Search Committee Biographies
Barbara Colton came to MLUC in 2008 with her husband, Mark Chandler, and two daughters, Kyra (now 24) and Alyssa (now 20), after searching for a religious foundation for her children in a community that shared her family’s values. After visiting several other area churches, she “found” MLUC and the wonderful RE program on the invitation of a friend.
With her daughters in the RE program, Barbara became active in the youth evening programs and for eight years served on the Youth Advisory Committee in varying capacities as organizer, advisor, Dark Waters aficionado, and head of the committee.
Barbara and her family fell in love with the community experience of a church weekend at Tockwogh and the opportunity for the entire family to make connections with kids and adults of all ages. She served on the Tockwogh Committee for several years and then co-led the development of the UU Community Weekend (Camp Canadensis) and served as Co-Chair for three years to encourage inter-generational community within MLUC.
Barbara has also served on the Worship Committee, the St. David’s Nursery School Committee, and the Auction Committee. Most recently she has enjoyed welcoming visitors to MLUC at the Welcome Desk each Sunday, helping the Afghan Refugee family find employment and start life in the US, and serving on the Nominating Committee.
Deirdre Gordon has been a member of MLUC for twelve years. MLUC was her first experience with a UU church. Deirdre has served as a member of the Offering Outreach committee for nine years and has been the committee chairperson for one year. She served on the 2021 Auction Committee. Deirdre has worked as a green striper since joining MLUC and also enjoys participating in environmental justice, watershed cleanup days, and in the annual church leaf raking day. She appreciates her SGM group members and considers her SGM sessions an essential part of her monthly calendar.
Deirdre earned a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and worked for Children and Youth Services of Delaware County, the child protection agency for the county, for 41 years in various capacities. For the ten years leading up to her retirement in 2020, she was Director of the agency. She also served on the board of the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators. In 2021, she received a Guardian Award from Family Support Line, a local nonprofit, acknowledging her leadership and exceptional commitment to protecting vulnerable children and families.
Interested in nature and the environment, Deirdre enjoys volunteering as a community scientist, collecting data on the health of Darby Creek for the Darby Creek Valley Association and the Watershed Program at the Willistown Conservation Trust. She is a vegetable and flower gardener and loves hiking in local preserves. She lives in Newtown Square with her husband, Lloyd Cole.
JB Hillman has been an MLUC member for 22 years. Born into a non-practicing Catholic family, JB and his family—wife, Carol, and two daughters, Taylor and Vaughn—came to MLUC in search of spiritual and moral grounding when the girls were young.
Committed to this church community, JB was inspired to use his energy, professional experience, and desire to help the church community. He has held numerous roles in the church including, Youth Advisor, leader of an annual campaign, co-chair of the Capital Campaign, member of the Committee in Ministry, head of the Music Committee, and President of the Board of Trustees. He has been instrumental in initiating new projects in the church throughout the years, working closely with office staff and several Senior and Interim Ministers. He plays in “the church band”, Schrödinger’s Cats.
JB has a degree in economics and business from Lafayette College, where he played football and started his lifelong love of rugby. To stay active today, he enjoys bike riding, hiking, and swimming.
With a 30+ year career in the technology sector, his executive roles in strategy, operations, sales and marketing, and global business development provide a strong set of skills and perspective that enhance his work here at MLUC.
When not busy at MLUC, JB and his wife, Carol, enjoy biking and hiking, seeing live music, eating great food, spending time with friends, and enjoying the beach as much as possible. Traveling to see their two daughters in Brooklyn and La Clusaz, France is a joy for them, as well.
Bonnie Marzolf has been a member at MLUC since 1983 — 40 years! Tom and Bonnie were looking for a spiritual home when his colleagues shared a bio of a new minister at MLUC, Brad Greeley. After attending the New UU classes with Brad they were hooked. They found a home where their two children would learn and be nurtured, and they could continue their spiritual journey. Since 1983, their lives have also been greatly enriched by the many friendships built with MLUC members.
As a young mother, Bonnie became involved with activities that the entire family would enjoy. She served as an RE teacher, was co-chair of the RE Committee and later the Youth Committee too. Bonnie also chaired the Holiday Workshop and with her husband chaired the weekend retreat at Camp Tockwogh.
As their children grew, Bonnie was able to become involved in other aspects of MLUC life. She was a member of the MLUC Board and co-chair of Stephan Pappa’s installation—an all-church reception and invitation dinner. Bonnie has coordinated social occasions too. She was a coordinator of Circle Suppers and a co-chair of Fellowship Dinners. Bonnie is also committed to social action; she served on the Social Action committee and was co-chair of the Partner Church committee.
Outside of MLUC, Bonnie took a position as a computer programmer (a woman!!) for a mainframe (!!) and retired as the manager of a software support department. During career pauses to raise a family, she held numerous volunteer positions within the school and community. She continues to enjoy life out-of-doors, exercising and taking long walks on the beach.
Julia Rosa has been attending Main Line Unitarian Church her whole life. She went through the Religious Education program here and now her children are doing the same. She has previously served on the Adult Religious Education Committee and has worked in the RE class for K-1 for multiple years. Julia has served on two previous search committees, for Virginia and Dawn Star. Julia has traveled to our partner church in Várfalva, Transylvania.
Professionally Julia is a software engineer and leads a team of developers. In her spare time she co-leads a brownie troop, runs a book club, works on refinishing her basement, and enjoys camping with her family.
Julia lives in Wayne with her husband, Juan, and two elementary aged children, Jacob and Eva.
Alan Scholl was raised UCC and unchurched most of his adult life. He was introduced to Unitarian Universalism at MLUC’s Pathways to Membership in 2015 and jumped right in. He was (and still is!) inspired by our loving community, which was particularly appealing as his children were aging out of their preschool, Charlestown Playhouse.
In his seven years at MLUC, Alan has taught RE in the younger grades, served three years on the Membership Committee, and served on the Stewardship Committee. He is also a regular attendee of our Spanish Conversation group, which he considers his SGM. Most recently, he enjoyed getting to know a bunch of MLUC folks better by working with them to move furniture and supplies for Afghan refugee families.
Outside of MLUC, Alan served as the Grounds & Maintenance Chief and as a board member of Charlestown Playhouse for most of his family’s five years there. He was the Treasurer of his son’s Cub Scout pack, and is the current Treasurer on the board of the West Vincent Elementary School PTA.
When he cannot come up with an excuse to escape to Maine, Alan can often be found at his desk managing the finances and IT for a local business (with one ear on his daughter’s virtual schooling), running his son, Travis, to Odyssey of the Mind or band practices, running his daughter, Katie, to swim practice, tending the family’s thirteen chickens, or struggling not to fall too far behind in the yard and gardens.
Teresa Zink has been a member of MLUC for 25 years, joining with her husband, Michael, when they were expecting their first child and looking for a church home. Over the years at MLUC, she has served on several committees (Worship Committee, Nominating Committee, and the Memorial Reception Committee), helped to coordinate the Children’s Choir, taught RE, and provided music for services, among other activities. MLUC has been an anchor for Teresa and her family, offering a rich web of connections across generations and support through the years.
Nearly 12 years ago, Teresa and her family moved to Singapore where she was very involved in the small UU fellowship there and got her first taste of grass-roots, living room UUism, working with a small group to create worship in each other’s homes on Sunday mornings. Later, while living in Germany, Teresa was active in the Wiesbaden UU fellowship, and its transition to Unitarian Universalists Rhein Main, independent from the umbrella of the U.S. Military Chaplaincy. During that time, she was also very involved in the wider UU community in Europe, serving as co-chair of the EUU fall retreat in Frankfurt and visiting fellowships throughout the region.
Raised in the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado, Teresa was active as a youth in the transition from LRY to YRUU and served twice as a youth delegate to the UUA General Assembly. When Teresa was 16, her mother was ordained as a UU minister. She is delighted to be back at MLUC and is eager to get to work forging a loving, accepting, safe home for all of us, and those we have yet to meet.