Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees acts on behalf of the congregation aas the overall governing body of the church. The board is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the achievement of the church’s mission. Board members are elected to staggered three-year terms; three new board members are elected each year. The board meets monthly, on the third Wednesday of each month. Board meetings are generally open; members are welcome to attend and observe.
Beginning with the current (2020-2021) church year, you can find reports, minutes, and agendas from board meetings online.
|Jessica Michael, President
Jess moved to Wayne, PA in 2012 from Washington DC where she was a member at UUCA (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington) and an OWL teacher. She came to MLUC looking for a place to continue teaching and she’s been on our 8th/9th Grade OWL teaching team ever since. From there, Jess joined a Small Group, then the Membership Committee, and then the Board of Trustees. She has served as the liaison to the Committee on Ministry Health for 2 years and as Vice President for one year. She’s currently working on getting the Coping with COVID Committee up and running. When she’s not doing church, Jess can be found jogging all over Devon and Wayne, heading to her parent’s farm to see the dogs, cat, and chickens, or on a trip to see nieces and nephews. She is an avid reader and loves movies and pop-culture.
Eileen has been a Unitarian Universalist all her adult life and a member of MLUC since 2002. She is active in Religious Education programs, having taught grades 1 through 7 and intermediate OWL, as well as serving as a youth advisor and co-chair of the Church School Committee. She has been involved in a variety of adult programs, including feminist spirituality activities, the Insight book group and Small Group Ministry. She has been committed to Social Action Reproductive Justice efforts, escorting at Planned Parenthood, and a member of the QC2 (Questions, Compliments and Concerns) Committee. She received her BA from Douglass College (Rutgers University) and completed her MA and doctoral studies at American University. Retired from a career in journalism and corporate communications, Eileen and her husband Rick enjoy time at the Jersey shore, travel, concerts and lots of books.
Anders Back began his spiritual journey at MLUC as a young RE student when Reverend Mason McGinnis was in the pulpit and he rejoined as an adult in 1990. He and his wife Pam Kosty wanted to be part of a community that emphasized religious tolerance and diversity and educated their children in the principles of a liberal faith. Anders was an RE teacher, youth advisor and volunteer for various committees. More recently, he served as a member of the Partner Church Committee and the QC2 Committee. He is active in his neighborhood Small Group Ministry. In his professional career Anders was a director of marketing communications for three Philadelphia-area colleges and served as a board member and president of two mid-Atlantic associations for higher education marketing professionals. He has been an active free-lance journalist for decades and is an arts correspondent for Digital First Media which owns the Delaware County Daily Times, the Times Herald and the Daily Local News, among other publications. Recently retired, he enjoys cycling, travel and other outdoor pursuits, and is catching up on all the books and movies he missed while working!
Nini found MLUC through a friend who suggested that she check out the amazing religious education program for her young children. The church and UU faith soon became her spiritual home. Through the years since joining in 2004, Nini has taught many levels of our youth and served as an advisor for both the junior youth group and young adults. Most recently, she served on the search committee, ushered, is a devoted member of a small group and sings in the choir. When not working full time as the office manager at Radnor Family Practice, Nini is learning to enjoy her new found open space as a nearly empty nester and sit quietly by the babbling brook outside her new home.
Craig has been a member of the Main Line Unitarian Church since 1991 after moving with his wife, Linda, and son, Wil, from St. Louis, where they were active in an historic UU congregation.Getting settled at MLUC, Craig began by volunteering for and participating in the RE programs as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Adult Education committee. He was also a youth advisor and a member of the Youth committee which he ultimately chaired. In Philadelphia he was fortunate to have the opportunity to create, from scratch, a 20+ person department of toxicologists and product regulatory specialists dealing with regulations from EPA, FDA and OSHA, for the largest French chemical company. Throughout his career, Craig had the opportunity to extensively travel throughout Europe and had many trips to Asia.
Carolyn and her husband Wolfgang have been members at MLUC for nearly 20 years and both are active volunteers. Recently retired from a position in planned giving, Carolyn chaired the Legacy & Endowment Committee’s 2017 initiative to establish a Legacy Circle to encourage bequests to our congregation. She’s also a member of the Finance Committee, a substitute teacher for the Pre-K RE class, and part of the team charged with planting and maintaining the MLUC landscape.
Even though Dilip became a Unitarian officially in 2016, he has been always been a Unitarian – following aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism that align well with Unitarian principles. Inspired by our mission, Dilip has volunteered with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, volunteered at and coordinated MLUC activities for the Norristown Hospitality Center, and is also active on the Environmental Justice team. Dilip was a Coming of Age teacher last year for the MLUC youth programs. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and an Executive MBA and retired from the Boeing Company after 37 years. He has tried to bring social awareness among the privileged and their obligation to the less fortunate and has used his managerial and organization skills in supporting works of social and religious organizations. Since 1980, he has been active in a Seattle based organization that works with NGOs in India to bring sustainable programs to help the poor.
Jansen was four years old when his parents, Doug and Nancy Wendell, helped establish the Main Line Unitarian Church. He has been a member ever since. He attended religious education (RE) classes through his teen years and credits his experience in the youth group with having an important role in forming his sense of self. He and his wife, Elisa Lang, were married at MLUC and served as youth advisors for two years. They raised their daughter Rosalee (Lee) in the RE program. Jansen had been a painting contractor for many years, but his work on the Youth/Adult Committee drew him to pursue a career change into religious education. For 15 years he served several UU churches in the region before retiring last year. He is an avid fiddler, mandolinist and singer, playing in several bands that perform regularly for MLUC services.
|Yassara Antar Yassara became a member of MLUC in 2015, having longed searched for a non-denominational community centered around action. She has been active with Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), ushering, Small Group Ministry (SGM), AFE, and Worship Visuals in some capacity since joining the church. She received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University, her graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, and is currently teaching Physics, and Prob/Stat. She is also presently back in graduate school working toward a STEM Endorsement at Immaculata University. When not doing church, Yassara loves learning, reading, arting, crafting, hiking, and volunteering. Some of her volunteerism includes: the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, Conshohocken Environmental tree planting, Missionary Sisters of Charity soup kitchen (lasagna weekends only), Eldernet, and Subaru’s United By Blue water cleanup, to name a few.|