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
MDUUC has been a north star for me. This community and its programs helped me raise my children with guiding values, comforted me through loss and change, and more recently opened my eyes to the magnitude and impacts of economic inequality and racial injustice. I’m grateful to serve on our board as we grow, transform into the exuberantly multicultural community we envision and make a loving difference in ourselves and our world. I also lead Carrollco Marketing Services and CSCMP Silicon Valley/San Francisco, connecting companies and powering messages that matter. BoardPresident@mduuc.org
STEVEN HIRSCH, VICE PRESIDENT
I have held positions as a product development leader within the financial services industry for more than four decades. I currently work for Charles Schwab and manage a team developing technology-based solutions for our institutional clients and the front-line professionals serving them. I joined MDUUC in 2010 – along with my wife Marianna Laurence – and have chaired the church Stewardship Committee, served as Youth Advisor in the Coming of Age and YRUU programs and sing in the choir. I have a BA from Oberlin College and enjoy literature, the performing arts, solving puzzles and working out.
SHARON SOLSTICE, SECRETARY
MDUUC has been part of my life for nearly ten years. I’ve actively participated in the Membership Committee and coordinated Winter Nights breakfasts. Our services rejuvenate me. I am committed to our Make It So 2020 goals and am encouraged by the possibilities of Beloved Commitments. I live nearby with my wife and teenage daughter who is an enthusiastic member of YRUU. I work as a Business Systems Analyst and like to play with yarn and thread, hike, watch birds, garden, read, and recently I’ve taken up tennis.
DAVID STANLEY, TREASURER
I have been a member of MDUUC since 2006. I taught for eight years in the religious education program from tiny tots through eighth grade. I have also served on the racial justice committee. During the day I teach in the Politics and Global Studies Programs at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga where I offer courses on international relations, politics of other countries, just war theory, and politics of incarceration. My life partner, Angela Canestraro, and I have three children with whom we enjoy traveling and outdoor activities.
As UU’s in Pennsylvania, Don and I sang, taught, ran auctions, held dinners and I served on numerous committees including communications, search, endowment and the board. Elsewhere, I reported for the Cleveland Press, served on the school board, steered the creation of a domestic violence shelter, and was a State Farm Insurance agent for 30 years. In 2013 we moved to Walnut Creek where we enjoy watching our two grandsons grow up, singing in a large chorus, traveling and being among UU’s at MDUUC where are inspired, challenged and comforted and have been involved in greeting, communications and stewardship.
In October 2013 I happily joined MDUUC. I have served on the membership committee, the Coffee Committee, Co-chaired the Kitchen Committee and helped organize the Fellowship Dinner. I directed early childhood programs for thirty years, serving on the Board of Directors for two non-profit preschools in the East Bay. My husband Pete and I live in Lafayette with two grey cats. Our son Paul and his family live in Fremont. Our granddaughters light up our life.
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 am a Northern California native and MDUUC member since 2007. It’s the fellowship of our open and welcoming community that draws me to MDUUC. Services are great; I like focusing on the betterment of life today. I’ve developed many friendships in various community circles and volunteered with: ushering, coffee service, greeting, fund-raising events., etc. A graduate of Cal Poly SLO (Business/Computer MIS), I started my career as a computer developer and analyst, and over the years, found myself in I.T. leadership positions. Currently retired, my hobbies include old cars, home projects, camping, traveling.
Paul and I joined MDUUC in 2008 after relocating to Lafayette from Massachusetts. Long time UUs who raised three now-grown children in the UU church, we were actively involved in previous UU Churchs. At MDUUC, I chaired the Membership Committee (2009-2014) and now serve as board liaison to Personnel and the Membership Council. I work for Kaiser Permanente as an operations director for the NCAL telemedicine unit. I enjoy traveling, reading , and playing with our grandson.