board of trustees nominees 2021
I feel that I have returned home when I sit in the sanctuary of The Community Church. I only joined CCCHUU two years ago, but have been part of its history from the early 1950s, when my parents were among its founding members. Whenever I visited my parents over the years with my own growing family, I attended services.
I returned to active UU membership when my children were young, and we were living in Shaker Heights, Ohio. I taught a Sunday School class and was on the Board of Trustees. My wife Naomi and I retired to Chapel Hill at the end of 2015. My responsibilities to care for her during the final stages of cancer delayed my return to the Community Church until after her death in 2018.
I am a retired academic psychiatrist, although most of my career has been administrative. I have held many leadership positions, including chief of staff in a Veterans Administration Medical Center, chief academic officer in an academic health system, and as dean of a medical school. In many of these leadership positions I served on non-profit boards of trustees as an officer on governance committees, such as budget, strategic planning, evaluation of the president or CEO, ethics, and succession planning. Having served in executive roles that report to a board, I feel that I understand the responsibilities of both. I am active in the non-fiction book club and have been a member of the Wednesday Crew of Orange County Habitat for Humanity for almost 3 years.
I have lived most of my life in Massachusetts, but most of this century in New Mexico. I returned to Chapel Hill in 2017, arriving from Colorado where I was a member at the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship. I grew up Catholic, with 12 years of Catholic school plus 4 years teaching high school sophomores in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. I remember one student atheist as being particularly challenging!
My adventures in NC began with a degree in environmental engineering from the UNC School of Public Health in the 1970s. I still consult in that field for a few hours per month. My work has always been and still is about water quality. At one point, I managed seven technical departments comprising about 70 engineers and scientists. Beyond that career, I am currently serving as co-chair of ECO, and have advocated for the (hopefully) immigrant families in the manse through the C3HUU Immigrant Justice team. For many years I served on the Ipswich, MA Conservation Commission, helping to enforce regulations about wetlands and waterways. Before the pandemic, I enjoyed participating in covenant groups at C3HUU. If chosen to be on the Board, I would hope to learn more about how the church operates (the web site is daunting!) and perhaps help to guide future paths, especially with regard to a more diverse congregation and pursuing environmental justice.
I grew up in the Community Church, learning from Marion and others in Religious Education and seeing if Charlie Kast had any candy laying around. I had lock-ins in the Jones Building and was in at least one Holiday Pageant. Although I did move away for my high school years, I loved growing up in the church around all of the great people for the time I was here. While attending Appalachian State University, I also enjoyed stopping by the church during breaks to see who was there and what was happening.
After graduation, I moved back to the area and began to view what the church had to offer in a different light. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with others in my age group, and eventually became part of the 20s and 30s group. Seeing this demographic grow in the church has been awesome, and I am so happy to have been a part of the group’s formation. At some point along the way, I was asked to join the Worship Associates Ministry and was able to learn more about the church and meet so many more members. I have enjoyed my time serving the church in different capacities and look forward to the opportunity to continue serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. I feel as though I can bring a unique perspective, both as a younger church member and as someone who has been around for quite some time.