LESLIE BAXTER HOVEY, PRESIDENT
Leslie Baxter Hovey has been a member of MDUUC since 1998. Since joining the Church Leslie has worked with youth, including as a mentor in the Coming of Age program. She served on the Vision in Action committee in 2010, and served for six years on the Legacy and Endowment Committee before joining the Board of Trustees in 2012. Leslie is an attorney, and has represented the Church in several property- related matters, including the litigation which resulted in the Sanctuary leak repairs. BoardPresident@mduuc.org
MICHELE CARROLL, VICE PRESIDENT
Michele Carroll is president and founder of Carrollco Marketing Services (www.carrollcomarketing.com), which helps service and software companies grow in international markets. She leads the SF Bay Area’s non-profit Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (www.cscmpsfrt.org) is a past president of Women in Logistics and Advisor to several Centers for International Trade Development. An MDUUC member since 1995, Michele is a writer, reader, lover of gardening and entertaining, lives in Walnut Creek and has 2 daughters in college. Michele earned a Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Arts from Furman University.BoardVicePresident@mduuc.org
LES POLGAR, SECRETARY
Les and his wife, Sue, joined MDUUC when they moved here from New Jersey in 1995. At MDUUC, he has chaired the Stewardship, Membership, Worship Associates, and Nominating Committees. In 1996, he founded the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, which still meets monthly. Les and Sue are active volunteers for the Unitarian Universalist Association, serving on the President’s Council, which they co-chaired from 2001 to 2005. Les is a physicist whose career has been devoted to start-up firms. He is an Adjunct Professor teaching entrepreneurship at St. Mary’s College.
DAVID STANLEY, TREASURER
David Stanley is the Treasurer for MDUUC. David and Sandy Stanley became members in 1991 after moving from Ventura where they first became members of a UU church in 1983. This is the third time that David has served on the MDUUC board of trustees. David has been a longtime RE teacher, and has taught many Our Whole Lives classes for our teens. He is a member of the choir and the Building & Grounds committee. David is a retired CPA after a career with the IRS. BoardTreasurer@mduuc.org
I first came to MDUUC in 2010 after meeting a lot of congregants and the ministers at a rally celebrating Judge Walker’s decision overturning Prop 8. Who are these amazing people, I wondered. I’m now an active member of the Membership Committee, coordinating the greeter’s table, and helping out where I’ve seen a need. I’ve discovered a joy in hospitality that I never knew I had. I’ve also taught RE, worked on Social Justice and shown up for the breakfast shift for Winter Nights.
I live in Walnut Creek with my partner of 30 plus years, now my wife, and our teenage daughter, Clare. Professionally I’m a senior business systems analyst, supporting employee benefits systems for the University of California. In spare moments I knit, quilt, hike and watch birds.
Kate Newkirk joined MDUUC in 2010. She has been active with Religious Education, teaching and serving on the LEAP Council. She coordinated on the Annual Holiday Craft Faire as well as Kids’ Activities during Winter Nights. She chaired the Multi-generational Events Committee, and Facilitates a Community Circle for Multiracial Families. She has been active on various Social Justice Committees and currently chairs the Social Justice Council. Kate has a background in law enforcement and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development. She is stay-at-home-mom to Kiona, who also loves her time at MDUUC. They enjoy hiking and swimming together.
Doug started attending MDUUC IN 1989 and became a member in 2002. He was elected to the Board in 2003 and later became our President. Over the years Doug has served twice on the Nominating committee, chairman of the Sanctuary Leak Committee, a Chair/member of several Task Forces, Co-Chair of the Facilities Committee and Building and Grounds and is currently coordinator for the men’s breakfast. Doug has extensive law enforcement experience gained through the US Army, Nuclear Regular Commission and the Concord Police Department. Doug is married to Terry McNally who is also a Past President and offers advice freely.
I live in Lafayette, CA with my husband of 42 years and our golden retriever, Hudson. In 2008 we joined MDUUC after moving here from the east coast. We are long time UUs with three grown children all of whom were raised in the UU church. Since joining MDUUC I chaired the Membership Committee (2009 – 2014), and continue to serve as an umbrella table membership resource once a month. I also co-chair the leadership development task force, and have served as usher and greeter for the church.
I work for Kaiser Permanente as an operations director for the appointment and nursing advice call center, with a focus on performance improvement. I co-chair the non-profit Story for All, which uses oral histories to heal communities and change the narrative around black men of color. In my down time, I can be found near the sea, reading, hiking and traveling.
My wife, Inge, and I joined the church in August of 1999 about a year after we moved to Northern California from South Texas. I have served on the Committee on Ministry, as Chairman of the Denominations Committee, as a Pastoral Visitor, on the New Member Connection Program, a member of the Authors club, and as an Usher. I have also been active in the past as a Chaplin volunteer at the Contra Costa Juvenile Hall and am currently Treasurer of the Regional Parks Foundation. I work with Bank of America in Change Management. Inge and I have three adult children who live in the bay area, Mark, Brian, and Erika and one grandson, Ethan. In addition to my hobby of writing, Inge and I enjoy traveling, hiking, exercising, reading, and especially spending times with family and friends.
I joined MDUUC in 2010 along with my wife Marianna Laurence. Though ethnically I come from a Jewish family, I was not raised in the Jewish faith and was largely unchurched/unsynagogued until I became a Mt. Diablo UU Member. Since becoming a Member I have volunteered on the then Canvass and now Stewardship Committee and served as the chair of this committee for the past four years. Three years ago I also joined the Membership Committee to connect the process of welcoming new Members into our church and community with our responsibilities to serve as church stewards. I have also volunteered and worked with our church youth – both as a Mentor in the Coming of Age Program and as a Youth Advisor with our YRUU group. I have enjoyed and benefited from my church work and continue to be amazed by our amazing community of Members and friends. Professionally, I work for Charles Schwab and manage a team of 20+ professionals responsible for the development and management of various client-facing and staff-facing technology platforms supporting our institutional clients. Marianna and I reside in Moraga and have a 23 year old daughter, Claire. In my spare time, I like to read, do puzzles and work out.