Board of Trustees – 3 Positions (All 3 Year Terms)
Mary-Jane Cross has been a member of The Unitarian Church in Westport for 13 years. Professionally, she has retired as a surgical Physician Assistant at Norwalk Hospital. She was originally trained as a mathematician and worked for AT&T for over 30 years. Since coming to this church, Mary-Jane has been and is currently involved with ushering on Sundays and serving on the Stewardship and Finance committees; she also serves as the current Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Her husband, Bart Stuck, currently serves on NLDC. Mary-Jane brings a financial background, past experience serving on two non-profit boards, as well as an understanding and connection with the UU congregation to this role on the Board of Trustees. Mary Jane looks forward to growing in knowledge and ability to help our congregation as we implement policy based governance.
Ken Vogel has been a member of TUCW for 11 years. Ken works as a software developer at a local hedge fund. Prior to moving to the area, Ken and his wife Jerusha were very active at the First Parish of Watertown, MA, where Ken served as Treasurer and held many committee positions, including a seat on the Parish Committee (their equivalent of the BOT). Since joining TUCW, Ken served as board member and Treasurer for eight years, and as a member of the finance committee for nine years. Ken and his family are active members of TUCW.
Carrie and her husband William started attending The Unitarian Church in Westport in 2010. Carrie has sung with the Women’s Choir and Special Projects Choir, and served on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee for two years, the last year as the chair. She was a member of the Ministerial Search Committee that recommended calling Reverend John Morehouse for Senior Minister. Carrie has been a Visiting Steward for the past three years and is currently a Worship Associate. She has completed a one year term as a member of the Board of Trustees. Carrie brings to the board an analytical approach to problem solving, and a passionate commitment to the mission of TUCW to Inspire, Connect and Act.
Nominating Committee – (2 Year Terms)
Chuck Colletti has been a member of The Unitarian Church in Westport for 35 years. Professionally he is a semi-retired consultant to the media industry with 45+ year experience. Since coming to this church, Chuck has been deeply involved. Among his many activities have been his service on the Board of Trustees, Annual Appeal, Building & Grounds Committee, Mission and Vision Committees, Year Round Stewardship Committee, Interim Minister Search Committee and Constitution Revision Committee. Chuck is honored to serve The Unitarian Church in Westport during these complex times of change and growth.
Monica Garrison has been a member of TUCW for over 23 years. Professionally, Monica is a Speech Pathologist and works for the Norwalk Public Schools. Over the many years she has been at church, Monica has dedicated her time to numerous and diverse activities such as teaching and assisting with curriculum development in RE, working as a church usher, singing in the choir, coordinating and making soup on Sunday mornings, assisting in OWL classes, working as a Camp Jewell organizer, helping with production for the UU Players, and coordinating dessert for Voices Cafe. Monica looks forward to continuing her service and engagement in TUCW into the future.
Melinda has been a member of the Unitarian Church in Westport for almost 9 years and is grateful for a place to call a spiritual home. Melinda served honorably in the US Army for 5 years and had deployments in Kosovo and Iraq. Melinda has worked in Organizational Development/Talent Management for the past 10 years and is currently wrapping up her MA in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University – Teachers College. At church, Melinda is involved with the Rainbow Task Force, Immigration and Refugees Committee, and the Eliminating Racism Group. Melinda has a son currently going through our Religious Education program.
Nominating Committee – (1 Year Term)
Linda is a 3rd generation Universalist and has been member of TUCW for over 30 years. Professionally, Linda is officially retired but is loving working as an elementary school substitute. Over the many years of her membership Linda has had a hand in just about every aspect of congregational life: she’s been a Worship Associate, Small Group facilitator, she’s sung in choirs, participated in the refugee settlement projects, served as a Trustee, OWL teacher, Membership Committee member, gadfly, Tag Sale, and served on the Search Committee for Rev. John. Most recently, Linda generously agreed to serve out the unexpired term of an NLDC member. Linda is married to Randy Burnham, and both of their now-adult kids came through the programs here.
Endowment Committee – (5 Year Term)
Ann Marie Beurle
Ann Marie has been a member of TUCW for the past 2 years. Professionally, Ann Marie is employed with the firm Gilder Gagnon Howe. She has researched stocks since 1999 and managed money since 2008. With this background, Ann Marie would bring a thoughtful understanding and appreciation of investing and risk to the Endowment Committee. Since joining the church, Ann Marie has been active in teaching Religious Education, has had two children in the RE program and was a chaperone on the 8th grade Boston trip last year. Ann Marie looks forward to continuing to expand her service to the church.
Committee on Ministries – (5 Year Term)
Charles first joined a Unitarian Church at the age of 13 and has been a member of The Unitarian Church in Westport for the past 15 years. Professionally, Charles is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Psychology and Education at Columbia University after having taught those subjects there for 46 years. Since coming to this church, Charles has served in myriad capacities. Among them, Charles was a member of the Ministerial Study Group that called for the creation of the COM. In addition, Charles is an active member of the YRSC and was a co-chair of the Ministerial Search Committee that brought Reverend John Morehouse to us. The creation of the TUCW Legacy Planning Committee and Legacy Society came from Charles’ vision and hard work; Charles has also served as a facilitator for small group ministries and on the SGM coordinating committee. Charles has enjoyed singing in the Men’s Choir since 2006 and the Special Projects Choir since 2012 and looks forward to dedicating future service to TUCW as a member of the COM.