The Board of Trustees has regular monthly meetings, usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at UUCA. Meetings are generally held in Rooms 209/210 and are open to the congregation. Additional meetings are scheduled as necessary.

The Board operates under a Board Covenant, which is reviewed and renewed at the beginning of each Board year. The current Board Covenant can be accessed here.

To contact the entire board, email

Committees of the UUCA Board of Trustees (BOT) are established to assist the Board in carrying out its responsibilities. Click here for this year’s committee charges and a list of members on each committee.

Interested in serving on the Board?

According to current and former members, serving on UUCA’s Board is a meaningful way to invest in something important, make an important contribution to the Congregation, and put their ideals into practice building Beloved Community. They appreciated Board service as a way to meet new, energized people and build lasting relationships with other Board members and staff. Board members gain a new appreciation of all it takes to make the Congregation successful because they see all that our staff and leadership contribute.

We welcome you to suggest yourself or someone else by contacting the Nominating Committee – they are always happy to hear about interested, qualified individuals! Please begin by reviewing the Board Member Job Description, Covenant, and Fair Share Giving Guidelines which Board members strive to meet.


Board Officers

Melissa Marion-Landais

Melissa went “church-shopping” and found UUCA in 2001. She had sought a community that would not only affirm and strengthen her own values, but would also welcome her future children since they would represent a political minority in Georgia. Children’s RE was a natural fit for Melissa who has taught for 10 years and is an OWL facilitator for grades K-12. She has also served on our Spirit in Service and is a Chalice Circle member. Melissa looks forward to Board service and hopes to utilize her skills and experiences with children and families to help UUCA remain a vibrant, welcoming community. A national coordinator for an organization whose focus is pregnancy-complication support, Melissa chairs her daughter’s charter school council and works part-time as a translator and editor for Kimberly-Clark. She and husband Conrado have two young daughters.
Erin Stanfill

Erin Stanfill

Erin became a member of UUCA in 2007. She has co-chaired interweave, heads a greeting team, and has been involved in the Long Range Planning process. After taking many adult RE classes, she is very happy that Pat Kahn convinced her to teach RE this year. Erin socializes with the 2030's group (though she has to lie about her age to do so). Outside of UUCA, she is a software developer and enjoys hiking with her dogs. Erin feels blessed to have found UUCA and welcomes the opportunity to serve.

Paul Deckard
Trustee of Finance

Paul Deckard Trustee of Finance Paul discovered UUCA when he moved to Atlanta in the spring of 2014, thanks to some very special congregants, MaryAnne and Bruce Gaunt. UUCA quickly became a source of spiritual wellness and growth for Paul. The values of UUCA align well with his own beliefs and encourage him to live a life of love and acceptance of others. Paul has become quite involved in the Atlanta community over the last couple of years serving one of his greatest passions, the arts. He serves as Chief Financial Officer for The Atlanta Opera and consults with other nonprofits in the community on financial reporting and technology integration. He also volunteers at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center where he serves as Board Secretary and Development Committee Chair. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, cycling, and strength training. Paul is looking forward to growing in his service to the congregation as Trustee of Finance.


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Carol Ann Arvan

Carol Ann Arvan Trustee-at-Large After a liberal Southern Baptist childhood in Georgia and a “deeds, not creeds” Catholic adulthood in New York, Carol Ann found UU on a walking tour of Charleston, SC. It wasn’t a Saul on the road to Damascus story, more an illuminated by architecture story. She then found and served a Metro Detroit UU congregation in many roles, ending as Congregation and Board President before moving to Atlanta in 2011. Carol Ann chose membership in UUCA because she appreciates all the activities, programs and service opportunities a big church can provide. Her service to UUCA has included the Generosity Team, Stewardship Team, Endowment Board and Phoenix Choir. Once a commercial real estate and investment banker, business consultant and small business owner, she is now retired and finding purpose as a volunteer. Carol Ann cannot imagine life in Atlanta without UUCA.

Christian Harden

Christian and his family joined UUCA in 2009. Christian has served in the Bell Ringer choir, Cultural Mosaic, and Spirit in Service, and he completed the Build Your Own Theology and Strength Finder courses. He also has facilitated a Strength Finder workshop. His son completed the ten-week OWL program and his daughter participates in the children’s RE program. A graduate of Georgia State University, Christian has worked as a teacher, data support specialist, administrator and presently as a Student Achievement Instructional Coach at Amana Academy Charter School. He plans to complete Kennesaw State University with a Specialist Degree in Education, May 2014.

Cindy Hoffner

While growing up near Philadelphia, Cindy attended a Presbyterian church, but was drawn to Judaism through a childhood friend. She did not discover Unitarian Universalism until 1997, but knew immediately it was a perfect fit! Cindy finds that Unitarian Universalism challenges her to explore and grow spiritually, ethically, and intellectually, and provides many opportunities to build community and contribute to others. She moved to Atlanta in 2000, and is a professor in the Department of Communication at GSU, focusing on media psychology. She feels blessed to have found a home at UUCA! Cindy has been on the Board of Trustees since 2011, has been in a wonderful Covenant Group since 2003, is an active member of L’Chaim and TBD, and enjoys many other activities at UUCA. She looks forward to continuing her work on the Board.

Jon Johnson

Jon and his wife, Kay, joined UUCA in 1999. He has been active in the Underground Theatre and T'ai Chi classes. A longtime member of both Tapestry and Phoenix Choirs, he has traveled to UU congregations in India, Romania and Hungary. Jon grew up in Michigan; graduating from Central Michigan University (BS in BA) and Wayne State University (MBA). He retired from a 40 year career in insurance in 2011. "I'm looking forward to making a meaningful contribution to UUCA as a member of the Board of Trustees.”

Michael Kuhar

Mike has been a UU since 1978, and a member of UUCA since 1996. He finds the UUA and UUCA to be realistic and worthy organizations, and is committed to both. Over the years, at UUCA and a UU congregation in Maryland, he has held almost every job except president which he felt he could not consider because of professional commitments. He is a Neuroscientist with a special focus on drug addiction, and has been professor at Johns Hopkins, the NIH and at Emory (present). A widower, Mike raised his children, David and Kate, in UU churches, and enjoys a special companion, Claire. Mike is currently serving on the Adult RE committee, and in the past, he has served on various other committees and the UUCA Board of Trustees.

Jane Mengel

Jane and Bill arrived in Atlanta in late 1998 and discovered UUCA in 2000. Jane was raised in the Lutheran church but had been churchless for a number of years. As she and Bill began the process of adopting their first child, they felt the need to find a church home. They chose UUCA as a place where they could find like-minded people whose values matched their own. Jane was pleased to find a church community where she not only felt at home but in which she could learn and grow as a person. She has served on the Children's Ministry Team and the Nominating Committee and was a founding member of the Parenting Chalice Circle. Jane has taught RE classes for a number of years and has also served as an OWL instructor. She looks forward to becoming a board member and sees this service as an opportunity for contributing to the congregation as a whole.