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. 


Carol Ann Arvan
President
Email: CarolAnn.Arvan@uuca.org
Carol Ann Arvan
After a liberal Southern Baptist childhood in Georgia and a Catholic adulthood in New York and Michigan, I 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 joined and served a Metro Detroit UU congregation in many roles, ending as
Congregation and Board President before moving to Atlanta in 2011.

Once a commercial real estate and investment banker, business consultant and small business owner, I am now retired and finding purpose as a volunteer.
I chose UUCA because I needed a liberal religious community that would support me as she transitioned from married to divorced and would provide opportunities to serve in ways that feed my soul.

I continue to be drawn to the activities, programs and service opportunities a large church like UUCA can provide. And I am looking forward to rejoining the choir when my board leadership ends. I cannot imagine life in Atlanta without UUCA.

Christian Harden
President-Elect
Email: Christian.Harden@uuca.org
Christian Harden
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
Secretary
Email: Jennifer.Thilo@uuca.org
Jennifer Thilo
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 also 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. It is my hope that my experiences will enable to me serve our congregation well as UUCA heads into our future. I believe that change, while sometimes frightening, is also exciting. I am full of hope and optimism for our beloved community.

Bill Kramer
Email: bill.krama@uuca.org
Bill Kramer
When I first came to UUCA in 2009, I came seeking connections. I found a dynamic community of thoughtful and caring people that made my recent, unexpected move from California easier to manage. The vibrant activities and action I found each Sunday made me feel more alive. Being somewhat reserved, I started my involvement by joining an Adult RE class, where I was introduced to new friends who later recommended me for a special task force that was forming. Being part of the process of a caring community nourished me and drew me further into the congregation. As I was being fed by the spiritual energy around me, I felt a greater obligation to contribute. I became part of the Lay Ministry Team, which was a life changing process, pushing me deeper into my spiritual beliefs and connections with the UUCA community. These and many other volunteer opportunities led me to Board service in 2017, which has been a true culmination of involvement and connection. It is a great honor – and responsibility – to represent the needs of the congregation on the Board and to be part of shaping the future of our beloved community, especially at this transformative moment in our history.

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
This is my fourth and final year serving on the UUCA Board of Trustees. Each year has presented a new set of challenges but the last two have really drawn the Board together as we chart the future of UUCA through Project Phoenix. It’s an honor to serve the congregation in this important capacity and I urge other congregants to step forward and experience the satisfaction that comes from being a leader at UUCA.

I have met so many interesting people during my 20 years as a UUCA member and have learned much about what it takes to help a Beloved Community thrive. Before joining the Board, I was active in many UUCA programs including Phoenix Choir, Underground Theatre, Tai Chi, Wonderful Wednesday, Tapestry Choir and P.A.C.T.

One of the joys of serving on the Board is the opportunity to get to know our incredible staff. I had no idea how dedicated and hard working these folks were before I became a Trustee. We are fortunate to have so many talented people serving our congregation.

My four years on the Finance Committee has enabled me to see how important financial generosity is to the health and wellbeing of our church. It is truly gratifying to witness so many wonderful people working behind the scenes to support the many programs and initiatives of UUCA.

Leadership at UUCA is hard work but the satisfaction from our effort is priceless. Please reach out to your Trustees whenever you have a question or suggestion. I can be reached at 404.626.8108 or retiredbuckaroo@gmail.com.

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!

Kevin Stephenson
Email: Kevin.Stephenson@uuca.org
Kevin Stephenson
I came to UUCA with my family in 2010 and joined the congregation in 2012. My first volunteer activity was working on the AV Team, which I continue to do still. In the last few years I have also served as a facilitator for Our Whole Lives for middle school age youth. I became a Trustee at Large for UUCA in December 2017 and am also now a part of the new ARAOMC Discernment and Way Forward Committee. I have also served on the Project Phoenix Team, which has been a rewarding experience as we work to create a new permanent home for our congregation.

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.

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