicoliniWebsite Administrator
email: bn@rfimedia.com – 631.271.1808 – 516-384-3602
Bridgette Nicolini is co-founder and president of Reach For It Media, Inc. a branding, design, web development and marketing company located in Huntington. She has been in the graphic design industry since 1988 and has been a Huntington resident since 1983.

In her spare time she runs ongoing Law of Attraction workshops and Songwriting workshop for women and devotes time to her lifelong passion of songwriting for Film & TV.