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:
BILL HAIGWOOD, PRESIDENT
For the past 18 years I’ve taught and coordinated parenting classes and programs for the Child Parent Institute of Sonoma County, most notably for high-risk and divorcing families. Prior to my work in social services I was a news reporter, photographer, editor and newspaper publisher during a journalism career of some 30 years. I have also worked in the fields of education and philanthropy.
I have been a Unitarian since the age of 13 when I joined Liberal Religious Youth at the Berkeley Unitarian Church. I am the husband of UUCSR member and music associate Claire Beery, as well as a proud father, uncle and grandfather. In 2013 I was nominated for a Blue Ribbon Award by Prevent Child Abuse-Sonoma County for my work supporting the treatment and prevention of child abuse. I serve on the UUCSR Philanthropy Team and have been a member of our congregation for nearly a decade.
NATALIE BRUNDRED, VICE PRESIDENT
I have been a life coach, a hypnotherapist and a Voice Dialogue practitioner for 8 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 being in the choir and serving on the Music Committee. In the past, I’ve been on the Membership Team and the Philanthropy Team. I’m looking forward to serving our community even more by being on the board.
I had a long career in human resources before I retired and moved to Santa Rosa about four and a half years ago. I’ve served on the Human Resources Committee, the Budget Task Force and now the Board of Trustees. I love living in Santa Rosa and being a member of UUCSR.
I grew up as a member of the Sacramento UU congregation and joined UUCSR (then called UUFSC) in 1972. I’m a retired teacher and farmer and live in Sebastopol.
GRETCHEN VAP, CORPORATE SECRETARY
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.
Tom Bond and his wife Laura Jean Hageman became UU’s in 1987, and joined UUCSR in 2006 when they retired to Santa Rosa. Tom spent 37 years at U.C. San Diego teaching organic chemistry, and as an administrator. At UUCSR Tom has been an opener for the Saturday breakfast since its inception and a facilitator for TIE groups six times.
Tom and Laura Jean especially enjoy time with their son Mike who lives in Oakland and their daughter Gina and her three children, Michael, Thomas and Esperanza who live in Santa Rosa.
John Jaffray and his wife Mary Louise Jaffray joined UUCSR in January 2007. John has been very involved with keeping our church running, as part of the Operational 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.
LINDA BALABANIAN, TREASURER
Linda Balabanian joined UUCSR in 1984, and was on the committee that called Reverend Dan O’Neil! She is a retired Accountant, and has been active on any committee having to do with finance. This is her third year serving as UUCSR Treasurer.
SHARON SMITH, RECORDING SECRETARY
With Our Thanks – Retired from the 2015-2016 Board:
Susan Bartholome, President