- 2017-18 Board of Trustees Members and Officers
- 2016-17 Board of Trustees
- 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 2017-2018 Board of Trustees officially began on July 1, 2017.
Members and Term Expiration Dates
|Terms Expiring 6/30/18||Terms Expiring 6/30/19||Terms Expiring 6/30/20|
Officers for 2017-18
President: Todd Iveson
President-Elect: Barbara Rupp
Secretary: Sam Buffaloe
Treasurer: Patty Daus
Board Members and Email Addresses
Todd is in the second year of his current three-year board term (he has also served on the board in the past). He will serve as 2017-18 President. Todd 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.
Mark is in his third 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.
Jenny previously filled a vacancy on the board resulting from a resignation and was elected by the congregation to complete the third year of the term. 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 second year on the board and served as 2016-17 Treasurer. She is now serving as 2017-18 Treasurer. 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 second year on the board. He has been a member of UUCC for about 19 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 11 years.
Sam Buffaloe is in his first year on the board and serves as 2017-18 Secretary. He and his wife Crystal joined UUCC in 2013.
For the past three years, Sam has sung in the choir and has regularly performed with the UU Worship Band during services.
He works as an attorney with the appellate division of the Missouri State Public Defender System.
Gretchen Maune is in her first year on the board. She began attending UUCC in fall 2014 and became a member in March 2015. She has served on the Social Action Team and volunteered her time with other church groups including R.E., the Grounds Team, and the Honduras Service Project. Early this year, she began co-chairing our new Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry Team.
Her work experience includes community organizing and project management for such groups as GRO (Grass Roots Organizing) and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. She currently works as Accessibility Coordinator at Columbia College.
Barbara Rupp is in her first year on the board and is serving as President-Elect, meaning she will be President in 2018-19. She joined the church in 1997 and has been a UU most of her life. She served previously on the board in the early 2000s and has participated in activities at the church such as Room at the Inn.
She is a retired college administrator.
Mindy was selected by the board to complete the third year of a term that expires June 30, 2018. She began attending UUCC in January 2013, and along with her husband Josh joined in January 2017. Their children, Axel, 5, and Anja, 3, are in our religious education program.
Mindy is an assistant professor in the Columbia College Department of Physical and Biological Sciences, where she specializes in Forensic Science.
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 also receives messages sent to this address. The Church Administrator and Website Administrator also receive such messages for informational purposes.
No group photo was taken of the 2016-17 Board of Trustees.
Members were Jeremy Milarsky, President; Todd Iveson, President-Elect; Steve Scott, Secretary; Patty Daus, Treasurer; Gregg Suhler; Mark Johnson; Janice Smith; Jenny Bossaller; and Peter Holmes.
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 Ensign-Bedford to complete the remaining two years of her term. Melissa later resigned, and the board selected Jenny Bossaller to fill the seat.
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.