Committee on Shared Ministry
During this time of pandemic when we aren’t meeting in person, the Committee on Shared Ministry continues to meet monthly. Our role, as described the UUFC By-laws, is to facilitate the healthy and effective functioning of the ministries of UUFC, including, but not limited to, that of the minister. This role includes dealing with any conflicts that could affect the effectiveness of our Fellowship’s ministry. Please feel free to call any of the members of the COSM with any questions, issues, or concerns that you may have: Megan Johnson, 343-6159 or 966-0519 (cell); Angela Risdon, 415-717-6002; Mike Cassetta, 892-0912 or 228-0466 (cell).
Board of Directors – 2021-2022
Dave Keller, President
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!
Lucy Sperlin, Treasurer
Lucy became a UU as a teen in Seattle, was a Chico UU from 1963 -1976 in Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon, and returned to Chico in 1999. As 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, Lucy is raising a ‘grandson of the heart’ and volunteers for the Butte County Historical Society.
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 has 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. He is pleased to be continuing as a member of our Board.
Courtney is excited to be continuing on our Board, doing the work of our Fellowship for love and justice. She grew up in the Pennsylvania rust belt which has given her an interesting perspective that she brings to her professional and personal lives, especially after marrying a childhood best friend, Dave Singer. After living in Arizona for 10 years, Courtney says, “moving to California, and joining UUFC, has been a wonderful experience.”
Susan has been a resident of Chico since 1982. She manages a HUD-subsidized senior apartment building. She holds Undergrad Degrees in Gerontology and Health Education, with a minor in nutrition from CSU, Chico. Susan discovered her philosophy or spiritual leanings were actually UU and has been a member of UUFC since 2006. She is married and has a grown daughter and two grandchildren. Susan’s interests include her cats, reading, staying active by attending CrossFit classes and the science and truth behind how things work. At UUFC, Susan is the assistant treasurer, a worship associate, and is serving our fellowship for a second term on our board.
Pam’s family moved to Chico in 2016 to be close to her daughter’s growing family. She was a member of the UU of San Mateo, CA, and knew that UUFC would provide a wonderful group of new friends. Pam is a board certified music therapist, working mostly with seniors and specializing in dementia care and neurological music therapy. Pam is happy to participate in the work of the Board. Aside from music, she also enjoys gardening, walking, and being a grandma.
David and his wife Suzan have two daughters and a son. They moved to Paradise from New Hampshire to be closer to their daughters and have been contributing at UUFC ever since. Following the Camp Fire of 2018, they have resided in Chico. They have enjoyed traveling through much of the world. David is retired from Wang Laboratories, a computer company, after 28 years in sales, engineering, and marketing.
Sydney is a third generation Californian, raised in Santa Ana. While working as a medical technologist, she discovered Unitarian Universalism when a pathologist for whom she worked told her she was a “Unitarian and didn’t know it.” After years attending UU churches and General Assemblies, she earned an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry. She served churches in Maryland before meeting her husband Dennis, also a UU minister, at a General Assembly dance. After they served in co-ministry at several churches, Sydney earned a D.Min. from Meadville/Lombard Theological School. She and Dennis were Consulting Co-ministers to UUFC 2009-2015. Sydney is grateful that Dennis’s son and daughter have adopted her into their family, and she dotes on the three grandchildren. Sydney enjoys reading, storytelling, and studying wildlife and the earth sciences.