President: Jim Perkins
I am relatively new to UUism. I grew up in the Methodist Church but found it (and Christianity) unfulfilling. I have found in UUCM a strong sense of community and spirituality that inspires me and informs my life. I especially appreciate its emphasis on social justice, particularly its concern with confronting white racism.
I served on the Mission Renewal Process team and found working with the congregation in that capacity to be very rewarding. I loved seeing the energy that church members put into that process.
I sought this position on the Board to give back to the community and to utilize leadership skills I possess to support the work of the congregation, and especially to help the transition to our new governance plan. I have a doctorate degree and many years of experience in public health education, which entails extensive experience in group process, program planning and implementation, and adult education. I was also for a brief period of my life an ordained United Methodist minister so I have an appreciation for how church polity works.
I am excited about this opportunity to serve the community and appreciate your support.
Vice President: Pam Kisor
My husband Gary and I moved to Auburn from So Cal 5 years ago. We relocated to be close to our daughter’s family and have fallen in love with the beautiful Sierra Nevada area. We began attending UU this past fall and quickly decided it was the place for us. We are quite new members of UU, having just joined in February.
My career was in education, having served as the administrator of a large university child development and education program, and as a faculty member teaching courses in early childhood education and administrative leadership. I also served for several years on the executive boards of both State and National education organizations. And I am currently on the Finance Committee for Lake of the Pines, where we live. These experiences have given me an appreciation for the important role boards serve in organizations. However, this will be my first experience with a UU board and I look forward to learning and growing in this new role.
I feel honored to have been asked to serve and hope that I prove to be a helpful member of this wonderful community.
Treasurer: Bob Packard
Our new Treasurer, Bob Packard, is retired from a career as an engineer at Northrop Grumman, and before that, the US Marine Corps. He has been a member of UUCM since the fall of 2016 and has led the Finance Committee for the last three years. He first became acquainted with UU and became a member of the Solana Beach, CA church in 2006, after regular attendance at churches of Protestant denominations. He says the honesty, the atmosphere, and the people at UUCM were just what he was searching for. Here in Grass Valley he has also been active in Move to Amend and in the healthcare reform movement. Bob and his wife, Karyn, live in the Lake Wildwood community.
Secretary: Jo Waters
My husband Lang and I moved to Nevada City in 2005 with our two boys Indra and Jasper, then ages 6 and 3, now ages 21 and 18. We came for the schools, stayed for the trees, and joined UUCM for the RE program. Fast forward 15 years and I am now a dialysis RN who loves to hike, read, knit and play games.
I have held multiple positions over the years at UUCM, most recently as the Soul Matters Circle Coordinator and member of the Family Ministry Team. I look forward to the work which lies ahead in my new role as your Secretary.
I have been a member of UUCM since 2011 and have served on the Board of Trustees as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Trustee-at-Large. My previous experience includes various positions on other Boards and ministerial search committees for Christian congregations. My career experience includes call center management, computer programming, bookkeeping and office management.
My husband, George, and I moved to Nevada County in 2000. Our 5 acres, 2 cats, excursions in our camper, and dedication to UUCM keep us busy.
While taking a few years off from Board responsibilities, I worked with the Governance Task Force to explore changes we might make to support our mission and growing congregation. I joined the Board again in 2019 as Trustee-at-Large to assist in the transition to our new governing structure.
During the last 9 years, it has been my pleasure to work side by side with some very dedicated UU people. I have learned a great deal from them and learned a great deal about myself in the process. I look forward to spending time this next year getting to know the new members on our Board and serving UUCM.
Member at Large: Gene Gilligan
I am very excited to be able to serve on this year’s UUCM Board. I joined UUCM about three years ago, and, immediately felt welcome. The sermons were poignant and the music inspiring. My thoughts of Sunday always stay with me throughout the week. I see myself as quiet, a listener, and more comfortable working from behind the scenes.
I will do the best I can to help continue the hard work of the previous UUCM Boards.
Member at Large: Reine Thibeault
I am a California girl born and bred. I grew up in the suburbs of Southern California and slowly migrated north. I spent 22 years enjoying Big City life in San Francisco. The Dot Com recession brought me to Sacramento and then in 2010 the Housing Recession saw me moving in with my mother here in Grass Valley. It has now been ten years since my “temporary” move. I started working for Nevada County with children with special needs. I love what I do and will be glad when we can welcome kids back to class.
Spiritually, I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools through high school. After a considerable break, I have been part of several churches from Unity and Science of Mind to what feels like home at UUCM.
Thank you for welcoming me. I look forward to serving on your board.