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UUJEC Leadership

PositionNameCongregationPictureBiography
Co-Chair Michael Teasdale Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newbury Park, CA

Michael Teasdale was born and grew up in Weymouth, Ma. Michael is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Philosophy. He has also done graduate work in international business at the Sorbonne, Paris.  Michael spent 10 years as a director in the theatre and journalist often addressing issues of inequality in New York and Paris before working in the corporate world in strategy, change management and training. His last position was Senior Director of Operational Excellence at Baxter Inc. Since retiring, Michael has taught a course on Inequality inspired by Thomas Piketty’s Book “Capital” and led a group at his Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (CVUUF) congregation on inequality. He currently serves as UUJEC Co-Chair, chair of the Events Committee and UUJEC Liaison to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Michael now lives in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife. Contact Michael at Michael.Teasdale1 @ gmail.com

Co-Chair Terry Lowman First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA Terry Lowman retired recently from a long career in business, justice was always a passion. Married to Mark Kassis as soon as same sex marriage was legal in Iowa, he and Mark parented four children, two from Terry's marriage to a Cuban woman and two adopted from Peru. They owned three restaurants, which were often venues for charity fund raising and liberal political events. Terry was born into UCC, lost god and found UU in 1989. Terry has volunteered in a number of UU related causes, from AMOS, the local congregationally based community organizing, starting Iowa’s UU state advocacy network (IUUWAN), the UU Funding Program's Social Responsibility grant panel and summer of 2014 joining UUJEC as co-chair. Terry is the UUJEC Liaison for State Legislative Networks (CUUSAN) and chair of the Nominating Committee. Terry is a member of UU Congregation of Miami and First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Iowa. Contact Terry at TerryLeeLowman @ gmail.com 
Treasurer Jane Bannor Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL

Jane was elected to the UUJEC Board in 2014.  She served on the planning committee for the February, 2015 UUJEC conference Escalating Inequality or Opportunity for All? and currently is the Treasurer in addition to chairing the UUJEC Finance Committee.  A member of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Jane has taken a leadership role in her church’s Peace and Justice Committee, and she currently serves on the Chicago Area UUSJ Peace and Economic Justice / Homelessness task forces.  She guided her church’s efforts to implement the Peacemaking Study / Action Issue, and she’s been spearheading her congregation’s work on the 2014 – 2017 CSAI on Escalating Inequality. Efforts have centered on raising the minimum wage and on protecting state “safety net” programs, while responding to growing budgetary issues.  Working in local political campaigns and in community action efforts, Jane has seen the impact growing income inequality has had on our major cities. She hopes our denomination’s study of the issue will increase our commitment to finding a way to distribute our nation’s wealth more equitably. Contact Jane at  jbannor @ sbcglobal.net

Trustee Carl McCargo Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, MA

Carl McCargo has been a member of UUJEC since 2006, now serving as Chair of the GA Booth Committee, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, Mass. since 1985, when he became a UU. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1973 and his Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1981. Carl worked as a civil service psychologist for the state of Massachusetts for twenty years and retired in 2005. In 1992, he was in the first group of UU’s trained as Social Justice Empowerment Trainers and has conducted many workshops nationwide. Carl is also a Jubilee World I Anti-racism trainer and has conducted workshops across the U.S. Currently, Carl is the Chairperson of the Ward-3 Democratic Committee in Springfield, Mass. When his term as Chair of the Ward Committee expires this year, Carl will devote himself more fully to Media Reform, from the point of view that our media – movies and TV – teaches our culture how to think about “the Other,” class, the poor immigrants, etc. Feel free to contact Carl at: ilike2travel @ comcast.net 

Trustee Chris Marlowe Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore in Galloway, NJ

 

Trustee Colin Sykes Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi, TX

 

Trustee Dean Wanderer Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, VA

Dean Wanderer is a member of the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church of Burke, Virginia and a Unitarian Universalist since 1980. Dean graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He also holds ajuris doctorate and two masters of law (International) and (Environmental).  He retired from the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1994 and began as a sole practitioner thereafter.  He has been an advocate for thirty-nine years concerning international matters for the US Navy or Department of Defense for those who face criminal charges, removal for immigration reasons, and family law matters.  He has frequently represented the injured and disabled.  He is the co-chair of the Unitarian Universalists Legislative Ministry of Virginia (UULMVA) and the chair of the Immigration Steering Committee for the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the Capital Region (UUSJ).  He has personally advocated at federal and state levels of government. The priorities of the UULMVA include Economic Injustice (minimum wage increase, expansion of MEDICAID, voting rights for ex-felons and the end of predatory lending, among others). You can contact Dean at deanwanderer @ verizon.net

Trustee Diane Conrad Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, OR Diane Conrad has been attending the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, Oregon since 2007. Diane facilitated a 6-month adult religious education series, “What Is Justice”.  She currently facilitates a Sisters Circle, with focus on topics reaching beyond everyday actions and experiences. She works with the Eugene UU Service in Action Committee, and with Occupy Interfaith Eugene/Springfield, with her interest in social justice. Diane is a retired Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with two Master Degrees, one in psychiatric nursing, one in Liberal Arts with major in philosophy. Diane is a member of the UUJEC task force on the Corruption of Democracy. Contact Diane at mydiane @ q.com.
Trustee Dr. Dick Burkhart Church of the Larger Fellowship

Dick Burkhart is a life long UU and advocate for social and economic justice. Professionally he has a Ph.D. in mathematics and has worked in academia and industry in applied mathematics and scientific and engineering computing. In 2002 he took early retirement to become a full time activist, especially on issues, from local to global, of economic inequality, limits-to-growth, sustainability, democracy, and urbanization. He has been on the board of UUJEC since 2005, currently serving as a chair of the General Assembly Committee.

Trustee Jim Black Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, WI

Jim Black is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County Wisconsin and a retiring attorney. Jim dedicated his career to representing injured workers and the disabled.  From the foundation of Jim’s career experiences, he knows the issues the UUJEC addresses are extremely important. Throughout his legal career Jim saw the faces of those who struggled to work within a system which did not provide a just economic system. Jim and his wife Trish work locally to help advance an economic system which is just for their children, grandchild and community. Jim hopes, through the UUJEC, to play a part in advancing a just economic system. To reach Jim, email him at jblackjd85 @ gmail.com

Trustee John Martin Church of the Larger Fellowship

 

Trustee Karla Chew Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, IL

I retired in 2004 after 40 years as computer manager/analyst/programmer. I am currently treasurer of UU's for Social Justice in Chicago and for the Austin Scholarship Committee of 3rd Unitarian Church. I am, also, involved in the local Move to Amend group. For several years in the past, I worked with the local PADS homeless shelter. I am Chair of the UUJEC Communications Committee and can be reached at communications @ uujec.com.  

Trustee Maureen Maliszewski Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, CO

Maureen Maliszewski is a co-founder and Director of La Plata County Thrive! Living Wage Coalition. Maureen and her husband Paul moved from Buffalo, NY to Durango, Colorado in 2006 to be nearer their children and grandchildren. Maureen retired from a 40 year career in healthcare with specialization in HIV care and several volunteer stints in Africa. While chair of the Social Justice Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durango, growing economic inequality became a focal issue within the congregation and expanded to the larger community. A core group founded Thrive!, a nonprofit organization, in 2013 to address the living wage issue in La Plata County by: growing a coalition which believes that workers should be paid a living wage; educating the community about the importance of a living wage; recognizing employers who pay a living wage and; advocating for fair wages. Maureen can be reached at maliszewskimaureen @ yahoo.com.

Trustee Rachel Bennett Steury Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, CA

Rachel Bennett Steury is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Studio City, and currently serves as the UUJEC Administrator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies from Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts respectively, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Indiana Institute of Technology.  She has a professional background in manufacturing, political advocacy, organizing, writing and research.  Her volunteer work focuses on social media and communications on organ donation, civil, human and labor rights. She is a member of the Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), United Association for Labor Education (UALE) and the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI). She resides in Las Angeles County, California.  Contact Rachel at rachellou @ hotmail.com.      

Trustee Ralph Galen Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield, MA

 

Trustee Rev. Dr. Lucy Hitchcock -

Lucy Hitchcock served as UU minister in North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Florida and in the UUA Extension Department, retiring in 2008. She now lives in of Sultan, WA where she serves on the small city’s Planning and Library Boards. She is a founding member of UUJEC, served on the board off and on and has organized UU actions for the WTO protests in Seattle, FTAA protests in Miami and many conferences. Her spiritual practice is the work of economic justice. Current commitments are to single payer healthcare, a constitutional amendment to remove “person” status from corporations and sustainable organic agriculture here and in Senegal, West Africa. Lucy is Chair of the UUJEC Membership Committee and can be reached at membership @ uujec.com

Trustee Rev. Judith Deutsch First Parish of Sudbury, MA

Judy Deutsch is a Unitarian Universalist minister emerita serving as a member of the Living Our Faith Team and chair of the Welcoming Congregation Committee at First Parish of Sudbury, to which she’s belonged since 1966. Judy is also a board member of the James Luther Adams Foundation (JLAF), a Commissioner of the Sudbury Housing Authority, and an occasional columnist for The Sudbury Town Crier. She has been a member of the NAACP since the 50's, the Sudbury Democratic Town Committee since the 60’s, and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Coming from a Jewish family, Judy has been a Unitarian and then a Unitarian Universalist since 1952. Judy is a Life Member of the League of Women Voters (LWV) and, since 2004, has chaired both the Sudbury and LWV of Massachusetts Health Care Committees. As a proponent of single-payer health care since the mid-forties, she serves on the UUJEC Health Care Task Force.  Judy is also working on the We the People Act in Massachusetts to overturn Citizens United. Contact Judy at revjd @ aol.com 

Trustee Rich Florentino Unitarian Church of Staten Island, NY An Environmental Engineer for 40 years; BSCE Columbia University; MSEnvE University of Illinois. Lifelong interest in history, fostered by excellent undergraduate liberal arts / technical curriculum . Retired in 2010. Joined Unitarian Church on Staten Island in 2011. Has read extensively in history and economics over the last 6 years - since the financial meltdown in 2008. Participated in Occupy Wall Street planning and demonstrations; was first person to use the phrase, "We are the 99%" at an Occupy meeting. Member / on Board of several Democratic Clubs on Staten Island, on Board of Peace Action of Staten Island. Coordinating with other religious and secular groups on Staten Island and in Brooklyn. Speaks regularly at diverse organizations and events regarding Economic Justice.
Trustee Sky Stewart Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, OH

 

Trustee Virginia MacDonald Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County, NC

Virginia MacDonald is a member of the congregation of Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County (UUTC) in Brevard, North Carolina where she has served as President of the Board and is active on the Social Action Committee, focusing on immigration and civil rights issues. She holds a BA from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and Masters in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Ma. Virginia served in Roxbury in the Court Clinic and the Community Health Center, then, in Waltham as a School Social Worker. In retirement she volunteers with the Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County (LWCTC), the Haven Homeless Shelter, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and is active in politics, serving as precinct co-chair. She is a member of the UUJEC General Assembly and Conferences Committee and resides in Brevard, North Carolina. You can contact Virginia at vrmacd2527 @ gmail.com    

Trustee Woullard Lett Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH

Woullard Lett moved to Manchester, NH in 1992 where he served for almost twenty (20) years as an adjunct faculty member and administrator at Southern New Hampshire University School of Community Economic Development. Mr. Lett is currently a management consultant focusing on non-profit and business management issues. Mr. Lett is co-chair of the Manchester Unitarian Universalist Church Social Responsibility Committee and President of the Manchester, NH branch of the NAACP; Education Commission co-chair and board member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA), an international human rights organization; a member of the Manchester Resilience Circle, a national network of local mutual aid organizations; and board member and past-Board Chair for the Ujima Collective, a local Manchester, NH community organization. He is former board member and past-board President of the Haymarket Peoples Fund, a New England regional community foundation; former member of the Manchester Police Commission; previously Treasurer and current Chair of the UUJEC Fundraising Committee; as well as actively engaged in and supporting other anti-racist and social capitalist activities and organizations in New England. Contact Woullard at dubyahh @ hotmail.com  


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