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.


Kerry Simpson
(term 2019-22)
 

Kerry (Maryann) Simpson, President

Kerry has been attending UUCB for more than 30 years. She has served on many committees, including the ministerial search committee and the RE advisory council, and recently coordinated the ushers. As Board President she is currently a member of the Coordinating Team. Kerry is married to Cynthia and both of them are very proud of their daughter, Rev. Aija Simpson, currently serving the UU Church of the Cumberland Valley.

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Jack Duggan
(term 2018-21)
 

Jack Duggan

I started attending a Unitarian Universalist Church in 2005. I was looking for community where my beliefs, or, more pointedly, my “un-beliefs” wouldn’t make me an outsider. In 2011 we moved to Oakland and went searching for a UU church where we would feel at home. We found it at UUCB. In 2012 we became members.

I am retired from California State Parks as a Park Ranger. After being a banker for 30 years I worked for Juvenile Hall and then State Parks. I’ve served on community boards in the past that did economic development and affordable housing. As a board member I learned to listen, do the homework, and to stay focused on principles and sustainability.

I am currently a volunteer teacher’s aide at Coronado Elementary School in Richmond, and my wife and I both teach and assist Kindergarten and First Grade Religious Education at UUCB. I think the Board of Trustees is a way that I can be of service to our congregation in return for what I’ve received. I think we have a debt to those who came before us. What they established, we need to maintain, strengthen, and grow. I think a trustee needs to be a leader when it’s called for and a good follower as well.

Kathryn Jay
(term 2020-21)
 

Kathryn Jay

Together with my wife Elisabeth and our teenage twins Annie and Arlo, I’ve been a member of UUCB since 2011. In the years I’ve been part of this community, I’ve volunteered for the RE Committee, taught RE classes, sat on the Committee on Ministry, and spent three years as a Worship Associate. I was away from the church and Berkeley last year because I was the ministerial intern at Unity Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, but since I’ve been back, I’ve been sitting on the Board of Trustees. I believe in the power of our faith to transform the world, and want to share UUCB with the many people in our larger community who long for spiritual growth and engagement.  [Kathryn is filling out the remainder of the term of Linda Zittel, who moved away.]

Elaine Miller
(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!

Beth Pollard
(term 2019-22)
 

Beth Pollard, Vice 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 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.

David Roberts
(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
(term 2018-21)

 

Cordell Sloan

The reincarnation of a Roman gladiator, Cordell is currently the last living devotee of the mystic cult of Mithraism. While on a spelunking trip in the Pyrenees, he witnessed the emergence of Mithras from the rock wall of the cave, carrying a dagger in one hand and a torch in the other. As flames shot from the god’s Phrygian cap, he commanded the astonished Cordell to lead the revival of his devotion.

Unable to find any other Mithraists to lead, Cordell wandered far and wide, attempting to convince others of the reality of his vision. Finally someone made a suggestion that changed his life: “Why don’t you join the Unitarians? They’ll take anybody.” Finding his way to UUCB, he soon realized that he had found a spiritual home.

Helen Tinsley-Jones
(term 2020-23)

 

Helen Tinsley-Jones

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.


Logan Stump-Vernon
(Term 2019-22)
 

Logan Stump-Vernon

I’ve been attending this church my entire life. I grew up here and this is one of the few places I can really call home. I care about it very deeply. I am on the board because I believe in the heart of this church. I believe in its capacity for connection and empathy. I do truly believe that we can be a “Beacon on the Hill.” I know it might sound kind of cheesy but since I was young that phrase has embodied what I believe this church can be. A place of shining light where all are welcome and where we build the beloved community. Getting there may be difficult and we have a lot of work to do but I think we can get there. I believe in us.

I’ve served this church in many capacities over the years, from most recently as a board member and middle/high school adviser, to being an usher at Christmas Eve and dishwashing and waiting for events as a kid. Each and every one of those roles and jobs has given me as much as I’ve given to them. Serving this church has been one of my lifelong loves and I hope to continue doing so. I believe I bring a fresh perspective and new and different ways of viewing old problems. I’ve been serving the wider UU faith since age 14, serving as youth leader for the Pacific Central District of the UUA and now helping to run the district’s middle school program. Through these and my work at UUCB I’ve gained many tools that I believe can help us navigate these critical times. By building deep connections, by keeping an eye on the details but making sure to never lose sight of the bigger picture, and by honestly trusting each other we can become the Beacon on the Hill.

Ex-Officio (Appointed, Non-Voting) Members
nagel-larry   Larry Nagel, Treasurer
  Ann Harlow, Secretary