Board of Directors – 2019-2020
T.W. Theodore, President
T.W. has been a Unitarian Universalist for about 40 years. He worked in various capacities of the non-profit arena most of his life and for the last 10 years as a Reservist with FEMA, deployed to 11 disasters over that time. He and his wife, Susan, moved to Chico more than two years ago after finding that the city had a thriving UU Fellowship. He has a great interest in auto racing, was an amateur racer and taught race car driving.
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.
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.
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.
.Dave joined UUFC in 2009 shortly after moving to Chico to teach Biology at Chico State. His two boys, Ben and Alex, attend the kid’s RE program and Dave sings in the choir. Go Tenors! He likes the Unitarian Church because of the openness to different ideas and beliefs. It didn’t take long for the church to feel like an extended family. Thank you UUFC!
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.
I am very excited to be joining the leadership ranks of our Board, doing the work of our Fellowship for love and justice. Growing up in the Pennsylvania rust belt has given me an interesting perspective that I bring to my professional and personal life, especially after marrying a childhood best friend, Dave Singer. After living in Arizona for 10 years, moving to California, and joining UUFC, has been a wonderful experience.
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.