BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Active List 2022-2023
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. Mike and I joined Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater in 2013, and I have served as president of the Board of Trustees since June 2021.
I was elected to our Board of Trustees in June 2020. I am also a worship associate at UUC.
In January 2022, I joined the Congregational Life staff at the Unitarian Universalist Association, serving part-time as a coach for Hope for Us, a team that serves congregations in conflict.
I previously served on the UUA’s Florida District board from 2013-2015. I was president of the Florida District board from 2014-2015, where I worked with other District presidents to form the Southern Region. I served as head teller in 2016-2018 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:
• Attended the Southern UU Leadership Experience (SUULE) in 2015.
• Participated in Bravehart, a small group ministry for lay leaders to delve deeply into the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism, from 2016-2018.
• Served as Southern Region Adjunct Staff from 2018-2020, facilitating board retreats at congregations, consulting on growth and covenants, and representing the Region at ceremonial occasions.
• Facilitated two cohorts of Retooling for New Realities, a UUA initiative to help congregations find new paths forward in a multi-cultural world, from 2020-2021.
I retired in June 2021 after working 43 years as a journalist in radio, newspaper and digital media.
Contact Margie at: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lore' Eargle, Secretary
Lore' Eargle awakened to life in Tacoma, Washington. Her father's military service sent the family of five to California, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Wyoming, and finally to Florida. After graduating from high school in Orlando, Lore earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.A. in counseling psychology, and then an A.S. in Computer Engineering. In March 2022, Lore retired from 20 years of work at Nielsen, the "TV ratings company." At Nielsen, she worked as a technical writer and scrum master. In total, she wrote software/hardware manuals, procedures, and a variety of other documents for almost 30 years.
Her spiritual path began in the Lutheran faith. During her freshman year at UCF, she became "unchurched" and later explored a variety of faith experiences before finding her way to Unitarian Universalism in 2001. At UUC, she has co-facilitated Welcoming Congregation and OWL (Our Whole Lives) classes as well as Non-violent Communication (aka NVC or Compassionate Communication) and co-led a Covenant Group. She has served on the Making Peace team and Social Justice Committee. Currently, she is a FAST network team leader and serves on the Open Issues Committee as the Zoom master.
After a peripatetic life, she settled in the Tampa Bay area in 1981. She met Ray Williamson in 1993 and they married in 2006 at UUC. She and Ray live in New Port Richey with their two black cats, Bubble and Squeak. They enjoy cooking, traveling, and watching movies together. Now that Lore has retired, she is resuming long-neglected hobbies and starting new ones.
Contact Lore' at: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
I became a UU in 1969 in Freeport, Long Island prior to dedicating my first child. When we moved out East, I became a very active member of UUFSB in Stony Brook, NY. There I served on the Board, the Social Justice Council, the Racial Concerns Committee, the Finance Committee, and the choir. I also served as a Worship Associate and a Welcoming Assistant among other things.
When I became a snowbird in St, Petersburg in 2002, I joined UU St. Pete where I served as Social Justice chair. I was also a member of the Finance Committee and served frequently as a Worship Associate.
After moving to Seminole, I started coming to UUC in 2011 but I didn't become a member until 3 years later when I had the honor of representing UUC for the first of two times. Here I have been a member of the Social Justice Council. I formed the Migrant Justice team which I chair. We have supported the CIW in their many initiatives and actions as well as distributing rice & beans and distributing blankets to the farmworkers in Plant City.
I am presently serving a one-year term on the Board to replace Margie Manning who stepped up to become our president. I would be honored to remain on the Board for a full term.
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.
I joined UUC in 2018, having moved to Clearwater the previous fall. This is the first congregation of any kind I ever committed to. I was initially attracted to the community garden and Black Lives Matter and wanted to help facilitate the Beloved Conversations curriculum. I volunteered briefly in the office, helped in the kitchen for Sunday snack for two years, joined the Property Committee a few years ago, primarily with an interest in helping maintain the beautiful grounds, have participated in covenant groups, FAST and the Nominating committee one year.
I grew up in New York, have a BA in International Relations from University of Wisconsin- Madison, lived 30 years and raised my son in Vermont. I received a Master’s in Education from UVM after working in the early education field for two Parent/Child Centers, part of a network of non-profit agencies dedicated to supporting young families with young children. In Vermont I also worked for a cheese factory, a goat farm, was a house mom in a boarding home for teen parents and lived with three elders in three home shares. I moved to Florida originally to help care for my mother. I stayed because I couldn’t afford to purchase a home in Vermont and at 55 finally bought my first home in Clearwater.
Kelly Tew grew up in no one hometown. As a child of Air Force parents, she has lived on 1 planet, in 2 countries, 7 states, 15 cities, and over 35 bedrooms. When pressed, Kelly will tell you she is from Texas, but only because that’s where she first kissed a boy and where she graduated from high school. (These occasions were not connected.) She lives in St. Pete and is trying desperately to move back to Largo. Keep your fingers crossed for her. Currently, Kelly works as a copywriter for a software company in Palm Harbor and prays every night they won’t make her go back to working in the office; after all, none of those clothes fit any more.
Kelly and her children, Asa and Sammy, have attended UUC since she finally got a job that gave her weekends off in 2015. She finally — and officially — became a member in 2020. Kelly has served on the RE Committee, RE Search Committee, been a member of the Parent Covenant Group, and for a time, joined the Writer’s Group. She is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees.