UUPCC is governed by a twelve-person Board of Directors, elected by the membership to staggered 3-year terms. The day-to-day business of the organization is conducted by the Executive Director, several part-time employees and numerous dedicated volunteers.
Board of Directors
Rev. Morgan McLean, Chair
Rev. Morgan McLean is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and has been involved in congregations in Wisconsin, Washington, DC, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois. Before entering ministry, Morgan worked on human rights issues with Amnesty International, USA.
At Main Line Unitarian Church in suburban Philadelphia, Morgan worked closely with the congregation’s Partner Church efforts, including a visit in 2013 to their partner church in Várfalva, Transylvania and a subsequent visit from eight of the villagers to Main Line in 2014. Her personal experience in Transylvania was transformative as she connected with the historic roots of our shared faith and found new ways to engage that history with spirituality. Morgan is the Assistant Minister for Congregational Life at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, CA.
Anne Greenwood, Vice-Chair
Anne Greenwood was first introduced to Transylvanian Unitarians at the 1984 World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom. She has been involved ever since, traveling many times to Partner congregations in Transylvania, including her own partner church of Homoródúfalu. She has served as member, chair and co-chair of the Partner Church Committee at the UU Church of Berkeley since its inception in 1990, and is an active member of the Balázs Scholar Committee, supporting a visiting scholar and their family for the academic year at Starr King School for the Ministry. She also served as a UUPCC networker in the Pacific Central District.
The Rev. Eric Meter, Secretary
Rev. Eric Meter has been the Associate Minister at First UU of Columbus OH since August 2008. Born and raised Unitarian Universalist, Eric came to First UU after ten years of ministry in northern California and an interim ministry year in upstate New York.
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After completing his Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, and then a ministerial internship under the late Rev. Dan O'Neal at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa, Eric served the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore, California until 2007. During his tenure there, he was president of the local Interfaith Council, and co-chaired a marketing campaign of 17 UU congregations the San Francisco Bay area. Other highlights of his ministry there included travelling twice to visit his congregation's partner church in Transylvania, leading a youth service trip to New Orleans to help in the post-Katrina rebuilding efforts and preaching in Soweto during a sabbatical month in South Africa. In 2007 Eric received the Distinguished Service Award from the Pacific Central District of the UUA. Prior to answering the call to ministry, Eric was a VISTA volunteer with the Minnesota Literacy Council in St. Paul, MN and also worked with the Twin Cities' Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant communities. During that time, Eric was also active in both local and district UU young adult programming.
Rick Irwin, Treasurer
Rick Irwin was an actuary for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 18 years, specializing in health insurance projects for large employers. He retired last September. His responsibilities were tied to analysis of the client's health plan experience, so he is very comfortable crunching numbers to identify trends & outliers and to be sure everything "adds up."
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Rick says: I am interested in the UUPCC because of the recent choir trip to India. Three of us from UUMAN were able to make the trip (me, my wife Paula Watson, and Pat Lambert). It was fantastic, and I expect to have a continuing relationship with our new friends Banjop, Nangroi and Bari at Mawsynjri (UUMAN's partner church).
The Rev. Eric Cherry
Rev. Eric M. Cherry has been the Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office since August 2007. In this position, Eric manages the UUA’s relationships with U/U and interfaith partners around the world, provides resources for congregational international engagement, and supervises the staff of the UU Holdeen India Program and UU United Nations Office.
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Prior to accepting this position Eric served for 12 years as a parish minister with UU congregations in Burlington, Iowa and N. Easton, Massachusetts. Eric has long been involved in the UU Partner Church movement, serving as the English Teacher for Unitarian Seminarians in Kolozsvár, Transylvania in 1998. Other organizations that Eric has served in leadership roles with include the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), Religions for Peace (WCRP), local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and the UU Massachusetts Action Network. Eric is a graduate of Earlham College (BA) and Meadville/Lombard Theological School (M.Div). He and his wife, Linda, make their home in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Carol Cook has served on the UUPCC Board since June 2014, and on the UUPCC Communications Committee since January 2010. She is a retired librarian and resides in San Mateo, California. She is co-chair of UUSM's Partner Church Committee, and has served UUSM as Membership co-chair, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Board member. Carol has traveled to the Philippines five times to meet UUSM's partners in the Ulay congregation on Negros Island, and in March 2013 organized a large collection of theology books donated by Dr. Richard Beals to the UU Church of the Philippines library in Dumaguete.
Ann K. Gary has been involved with UUPCC for over 10 years, first in a networker role, and, since 2010, as a board member. Stemming from a strong personal connection made with her partner church in Csekefalva, Transylvania, Ann has worked to help others strengthen connections with their partnerships. Ann has traveled many times to Transylvania and also visited the Khasi Hills to help train for and then bear witness to Community Capacity Building in action. Ann runs the Travel Committee as one of her UUPCC board responsibilities and recently headed up the Transition Team to orchestrate the hiring of our Executive Director. Ann is a Management Consultant, serving U.S. based clients here and locations overseas. She is a dedicated humanist, and has been a UU for the past 20 years. Ann lives in an old farmhouse in central Massachusetts with her husband, Rev. Tim House (First Church Boston). Their son Alex studies at Princeton and is one of the top epee fencers in the country. “The wonderful thing about being involved in partnership is the different levels of engagement possible: around history, politics, language, customs, village life, congregational life, and our shared religious roots and spiritual connections...and most importantly, sharing experiences with individuals that can strengthen and transform each others’ lives.”
Michelle Leebens-Mack (Athens, GA) for a first three-year term on the Board of Directors. Michelle has been actively involved with the Partner Church Council at the UU Fellowship of Athens since moving to Georgia in 2006. She initiated the small group ministry program at UUFA and served as the Lay Minister for Connections from 2010-2017. Michelle helped make arrangements for partner church members visiting Athens, and in 2015, she traveled to Oklánd, Transylvania, as part of a pilgrimage group visiting UUFA’s partner congregation. Michelle has had a lifelong experience in making international connections, including spending summers with family in the Netherlands every couple of years. Michelle’s family hosted AFS students during school years and she served as the president of her high school AFS club where she met her now husband of 30+years. Michelle has been a UU since 1999, attending UU congregations in TX, TN, NY, PA and now GA. Michelle is a Registered Nurse with wide experience in critical care, emergency, and hospice. Michelle now works in surgery centers and at the University of Georgia Health Service Travel Clinic.
Term to 2017
|Melody Moberg is Chair of the UUPCC Youth and Young Adult Initiative and Director of Religious Education at University Unitarian Church in Seattle, WA. She has served on the UUPCC Board of Directors since 2014, and is the co-leader of the young adult program at the ICUU Conference and Council Meeting in the Netherlands July 2016, along with Rev. Sara Ascher. Melody is a life-long UU. She won the 2011 UUA Social Witness Sermon Contest, and plans to begin seminary in the fall, while continuing to serve as a DRE. Melody graduated in 2010 from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a BA in religious studies and English, and volunteered full time with adults with developmental disabilities before coming to University Unitarian Church in 2011.|
The Rev. Catie Scudera
Rev. Catie Scudera has served as the minister of First Parish in Needham, MA, since August 2014. Through the UUPCC and her home congregation, the UU Congregation of Fairfax, VA, Catie volunteered for a year in the Khasi Hills to co-found the A. Margaret Barr Children’s Village with the Unitarian Union of Northeast India; both UUCF and Catie's college congregation, First Unitarian of Pittsburgh, have partnerships in Kharang-Mawsynjri.
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Catie previously served as the intern minister of Arlington Street Church in downtown Boston, as the student and summer minister of the Winchester Unitarian Society in Winchester, Massachusetts, and as a student chaplain at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She also previously served as a full-time tutor at Match High School, a Boston charter school committed to help “close the achievement gap” between urban and suburban students.
Rev. Andrew Weber
Rev. Andrew L. Weber is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, currently serving the Unitarian Fellowship of Newark, DE. Andrew first traveled to Transylvania in 1999 and has returned to Hungary and Romania many times with Habitat for Humanity International and other volunteer groups as well as on UUPCC pilgrimages. Through his involvement, he speaks conversational Hungarian. Andrew’s calling is to empower others to reach their full potential and to create space for transformation, self-discovery, and new energy. This calling continues into cross-cultural church partnerships: the connections and relationships which are formed help us all live into a better world of understanding and love.
|Roger Bertschausen, Executive Director|
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Trina Priese, Administrator
John Dale, Travel Coordinator
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Csilla Kolcsar, Travel Coordinator
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Libby Hanna, Bookkeeper
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