Board of Directors – 2018-2019


Angela Risdon, President
Angela believes in taking action to make the world kinder, more just and sustainable.  She currently serves as Chair of the Social Justice Committee and is working in community organizations to find solutions for the housing crisis.



Lucy Sperlin, Treasurer
Lucy became a UU as a teen in Seattle, was a Chico UU from 1963 -1976 and in Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon, returning to Chico 1999. Past-president of 3 different UU Churches, she enjoys organizational development.  With degrees in Anthropology, she served as director of OSU’s Horner Museum, taught Museum Studies, and served on Boards of state, regional and national museum  organizations. Currently she is raising a ‘grandson of the heart’ and volunteers for the Butte County Historical Society.


Bob Brister
Upon his retirement from teaching Biology and Anatomy at high schools and community college, Bob and his wife moved to Chico to be closer to family.  He has been very active in community theater in Chico and is an avid lover of the outdoors.



Bob Crowe

Bob returned to Chico from Oakland in 2017 to be near family.  After high school in Oroville, he graduated from Chico State, married, had a daughter, and then a grandson.  Bob spent most of his life in the Bay area, primarily Oakland where he enjoyed a 20 year career as a professional painter and the same tenure as a Unitarian Universalist.




Danetta Cordova

A Unitarian for over 30 years, Danetta is originally from Salt Lake City.  She is a retired adjunct faculty in Psychology and early childhood education.  She moved to Chico to be near her son, Nick who was a graduate student at Chico State.. She loves art, music, movies, reading, community work and nature. 





Adrienne Edwards

Adrienne moved to Chico in 2006 when her husband began teaching at Chico State.  She has an MS and PhD in Botany and has focused her research on genetics and ecology of rare plant species.  She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, music and working with her hands.  Adrienne’s passion is to contribute lasting good to the environment and share that knowledge with others.



Tom Lewis

Tom received his DDS in Memphis, TN and practiced dentistry for many years prior to going to seminary in Berkeley in 1966.  Tom served as a UU parish minister in Auburn, CA from 2004-2006.  Tom is an outdoorsman and spends much time performing volunteer dentistry.



Merrily Stover
Merrily and her husband moved to Oroville in 2002 from the East coast.  She is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland University College where she taught Anthropology and served as Dean for Arts and Humanities.  Merrily enjoys the outdoors, reading and banjo playing.