Our Elected Leaders
Board of Trustees as of July 1, 2020
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 Emerita: 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.
President: Susan Rice (2021)
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 (2021)
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)
Emma McIntire, youth representative (2022)
Rosie Cowell (2021)
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.
Sue Alexander (2022)
I responded to the invitation to serve on the Board because of the role the UUSA has played in my life. I became a UU twenty years ago in order to ensure that my granddaughter and I would have a “baggage-free” grounding for our spiritual lives and she would have role models and peers who shared my values for social justice. I joined this congregation in 2016 because I knew I needed a faith community to face the challenges resulting from the presidential election. I found here a welcoming and engaged congregation as well as a place for both spiritual growth and social activism. I am inspired by the ways in which we have responded to the crisis of a global pandemic and committed to address systemic racism and white supremacy in our congregation, community and country. I believe the Board provides the infrastructure necessary to support the ongoing growth and energy of our Unitarian Society.
Anne Moore (2022)
Susanne Personette (2022)
I feel honored to be asked to serve on the UUSA Board as a Member-at-Large. I’ve been a UU for almost four decades, and have been a member of four other congregations, each of which had its own unique character. At this stage of my life, I have found a spiritual home at UUSA and am grateful to have the opportunity to give back meaningfully. I am excited about being part of the Board in this very challenging time of the pandemic. I look forward to working together to find creative ways to remain connected and to arrive at the other side of this challenge as an even stronger community.
Richard Roznoy (2022)
I am happy to serve this congregation, a center of religious liberal thought, beliefs and values, embodying the great principles of Unitarian-Universalism in the Pioneer Valley. It’s important that the town of Amherst and its surrounding area have a thriving, growing liberal religious community and I am committed to sustaining and enhancing the strength of our congregation. With our dynamic new minister, a growing religious education program, our dedicated staff and support from our members, it’s an exciting time to serve this great religious community.