Dave and his wife Kathy are both active in programs at UUCM. Dave joined UUCM 3 years ago and the Board of Trustees 2 years ago as an At Large Trustee, not craving a “higher office”, but fate thrust him into the limelight. When we had 2 Presidents step down in one year due to press of family and personal responsibilities, his love and commitment to this community made it impossible for him not to step forward to lead in the interim. His career military and program management background gives him a solid basis for leadership and service. He is excited about the coming year, being able to work with a new minister, a new Board of Trustees.
Lindsay Dunckel has been a member of UUCM since 2003 and a resident of Grass Valley since 2002. She and her husband, Randy McKean, have two teen-age children who grew up in the RE program at UUCM. Lindsay has been a chair of the RE Committee and the Worship Committee at UUCM as well as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Committee on Ministry. Lindsay is a life-long UU who holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and works full time as the Executive Director of First 5 Nevada County, a local government entity charged with investing tobacco tax dollars in programs and services to help enhance child development in the first five years. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys time in nature, writing poetry, acting in community theater, and sometimes just doing nothing, an art form she has been working on.
A long time member and dedicated UU, Dawn has been an active member on a number of committees, including pivotal roles on Stewardship and coordinating annual budget drives. She acted as a ministerial compensation consultant for the Pacific Central District as well as UUCM for many years. She and Scottie Hart have recently formed a Women’s Spirituality Group. A resident of Grass Valley, she served for many years on the Grass Valley Planning Commission.
Corrie Silva, a native San Franciscan, retired and moved to Grass Valley in 2007. She was committed to finding open-minded, socially conscious, welcoming people, and the rainbow flag in front of UUCM beckoned her. Three months after relocating she became a member of the congregation. Corrie has been involved in many facets of the community, including serving as chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Caring Committee, each for four years.
Before moving to Grass Valley, Corrie worked as an administrative analyst in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Since retirement she has enjoyed a number of volunteer experiences, highlighted by eight years of participation in an equine assisted therapy program for people with disabilities. Corrie enjoys any activity involving horses, and has learned so much about them since moving to “the country.” She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her two young grandchildren who keep her young, but sometimes make her feel old.
My first experience with Unitarian Universalism was attending UUCM in 2011. Later that year I joined the congregation and since becoming a member I have been active on the Building and Grounds committee, the Finance committee, and the Endowment committee where we established the Endowment Legacy Program and the Simple Gifts program. I am a member of the Ministerial Search committee, a co-founder of the Humanist Discussion group and I participate in the Wednesday men’s group and the Thursday’s men’s book discussion group. Outside of UUCM I enjoy hiking, gardening, kayaking, taking extended camping trips, and participating in the Nevada County Freethinkers meetup group.
Beth Freedman has been a member of UUCM since 2007 and has lived in Grass Valley since 2005. She has two teen boys, Maxwell attending Ghidotti Early College High School and Daniel attending Nevada City School of the Arts. She has served as Board Treasurer, Board Member at large, Finance Committee Chair, RE Teacher and Committee member, and Stewardship Committee member. She coordinates the Annual UUCM Family Camp Out. She has worked as a Finance Director for Fujitsu’s North America IT consulting division for the last 15 years and holds an MBA and Bachelors in Accounting. In her free time, Beth enjoys walking her dog Maggie, dining with friends, volunteering, theater, music, Zumba, and hiking on the beautiful trails of Nevada County.