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UUJEC Leadership

PositionNameCongregationPictureBiography
Co-Chair Ms Sally Gellert Central Unitarian Church, NJ

Sally Jane Gellert (Unitarian Universalist since 1998), is a member of Central Unitarian Church and has been active in civic education and advocacy for a decade or more. In 2011, Sally worked with other environmental UUs to introduce an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) to support Tim DeChristopher Currently active in each of the UU Legislative Ministry of N.J.’s. 5 task forces.  Maintains Occupy Bergen County’s social-media presence. Member of InterOccupy, supporting grassroots Occupy- and non-Occupy-based groups. Cofounder of Bergen Unitarian Universalist Relief Group (BUURG), which held Sandy Benefit concert. Cohosts an EJ Green Drinks in Hackensack. Works with local advocacy/activist groups and the Ramapough Lunaape tribe.  E-mail is SJGUU @ aol.com

Co-Chair Terry Lowman First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA

Terry Lowman retired recently from a long career in business, justice was always a passion. Married to Mark Kassis as soon as same sex marriage was legal in Iowa, he and Mark parented four children, two from Terry's marriage to a Cuban woman and two adopted from Peru. They owned three restaurants, which were often venues for charity fund raising and liberal political events. Terry was born into UCC, lost god and found UU in 1989. Terry has volunteered in a number of UU related causes, from AMOS, the local congregationally based community organizing, starting Iowa’s UU state advocacy network (IUUWAN), the UU Funding Program's Social Responsibility grant panel and summer of 2014 joining UUJEC as co-chair. Terry is the UUJEC Liaison for State Legislative Networks (CUUSAN) and chair of the Nominating Committee. Terry is a member of UU Congregation of Miami and First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Iowa. Contact Terry at TerryLeeLowman @ gmail.com

Trustee Adam Wasserman Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, VA

Adam Wasserman has been a UU for 12 years with three different congregations: UU Congregation of Fairfax in Northern Virginia, UU Fellowship of Montgomery in Alabama, and most recently the UU Congregation of Santa Fe in New Mexico.  During this time he has been passionate about many social justice issues, but especially economic inequality, racial justice, and the need to reform our political system to get money out of politics.  While living in the Washington DC area he chaired a working group on economic justice as part of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, which organizes advocacy on Capitol Hill.  Adam recently retired from federal service where he specialized in international affairs and education.  In 2018 he and his wife Gale relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico where they are getting to know a vibrant UU community and enjoying the change of pace from Washington.

Trustee Dean and Kate Wanderer Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, VA

Dean Wanderer is a member of the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church of Burke, Virginia and a Unitarian Universalist since 1980. Dean graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He also holds ajuris doctorate and two masters of law (International) and (Environmental).  He retired from the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1994 and began as a sole practitioner thereafter.  He has been an advocate for thirty-nine years concerning international matters for the US Navy or Department of Defense for those who face criminal charges, removal for immigration reasons, and family law matters.  He has frequently represented the injured and disabled.  He is the co-chair of the Unitarian Universalists Legislative Ministry of Virginia (UULMVA) and the chair of the Immigration Steering Committee for the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the Capital Region (UUSJ).  He has personally advocated at federal and state levels of government. The priorities of the UULMVA include Economic Injustice (minimum wage increase, expansion of MEDICAID, voting rights for ex-felons and the end of predatory lending, among others). You can contact Dean at deanwanderer @ verizon.net

Trustee Jim Black Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, WI

Jim Black is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County Wisconsin and a retiring attorney. Jim dedicated his career to representing injured workers and the disabled.  From the foundation of Jim’s career experiences, he knows the issues the UUJEC addresses are extremely important. Throughout his legal career Jim saw the faces of those who struggled to work within a system which did not provide a just economic system. Jim and his wife Trish work locally to help advance an economic system which is just for their children, grandchild and community. Jim hopes, through the UUJEC, to play a part in advancing a just economic system. To reach Jim, email him at jblackjd85 @ gmail.com

Trustee John Martin Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF)

 

Trustee Ms. Cindy Piester Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, CA

Guided by Gandhi’s teachings, Cindy has been a peace and justice event organizer, and an alternative media cable access television producer and host.  In 2011 she directed/produced a no-budget 2011 documentary on US committed atrocities. This contributed to the Center for Constitutional Rights seeking a Thematic Hearing request with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  After the death of her husband, John, a Vietnam Veteran, Cindy focused on addressing the existential threat of Climate Disruption.  She is interested in mobilizing efforts towards reducing the trillion- dollar military budget negatively impacting the economics of our communities and contributing to climate change.

Trustee Rachel Bennett Steury Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, CA

Rachel Bennett Steury is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Studio City, and currently serves as the UUJEC Administrator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies from Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts respectively, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Indiana Institute of Technology.  She has a professional background in manufacturing, political advocacy, organizing, writing and research.  Her volunteer work focuses on social media and communications on organ donation, civil, human and labor rights. She is a member of the Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), and the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI). She resides in Las Angeles County, California.  Contact Rachel at rachellou @ hotmail.com.      

Trustee Rev. Judith Deutsch First Parish of Sudbury, MA

Judy Deutsch is a UU minister, emerita, who moved to Corrales, NM on June 28, 2017, after having lived in Sudbury, MA. For 51 years.

Among the activities she engaged in while in Massachusetts were to serve as: chair of the committee that wrote the last 3 Massachusetts single-payer bills; board member of the James Luther Adams Foundation; the governor’s appointee to the Sudbury Housing Authority; chair of First Parish’s Faith in Action Committee; health care specialist for the LWVMA; and  board member of Mass-Care (Massachusetts’ campaign for single-payer health care.)

Since moving to New Mexico she has become active in the Albuquerque working group against Citizens United, and involved in the group working for NM’s Health Security Act and in the UU Westside Congregation, where she hopes to get the congregation aware of UUJEC.

Judy has been a member of the NAACP since the 50’s and a member of Democratic Socialists of America since its inception. She has been a  Unitarian and then a Unitarian Universalist since 1952.

Trustee Rich Florentino Unitarian Church of Staten Island, NY An Environmental Engineer for 40 years; BSCE Columbia University; MSEnvE University of Illinois. Lifelong interest in history, fostered by excellent undergraduate liberal arts / technical curriculum . Retired in 2010. Joined Unitarian Church on Staten Island in 2011. Has read extensively in history and economics over the last 6 years - since the financial meltdown in 2008. Participated in Occupy Wall Street planning and demonstrations; was first person to use the phrase, "We are the 99%" at an Occupy meeting. Member / on Board of several Democratic Clubs on Staten Island, on Board of Peace Action of Staten Island. Coordinating with other religious and secular groups on Staten Island and in Brooklyn. Speaks regularly at diverse organizations and events regarding Economic Justice.
Trustee Sky Stewart Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, OH

Sky Stewart is a part time Meadville Lombard student, an aspirant for Unitarian Universalist ordination and an active community lay minister/ organizer in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio. In his free time, and for much needed cash, Sky also works for his family's historic restoration construction business. Sky's big dream is of bringing all this together to help his community realize it's potential for greater optimism, happiness, and financial prosperity.

Sky looks forward to joining the UUJEC board in the hope of bringing his experiences as a Unitarian Universalist faith leader and as a community servant and organizer closer together, so that each responsibility may more fully enrich and inform the other.

I actually prefer neutral pronouns (they/them or your favorite equivalent), however I am going to use he/him in my bio. This is because in my work life I usually present as a male. As a transgender faith leader and organizer working in the blue collar, Appalachian town where I grew up, I find I make all the waves I need without confusing people's grammar habits.