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2016-17 Board of Trustees Members and Officers
2015-16 Board of Trustees
2014-15 Board of Trustees
2013-14 Board of Trustees
2012-13 Board of Trustees
2011-12 Board of Trustees
Gathering of Past Presidents
Under our church bylaws, a nine-member Board of Trustees is the governing body of the church. New board members are elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting in April, May or June each year and serve three-year terms. The minister is an ex officio member of the board.
As noted on the Church Governance page, a reorganization of the church’s organizational structure assigns to the board the primary responsibilities for making policies, effectuating the church’s vision and mission as articulated by the members, providing resources, and evaluating programs, while responsibility for supervising staff members and volunteers in the work of the church’s ministries is assigned to the minister.
The board generally meets at church on the third Thursday of each month in the evening. All board and board committee meetings are open to all friends and members, except that the board may close portions of its meetings under its policy on executive sessions, and the Committee on Ministry is authorized to close portions of its meetings when sensitive personal matters are discussed.
The board has designated the President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer to constitute the Executive Committee, which may exercise the board’s authority to the extent provided by board resolution. The current President chairs the Executive Committee. The Minister also participates ex officio in the Executive Committee’s deliberations.
We welcome the participation of our members in the ministry of our church through any of our committees, teams and ministries, and as board members. Members interested in participating should contact the Minister or Church Administrator (see Contact page).
The terms of the members of the 2016-2017 Board of Trustees officially began on July 1, 2016.
Members and Term Expiration Dates
|Term Expiring 6/30/17||Term Expiring 6/30/18||Term Expiring 6/30/19|
Officers for 2016-17
President: Jeremy Milarsky
President-Elect: Todd Iveson
Secretary: Steve Scott
Treasurer: Patty Daus
Board Members and Email Addresses
Jeremy was 2015-16 President and will be 2016-17 President. He is in his third year on the board. He joined UUCC in 2008, has two children in the R.E. program, and is married to Tracey Kenyon Milarsky, a third-generation UU who sits on the church’s R.E. Team.
He has been a member of the Fiscal Review Committee since 2013. He works for a nonprofit program that assists people with the nation’s new health insurance system.
Steve was 2103-14 President and has since served as Secretary. He was re-elected to the board in May 2014 and is in his fifth and final year on the board.
He joined UUCC in Spring 2010, served two years as a Worship Associate, chaired the Ministerial Search Committee, chaired the Stewardship Team in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and serves as the church webmaster. He is a lawyer in private practice in Columbia.
Gregg was the Treasurer for 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14. He was re-elected to the board in May 2014 and is in his fifth and final year on the board.
Gregg joined our church in Spring 2011. He brings think tank experience – joining politics and sciences – to the board. He works in Columbia making climate predictions.
Mark is in his second year on the board. He has been a member of UUCC since Oct. 6, 2013.
Mark brings significant experience as an officer of several congregations in Kansas, as well as nine years as a national board member of a 5,000+ member hobbyist organization with an annual budget of approximately $500,000.
Mark is employed as a computer security analyst.
Janice is in her second year on the board and became a member of UUCC on Jan. 6, 2014 after participating as a friend of the church for four years. Her two teenaged daughters have benefitted from church’s R.E. program.
She chairs the Social Action Team and is a member of the Green Sanctuary Team. She also enjoys participating in the film and discussion group, Reel UUs.
Janice is a behavior analyst.
Jenny is filling a vacancy on the board resulting from a resignation. She joined UUCC in November 2010 and has served as chair of the Religious Education Team. She was also selected to fill a previous board vacancy several years ago.
Jenny is an associate professor in the MU Department of Information Science and Learning Technology.
Patty is in her first year on the board. She became a member of UUCC in May 2012 and felt as though she had found her tribe when she heard the words, “Whatever faiths you have known, or the flags of your heritage, you are welcome here. Whoever you are or whomever you love, you are welcome here.”
Patty began her service at UUCC pulling weeds, which blossomed into membership on the Grounds Team.
Peter is in his first year on the board. He has been a member of UUCC for about 18 years. He is married to Casey, and their daughter, Brodie, grew up in the church. Peter has two children from a previous marriage who live in England. He was a high school teacher in the UK for 20 years and retrained as a psychologist when he came to the U.S.
He is now retired and giving his energies to gardening, beekeeping, music, and continuing his spiritual search. He is a member of the Green Sanctuary Team and has led the Meditation in Nature program for more than 10 years.
Todd is in the first year of his current three-year board term (he has served on the board in the past). He has been selected as President-Elect. He joined the First Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Louis in 1991 and was active there until he and his wife Cande moved to Columbia in 1998, when they began attending UUCC. Todd has been active in youth R.E. ever since, including service on the R.E. Team.
He was a member of the search committees for our interim minister and for Rev. Molly. He has also served on the Peace Building Team and Worship Associates.
Rev. Molly Housh Gordon
Our minister, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, serves as an ex officio board member, providing her perspective during board deliberations.
She began her tenure at UUCC in August 2012.
Note: The Minister as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees receives messages sent to this address. The Church Administrator also receives such messages for informational purposes.
No group photo was taken of the 2015-16 Board of Trustees.
Members were Jeremy Milarsky, President; Steve Scott, Secretary; Gregg Suhler, Treasurer; George Bunyea, Jr.; Jeanne Murphy (completing the term of Past-President Mary Denson, who resigned to attend college out of state); Jan Swaney; Mark Johnson; Ramzie Siebuhr; and Janice Smith.
Ramzie Siebuhr resigned effective June 30, 2016, and the congregation elected Melissa EnsignBedford to complete the remaining two years of her term.
No group photo was taken of the 2014-15 Board of Trustees.
Members were Mary Denson, President; Jeremy Milarsky, President-Elect; Steve Scott, Secretary; Gregg Suhler, Treasurer; George Bunyea Jr.; Ene-Kaja Chippendale; Todd Iveson; Pack Matthews; and Jan Swaney.
Maria Oropallo started the year as a 2014-15 trustee, but resigned in November 2014 and was succeeded for the remainder of the year by Todd Iveson.