Board of Officers and Trustees
Introducing our 2020-2021 Board of Officers and Trustees:
How to contact the Board:
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Nancy DiLaura, PresidentTerm expires 06/30/21 My husband, Joe, and I moved to Colorado from Indianapolis in 2011. Family brought us west, but it was the welcoming congregation at BVUUF that helped me settle into our new home. With the exception of living one year in Alaska, I spent the whole of my youth, college years, and professional life in central Indiana. I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Butler University and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Indiana University. I’ve worked as a journalist, a non-profit executive, in politics, and as an administrator for an Indianapolis-based community college. I enjoy spending time with our Lafayette family – daughter Shelly, daughter-in-law Debbi, and grandson Nicholas. Retirement has provided numerous opportunities to discover new passions such as teaching ESL students for Intercambio, walking dogs for the Longmont Humane Society, and singing with a local women’s choir. Finding a spiritual home at the Fellowship has been among the highlights of moving to Colorado. I enjoy singing with the Fellowship Choir and One Voice, drawing on the collective wisdom of the wonderful women in my covenant group and in Senior Seekers, and co-chairing a Sunday hospitality team. I’ve served as a service associate, co-chair of the Member Engagement Council, and co-chair of Path to Membership. I joined the board of trustees in August 2018.
Scott Youmans, Vice PresidentTerm expires 06/30/21 My partner, Kelly LoGiudice, and I moved to Colorado in the summer of 2014, relocating here from the western suburbs of Philadelphia where we were members of the UU Church of Delaware County and the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Prior to that, we lived near Providence, RI where we were members of the Religious Society of Bell Street Chapel and where we first became Unitarian Universalists in 2001. While we have enjoyed living in many parts of our nation, we have fallen in love with the Front Range and look forward to exploring its communities and wonders for many years. I’ve been interested in religion since I was a child going to Baptist Sunday School in Florida. I now embrace a perspective of multi-religiosity (or deep ecumenism) that is informed by the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rev Dr Ibrahim Farajajé, Fr Thomas Keating, Fr Richard Rohr, Ken Wilber, and others. I consider myself a Neopagan Zen Sufi Christian-Mystic Panenthiest, and my primary spiritual practices outside of the Fellowship are participating in the Dances of Universal Peace, hiking/snowshoeing in the grandeur and glory of Nature, and attending the Ft. Lupton Masonic Lodge. I’ve served previous congregations in many ways, most consistently through leading and supporting Sunday services. At Bell Street, I was board president for one year before moving to Pennsylvania. At First Unitarian of Philadelphia, I served on the Ministerial Leadership Team, similar to our Committee on Shared Ministries, for two years. I’ve also been a Coming of Age mentor, men’s group facilitator, and adult religious education facilitator. During the week, I’m an Enterprise Architect for Sev1Tech, a technology consulting firm. In addition to my service here at the Fellowship, I volunteer my time as a member of the technology team for Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity. I’m grateful that the congregation has placed their trust in me, and I look forward to the challenges and joys of the coming years together.
Gloria Pearlstein, SecretaryTerm expires 6/30/21 I’m honored to be serving as Board Secretary for the second year. Last year was very much a learning year for me, and I look forward to applying some of that learning to the issues the Board will address this year. I grew up in Pennsylvania, got my bachelor’s degree at Penn State, and then spent most of my adult life in the Washington DC area. My family moved to Colorado in 2013, shortly after I retired from a varied career as a writer, editor, job skills training developer, strategic planner, and manager, primarily for Federal agencies. Raised in the Ukrainian Orthodox church, I abandoned church life for many years, and then attended Unity and Science of Mind churches before finding BVUUF. I joined the Fellowship in October 2014, and am grateful to be part of this vibrant, nourishing, and caring community. I sing in the choir, serve on a Hospitality team, belong to a Covenant group, and have co-chaired the New Member Dinner since 2016. I’m honored to be serving as this year’s Board Secretary. In this role, I hope to draw on somewhat similar experience from years past, when I served as Secretary for the Washington DC chapters of a professional organization for training developers and a songwriters’ association. Learning and teaching are important values for me. I hold a Master’s degree in adult education and volunteer as an instructor for Mental Health First Aid classes offered in Boulder and Adams counties. A lifelong learner, I started taking violin lessons when I was 60. I’m studying classical music but also play fiddle in an amateur ladies’ bluegrass band. I live in Erie with Richard, my husband of nearly 39 years; our young adult offspring, Becca; and a house rabbit named Hesper.
Doug Schmidt, TreasurerTerm expires 6/30/22 I’ve been a BVUUF member for over 10 years. My wife led me to this after I had given up on my childhood faith upbringing and was for awhile not interested in replacing it. I have come to find the camaraderie and the spiritual journey to be rewarding and uplifting. After initially receiving a bachelor’s degree in American Studies I decided to become an engineer! I went back to school and then ended up working as a product development engineer and later project manager at IBM here in Boulder. My job was taken over by Ricoh of Japan in 2007 and I later retired after 32 years combined at the two companies. IBM moved us here in 1995 and we’ve enjoyed Colorado ever since. I’m now serving as Treasurer. I think I have enough experience for this having managed budgets as part of my work at IBM, and having for years worked with spreadsheets. However every organization is different so I have plenty to learn in this new role. I look forward to serving you all!
Jim Highsmith, TrusteeTerm expires 6/30/22 At BVUUF I have served on the Building Committee (co-chair for 2 ½ years), strategic planning committee, Committee on Shared Ministries, Worship Associate, Stewardship committee, and racial justice committee. I have been a UU for over 50 years serving in 7 other UU churches and the Mountain (UU) Camp and Conference Center (North Carolina) as President, Treasurer, Pledge Drive chair, Finance Committee, Board Member and Welcoming Congregation Committee. My vision for the Fellowship is to utilize our capabilities and new facility to pursue our mission of Inner Depth Outer Focus.
Janet Meyer, TrusteeTerm expires 6/30/23 I grew up in a blue collar family in Cincinnati, the first to go to college. I moved to Boulder after graduation with $50 in my pocket and a place to stay for a month. I supported myself as a baker before going to grad school in Counseling Psychology and working in the Boston area for several years before heading back here in 1994. Like my winding journey across the country to get here, my spiritual journey has been circuitous. I left my Catholic roots at 13, became a born-again Christian, set off to college to become a minister, strayed from the straight and narrow path in a great many ways, fell into community with non-violent Quaker activists in New England and eventually found myself in step with UUs. I joined UUCB in the 1990s and started coming to the Fellowship with Larry and Morgan in 2009. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I specialize in healing from sexual trauma, reproductive health, infertility, and sexual identity. I have a small private practice and also teach memoir writing classes. I am a white bisexual cis-gendered woman of size and consider myself a class straddler, having been raised working class and now firmly in the professional class. I am married to Larry Sherwood and mom to Morgan Sherwood, both members of the congregation. I enjoy photography, hiking, baking, gardening, and playing the Zimbabwean marimba. My time at the Fellowship has been rich and rewarding. I’ve served on the Member Engagement Council, the Aesthetics Committee, Caring Council, Hospitality, the Personnel Committee, and the COVID Preparedness Team. I help produce the weekly newsletter, maintain the website, support members with technology issues, and have become the de facto photographer for the congregation. I am excited about serving on the Board during this time of transition and possibility.
Hiram Wolgemuth, TrusteeTerm expires 6/30/21 I was raised as a Mennonite in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Starting in my teen years I considered religion as not necessary to my life. Just before my second marriage, 10 years ago, my soon-to-be wife convinced me to convert to Catholicism as she is a Catholic. A religious sense then became important to me, and continues to be so. I’ve been retired about four years from a 10-year career as a medical records coder. Now I need this community, this UU Fellowship, where I can expand my desire to live well with others on this planet, Earth.
The Fellowship’s Board of Officers and Trustees is comprised of four officers and three trustees. Trustees are elected by the Fellowship for a three-year term, and these terms are staggered so that one position expires each year. Officers are elected to one-year terms. Elections are held in May and terms begin and end in July, allowing for some overlap between departing and new officers and trustees. The Minister serves as an ex-officio member of the Board. The Board meets monthly at a minimum.
Open Positions on the Board
There are no open positions on the board at this time.
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In the Fellowship’s organizational structure, the Board oversees Committees, as pictured below. Click on the image to enlarge.
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