Bill Foley, President
Bill Foley is a retired educator from New Jersey and a member of UUC for about four years. His wife Barbara, daughter Megan and two grandchildren are all members of UUC. In his free time, Bill is an avid cyclist and sailor. He is the author of two novels, The Entitled and Pillar of Fire.
Susan Gore, Vice President Two-Year Trustee
Susan was born in San Diego and grew up in suburban Atlanta during the 1960s. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology (Vanderbilt University, 1975) and a master's in theological studies (Brite Divinity School, 2014). She has had a variety of careers (e.g., college professor, nonprofit development professional and executive director, corporate marketing executive, diversity inclusion consultant, author) and an even wider range of residences. Susan fell in love with Gulfport when she came to speak on transgender issues at a conference at St. Pete Beach in January 2015. That July she loaded her three cats and furniture into a U-Haul and left Texas, where she had lived for 25 years. She joined UUC in October 2015 and became part of the annual pledge campaign team the following spring. Susan is also co-chair of the Gulfport Library Circle of Friends and program chair for the library’s LGBTQ Resource Center Committee, which was recognized with the American Library Association’s Newlen-Symons Award for outstanding service to the LGBTQ community in March 2018. She finds teaching in Eckerd College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and painting/flipping houses to be a delightful balance of intellectual stimulation and physical exertion in her pre-retirement life.
Sue Hand, Secretary
Sue Hand is a recent Florida resident and a longtime UU, having belonged to UU congregations in Memphis, Portland Maine, and now UUC. She has served on several different committees over those 30 years including religious education, worship, stewardship and finance. She has been involved in the women's groups at her previous churches, helping to organize the monthly meetings and annual women's retreats. At UUC she sings in the choir, hosts a covenant group and belongs to the writer's group. Her other interests include photography and painting.
Mary Currey, Treasurer
What Mary brings to this congregation is a perspective that promotes being focused and careful, but also nimble. An example is her involvement with our new Surti Center and the renovated UUC Community Center. Her demonstrated attention to income and expenses, strong input processes, and careful tracking of accountability support UUC’s ability to achieve our multiple missions and ministries through these facilities. She believes that faith communities are not businesses but can be run in a business-like manner.