UUCA Board of Trustees

Welcome! Members of the  UUCA Board of Trustees elected annual at our Spring Congregational Meeting. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm.  Check out the Minutes to see what items have been discussed. 


Christian Harden
President-Elect
Email: Christian.Harden@uuca.org
Christian Harden
President
I have humbly served on the UUCA Board of Trustees for five years. One of my priority on this board is to enhance and sustain a Beloved Community at UUCA. A Beloved Community is diverse and inclusive which allows each person to find his/her rightful place to grow spiritually in order to be a tremendous positive gift to his/her family, community, world and to his/her self. As we move to our new home we must always keep our eye and work on our vision and mission to empower the Beloved Community.

I became a member of UUCA, ten (10) years ago. My wife and I were seeking a congregation that practiced and embraced being a freethinkers. We wanted to raise our children to think freely by forming their opinions on reason independently of authority. To this end, our children participated in the Coming of Age and OWL. My wife and I participated in Building Your Own Theology and presently members of the Whitney Young Jr. Society. My wife also participates by lending her graphic design knowledge and skill. Moreover, I participated in Spirit In Service, Bell Ringer and ARAOMC team.

Two of my joys serving on the Board are welcoming new members and working with congregants. Meeting new members breathes new energy and working with congregants establishes meaningful and lasting relationships. These relationships were vital during the sickness and death of my father.


My term as the President-Elect has enabled me to see the importance of giving as a vital component to enhance and sustain the Beloved Community. I meet monthly with the Finance and Nominating Committees and weekly with Project Phoenix. It is truly humbly to know that I am a part of the building block of something special.

My hope and dream is that UUCA becomes that Shining Congregation on the Hill that changes lives for the better.

Jennifer Thilo
President Elect
Jennifer Thilo
President Elect
I came to UUCA to nurture my spirit, support social justice, and to connect with like-minded individuals. I have been so grateful for the opportunity to sing in the choir, peruse the bookstore, drink coffee, and feel the safety to be my whole self at UUCA. Realizing that all of this is possible only with the volunteer support of many individuals, I am honored to give my time as a member of the Board of Trustees and am humbled by this responsibility.
I seem to be called to serve on boards during times of change and transition and this time at UUCA is no exception. My work, as a Regional Vice President for Delmar Gardens Enterprises, with responsibility for two continuum-care senior communities, allows me to spend most of my time with people experiencing great change in their lives. I have also served as Board Chair for Charis Circle, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, Friends of Gwinnett County Services and have served on other boards. It is my hope that my experiences will enable to me serve our congregation well as UUCA heads into our future.

Jen Bain
Trustee At Large
Jen Bain
I joined UUCA in 2005 and was very active in the original 20s-30s group. Recently I have been involved in the Tapestry Choir and active with L’Chaim and TBD.
I’ve lived in Atlanta for more than thirty years, working as a communications professional in corporate communications, television production, advertising, public relations, nonprofit branding and marketing, and most recently in public health. For the past eight years I’ve been a contractor at CDC, working as the health communication specialist for a research team that works on rare birth defects. On both a personal and professional level, I am comfortable addressing complex issues by breaking them down into practical and manageable tasks.
UUCA has given me friends for life. UUCA has also taught me what it means to be part of larger, living, breathing, and caring community. To this community that has given me so much, I look forward to giving back through my board service.


Sean Goal
Trustee At Large
Sean Golan
Sean Golan grew up at UUCA thanks to his parent’s, Kay and Patrick Golan’s, decision to find a religious community that fit their own varied beliefs. Sean was a member of the first YRUU group that visited our partner congregation in Romania and has been a member of the choir for over 6 years and running. He is graduate of GSU Law School, a licensed attorney, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Sean hopes to live his UU principles more deeply by practicing the art of understanding through listening and bringing his analytical creativity to the Board of UUCA. Sean happily married the love of his life Erin Bickley Golan last October and is looking forward to deepening their relationship with UUCA as a famil

Dave Spierman
Dave Spierman
I have been a UU since 1982. I served on the boards of the First UU Church of San Diego and the Pacific Northwest District of the UUA as was one of the co-founders of the Capitol UU Congregation of Victoria (Canada). Over the decades I’ve led RE for every age from K-12 and participated in numerous fund-raising campaigns. I am a retired Commercial Real Estate Broker, investor, and strategic planner.

At UUCA, I served on the Generosity Committee, Stewardship Committee, co-led Coming of Age and participated in several underground theatre shows. Currently, I am the co-leader of the Project Phoenix Steering Team, his fourth major church renovation and construction project.

Jon Johnson
Email: jon.johnson@uuca.org
Jon Johnson
Jon on has been a member of UUCA since 1999. Over the years he has been active in:
• Tapestry and Phoenix Choirs
• Underground Theatre
• P.A.C.T. (founding member)
• Wonderful Wednesday
• Tai Chi
• Ushering
He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015 and has been a member of the Finance Committee for the last 4 years.

Sharon Glass
Email: Sharon.Glass@uuca.org
Sharon Glass
The day I walked through the doors of UUCA, back in May 2003, I immediately felt like I had come home. I had finally found a warm, transformative, beloved community. Since becoming a member in August 2003, I’ve wanted to contribute to that feeling, so I decided to volunteer my time and talent to UUCA, in whatever way I was able. So, I became an Usher on the Welcome Team, a two-term member of the Nominating Committee and, most recently, as a member of the Whitney Young, Jr. Society and a second-term Member at Large on the Board of Trustees.

Additionally, I’ve also devoted many hours as an active member of UUCA’s Music Ministry. As a member of the Phoenix Choir, UUCA’s folk-rock band, Shades of Gray, the acoustic vocal group the Love Supremes, and many other musical ensembles. It continues to be my goal to invite visitors to return and friends and members to stay and work together for peace, love and social justice! I look forward to serving you, my family of choice, through service and song, and doing whatever I can to make UUCA feel like the beloved community it has been for me for so many years!

Bryce Thomason
Email: Bryce.Thomason@uuca.org
Bryce Thomason
Fluent in navigating both for-profit and non-profit realms of business, Bryce is actively involved in social justice work and volunteers for both religious and civil nonprofits. Bryce has served UUCA as a Social Justice Coordinator and as the congregational representative to the finance committee. He is particularly proud of the work he did with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as a Social Justice Innovator. Also close to his heart, is his work in co-founding the nonprofit organization Empty Closets Community Services in 2007. The organization has grown to provide education, information, online peer support and one-to-one peer counseling for tens of thousands of (LGBT) youths. Serving on the Board of Directors, he provides guidance on long-term goals, directives, and policy. ?Bryce received his BA from Webster University in St. Louis in communications and his MBA from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

John Duggar
Trustee At Large

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John Duggar
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and I was raised Unitarian. Today I am a Transcendentalist Unitarian Universalist. I attended Cornell University, where I initially studied Architecture and later graduated with a BA in Government and Economics. After college I was an officer in the US Navy, SEAL Team 1. Since then I’ve had a varied career in underwater construction, marine geophysics, marine environmental planning, and undersea vehicle operations. I retired in 2010. In 1970 I married Cate, my one and original wife. We have two daughters, one son-in-law, and three granddaughters. We have attended UUCA together since we arrived in Atlanta more than eight years ago. I’ve served on the RE Committee, the Facilities Study Team, and the Building Search Team. Cate has run the Bookstore for the last seven years. Our large congregation, its diversity, its engaging services and music, the wide set of interests we pursue here, and the treasured friends I have found all touch my heart. As a Board member I want to help find a consensus of support for our new property as we turn it into our new home.

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