The UUCW Annual Meeting will convene at 11:30 am on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019. Voting Member registration for the meeting and distribution of ballots will begin shortly after the end of the 10:00 am service. Only voting members are eligible to participate and vote at the meeting. Information about the Annual Meeting and nominees for open positions was mailed several weeks ago to all church members. The Nominating Committee’s nominees for trustee and committee member positions are as follows:
Board of Trustees
Laurie Boddie (3-year term) made UUCW her spiritual home in 2016 and has increasingly become involved in the community. Many Sundays you’ll find Laurie serving as a greeter at the front or downstairs doors. She’s thoroughly enjoying this great way to meet both visitors as well as long-time Church members. Laurie participated in, then facilitated, a Soul Matters Circles; she has also participated in some of our racial justice and LGBTQ educational opportunities, Dinners in The Home, volunteered with Guest House and has assisted at our Church Picnic. Prior to moving to the area, she belonged to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, MI for several years. While Laurie may be relatively new to UUCW, she’s been a student of religious studies and spirituality most of her life. She has a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame and worked in several ministerial positions early in her career. She has also been a student of Buddhist meditation for 20 years. Currently, Laurie is a Director of Organizational Effectiveness with Humana Insurance based in Louisville, KY.
Greg Kohnert (3-year term) and his wife, Terri, joined UUCW in 2017 following their retirement and relocation to Brookfield in order to be closer to their three daughters and grandchildren. Previously, they were members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Wausau for over 40 years. In Wausau, Greg served a long tenure as Chair of the UU Endowment Board, as well as stints as Board of Trustees member, Treasurer, Finance Chair, and RE teacher. Within the broader community, he also served on the boards and in leadership positions for United Way, the Performing Arts Foundation, Central Wisconsin School of Ballet, and the YMCA. His career was spent primarily as an Investment Officer/Portfolio Manager for the two largest Wisconsin based banks, M&I and Associated. Greg has participated in campus clean-up efforts and the monthly Men’s Breakfast group, while Terri has joined the choir. Both enjoy Dinners in the Home as well as other opportunities for interaction and connection. The past couple of years have been packed with various life-cycle transitions and it now seems timely to broaden the engagement.
Stephanie Wahlen (3-year term) and her husband Mike began attending UUCW in 2009 and became members in 2017. She has helped with campus clean-ups and this past fall served as the organizer of Dinners in the Home. She has very much enjoyed getting to know other members and is looking forward to making a bigger contribution to the church by serving on the Board. Stephanie is an occupational therapist and case manager at Froedtert and the Medical College.
Pam Beattie (1-year term) graduated from UW-Milwaukee with an Education Degree and Communication major. She worked as a professional model and commercial actress with Milwaukee and Chicago agencies. Pam was an active member of AFTRA and SAG and the Vice President of the Milwaukee Society of Models. Pam taught personal and professional development to youth and young adults over many years throughout the community before becoming the agency director at John Casablancas Modeling, Acting and Career Center. She retired a year ago from this position but continues to do some part-time mentoring work for the company. Pam has been a member of PFLAG, PTO, served on a Parent Advisory Board for the Elmbrook Schools, and taught religion classes at her prior church for twenty years. Pam and her husband Rick joined UUCW fourteen years ago after finding this Church was a perfect fit for them. They have four adult children and two grandchildren who all live out of state. Their biggest joy in life is travels to visit them. Pam is inspired continuously by this church and looks forward to the opportunity to serve in a leadership position.
Lee Huempfner (3-year term) joined UUCW in 2005, having become skeptical of the religious beliefs of his youth and looking for a place to explore alternatives. He has ever since enjoyed the wide variety of Sunday services. He became an usher within a few months of joining UUCW and has served meals at Guest House on numerous occasions. Lee has served on the Nominating Committee, twice on the Bylaws Review Committee, on the Board of Trustees, including one year as congregation President, and on the Vision 2020 Long Range Planning Committee. Lee was also an original member of the Stewardship Committee. In his professional life, Lee is an attorney and has worked for the Walworth County Corporation Counsel for 20 years. Lee is the beloved person for three adorable and spoiled cats and hopes to once again become a serious runner.
Mark Steinberg (3-year term) was initially a member of UUCW from 2006 through 2013 and resumed his membership in 2018. His volunteer activities at the church between 2006 and 2013 included the usher team, coordinating the driver pool to help get elderly members to services, and 2- and 3-year stints on the Committee on Ministry and Finance Committee, respectively. Mark is currently a member of the usher team and Finance Committee. Regarding outside volunteer activities, he has served on the Elmbrook Little League Board of Directors, tutored for the Waukesha Literacy Council, and served on the Federation of Environmental Technologists Board of Directors (FET is an environmental trade organization). Mark currently volunteers as a dog walker for the Elmbrook Humane Society, an election poll worker for the City of Brookfield, and a FET Finance Committee member. Mark lived in Brookfield for the past 40 years. His career consisted of 41 years in the EHS (environmental, health and safety) field, primarily working at Wisconsin Electric Power Company and SC Johnson. For the past 6 years, Mark has been working part-time as a consultant for TRC Environmental in Brookfield.
Nominating Committee (2-year term)
Jane Browne and her husband, Jeff, have been members of UUCW since 2005. Jane is a member of the UUCW Board of Trustees and is nearing the end of her 3-year term. During her term Trustees have been involved with the Build 2020 church building project, church safety, congregational assessment, fiduciary oversight, and proposed Bylaws changes, among many other issues affecting the church. Prior to Board membership, she was a member and the chairperson of the Worship Ministry Team for about seven years. Jane also participated in church life by being a Religious Education teacher when her two sons were in elementary school. Jane lives in Elm Grove with Jeff, their two teenage sons, and an exchange student. She works as an assistant teacher for the Elmbrook School District at Tonawanda Elementary School. She holds Master’s degrees in Social Work and Business Management.
Kathy Herrewig joined UUCW with her husband Dave early in 2010. They participated in a New Member Unity Circle and were Nicaragua Brigadistas in 2012. Kathy ran the auction boutique in 2012 and 2014 and is a member of the Split the Plate Team. She prepares food for Guest House, serves as a greeter and coffee-maker, and is an eager participant in Dinners in the Home. With a Doctorate in Sociology, Kathy worked as Development Director at several local health-related nonprofits. She is now retired, which allows time for gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, and book club participation. Kathy lives on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
Beth Zaretzke lives in Glendale with her family and has been a member of UUCW since 2010. She was overjoyed to be introduced and learn about the UU faith and the caring community of UUCW, which has filled a need to nourish her soul and join with others to work for environmental and social justice. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, she received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and spent 12 months working with a hunter-gatherer group in Paraguay. While studying natural healing in NM she met her husband in and relocated to Milwaukee where she has enjoyed being a stay at home mom to Zoe, Eva, and Stella. She has been an active school volunteer, Art for Youth coordinator, caregiver, and loves cooking (especially for those with food sensitivities) and time in her garden. Church life activities have included; teaching Religious Education classes, taking part as well as facilitating for UU Wellspring, greeting at the doors; serving coffee; attending Black Lives Matter events; and participating in various events and activities through the years. She is excited for the opportunity to be a Brigadista this June with her oldest daughter, Zoe, and looks forward to connecting with other church members.