MidAmerica Region Board of Trustees
We submit the following nominees for three-year terms (I = Incumbent, N = New Candidate):
(I) David Lauth, for the position of President of the Board of Trustees, First Universalist Church, Minneapolis (MN) (Term 2018-2021)
(I) Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh, for the position of Vice President of the Board of Trustees, St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, Cincinnati (OH) (Term 2018-2021)
(I) Tammy Lemmer, to fill the vacancy of the Secretary Trustee, UU Church of Greater Lansing, Lansing (MI) (Partial term 2018-2019)
(N) Janell Hill for the position of At-Large Trustee, First Universalist Church in Minneapolis (MN) (Term 2018-2021)
(I) Kyrie Bock, for position of At-Large Trustee, Unity Temple UU Congregation, Oak Park (IL) (Partial term 2018-2020)
(N) Omega Burckhardt, for position of At-Large Trustee, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (WI) (Partial term 2018-2020)
MidAmerica Region Nominating Committee
We submit the following nominees for two-year terms:
(I) Kees deWit for Nominating Committee, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne (IN) (Term 2018-2020)
(N) Claude Diogo for Nominating Committee, Unitarian Universalist Church West, Brookfield (WI) (Term 2018-2020)
(N) Rev. Julie Brock for Nominating Committee, Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton (MI) (Term 2018-2020)
(N) Betty Holcomb for Nominating Committee, First Unitarian Society of Chicago (IL) (Term 2018-2020)
VACANCY (Partial one-year term)
Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference Directors
There are two vacancies on MUUC. To fill these vacancies, we submit the following nominees for new three-year terms (2018-2021):
(I) Allan Lindrup for the position of Director of Midwest UU Conference, First Unitarian Society of Chicago (IL) (Term 2018-2021)
(I) Michael May for the position of Director of Midwest UU Conference, First Unitarian Society of Madison (WI) (Term 2018-2021)
Katherine Daniels, Quincy Unitarian Church, IL
Kay Slama, UU Church of Willmar, MN
Bob Lovell, UU Church of Greater Lansing, Lansing, MI
Kees deWit, UU Congregation of Fort Wayne, IN
MidAmerica Region 2018 Slate of Nominees Biographies and Pictures
Board of Trustee Nominees:
There are three (3) full term positions open on the Board of Trustees. Both the President and Vice-President positions are open this year as well as one at-large position. The President of the Board of Trustees was term limited and there is one vacancy due to resignation, leaving a 2-year vacancy. Board of Trustee terms are three years.
Two current Board of Trustee members agreed to be nominated to the open positions of President and Vice-President. The Vice-President agreed to be nominated to the position of President. An at-large member agreed to be nominated to the position of Vice-President, leaving a 2-year vacancy in an at-large position.
The Secretary Trustee resigned from the position of Secretary and the Board appointed her to an at-large trustee position. The Board appointed an at-large trustee to the position of Secretary and she agreed to be nominated to the position of Secretary.
The Nominating committee identified two new candidates for the at-large positions and we recommend the following slate of nominees:
(I) David Lauth, for the position of President of the Board of Trustees
David Lauth, First Universalist Church in Minneapolis (MN)
(Term 2018-2021) David Lauth has been a member of the MidAmerica Board of Trustees since 2015 and is currently serving as Vice President. He is a member of two very different Unitarian Universalist congregations in Minnesota. He is a long-time member of First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, where he has served as President of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Nominating Committee, Pastoral Care Committee, Personnel Committee, Music Committee, and Committee on Ministry. He is also a charter member of the fledgling UU Community of Red Wing, now in its second year of existence.
He was the District Coordinator for the 2010 UUA General Assembly in Minneapolis. In that role, he worked with the General Assembly Planning Committee, and he recruited and led a team of 200 local volunteers. Prior to the formation of the MidAmerica Region, he served as a volunteer conflict consultant for the Prairie Star District, working with a number of congregations that were experiencing difficult conflicts. He is also a singer/songwriter, and he performs regularly at the services of UU congregations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a labor and employment lawyer and mediator, and he has an active volunteer mediation practice. David is passionate about building a strong future for Unitarian Universalism and our work in the world, and he is excited about this opportunity to serve the MidAmerica Region.
(I) Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh, for the position of Vice President of the Board of Trustees
Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh, St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, Cincinnati (OH) serving as pastor and head of staff.
(Term 2018-2021) Mitra Jafarzadeh serves St John's in Cincinnati (Clifton). She has been on the Mid-America board this past year. Mitra believes our churches must be rooted in their communities and has fostered congregational involvement in interfaith activities with neighbors. She has helped coordinate tours of Clifton houses of worship.
She works with community activists and the mayor's office on issues of immigration and has worked with police on domestic violence. Currently, she is creating a weekend of music and spirituality drawing artists and participants nationally. In addition to serving previous congregations, Mitra has also been professor of religion and project leader.
(I) Tammy Lemmer, to fill the vacancy of the Secretary Trustee
Tammy Lemmer, UU Church of Greater Lansing, Lansing (MI)
(Partial term 2018-2019) Tammy Lemmer has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing (Michigan) since 2002. After working for over 12 years in domestic and sexual violence prevention, she now works for the Tri-County Office on Aging, while also doing contract work with the Michigan Department of Education with an emphasis on safe and supportive school environments for LBGT youth. She is very active in community activities and serves on her local school board.
Tammy’s congregational involvement includes volunteering with Children's RE, (including facilitating Coming of Age and Our Whole Lives for Middle Schoolers), Social Action initiatives, and Stewardship and Capital Campaign Committees. Her other leadership roles at UUCGL include serving on the Congregation’s Board of Trustees for five years (with terms as VP for Programs and Secretary,) Nominating Committee, and Program and Policy Transitions committee (for reviewing and updating the congregation's Constitution and Bylaws). She is currently Chair of Denominational Affairs. Within the Region, she is an experienced delegate, and has served as a member and chair of both the Heartland District and the Regional Nominating Committees. She has served for one year on the MidAmerica Regional Board as a Trustee At Large.
(N) Janell Hill for the position of At-Large Trustee
Janell Hill, First Universalist Church in Minneapolis (MN)
(Term 2018-2021) Janell Hill is a member of First Universalist Church of Minneapolis.
Janell has served as a Religious Educator for the church and is currently teaching OWL. She is also sitting a on a newly formed committee to address social justice issues with POC youth with the congregation.
Janell also serves as Secretary to Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM).
(I) Kyrie Bock, for position of At-Large Trustee
Kyrie Bock, Unity Temple UU Congregation, Oak Park (IL)
(Partial term 2018-2020) Kyrie Bock is a 3rd generation UU, originally from Florida and the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. She has been in Chicago now for 6 + years and recently completed what brought her here, an MBA in Marketing and Management from Loyola University Chicago and a Professional Certificate for Leadership in Sustainability Management from The University of Chicago. While her background is in Marketing and Financial Services, it was here in Chicago where she uncovered her passion and commitment to Sustainability, Non-Profit, Higher-Ed, and all its offerings. Kyrie is an active member of the community both locally and regionally - she currently serves as a Trustee on the Board for the Mid America Region for UUA, is a Chair for the Membership Committee at Unity Temple Unitarian Church, where she is a 4 year+ member, and serves as Vice President for Net Impact Chicago. Her love and passion for the environment drives her professional desires to continue to make her local community in Chicago a great place to live, work and play “green”, and she looks forward to making that same positive impact here at 1st Unitarian Church of Chicago and on a global scale.
(N) Omega Burckhardt, for position of At-Large Trustee
Omega Burckhardt, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (WI)
(Partial term 2018-2020) Omega S. Burckhardt is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She has held multiple positions in her congregation, including the Chalice Circle Steering Committee and the Social Justice Committee.
She was a participant in 2015 at the Midwest Leadership School for the UUA after attending a Harvest the Power seminar at FUSM. Subsequently, she has held various lay staff positions at MWLS, and will finish her three-year commitment in 2018 as Chair of the school.
MidAmerica Region Nominating Committee:
Four (4) Nominating Committee terms are ending and a vacancy was created by resignation. One (1) of the four (4) individuals agreed to serve again. The committee identified three (3) new candidates, all slated for two-year terms (2010-2020).
(I) Kees deWit for Nominating Committee
Kees deWit, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
(Term 2018-2021) Kees deWit is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana. When elected, this will be his 3rd term and final term on the MAR nominating committee. Since joining the church, he has volunteered for many different functions in church life (including congregational president and treasurer, stewardship chair, endowment chair, worship chair and ministerial search committee).
He has great interest in UU history and collects old books about this topic. His favorite past time is riding his bicycle on the Fort Wayne trail system. After arriving in the USA from the Netherlands in 1992, Kees became a naturalized US citizen in 2008. He married Ruth deWit in 2006. Their blended family has 4 children ranging from 19 to 34 with only a cat still at home. Currently he is an automotive quality systems auditor for BSI, He has a BSEE from the Netherlands and a MSMM from Kettering University.
(N) Claude Diogo for Nominating Committee
Claude Diogo, Unitarian Universalist Church West, Brookfield (WI)
(Term 2018-2020) A US Citizen of African descent, Claude lives in Wauwatosa, WI with his wife and children. His spiritual quest found a home at the Unitarian Universalist Church West of Brookfield WI a few years ago, in 2014. As an active member of his congregation, Claude currently works with the membership committee and also contributes to the leadership development team’s work. He participated in the 2016 - 2017 “Wellspring” program at UUC West. The past three years, he has been involved (as a student and now as a staff) with the Midwest Leadership School (MWLS).
In his daily occupation, Claude is the Logistics & Transportation Team Lead for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate – Milwaukee, a food manufacturer. Outside of work, he has a passion for sustainable community development and partakes in the “Grow and Eat Local” movement of sustainable urban agriculture. Every summer, he grows most of his family’s next year’s ethnic vegetable needs.
(N) Rev. Julie Brock for Nominating Committee
Rev. Julie Brock, Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton (MI)
(Term 2018-2020) Rev. Julie brock serves as the Consulting Minister to the Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton, Michigan. A life-long UU, Julie grew up attending the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, where she served as board member and in many other leadership roles.
Julie recently completed her internship at the First Unitarian Society of Madison and worked as a chaplain resident at the Mayo Clinic. She graduated from Starr King School for the ministry in 2014, where she served as student body co-president. Julie has been very active in youth and young adult activities, serving as the moderator of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult steering committee.
(N) Betty Holcomb for Nominating Committee
Betty Holcomb, First Unitarian Society of Chicago (IL)
(Term 2018-2020) My journey in this faith came out of a search for a spiritual home that spoke to my commitment for social, gender, racial and environmental justice. The Fellowship in Columbia, Missouri, was my initial church home. Professional advancement in pharmaceutical sales took me and my two children to the North Shore Unitarian Society in Deerfield, IL. First Unitarian Society of Chicago, my home since 1990, has been a place where I have served on several councils and committees. Nationally, opportunities on the Planning Committee, the (now defunct) Whitney Young Fund, and the Jubilee Working Group for Anti-Racism have been highlights of my involvement with the UUA. Now retired and working part-time as a driving instructor, I look forward to contributing through this position.
(N) VACANT (partial, one-year term)
Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference Directors:
There are two open terms on MUUC. Both directors are willing to continue for another term. We submit the following nominees for three-year terms (2018-2021).
(I) Allan Lindrup for the position of Director of Midwest UU Conference
Allan Lindrup, First Unitarian Society of Chicago (IL)
(Term 2018-2021) Allan Lindrup was born in Chicago in April, 1949, and was introduced to Unitarianism through the Sunday School program at Third Unitarian Church, starting in the fall of 1959. He has been active in five UU congregations in Chicago through his life, currently with the First Unitarian Society of Chicago. He is now retired, after having a 35 year career with the US Social Security Administration.
Allan has served his UU congregations and numerous non-profits, most often as Treasurer, fund raiser, or social justice leader. He served the Chicago Area UU Council as President during the 1980s and is back on CAUUC currently, as Treasurer. Allan produced about 150 UU television shows for public access TV between 1990 and 2000. He is a knowledgeable investor with about 30 years experience in managing his portfolio.
(I) Michael May for the position of Director of Midwest UU Conference
Michael May, First Unitarian Society of Madison, WI
(Term 2018-2021) Michael lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Madison. He has served in a number of positions since becoming a Unitarian-Universalist in 1980: President of the FUS Congregation, Chair of the FUS Bylaws Revision Committee, Member of the Board of Trustees for the Central Midwest District of the UUA, Member of the FUS Committee on Ministry, and Chair of the FUS Meeting House Preservation Committee.
Michael was born in Madison in 1954 and has always lived there. He graduated from Holy Name Seminary High School and obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He has three grown children and is married to a local artist.
Michael serves as the City Attorney for Madison, where he supervises an office with 16 attorneys. He is on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is also a member of Downtown Madison Rotary, where he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Madison Rotary Foundation.