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Board of Trustees
President – Luke Garvey (2024)
Luke has been a member of TUCW since 2000, and was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in May 2019. His many connections to the church include: serving three terms on the nominating committee; founding the Men’s Group/A Better Man in 2017, where he continues to participate in leadership and facilitation; founding member of the Pastoral Care Associates; and ten years participation in Small Group Ministry. After a long and successful career in healthcare information systems at the executive level, he returned to school to pursue a career in psychotherapy, which he has practiced for more than 7 years. He is married with two adult children who were raised in the RE program here.
Vice-President – Beth Cliff (2026)
Beth has been an involved member since April 2019. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees, sings in various choirs, is active at the Beardsley School and serves on its Committee, knits with the Shawl Ministry, is a member of the Leadership Development team, and has been active on the Year Round Stewardship team and with Adult Faith Formation programs. Since 2019, Beth has headed up Membership and Communications as a “staff volunteer.”
Beth and her husband raised their family as UUs in Massachusetts; earlier she was active in Congregational and Presbyterian churches. She and her husband Gordon are both retired from various corporate and consulting positions, and live in Easton. Their two adult daughters are in NYC and DC.
Treasurer – Steve Grathwohl (2024)
Steve joined the congregation in 2010, at a time when he was searching for a new community and a new support system.
He found both – and many, many new friends – at TUCW. Since joining TUCW, Steve has been active in Religious Education, the Finance Committee, and the Board of Trustees.
Steve lives in Fairfield, and has been involved in local affordable housing efforts for over 20 years, in both Fairfield and Bridgeport. Steve works in commercial real estate, is the proud father of two adult sons, and loves to spend his free time running with his best friends, Alice and Cowboy.
Secretary – Stapley Emberling (2025)
Stapley joined the congregation in 1996, with her husband, David, and their two children, then in pre-school, Ryan and Rachel. She spent 10 years teaching downstairs on Sundays in what was then the RE program. She was chair of the Membership Committee for 4 years, while it was a lay-led committee, and has been active in Small Group Ministry, the Non-Violent Communications practice group, the Addictions Recovery Ministry (ARM), the #MeToo Taskforce and the Gender Equity Team (GET), Ushering, the Camp Jewell Committee, and has been a Pastoral Care Chaplain since the program was first implemented, among other church activities.
Stapley has worked in publishing and as a paralegal for a large art auction house, and now works full-time as a freelance editor and writer and is the copy editor for an academic journal on economics and public policy.
Deputy Secretary – Deb Garskof (2024)
Deborah Garskof and her husband Josh have been members of TUCW since 2011. Their two sons enthusiastically participated in the Religious Education, Coming of Age, and OWL programs. Deb began her service to the TUCW community teaching RE for six years and was a member of the RE Council. She was elected to the Nominating and Leadership Development Team in 2014, serving as co-chair in the 2016-17 church year. Currently chair of the Leadership Development Team, Deb is also a member of the Safer Congregation Committee. Outside of TUCW Deb served on the Board of Directors of the Mill River Wetland Committee, a community-based environmental education nonprofit, from 2013 to 2019. Deb is an attorney by profession and is a member of the Fairfield law firm Ury & Moskow, LLC.
Ravi Sankar (2023)
Ravi grew up in India in a Hindu household that held fairly secular views, and was exposed to multiple religious faiths in India. He became a member of TUCW in 1994, and has been an active member since then: he spent over 6 years running RE classes; is a certified instructor of OWL; spent 20+ years leading classes on Hinduism; has been an active participant in social justice programs, and a member of the Finance, Immigration and Membership Committees. Ravi has been a Pastoral Chaplain since its inception. Professionally, Ravi has over 30 years in Operations, Consulting and Technology working on domestic and international projects. and is currently employed as the Director of Digital Transformation at Wipro. He is married to Sudha Sankar, with two adult daughters, Amrita and Shrutika, who grew up in the church.
Brian Lasher (2025)
Brian has been a part of the TUCW community since 2008. He chaired the TUCW Endowment Committee from 2014 to 2019, volunteered in the RE and Music programs, and is a member of the A Better Man group. Since 2016, Brian has been serving on the national investment committee of the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF), a long-time leader in socially responsible investing. This fund holds the assets of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) endowment and assets of UUA congregations, including TUCW’s, and has a goal of providing for long-term growth while investing in line with UU values. Brian is currently Head of Investment Strategy and a Lead Advisor at CIG Capital Advisors (CIG) which provides successful entrepreneurs and senior executives with wealth management and business advisory services. He lives in Wilton with his wife Miki and teenage daughters Aki and Miya.
Wendy Levy (2025)
Wendy Levy began attending TUCW and teaching RE when her two sons were young in 1999. She sings with the Special Projects and Chamber Choirs; has been part of a small group ministry; served on the Intern Committee; and currently chairs the Safer Congregations Committee. She helped develop the Immigration Community Support Network (ICSN), within the Immigration and Refugee Committee. She is on the Advisory Board of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford/Norwalk, and a member of the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force. Born and raised in Brazil, she works as a clinical and forensic psychologist in Westport, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.
Jennifer Gerometta (2026)
Jennifer has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport since 2015. She has served the church since that time as a Religious Education and Faith Formation volunteer teacher. Most recently, she assisted as a volunteer leader to the Youth Group, and as a chaperone on the 2022 Alaska Youth Service Trip. Her two sons (ages 9 and 16) are active in Faith Formation and Youth Group. Jennifer is Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Iona University and serves as the Chief Research officer for ULUstory.