BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Active List 2020-2021
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.
Susan Gore, President
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.
Contact Susan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Otto, Vice President
UU by choice. Board of Trustees VP, Pastoral Associate, member Making Peace Team, volunteer various UU committees.
Widow, mother, grandmother, friend, peacemaker, traveler, life-long learner.
Educator, conflict resolution specialist, mediator, problem solver, practitioner of mindfulness.
Originally a Philadelphian, now lives in Dunedin. Member of UUC since 2015.
Committed to the Principles of UUism and the understanding that it is not easy being a UU if we fully recognize and practice what we say we are.
My mantra is “Peace.”
Contact Sally 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
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.
Amy Lewis has been a member of UUC for seven years. During that time, she has served on the Welcome Committee, as an RE instructor, on the Pastoral Associates team, as a Worship Associate, and in the Chorale. She also facilitated a course on feminine thealogy “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven.”
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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.
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.
Margie has been a member of three different Unitarian Universalists congregations since 1987 and a member of UU Clearwater since 2013. She is co-chair of the Worship Associates team at UUC. She previously served on the boards of trustees of UU congregations in St. Louis, Mo. and in St. Petersburg, Fl., including as board president during a time of ministerial transition in the St. Pete congregation. Margie is an adjunct member of the Congregational Life Staff 27 for the UUA's Southern Region. She is past president of the former UUA Florida District and served as head teller for three years at the UUA General Assembly. She is a journalist at St. Pete Catalyst. Margie and her husband, Mike Manning, have two adult daughters, both raised as UUs.
Kai Rubach, Youth Representative
Bio coming soon!
Originally from Iowa, raised in St. Petersburg, Eloise got 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