Elected Leaders: The Board of Trustees

LaRahna Hughes

LaRahna is a native of northern California but she has spent most of her adult life as a southerner in Georgia and more recently South Carolina. She has formal education in business, psychology, history, and religion. She has a master’s in Practical Theology from an evangelical seminary but her personal faith journey has led her to seek out truth from the wisdom of many of the life-embracing… more

Buffy Duncan Morris

Buffy has been a devoted Unitarian Universalist since 2009. She joined AUUC, fully invigorated, in May 2017 after helping the congregation write a new mission statement. She lives in Aiken with her fiancé, Jeff, her son, Kwaidan, and their dog, Remi.

John Heffley

John relocated to South Carolina in 2006 after many years in the wholesale florist business in the Washington, DC, area. In addition to his volunteer work with the AUUC Board and Finance committee, John is active in several Aiken community organizations.

Sandra Hochel

Sandy is a long-time Unitarian Universalist, a retired communications professor, a volunteer instructor for English as a Second Language and US Citizenship preparation classes, a cat devotee, and an off-the-beaten-path traveler.


Renee Kauffmann

Renee has been a Unitarian Universalist for the past 17 years. She was a Director of Religious Education in Michigan for 8 years and has served in many UU leadership positions in both Michigan and South Carolina. Renee and her husband Greg are recent empty nesters who are looking forward to traveling and becoming more involved in social justice at the local level. Renee plans to go back to school … more