President: Taylor Carey
I became a Unitarian Universalist in 1995, when I joined UUSS in Sacramento. The fact that I did so with no change of heart or philosophy suggests that I’d been one for many years. We joined UUCM in 2012 after moving to Nevada City. My wife, Kathryn and I raised five children in the UU faith.
I practiced law for over thirty years. I am currently active on the Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services board of directors, and the Northern Sierra Chapter of the ACLU. I have been a musician for over 50 years.
Much work needs to be done in the coming years to ensure that we meet the evolving needs of our growing congregation. I look forward to continuing the development of ever more open, transparent lines of communication between UUCM members and their Board representatives. In addition, the By Laws, which have served so well, are showing signs of wear and need to be updated to promote efficiency and to clarify lines of communication and responsibility.
Lindsay Dunckel, a lifetime UU, has been a member of UUCM for fourteen years, along with her husband, Randy McKean. Their two children, Sophia (21) and Callum (19) were active participants in the religious education program throughout their childhoods and adolescences.
Currently, Lindsay serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees, as a Religious Education teacher, on the Religious Education Visioning Team, and as a Soul Matters Circle leader. In the past, Lindsay has served on the Religious Education Committee, the Committee on Ministry; the Transition Team between settled ministers; the Worship Committee, as Secretary and Member-at-Large on the Board of Trustees, and on the Search Committee.
In her weekday life, Lindsay serves as Executive Director of First 5 Nevada County; she holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. She has vast experience working as a member of a group, engaging in collaborative decision-making, and loves group process.
She looks forward to working with the congregation on further defining our vision and mission and continuing to offer a welcoming environment for those new to UUCM as well as those who have been coming for a long time.
Treasurer: Charlie Zimmerman
Many years after resolving never again to have anything to do with a church, a close friend piqued my interest in the UU Fellowship of Redwood City’s choir. Starting as a visitor I found not only new friends and a spiritual home, but I also met my wife Laura there. Unitarian Universalism has been very, very good to me.
The presence of a vibrant UU community was a requirement for us when we chose our new home and moved here two years ago, after my retirement as a software developer for Cisco Systems.
I have enjoyed woodworking for many years. Since moving here, I have worked with Joel Houtman to build the memorial tree in the sanctuary.
I believe in service. I am on the Arts and Aesthetics committee and the Finance committee. I have been working with our current Treasurer, learning the system, and I am running for Treasurer because I would like to do more for our community.
Secretary: Sandi Lauher
Born and raised in San Francisco in a Catholic, mostly Italian family, I was a teenage hippie of the 60s. Nature and music speak to my spirit. Film, gardening, traveling and handiwork delight me. I moved to Grass Valley in 1981 where I’ve raised 3 beautiful children and met the love of my life, my husband Gary. As an urban refugee, Catholic escapee, UU’s principles and welcoming heart have resonated with me. My life’s desire is to exercise kindness and compassion.
Last year I renewed my UU membership after a 3-year leave, during which time I sought out other spiritual venues. It’s so good to be back! My subsequent return enabled me to love and appreciate UU even more.
For me, the need to give back means making a slightly bigger commitment. This is an opportunity to know more about UUCM and to become a part of the direction it’s headed.
My vision is for UUCM to strengthen its reverence for social justice and its advocacy for those marginalized by society.
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.
Member at Large: Yvonne Mills
I was born and raised in Grass Valley. At age eleven, I moved with my parents to Santa Clara County where I attended the First Unitarian Church of San Jose. I obtained a BS in Business Administration from Sacramento State University. After retiring from a career in accounting with the County of Santa Clara, I happily returned to the foothills. I enjoy genealogy, walking through nature, and reading about economics.
I currently serve on the Finance and Social Justice Committees. I also attend the Building and Grounds work day most months.
I would like the UUCM membership to become more diverse. I am also hopeful the new social justice model will encourage involvement in issues that are important to UUCM congregants.