Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees acts on behalf of the congregation as 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.

trustees@mluc.org

trustees’s blog

You can find reports, minutes, and agendas from board meetings online.

Yassara Antar, President (2020-2024)
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.

 

Keith Aumiller (2022-2025)

Keith received a B.S. in psychology from Truman State University and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

He joined MLUC in 2017 and served on the RE Committee and social justice committee. In his spare time he does Brazilian jiu-jitsu, paint, drum, camp, and runs a large data science forum. Science and educating people about science is his passion. He owns a small consulting business that assists with data science technology assessment and planning.

If you want to know more about Keith and his leadership style, please read any of his articles on Linkedin.

Trish Brandon (2022-2025)

Trish became a member of MLUC after moving to the area in 2015. She became a UU in 1990 while looking for a church home that aligned with her values, beliefs, and providing the religious foundation for her children. Trained as an elementary educator, she served as the Director of Religious Education for 15 years at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg. Trish is passionate about the Unitarian Universalist faith and social justice. She has been involved in many activities since joining MLUC including chairing the Committee on Ministry Health for 2 of the 3 years she served on the committee. She loves creative thinking and has initiated multiple projects at MLUC. Trish enjoys time with her husband, Gerry, her large family, gardening, walking her German Shepherd, Kira, listening to books, kayaking, and golfing.

 

Mark Hurle (2021-2024)

Mark and his wife Julia have been members at MLUC for 15 years. They live in Harleysville after a long residency in Radnor. Their two grown children, Joan and Jason, were active church participants throughout their youth in Faith Development and associated activities. Raised into the United Methodist Church, where his father is a longtime Board of Trustee member, Mark is happy to have found a church home that reflects his values and beliefs. Mark taught Faith Development classes, including Neighboring Faiths, and values how this experience encouraged him to further listen to and embrace different viewpoints. Mark was born in Massachusetts, received his bachelor’s degree from MIT, his PhD from Penn State and has worked for GlaxoSmithKline for over 30 years, leading teams of researchers in computational biology. Mark and his wife Julia enjoy traveling, hiking and kayaking. Mark is also a passionate baseball fan and music collector, and enjoys listening live to the wide variety of talented musicians at MLUC.

Dilip Kumar (2020-2023)
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.

 

Jann Nielsen (2022-2025)

Jann has been coming to MLUC for over 15 years and is a proud member. He has a PhD in pharmacology and spent his career in Pharmaceutical Research & Development. Retired now, Jann spends wonderful time with his wife Pat, daughter Carrie and family (also members of MLUC), son Adam and family, volunteering in various organizations in the community, and doing things at MLUC including Meditation I and II, Small Group Ministry, Theology Explorers, Mens Breakfast, the Child Faith Development Committee, Environmental Justice Team, gardening at MLUC, teaching in the Religious Education program, Conscious Aging gathering, and Lecture Luncheon. Jann is also an avid hiker, biker, sportsman, and general nature lover.

Marlies Singh (2021-2024)
Marlies was introduced to MLUC by a friend in 2004 and has been a member since 2014. She started out in the church school program where she taught for 3 years while working as the MLUC Accountant. Later she became a member of the Finance, Audit, and Legacy and Endowment Committees, finding it refreshing to see how our seven principles reshape everything, even rather dry financial matters. Marlies’ other activities at MLUC have included ushering, planting trees, helping with the auction, and volunteering as a Planned Parenthood escort through the Reproductive Justice task force. She has also been one of the members of the Used Bookstore team for the last few years. Her favorite aspect of church life is the Small Group Program. She loves to spend her spare time with her two daughters here in the area, with her family in Germany, and reading and birdwatching. 
Jansen Wendell (2020-2023)
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.