Board of Trustees as of July 1, 2019

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA) Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Society. The Board conducts its business in accordance with the UUSA Bylaws.

President: Karen Fisk       

I serve this congregation because I have a deep and abiding faith in people. To me Unitarian Universalism is the faith–defined by optimism and hope and love–that has the greatest potential for uniting people for good. As a leader at this congregation, I can play a part in sustaining and embodying this thriving faith community which is shored up by the principles and sources of a remarkable and reasonable faith: Unitarian Universalism.


Vice President: Susan Rice (2020)

I serve this congregation because I am indebted to Unitarian Universalism. This religion provided a safe haven for me as a child. My congregation nurtured me and enhanced my self esteem as an unsure and tenuous adolescent. As an adult, UU congregations supported me through providing a loving community for my children as well as meaningful ways for me to work for change in my communities. And this UUSA congregation has provided me with opportunities to deeply explore important aspects of social justice, spirituality and leadership.

Treasurer: Peter Lacey (2020)

I serve because I treasure this community and I know without the contributions of volunteers it would not exist. I also serve because I find that working with my fellow UU’s is a meaningful and rewarding form of fellowship.

Emily Shankle (2021)

At Large Members

Ben Brau (2021)

Jeanne Ballantine (2020)

Belonging to a group that shares my beliefs, values, and action orientation drew me to UU long ago. It provided a comfortable and welcoming home when we moved to Amherst several years ago. I value the thoughtful, caring people who share my view of a world in which we can all live together and help one another–whatever our background.”


Rob Fuderich (2020)

I serve on the UUSA Board as well as on other committees as an essential part of my personal spiritual development. I see this service as an opportunity to learn more about myself, to grow spiritually and to develop a deeper understanding of the principles of Unitarian-Universalism. Working with others on the board and various committees makes me feel connected to a higher purpose and especially reinforces the Seventh Principle in which affirms the interconnected web of all existence. For me, service is grist for the mill and the living expression of our covenant to build, strengthen and protect our precious community.

Casey Flueckiger, youth representative (2020)

Rosie Cowell (2020)

I serve on the board because it is a great way to support the remarkable work of our dedicated staff and minister, because it provides a chance to observe and understand the committees and collaborative hard work that enable this thriving UU community, and because it is a fabulous way to make new friends. I am so grateful for the exceptional example that this UU community sets for my children and the unique education it is providing to them; contributing to the Board is an honor and provides a way to express that gratitude.