Board of Trustees


Active List 2018-2019 

The Board of Trustees of the congregation develops administrative policy, is accountable for the business affairs of the congregation and is the trustee of the property of the congregation.

Executive Committee 

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.

Sue Hand, Vice President

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 writers group. Her other interests include photography and painting.

Fran Owens, Secretary

Fran Owens grew up in Pine Bluff, Ark. She moved to Little Rock to work for 25 years at Arkansas Power & Light Co., which later became Entergy Services. She has a bachelor’s degree in human resources. As a market research professional at Entergy she also worked in Lousiana, Texas, Mississippi and New Orleans service areas. After early retirement, she continued to work as a market research consultant, and in Dallas for two years at The Julian Group before moving to Florida. She has two sons, one in Arkansas and one in Florida. She has been an active member of UUC for two years.  

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.


Avrio Taylor, Three -Year Trustee

Avrio comes to UUC with one son. Currently he does medical work and has a history of extensive intercultural experiences on five continents. He lived for 12 years in Gulfport and was raised in Maine. He moved to Florida from Santa Fe, N.M.



Susan Gore, 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. 



Mike Manning, Three-Year Trustee

Mike has been a member of three Unitarian Universalist congregations since 1988.  At Eliot Unitarian Chapel, a large congregation in suburban St. Louis, Mike was chairman of the Children’s Religious Education committee, which oversaw a program that included more than 150 children from preschool to high school. At Eliot, Mike also was vice- president of the Program Council and was active on the Fun Committee, which planned social get-togethers, and he was a co-author and participant in events such as the annual Madrigal Dinner and Mystery Dinner.  After moving to Florida, Mike and his wife, Margie, joined Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, where Mike served several terms as financial secretary. He also chaired the annual Canvass twice; co-chaired the program that led to the church becoming an official UUA Welcoming Congregation; and served on the search committee for a developmental minister. Mike and Margie began attending UUC in 2013 and joined that same year.



Cindi Nohe, Three-Year Trustee

Cindi has been a member since 2008. During that time, she has led several committees, including Hospitality, and as Welcoming Committee co-chair. She has also been on the Ways and Means, Auction Steering and Budget committees. She has facilitated a covenant group, served the remainder of an incomplete term on the Board of Trustees, and volunteered for various special projects and activities. Cindy and her husband of 41 years, have two adult sons and one grandchild. She enjoys travel and volunteering.



Peggy Tanney, Three-Year Trustee

Peggy has been a member since 2004. She served as a trustee on the board from 2011-2014. She has joyfully taught toddlers, pre-K, first- and second-graders since her arrival at UUC. Peggy served on the Religious Enrichment Committee from 2004–2014. She is one of three Facilitators trained in teaching UUC's first Elementary OWL program. Additionally, she volunteers at UUC’s Hispanic Outreach with children up to 4 years. On two separate occasions Peggy contributed to a Strategic Planning Task Force at UUC. Other activities include co-authoring the Interim Minister Package during the last search for an interim minister. Currently, she is serving as a member of the Social Justice Council, as well as the Homelessness Task Force for FAST. 



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