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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

Treasurer Jane Bannor Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL

Jane was elected to the UUJEC Board in 2014.  She served on the planning committee for the February, 2015 UUJEC conference Escalating Inequality or Opportunity for All? and currently is the Treasurer in addition to chairing the UUJEC Finance Committee.  A member of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Jane has taken a leadership role in her church’s Peace and Justice Committee, and she currently serves on the Chicago Area UUSJ Peace and Economic Justice / Homelessness task forces.  She guided her church’s efforts to implement the Peacemaking Study / Action Issue, and she’s been spearheading her congregation’s work on the 2014 – 2017 CSAI on Escalating Inequality. Efforts have centered on raising the minimum wage and on protecting state “safety net” programs, while responding to growing budgetary issues.  Working in local political campaigns and in community action efforts, Jane has seen the impact growing income inequality has had on our major cities. She hopes our denomination’s study of the issue will increase our commitment to finding a way to distribute our nation’s wealth more equitably. Contact Jane at  jbannor @ sbcglobal.net

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 Carl McCargo Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, MA

Carl McCargo has been a member of UUJEC since 2006, now serving as Chair of the GA Booth Committee, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, Mass. since 1985, when he became a UU. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1973 and his Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1981. Carl worked as a civil service psychologist for the state of Massachusetts for twenty years and retired in 2005. In 1992, he was in the first group of UU’s trained as Social Justice Empowerment Trainers and has conducted many workshops nationwide. Carl is also a Jubilee World I Anti-racism trainer and has conducted workshops across the U.S. Currently, Carl is the Chairperson of the Ward-3 Democratic Committee in Springfield, Mass. When his term as Chair of the Ward Committee expires this year, Carl will devote himself more fully to Media Reform, from the point of view that our media – movies and TV – teaches our culture how to think about “the Other,” class, the poor immigrants, etc. Feel free to contact Carl at: ilike2travel @ comcast.net 

Trustee Chris Marlowe Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore in Galloway, NJ

Kit Marlowe recently retired from his position as a safety manager for an environmental engineering company and moved from Northern NJ to Cape May, NJ. It’s a beautiful beachfront town, but poverty runs rampant about nine months a year. 

He came to the UU Faith in 1981. In his current church, the UU Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, he serves on the Finance Committee. He is Capital Projects Chair for Cape Hope Cares, a local homeless aide group. He is also president of the Democratic Club in Lower Township, NJ. 

Trustee 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 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 Dr. Dick Burkhart Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church of Des Moines, WA

Dick Burkhart is a life long UU and advocate for social and economic justice. Professionally he has a Ph.D. in mathematics and has worked in academia and industry in applied mathematics and scientific and engineering computing. In 2002 he took early retirement to become a full time activist, especially on issues, from local to global, of economic inequality, limits-to-growth, sustainability, democracy, and urbanization. He has been on the board of UUJEC since 2005, currently serving as a chair of the General Assembly Committee.

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 Karla Chew Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, IL

I retired in 2004 after 40 years as computer manager/analyst/programmer. I am currently treasurer of UU's for Social Justice in Chicago and for the Austin Scholarship Committee of 3rd Unitarian Church. I am, also, involved in the local Move to Amend group. For several years in the past, I worked with the local PADS homeless shelter. I am Chair of the UUJEC Communications Committee and can be reached at communications @ uujec.com.  

Trustee Rev. Dr. Lucy Hitchcock -

Lucy Hitchcock served as UU minister in North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Florida and as Extension Ministry Program Director at the UUA retiring in 2008.  She is a founding member of UUJEC, has served on the board off and on and has organized UU actions for the WTO protests in Seattle, FTAA protests in Miami and many conferences. Her spiritual practice is the work of economic justice. Current commitments are to single payer healthcare, climate justice, and sustainable, regenerative agriculture here and in Senegal, West Africa. She is building a house in Pringle Creek (sustainable) Community in Salem, OR.  Lucy is Chair of UUJEC’s Green New Deal Task Force and can be reached at membership @ uujec.org

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.