Our Board of Trustees is the governing body of the church, elected by the members to serve 3-year terms. There is an executive committee comprised of the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, a youth representative and seven more voting members.
Board Policies (pdf)
MICHELE CARROLL, PRESIDENT
Michele Carroll has been a leader in international businesses for decades, managing change, growth and helping teams to become their best. She runs the marketing company she founded in 1993, Carrollco Marketing Services, and leads the SF Bay Area’s non-profit Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. An MDUUC member since 1995, Michele is a writer, cook, lover of gardening and entertaining, and has daughters in college and Law School. She earned a Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Arts from Furman University. BoardPresident@mduuc.org
STEVEN HIRSCH, VICE PRESIDENT
Steve has served as a product development leader within the financial services industry for more than four decades. He currently works for Charles Schwab and manages a team that works with information technology to develop technology-based platform solutions for Schwab’s institutional clients. Since joining MDUUC in 2010 – along with his wife Marianna Laurence – Steve has chaired the church Stewardship Committee and has served as a Youth Advisor in the church’s Coming of Age and YRUU programs. Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and enjoys literature, the performing arts, solving puzzles and working out.
KATE SLOAN NEWKIRK, SECRETARY
Kate Sloan Newkirk joined MDUUC in 2010. She has been active with Religious Education, teaching for four years and 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 facilitated a Community Circle for Multiracial Families. She has been active on various Social Justice Committees and chaired the Social Justice Council. Kate has a background in law enforcement and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development. She has one child, Kiona, who also loves her time at MDUUC. They enjoy hiking and swimming together.
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
Ron Ahnen and his wife, Angela Canestraro, have been members of MDUUC since 2006. He has been involved for many years in the religious education program at MDUUC, and also serves on our racial justice committee. Ron teaches in the Politics Department (which he also currently chairs) at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga where he offers courses on international relations and comparative politics. Ron and Angela have three children: Ana, Sofia, and Lucas. In his free time Ron enjoys camping, reading books, playing the piano, researching the family’s genealogical roots, and learning about the universe.
Leslie Baxter has been a member of MDUUC since 1998. 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, where she has served as Vice President and President. Leslie is an attorney, and has represented the Church in several property- related matters, including the litigation which resulted in the Sanctuary leak repairs.
Lugh came to MDUUC in 2010 at the age of 9. They have been a Youth Worship Associate for two years, attended Summer Seminary 2016, and are a member of Luminary Leaders, a national youth leadership recognition program. Currently working toward their Associates Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on jazz piano at Los Medanos College, they spend most of their time practicing their many instruments and listening to all the music they can find.
I joined MDUUC in March 2012. The very first time I attended a service, I felt so at home that I immediately joined the Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Youth Group, and OWL. I had been searching for a spiritual home for quite sometime, and had all but given up when I came to Church with my mother that day. I have played piano for our yearly Christmas caroling party, Vespers, and the youth choir, have been a member of multiple family circles, and have enjoyed our community dinners. [Read More]
A San Francisco Native, I have been a member of MDUUC since 2000. I have served on the Board (including one year as Board President), Nominating Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Buildings & Grounds, and teaching in religious education (RE). I have 4 children (Tanner, Alanna, Noah, Quinn), all of whom attended RE and Our Whole Lives (OWL) at MDUUC – Noah and Quinn now participate as childcare providers. Outside of church, I work in the Software Industry and fill my spare time with hiking, painting, and photography.
I live in Lafayette with my husband of 43 years and our golden retriever, Hudson. We joined MDUUC in 2008 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. I chaired the Membership Committee (2009 – 2014), and continue to serve as an umbrella table membership resource once a month. I am board liaison to the leadership development task force, and the personnel committee. I work for Kaiser Permanente as an operations director for the appointment and nursing advice call center, with a focus on performance improvement.
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.