Our congregation is self-governing. The overall management of congregational activities is supervised by an elected board of trustees acting in accordance with established bylaws. The board delegates management of specific activities to lay leaders, committees or other groups. Ministers are chosen by the congregation. Ultimate authority resides in the members of the congregation.
Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. They begin at 6:30 PM in the Board Room, and are open to all.
Meet The Board:
NATALIE BRUNDRED, PRESIDENT
I have been a life coach, a hypnotherapist and a Voice Dialogue practitioner for 11 years, working with people both 1-on-1 and in groups. Prior to opening my own practice, I worked for Landmark Education as a staff member and seminar and program leader for 25 years. And now, I also seem to be developing a career as an organizer!
Though I was born in Texas, I spent my entire life in the eastern half of the United States. I moved to Santa Rosa, found Unitarian Universalism and joined our congregation in 2011. Now, I am a Music Coordinator, a UUsual Suspect and a Saturday Breakfast shopper, as well as singing in the choir. In the past, I’ve been on the Membership Team, the Stewardship Team and the Music Committee. I’m looking forward to serving our community even more by being your board President.
GRETCHEN VAP, VICE PRESIDENT
I was born in Boston and grew up in Pasadena. I first joined a UU congregation at age 27 in Costa Mesa, Ca. Not so active as a UU until retirement from a demanding career as Nurse, and later earned an Master’s Degree and became a Nurse Practitioner. I am a mother of 4, grandma to 8 (plus 6 by marriage) and great-grandma of 3. I’ve lived in Sonoma County since 1977. I joined UUCSR in ’06. Most recently I chaired the Saturday Breakfast (for our Neighbors) Program for several years. Also I’ve been active in many aspects of the Membership Team (Welcome Table, Ushering, Getting to Know UU, & Meet the Minister). I love travel, reading, friends, and being out-of-doors. I look forward to serving our growing congregation as a board member.
MELINDA NAPIER, CORPORATE SECRETARY
I was raised on a ranch in north San Diego County – animals and avocado trees. As a young adult, I got involved in the Metropolitan Community Church, started by Troy Perry for gay/lesbian people, and soon I was on a church board for the first time in my life!
I spent my career as an RN in mental health. I was very involved with the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for some years, serving on their board for 6 years. I also enjoy living history, doing docent work and just having fun. I now teach history at the Finley Senior Center.
MICHAEL RANDOLPH, TREASURER
After moving to Sonoma County in 1991, I became a member of UU when we were at our old Stony Point address. I retired last year following a 30+ career as a fee-only financial planner. I’m currently on the Finance and Endowment Committees, so becoming treasurer seemed like a logical fit. I have been actively involved in Sonoma County, as past president and treasurer of the Council on Aging as well as Board Emeritus and former treasurer of the Sonoma County Museum. I enjoy travel, music, art and walking in our beautiful county. I’ve recently taken up drawing and dabble in photography. Time to begin using the other side of the brain!
I’ve been a member of UUCSR for almost 20 years, joining just before our move to downtown. In the years that have followed, I have enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful folks in the myriad activities our congregation has provided. I’ve served as head of the Welcome Table team, been a TIE facilitator, am co-leading our hiking group, and also work in the office on the order of service announcements and calendar insert. It’s a great honor now to contribute by serving on the board.
Born in Memphis TN, I came to Sonoma County in 1977. With an MFT license, I have worked as a psychotherapist for over 20 years. For 13 of those years I also worked at The Family Connection program leading teams of volunteers who mentored homeless families. In 2012, I was 59 when that program closed and I was laid off. That closure, along with the ability to start receiving SS widow’s benefits at age 60, allowed me to retire, and opened the door for me to join UUCSR.
Since I had lots of time and a need to contribute, I immediately jumped fully into congregation life. I quickly recognized that I had found my spiritual home. I’ve enjoyed my many involvements, and joining the Board seems like an exciting next step in learning more about our congregation and serving my spiritual family.
John Jaffray and his wife Mary Louise Jaffray joined UUCSR in January 2007. John has been very involved with keeping our church running as a member of the Operations Team, Maintenance Chair. He co-ordinates the monthly Saturday Work Parties, volunteers in the office, and is on the Advocates for Social Justice Committee.
Sam Miller and his wife Betz joined the UUCSR in November 2008. Sam is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. We have finally corralled Sam’s talented self onto the Board of Trustees. This is his first term on the Board.
SUSAN THOLLAUG, RECORDING SECRETARY
With Our Thanks – Retired from the 2016-2017 Board:
Bill Haigwood, President