BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Active List 2021-2022
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. New board members are voted on at an annual meeting in May.
Margie Manning, President
I have been a Unitarian Universalist since 1987, when my husband Mike, our daughters and I joined Eliot Chapel, a UU congregation in St. Louis. I have served on Board leadership positions at Eliot Chapel and at Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, before Mike and I joined Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater in 2013.
At UUC, I have served as Worship Associate, co-chaired the Worship Associates committee since January 2020 and served on our Board of Trustees since June 2020. Over the past year, our board has developed trusting and strong working relationships between trustees and with our professional religious leaders and I look forward to maintaining that stability.
I served on the UUA’s Florida District board from 2013-2015 and I was president of the Florida District from 2014-2015, where I worked with other District presidents to form the Southern Region. I served as head teller for three years at the UUA General Assembly.
I view leadership as a spiritual practice that can enrich our own lives, build covenantal relationships and strengthen Unitarian Universalism. I have continually grown deeper in my understanding of and commitment to Unitarian Universalism through experiences that include:
• Attending the Southern UU Leadership Experience (SUULE)
• Participating in Bravehart, the Southern Region’s online small group ministry for lay leaders to delve deeply into the history and theology of Unitarian Universalist. After participating in the pilot session, I facilitated an 18-month Braveheart group.
• Serving as Southern Region Adjunct Staff, a position in which I facilitated board retreats at UU congregations, consulted (in collaboration with Congregational Life Staff) on congregational growth and covenants, and represented the Region at ceremonial occasions.
I am currently a facilitator for two cohorts of Retooling for New Realities, a UUA initiative to help congregations across the United States learn from each other and find paths forward to a new future in a multi-cultural world.
I will be retiring from my professional career as a journalist in June after 43 years and am honored to provide continued service to UUC.
Contact Margie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Brandt, Vice President
Formerly from New York, Barbara has been living in Florida since her marriage 48 years ago and joined UUC in 2002. She has been very active in the congregation over the years serving as Chair and Co-chair of the Annual Book Sale, on the Social Justice committee, and volunteering in the nursery. One of her favorite jobs was teaching at the Hispanic Center pre-school for 5 years. Barbara volunteered in the UUC office for a decade before it closed due to the pandemic. She was Chair of the Office Volunteers for 7 years and created a manual for office workers, equipment and resources. Serving on the Board of Trustees twice before, Barbara has also served on the By-laws committee and was Chair of an earlier Policy Committee. Currently on the Membership Audit committee, she is honored to serve on the board again with the current leadership.
Contact Barbara at: email@example.com
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.
Contact Sue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Pace, Treasurer
Joe Pace has been a UU for a number of years, initially joining River Road UUC in Bethesda, Maryland. Since becoming a Florida resident and coming to UUC, Joe served on the UUC Finance Committee for years and was Chair of that committee before becoming UUC Treasurer in December 2020. Joe is also on the Board of the UUC Endowment Foundation. For over 50 years, Joe has been an economic consultant to a number of major companies in a wide variety of industries, and has testified as an expert economic witness in dozens of federal and state court and regulatory proceedings. He received his BA degree from the College of William and Mary, and his masters and PhD degrees in economics from the University of Michigan.
Contact Joe at: email@example.com
Rich was an active member of the First Universalist Church of Rochester for 6 years, serving on the Ministerial Relations committee as well as in their choir. Rich and his husband moved to St. Petersburg almost 5 years ago and he has been a member of this church for the last 3 years, singing in the choir and helping the out in the tech booth. He has 3 adult children all living in Rochester NY.
Originally from Iowa, raised in St. Petersburg, Eloise has her BA in Business Management from USF Tampa. Retired after 33 years with the Social Security Administration, she and her husband Jay became members of UUC in May 2011. Among other teams, she's been an office volunteer, active on three auction committees, formerly on Reconciliation, former chair of Nominating as well as Community Builders. Currently on Membership Audit committee and cochair of Care Circle. She enjoys travel, genealogy & cooking
Susan has served as an English tutor in the refugee program since 2017. She has been active on various boards in Michigan, including the State Historical Commission. She has been a public school teacher and a Director of Religious Education. She has served as a political consultant and a chief of staff for State Representative Pan Godchaux in the 40th Michigan district.
Ray Williamson grew up in coastal Southern California, where he spent a lot of time in water, studied physics, investigated world religions, and studied the teachings of Yogananda. He then moved many times around California, Arizona, New Mexico, and finally Florida following his career while unaffiliated with any organized religious group.
His entire career starting 1971 has been in the precision optics field in various capacities including process engineer, test engineer, applications engineer, safety officer, documentation manager, engineering manager, quality manager, trainer, conference co-chair, ISO Standards committee member, speaker, author, and consultant.
In 2000, he and his friend Lore Eargle discovered the UU of Clearwater and have both been very active there since. They were married in the Octagon. Ray has served there as Worship Associate, Adult RE chair, Welcoming Congregation facilitator, OWL Facilitator, Covenant Group leader, Non-Violent Communication teacher, Stewardship chair, Making Peace team member, Sunday service speaker, Ministerial Search Committee member, and now Board member.
His interests include music (especially jazz), cooking, cosmology, movies, and formula racing.
Some facts about me:
I am 80 years young.
I have been married to Jeannie for 60 years, and we have been members of UUC since 1982.
I previously served on the board several years ago during Rev. Abhi’s ministry.
I also was the chair of the search committee that hired Rev. Millie Rochester.
I was a Chiropractor for seven years right here in Clearwater.
I went on to complete the Masters Program at Duke University, where I earned my Physician Assistant credentials. I was the first PA in Pinellas County, and continued my career until I retired 12 years ago.
We moved to our vacation home in Bat Cave, NC. We joined the UU church in Black Mtn., NC
I served on the board and eventually served as President of the BOT. During that time we doubled our congregation membership!
Due to health issues, we moved back to Largo and rejoined UUC !
Growing up in Tampa, I spent 6 years in Catholic schools while attending Presbyterian Sunday School. In college, I explored different religions and puzzling at the variety of religious messages, became an agnostic. My first wife, Garnette, was a Methodist and desired to raise our children in that religious environment, which is where I met Ann, and married her after Garnette passed away.
In time, we became unchurched. I retired after 32 years as a programmer for IBM. Upon moving to Florida, we joined a UU Fellowship, then at Madeira Beach, becoming UUs in 1993. In the Fellowship, I took my turns at developing and presenting services and discussions. Eventually, we joined the St Pete UUs, and in 2006, we came to UUC.
At UUC, I chaired the Ways and Means Committee, served a term on the Board, worked at least five auctions and the sound booth, creating a manual for it, instituted the service slideshows, maintained the membership rolls and supported Ann in producing guides for and managing the covenant groups. I also chaired the committee that developed an architectural plan for improving the campus, took action and provided information which ultimately led to the upgrade of the Social Hall and addition of Surti Hall. I am now serving my second term on the Endowment Foundation Board.
I join the Board of Trustees again in the hope that I can contribute to finding harmony in our congregation, and ways to improve our operation and service to the community.
Carol grew up in a small industrial town in the north west of England. Most of her adult life in England was spent in Southampton and Richmond upon Thames working in the civil service. In 1980, she and her husband emigrated to Brooklyn, NY and moved to Clearwater in 2002. Carol has a BSc in IT from NYU Stern School of Business. In 2010 she retired after 27 years in software development at J.P. Morgan Chase. She became a member of UUC in December 2012 with no prior religious experience other than reluctantly attending Sunday School (Congregational) in the 1950s. She is a former chair of the hospitality committee and a member of the office volunteer group. She has been happily married for 42 years, although her husband is not a UU'er. Her other interests are property, gardening, bookclub and practicing the art of dance.