The Board of Trustees meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Agenda packets can be downloaded from the Church Documents page.

 

Beth Pollard
(1st term, 2019-22)

  Beth Pollard (President)

When I joined UUCB in 1989, it was because it sparked that part of me that was seeking community and spirituality. In the years since, it has not failed to provide me with connections and growth opportunities that both pull me into the comfort of belonging and push me to the outer edges of my comfort zone and beyond. And now – being on the Board of Trustees – I’m drawn in curiosity to ideas yet to be known, analyzing and evaluating what is and could be, and figuring things out collectively with other leadership and the congregation.

It has been my honor to be involved in UUCB in various ways over the years: Coordinating Team, Stewardship, Finance, and Interim Minister Search Committees, Chalice Circles – to name a few. Far and away the most rewarding was being on the Minister Search Team that led to calling the Revs. Kristin and Christian Schmidt.

Being part of community governance has been my vocational passion. So much so that I obtained a master’s degree in public administration, and have worked in local government for more than 35 years. Whether it’s being a city manager or an agency director, I like exploring what is desirable and possible and working with others to make it happen. Now, being a Trustee, I get to tap into what I’ve learned from my work and challenge myself further in my faith community.


Helen Tinsley-Jones
(1st term, 2020-23)
  Helen Tinsley-Jones (Vice President)

I am very pleased to be part of UUCB’s Board of Trustees! In 2016, my husband, Sheldon, and I had the good fortune to find and join the church. Since then, I have appreciated the warm, compassionate camaraderie and the opportunities for spiritual reflection, including my participation in Chalice Circles. I have joined in partnership with others to take on social justice issues. As a member of the Social Justice Council, I take part in the Literature, Film and Drama Contingent and in the People of Color Caucus. Along with my SJC cohorts, I developed and co-facilitate the POCC. My social justice work also includes organization of the 2018 Multicultural Fair and of social justice film and discussion events in 2016 and 2017.

I am a mixed-race woman, who, along with my husband, have raised six children in a blended family, and we now have eleven grandchildren. Before retiring as a clinical psychologist, I worked for Kaiser and had a private practice. I’ve served as member and chair of the City of El Cerrito Human Relations Commission and have been part of the Read Aloud Program for a decade.

UUCB is my spiritual home, and I am invested in supporting its Mission and Covenant and in working hard to grapple with the challenges and decision-making necessary in promoting the health of the community. To this end, I think it’s important to work collaboratively, making space for a diversity of our voices.


Bill Brown
(1st term, 2021-24)
  Bill Brown

Bill’s Vision for UUCB: Honestly, I am not sure. We are in a transitional period and I am willing to explore all possibilities.

What strengths does Bill bring to the Board? I am loud! (In the military, they call this a “Command Presence”) I have a low tolerance for B.S. and will do my absolute best to ensure everyone remains in Covenant. Ooh, and Sarcasm. Lots and lots of Sarcasm. 😊 What valuable experiences does Bill have at UUCB? The most impactful experience I’ve had at UUCB was Kristin’s 2019 sermon on why it’s OK to be wrong. Such a simple concept, but one that has evaded me and many others for so long. That sermon allowed me to realize that it is OK to make mistakes and allowed me to give myself permission to change. I think I’ve listened to it at least a dozen times since that day.

Participating in the Social Justice Chalice Circle for 2.5 years really gave me perspective on a lot of issues that I had not considered or even been exposed to before. I grew up in the Salinas Valley, in a community of conservative produce growers who talked about the United Farm Works Union the same way they did Al Qaeda… Talking about the role of unions with a former lawyer for the UFW was an awesome experience for me. So many different perspectives, many of which I have never experienced before.

What would Bill like to bring to the Board? Smoked Tri-Tip? Tiramisu?


Randall Hudson
(1st term, 2021-24)
  Randall Hudson

From that very first Sunday service in 2014, Sylvia and I knew we had found a ‘home’ — a place where we could congregate together. Since we come from distinctly different religious and non-religious traditions, the shared values at UUCB provide solid ground to explore our spiritual growth and be part of a loving community. The eclectic nature of UUCB programming is a smorgasbord of light, love, and wisdom that deserves to be supported and nurtured. As a candidate for the UUCB Board of Trustees, my deep personal desire to keep UUCB strong, supported by my professional background in social work, social service policy, finance, systems integration, and data analytics, brings a considerable breadth and depth to an already talented Board. As we move beyond these challenging times and look towards the future, UUCB is poised for a great renaissance of growth and prosperity. I firmly believe that “staying on the hill” provides for a necessary stability and the best strategic opportunity from which to reach out and serve the many diverse peoples of the East Bay. My goals for UUCB are for us to fortify our financial outlook, explore creative ways to encourage spiritual growth and community engagement, and grow into the powerful force of peace, love, justice, and joy. Our church at One Lawson is the aggregate from which we launch our future and I want to be a part of this exciting opportunity.


Elaine Miller
(1st term, 2020-23)
  Elaine Miller

I’m honored to be a member of the board of trustees. The church has meant so much to me my entire life. I grew up at UUCB and became a member in 1982, when I returned to sing with the choir. The biggest draw for me has been the magic of singing in the choir with my parents and sisters. I love being a part of our Sunday services, which regularly bring me to laughter and tears.

Here, I find support for my non-mainstream spiritual beliefs. As members, we are all responsible for supporting each other on our differing spiritual paths. I’ve had the privilege to serve in many ways over the decades: worked on the canvass, mentored an RE youth, spent the night at church during our Winter Shelter program, served lunch at GRIP, did construction work at Freestone, served on the Committee on Ministry with Barbara & Bill Hamilton-Holway, worked on church theater productions, traveled to our partner church in Homorodujfalu, participated in a Saturday work party, walked with the annual GRIP Harmony Walk, joined an Evensong group, and co-led a Chalice Circle.

I bring experience to the board from my non-church activities: six enjoyable years on a volunteer board, writer coaching in the public schools, and employment as a bookkeeper and administrator. I’m an improvisor, welcoming what I’m offered and improving upon it. My focus is on respectful communication and sense of connection.

I want all who come here to find what I’ve found: inspiration through music and the arts, encouragement for the development of social justice values, friendship, family, and fun!


David Roberts
(1st term, 2020-23)
  David Roberts

UUCB has been the spiritual home of our family for many years. My wife and I had our first date here. We were married here.

Our adopted children were dedicated here. Our deepest friendships have been born and developed here. UUCB is a refuge from commercialism, from the constant demand to buy, to consume, to strive for more. It’s my place for self-examination that is so difficult to find anywhere else. I love the people here, the music lifts me up, here my friends offer me understanding and compassion.

My service to UUCB has included teaching in RE, service as Stewardship and Capital Campaign chair, Finance and Coordinating Team member and Worship Associate.

My professional training includes business and law degrees. I still work in the financial services industry. I am also a sometimes actor, writer and movie extra.

When we recite our mission of living lives of integrity, joy and service, I believe that includes attending to and supporting the financial integrity of our UUCB institution. I hope to bring my professional experience and training to help the Board engage more deeply in both understanding and integrating these gifts of physical and financial resources into our mission.


Cordell Sloan
(2nd term, 2021-24)

  Cordell Sloan

My interest in serving on the Board of Trustees of UUCB comes from my commitment to help enable UUCB to powerfully affirm and promote the principles of Unitarian Universalism. This involves a lot more than agreeing with them and merely speaking them. We together must increasingly involve ourselves and our resources in activities that teach, activate, develop, and protect those principles. We together must share responsibility for making them real in our society and world. This will require us to imagine strategize organize and implement programs to this end.

The movement that will be needed to see these principles steering our society forward through history will involve curating and creating programs that prepare our community and its members to be effective actors and agents in influencing the way “we the people” live in this world together. I hope to be engaged in architecting technology systems to support the planning and operationalization of our mission. I believe my IT skills complement the rich value systems we hold in our community and would empower our work and service.

I have a profound appreciation for the “will to be woke” character of our congregation which operates on every occasion and event. My confidence in our congregation’s ability to have meaningful impact has grown steadily.

I want to bring a “necessity is the mother of invention “ orientation to our board and community and thus am focused on the generation of new ideas and strategies, believing that a different future for our congregation and world will not emerge by doing the same things we did yesterday. We must seek in new ways and imagine with audacity to dream up our better brighter future.

 

Pier Sun Ho

 

Pier Sun Ho

I have been at UUCB since 2006, when I moved to the Bay Area. I wasn’t raised within organized religion, and I came here initially for community. I’m happy to say that I found that, but I also found a spiritual connection to the world that continues to develop and enrich me greatly. I made social and spiritual connections through Chalice Circles, and the young adult group. I was married here on the terrace by Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway, and subsequently brought my two babies to be blessed in the Sanctuary after they were each born. Unlike me, they will (perhaps and hopefully) be lifelong UUs. I’ve served in various roles such as the Bylaws Committee and the Nominating Committee, but my primary service to the church has been through Family Ministry. I’ve taught elementary RE for 10 years, at all the different grade levels, and I’ve served on the Family Ministry Committee in two separate terms.

My interest in Family Ministry, and how to grow our congregation to serve the needs of our community, is my primary reason for accepting this nomination. The past two years have been very challenging for everyone, but like so many other families, attending church over Zoom was not a priority, or even of any interest to my littles! I hope that I can bring a perspective to the Board that will both represent those families who have fallen away, and also ignite interest and involvement of the future families who will come seeking us, as I did.

Thank you for considering my candidacy for the Board of Trustees.

Michael Armstrong
Michael Armstrong

When I have conversations with members of our church, we frequently share the stories of our first time ‘on the hill’. As a Board Member, I hope to maintain the impact that experience has had for each individual. Those stories hold deep meaning for our members, as well as for me: In 1981, I was an undergraduate student of Dance at UC Berkeley. Every day for years I would take class, study, commune, and dream with other students in this beautiful studio where the smell of wood mingled with the light from the beautiful panes of glass. It was a place of safety and exploration. Many years later in 2005 I was told about this wonderful ‘church on the hill’ in Kensington. Lynne Cahoon greeted me – I felt immediately at home. Lynne continued to tell me how the church had moved from its previous location on the UCB campus. It hit me – “I’m back … this is the same spiritual home I danced in for years.” I hope to maintain, nurture and expand that connection in my work as a Board Member. As an RE teacher, I have worked with the youth to help them identify UUCB as their spiritual home and I have witnessed our members of all ages seek this same solace here . It would be an honor to support that effort as our church makes changes through new lead ministers, new experiences and emerging ever stronger from a global pandemic.

Ex-Officio (Appointed, Non-Voting) Members
  Lenore Ralston, Treasurer
  Selene Fabiano, Secretary