The Nominating Committee of the Central Midwest District has proposed the following individuals for election to the positions indicated at the 2011 District Assembly.
Nancy Armstrong, Vice President
My husband Joe and I joined the UU Church of Bloomington-Normal in 1983 after years of searching for the right fit for both of us. Over the years I have been actively involved in Religious Education, Caring, Finance, Fund Raising, Fellowship and Board Leadership. I am currently serving my ninth year as congregation treasurer (and still like it!) and (most fun of all) I sing in the choir. I have also been serving as a Trustee on the CMWD Board. I am employed full-time as a financial planner and have no plans to retire any time soon. In our spare time, my husband and I garden, cook and travel. We have one daughter, Larissa, who is a dedicated UU as well.
Tracey Koch, Board Secretary
Phone: 314-838-1725 x9
I have been active in Unitarian Universalism for the last ten years. As a member of Eliot Chapel, I served as the RE Committee Chair and volunteered as the Membership Coordinator. I also taught Sunday School for many years and volunteered as the Children's Library Coordinator. I am now a member of First Unitarian Alton. I am the current RE Committee Chair and teach the 4/5th graders. I am also involved with the UUSC as a Regional Coordinator. Outside of church life, I am a stay at home mother to three children. I play in a German band and a woodwind quintet. One day a week, I volunteer as the librarian for my children's school. I have a Masters in Social Work and previously worked with local refugees in starting their own businesses.
Erik David Carlson, UUA Trustee
UU Church of Stockton
A life-long Unitarian Universalist, I have been intimately involved in CMwD leadership since arriving in Chicago in 2005, serving on the District Young Adult Steering Committee, working as event chaplain for district youth and young adult conferences, and helping coordinate and lead worships at District Annual Assembly. I received preliminary fellowship in 2010 and now serve the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, IL as minister, having been called in May.
For the past year and a half, I have served as the official Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN) Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees. In this time, I have attended all Board meetings and conference calls, engaged with each of the elected Trustees, contributed to working group meetings on sponsored organizations and youth and young adult issues, and added to board discussions regarding GA 2012 Phoenix.
Having studied the Carver model of Policy Governance extensively in coursework at Meadville Lombard Theological School, I have also contributed to individual board members’ understanding of the model. I have established good working relationships with the entire Board as well as Moderator Gini Courter, UUA President Peter Moralis, and other core staff.
My candidacy is supported by a number of CMwD congregations, including the UU Church of Stockton, the Olympia Brown UU Church, DuPage UU Church, the UU Church in Rockford, IL, and Unity Temple of Oak Park, IL.
As the current UUA Board looks towards regionalization and a potentially complex restructuring of congregational service delivery, it is essential that each Trustee be as knowledgeable, competent and dedicated as possible. Given my existing relationships with the Board and UUA staff, my proven track-record of accomplishments in the CMwD and elsewhere in our Association, my understanding of systems, technology and Policy Governance, and my unwavering dedication to strengthening our inclusive faith, I believe I am uniquely suited to represent our district on the UUA Board of Trustees.
The Rev. Dr. Bill Sasso, Ministerial Trustee
Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship
The Rev. William Sasso ("Bill") has served as minister of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship since August, 1999. He holds advanced degrees in both ministry and business administration. In June, 1999, after completing a five-year program of study, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Ministry (with distinction) by Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Believing strongly that Unitarian Universalism offers the spiritually committed wonderful leverage to achieve positive change, in both ourselves and our world, Bill has been active in the Carbondale Interfaith Council and Carbondale in Harmony, as a planner for Carbondale's annual Community Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and as a founder and Board member of Rainbow Cafe, Southern Illinois' safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens and their friends. Bill and his family enjoy the beauty of nature present in southern Illinois.
Kenneth Pechtl, Youth Trustee
Kenneth Pechtl is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist affiliated with the Youth group of the North Shore Unitarian Church of Deerfield, IL.
Dave Weiman, Board Member at Large
I joined the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria in the Spring of 2000, a few months before I retired. In early 2001 I joined the Social Outreach Committee and served as the committee’s chair for 18 months beginning in mid 2003. In 2005 I became a member of the church’s Personnel Committee, serving as its chair for a few months in early 2006. In July of 2006 I began to serve the church as president of the Board of Trustees. I concluded that service the end of June, 2010. During that period the church changed its governance to a modified ‘Policy Board’ model. I chaired the Board Committee named ‘Policy Governance Advisory Group’ which was charged with the study of church governance, and the formulation of a governance model that was approved by the congregation. The Committee also developed and published a Board Governing Policy Manual, which the Board adopted and has been operating with for approximately 10 months. I continue to chair the Policy Governance Advisory Group. I attended the UUA General Assembly in Portland, OR, and two Parliaments of the World’s Religions in Barcelona and Melbourne. I am currently co-directing a national effort to enlist UU churches to pass resolutions we’ve developed which address the injustices suffered by American Indians.
Diana DeWeese, Nominating Committee
I’ve been a UU for the past 25 years. I am currently a member of the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation and the Church of the Larger Fellowship. At ALUUC, I have served on several committees and the board of directors. Currently, I am a member of the Fellowship committee and the Pagan Interest Connection at ALUUC. Starting this year, I am also president of the UU Women’s Connection, a district-wide women’s organization. I’ve been a councilwoman for the past four years, serving as treasurer, vice-president and president, as well as conference registrar for several of our spring and fall conferences. As a councilwoman I’ve had the opportunity to meet women in UU congregations throughout the district. I have attended several CMwD annual assemblies, UUA general assemblies, and winter CMwD WomanSpirit conferences. I served on the Planning Committee for the 2005 WomanSpirit on Springfield, Illinois. I have been retired since January 2008. My husband, Kurt DeWeese, is currently the board president at ALUUC. My daughter, Marissa, is in college; and my son, Kyle, is working in Springfield, Illinois. In the Springfield community I am a member of the Junior League, currently co-chair of the Sustainer committee. Drumming, chanting, sewing, cooking and gardening are what I love to do with “my” time.
Mary Lou Shadle, Nominating Committee
Phone: 773-753-4629 Cell: 312-835-9415
I have been a UU since 1959, having joined the South Nassau Unitarian Church in Freeport, NY at that time. In 1960 we moved to Chicago where my husband attended Meadville Lombard Theological School. I attended 1st Unitarian Church in Hyde Park, and was a member of the choir for several years. We attended Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul, MN during my former husband's internship there. I have been a member of Third Unitarian Church of Chicago since 1988, and was Board Chair in the early 90's. I have been on several committees, including a search committee, and am currently co-chair of the Adult Religious Education Committee. I was a delegate to CAUUC for 3 years. I have attended several GA's, though not recently. I am a retired school social worker, and I now live at Montgomery Place, a continuing care retirement center, where many of the residents are UU's.