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Our Elected Leaders

Active List 2023-2024

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.

John Fraser, President

My wife Diana and I have been members of several UU congregations for about 54 years starting at UUC in 1969.  We returned to UUC for good about 24 years ago even though we live in St. Petersburg. Over the years, I have served as a Religious Education teacher, church board member, fellowship president, media team member (8 yrs.), media coordinator (2 yrs.), UUC Endowment Foundation board member (10 yrs.), Foundation investment committee member (2+ years), and chair of the UUC nominating committee.  I also continue to serve as a member of the endowment trust for the UU Fellowship of Franklin NC even though we are no longer summer members since selling our nearby home in 2021.


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Eliseo Santana, Vice President

Eliseo Santana, who will soon turn 65 years old, has resided in Pinellas County since 1980. He and his wife, Nereida, will celebrate their 45th year of marriage in June. How does he describe himself and his values? The wellbeing of the family is central to his daily actions. Together, they have four adult children, 13 grandchildren, scores of nephews/nieces and grandnephews/nieces that live in the area and they are very active in their lives.


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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.


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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.

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Ana "Soledad" Vaquer

Ana Olga Vaquer Padilla was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She first migrated to Palo Alto, California where her new life began as a single mother. With the assistance of family and social services professionals, she completed her high school diploma, learned English, attended community college and transferred to the University of California- Berkeley. In her sophomore year, she took a leave of absence from her academic studies to learn more about the world; outside and within her. 


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Michael Kahn

Mike grew up in Daytona Beach, FL, and, after graduating from Atlanta’s Emory University (BA Biology, DDS) he pursued a career in dentistry, both in private practice (general dentist in the military and private practice) and in academia (boarded oral pathologist), residing in both Memphis and Boston. He retired in 2015 as an emeritus professor, chair, and lab director of the Department of Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, and Craniofacial Pain (Tufts University School of Dental Medicine) and now lives in Dunedin. Mike’s continued ties to his specialty include consultative input to dental industry and organized dentistry (past president of both the Academy and Board of Oral Pathology), providing medical and dental continuing education courses, and as a visiting adjunct professor at Roseman University College of Dental Medicine (Henderson, NV). 



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Chris Mueller

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.


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Kelly Tew

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 anymore.


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