Nominees for Elected Positions
The Nominating Committee recommends the following slate of nominees for the Board and Nominating Committee for church year 2013-2014. The election will take place at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
President: Jean Siegfried (1-year term) - I've been part of this congregation since I moved to Orlando in 1960, and "official" since 1961. Over the years I've served on the Board too many times to count, and back when my adult children were small I taught church school and was very involved in the RE Committee and the weekday cooperative preschool. More recently I served some on the District Board, as a volunteer at yearly General Assembly, and was honored recently to be a part of SUULE, the Southeastern UU Leadership Experience. Although many community activities are important to me, participation in this church and relationships with its "family" are at the top of the list.
President-Elect: no nominee at this time
Treasurer: John Hartgering (2-year term) - I became a member of 1U in February 2008, and began service on the Board as Treasurer in July 2009. During my time on the Board, I have participated on the Stewardship, Budget, Governance, and Documentation Task Forces. I have been active in various Social Justice programs. My wife Martha and I have attended District and General Assembly in each of the last three years, and I also attended the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience in 2011. Since I retired in 1993, I have been active in volunteer management. I am currently chair of the Emergency Services Committee for the Mid-Florida Region of the American Red Cross. Martha and I live in Clermont.
Secretary of the Board: Kim Bowles (completing 1 year) - Kimberly Bowles became a member of 1U in February of 2010. Kim brings with her 25 years of Non-Profit Board experience. She has served the LBGTQ community in several leadership roles as President of the Orlando Gay Chorus and President of the Rainbow Democratic Club. Currently Kim sits as the Vice-Chair of the Central FL AFL-CIO and Chair of the Orange County Municipal Facilities Board. In her spare time she serves as the District Leader of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees for the State of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands representing "behind the scenes" employees in the theater and movie business. Kim and her partner Ridge will celebrate 19 years together this July.
Trustee at Large: Julie Salvo (2-year term) - Julie Salvo joined 1U in 2009 with her husband Scott. Since joining, they've added two new UUs to the church, Jake and Veda. Julie is currently involved with wrangling toddlers for the preschool co-op, and she recently served on the Strategic Planning Committee. Julie is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees.
Trustee at Large: Meredith Varner (2-year term) - Meredith has been a member of 1U since 2007. She has been involved in various capacities as a greeter, in a covenant group, with circle dinners, the web team, and most recently in helping teach the preschool RE class. Meredith and her husband, Jay, are originally from the Carolinas and have lived in Orlando for over 10 years. They have two children, Eli (3 years), and Killian (3 months). Meredith is excited to serve the church on the Board as we move forward in these exciting times.
Continuing Board Positions
The following Board members are midway through their two-year terms on the Board:
Trustee Chris Baranyi - I have been a member of 1U for nearly nine years. Outside of church I am heavily involved in music production and mixing bands at events and festivals. I enjoy local arts and culture and especially anywhere that has jazz or vegan food. When I am not involved in audio or our A/V team, I have had the opportunity to serve on the Adult Religious Education and Membership committees. I am honored to be a part of the Board of Trustees and to serve the 1U community.
Trustee Rachel Gardiner - Rachel Gardiner has been an active member of 1U since 2004. She has served the beloved community as a lay leader in worship, leading adult religious education classes, acting as middle school & youth advisor, and on the Board of Trustees. Rachel is a certified tree-hugger and animal lover, and she is passionate about promoting social justice and conscious eating.
Nominating Committee Nominees
The following members are recommended for two-year terms:
• Michelle Bergandi
• Tim Wiley
• Alisha Kearns
Continuing Nominating Committee Members
These members are halfway through their two-year term and will be continuing as Nominating Committee members:
• Arlene Delleur
• Saidge Schmidt
• Allan Stevenson