Board and Officers

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Overview of Board of Trustees

Under our church bylaws, a nine-member Board of Trustees is the governing body of the church. New board members are elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting in April, May or June each year and serve three-year terms. The minister is an ex officio member of the board.

As noted on the Church Governance page, a reorganization of the church’s organizational structure assigns to the board the primary responsibilities for making policies, effectuating the church’s vision and mission as articulated by the members, providing resources, and evaluating programs, while responsibility for supervising staff members and volunteers in the work of the church’s ministries is assigned to the minister.

The board generally meets at church on the third Thursday of each month in the evening. All board and board committee meetings are open to all friends and members, except that the board may close portions of its meetings under its policy on executive sessions, and the Committee on Ministry is authorized to close portions of its meetings when sensitive personal matters are discussed.

The board has designated the President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer to constitute the Executive Committee, which may exercise the board’s authority to the extent provided by board resolution.  The current President chairs the Executive Committee. The Minister also participates ex officio in the Executive Committee’s deliberations.

We welcome the participation of our members in the ministry of our church through any of our committees, teams and ministries, and as board members. Members interested in participating should contact the Minister or Church Administrator (see Contact page).

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2022-23 Board of Trustees Members and Officers

The terms of the members of the 2022-2023 Board of Trustees officially began on July 1, 2022.

Members and Term Expiration Dates

Terms Expiring 6/30/23 Terms Expiring 6/30/24 Terms Expiring 6/30/25
Timothy Dickerson
Christine Heath
David Leuthold
Melissa Ensign-Bedford
Susan Even
Connie Ordway
Taylor Gill
Iyesatu Kamara-Bush
Fred Young

Officers for 2022-23

President: Melissa Ensign-Bedford
President-Elect: Iyesatu Kamara-Bush
Secretary: Connie Ordway
Treasurer: Christine Heath

Board Members and Email Addresses

Melissa Ensign-Bedford

Melissa is starting her second year on the board and will serve as President in 2022-23. She has attended UUCC since 2006 and has been a member since 2007. In her time at UUCC, she has served on the Green Team, the Children Religious Education Team, and the Adult RE Team. In the summer of 2014, Melissa was employed by the church as the Summer Sunday School Coordinator. She has facilitated and developed a curriculum for the children’s RE (summer Web of Life), Environmental Justice book discussions, and Green Sanctuary Team training.

Melissa lives in Columbia with her spouse, Kaeden, and their two dogs, Samwise and Rosie. She is the Program Manager for the Department of Public Health at the University of Missouri, where she does everything from assisting students to teaching undergraduate environmental health and environmental justice.



Timothy Dickerson

Timothy is in the third year of a three-year term on the board and served as 2021-22 President. He started attending UUCC in July 2015 and became a member of the church on October 15, 2017. He has helped with Junior Youth Group and Service Sunday. He has taught Children’s and Adult RE and is a co-facilitator for 7th-9th Grade OWL. Tim currently serves on the Service Auction Team, Technical Team, and Worship Associates Team.

Outside of church, Timothy creates online learning for a computer software company and enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and spouse Shanon.



David Leuthold

David is in the third year of a three-year term on the board. He has participated in UUCC for more than 50 years. Most recently he has participated in Forum, Choir, Book Group, Men’s Breakfast, Writers Group, Dining Group, Caring Committee and Investment and Endowment Committee. He has previously served on the Board, on Building Committees, on Stewardship Committees, Building and Grounds Committees, and on the Ministerial Search Committee. David is also a member of the UU Fellowship in Billings, Montana.

David is a retired University of MIssouri political science professor.



Susan Even

Susan, who is starting her second year on the board, has been a member of UUCC since 1984. She recently retired from the University of Missouri after 35 years as a family physician and director of the Student Health Center. Susan and her husband Steven Zweig were were married by Rev. Gertrude Lindener-Stawski, who dedicated their sons, Ben and Alex.

Over the years, Susan has sung in the choir, accompanied children’s choir, taught church school, served as chair of a human resources committee and contributed to countless potlucks, planning sessions, ministerial transitions and other aspects of our history and culture. She has chaired the Covid Task Force and helped plan the 2021 CommUUnity Connection Project.



Connie Ordway

Connie is in her second year on the board. She has been a UU for 25 years, first in Southern California (where she ended up on the board, eventually becoming president), then here in Columbia. When she and her husband Jeff arrived in Missouri, they first lived in Jefferson City. They found UUCC immediately and made the 40-minute drive eagerly each Sunday. Her children have attended R.E. since they were tiny.



Christine Heath

Christine has been a member of UUCC since 2018 and was selected by the board to serve in a recently vacated seat through June 2022. She was then elected by the congregation to fill the seat through June 2023. She is in her third year as a Chalice Circle facilitator, frequently attends Sunday worship along with Meditation and Kaleidoscope services, and has previously volunteered as a UUCC internal auditor. She is a member of the Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice Team and also houses our sponsored Guatemalan family.

Outside of her UU activities, Christine has worked in a variety of positions at MU since 2004 and is currently a Finance and Accounting Analyst at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up, studied, and raised her four adult children in Columbia. She welcomed her first grandchild in 2020, and another is on the way in 2022.



Taylor Gill

Taylor is in her first year on the board. She has been attending UUCC since childhood starting in 2007 and became a member in 2022. She has been a nursery caregiver and has been an aide to the Schweitzer and Thoreau RE classes. She is a civil and environmental engineering student at MU and will be graduating in May 2023. She plans to stay in the Columbia area after graduation.




Iyesatu Kamara-Bush

Iyesatu is starting her first year on the board in 2022. She is originally from Seattle, Wash. and the child of Sierra Leonean and Canadian immigrants. She has called Columbia home for the last 14 years and live here with her spouse Gregg and their three sons M.K. (16), Cameron (14)  and Carson (5). She currently works as a respiratory therapist and spends her free time walking the local trails and listening to audiobooks.

She has been attending UUCC since January 2018 and serves as a member of the Worship Associates Team.



Fred Young

Fred, who is in his first year on the board, has been a member of UUCC since 1991. He participated in a number of lay-led services in the 1990s. As a trumpet player, Fred has played at various church services and functions over the past 30 years. He has served on various teams and committees over the years, and is currently chair of the Social Action Team. He has two grown children. His son Evan was active in the YRUU group. Fred and his wife Julie Youmans were married by our minister emeritus Bill Haney in 2002 at their home. At that time, Rev. Haney’s policy was “one free wedding” for church members, and Fred and Julie took him up on the offer. They hired YRUU members as parking attendants.

Fred is a retired civil servant, having worked as a soil scientist in various capacities for U.S. Dept of Agriculture for many years. Fred and Julie enjoy bicycle trips, in Europe and domestically, and spend time at Julie’s family’s summer cottage in Michigan. Volunteer activities since retirement include support for the Voluntary Action Center and City of Refuge.


Rev. Molly

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Our minister, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, serves as an ex officio board member, providing her perspective during board deliberations.

She began her tenure at UUCC in August 2012.



Email to all board members

Note: The Minister as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees also receives messages sent to this address.

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2021-22 Board of Trustees

No group photo was taken of the 2021-22 Board of Trustees

Members were Timothy Dickerson, President; Melissa Ensign-Bedford, President-Elect,; Connie Ordway, Secretary; Ginny Winter, Treasurer; Rebecca Graves, Past President; Jeremy Duke; Kara Braudis; David Leuthold; and Susan Even. Kara Braudis resigned, and Christine Heath was selected to fill her seat.

2020-21 Board of Trustees

No group photo was taken of the 2020-21 Board of Trustees.

Members were Rebecca Graves, President; Timothy Dickerson, President-Elect; Jan Swaney, Secretary; Jeremy Duke, Treasurer; Mindy McPherson, Past President; Mark Johnson; Ginny Winter; Kara Braudis; and David Leuthold.

2019-20 Board of Trustees

No group photo was taken of the 2019-20 Board of Trustees.

Members were Mindy McPherson, President; Michela Skelton Birk, President-Elect; Sam Buffaloe, Secretary; Jeremy Duke, Treasurer; Barbara Rupp, Past President; Elaine Martin; Mark Johnson; Gretchen Maune; and Rebecca Graves. Michela Skelton Birk and Elaine Martin resigned, and Rebecca Graves was then selected as President-Elect.

2018-19 Board of Trustees

No group photo was taken of the 2018-19 Board of Trustees.

Members were Barbara Rupp, President; Mindy McPherson, President-Elect; Sam Buffaloe, Secretary; Patty Daus, Treasurer; Todd Iveson; Mark Johnson; Peter Holmes (partial year until resignation from board); Gretchen Maune; and Elaine Martin.

2017-18 Board of Trustees

2017-18 board members posed at their retreat on Aug. 19, 2017. Rear, from left, Mark Johnson and Peter Holmes. Center row, from left, Todd Iveson, Jenny Bossaller, Barbara Rupp, and Rev. Molly Housh Gordon (ex officio). Front, from left, Patty Daus, Sam Buffaloe and Gretchen Maune. Not pictured is Mindy McPherson, who was later selected by the board to fill a vacancy.

Members were Todd Iveson, President; Barbara Rupp, President-Elect; Sam Buffaloe, Secretary; Patty Daus, Treasurer; Mark Johnson; Peter Holmes; Jenny Bossaller; Gretchen Maune; and Mindy McPherson.

2016-17 Board of Trustees

No group photo was taken of the 2016-17 Board of Trustees.

Members were Jeremy Milarsky, President; Todd Iveson, President-Elect; Steve Scott, Secretary; Patty Daus, Treasurer; Gregg Suhler; Mark Johnson; Janice Smith; Jenny Bossaller; and Peter Holmes.

2015-16 Board of Trustees

No group photo was taken of the 2015-16 Board of Trustees.

Members were Jeremy Milarsky, President; Steve Scott, Secretary; Gregg Suhler, Treasurer; George Bunyea, Jr.; Jeanne Murphy (completing the term of Past-President Mary Denson, who resigned to attend college out of state); Jan Swaney; Mark Johnson; Ramzie Siebuhr; and Janice Smith.

Ramzie Siebuhr resigned effective June 30, 2016, and the congregation elected Melissa Ensign-Bedford to complete the remaining two years of her term. Melissa later resigned, and the board selected Jenny Bossaller to fill the seat.

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2014-15 Board of Trustees

No group photo was taken of the 2014-15 Board of Trustees.

Members were Mary Denson, President; Jeremy Milarsky, President-Elect; Steve Scott, Secretary; Gregg Suhler, Treasurer; George Bunyea Jr.; Ene-Kaja Chippendale; Todd Iveson; Pack Matthews; and Jan Swaney.

Maria Oropallo started the year as a 2014-15 trustee, but resigned in November 2014 and was succeeded for the remainder of the year by Todd Iveson.

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2013-14 Board of Trustees

Front row from left: Ene-Kaja Chippendale, Secretary; Mary Denson, President-Elect; Mary Beth Schillinger; and Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, ex officio. Back row from left: Steve Scott, President; Gregg Suhler, Treasurer; George Bunyea; Pack Matthews; Qhyrrae Michaelieu; and Maria Oropallo, Past President.

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2012-13 Board of Trustees

2012-13 Board of Trustees members gathered for a group portrait after dinner on the first day of their September 7-8, 2012 retreat. Bottom row from left: Secretary Rosie Anderson-Harper, Jenny Bossaller, Mary Beth Schillinger, and President Maria Oropallo. Top row from left: President-Elect Steve Scott, Past President Stephanie Dorman, Qhyrrae Michaelieu, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Treasurer Corinne Mann, and Gregg Suhler.

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2011-12 Board of Trustees

2011-12 board members gathered for a group photo after their official installation on October 2, 2011. Seated from left are Marty Patton and Qhyrrae Michaelieu. Standing from left are Paul Litton, Rosie Anderson-Harper, Corinne Mann, Gregory Brown, Stephanie Dorman, Maria Oropallo and Mehdi Farhangi.

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Presidents and Chairs Since 1951

Under the original church bylaws, the church leader was called “Chairman.” In later bylaws, the title was changed to “President.” Presidents and Chairs are listed in reverse chronological order:

2022-2023 – Melissa Ensign-Bedford
2021-2022 – Timothy Dickerson
2020-2021 – Rebecca Graves
2019-2020 – Mindy McPherson
2018-2019 – Barbara Rupp
2017-2018 – Todd Iveson
2015-2017 – Jeremy Milarsky
2014-2015 – Mary Denson
2013-2014 – Steve Scott
2012-2013 – Maria Oropallo
2011-2012 – Stephanie Dorman
2010-2011 – Gregory Brown
2009-2010 – Kevin Fritsche
2008-2009 – Walter Gassmann
2006-2008 – Stephen Blower
2005-2006 – Larry Dorman
2004-2005 – Leslie Luchene
2003-2004 – Rebecca Graves
2002-2003 – Alan Arnold
2001-2002 – Bob Breitenbach
1999-2001 – Kathleen Knepper
1998-1999 – Jan Weaver
1997-1998 – Kevin Fritsche
1996-1997 – Judy Siebert Pallardy
1995-1996 – Robert Johnson
1994-1995 – Bernice Cudd
1993-1994 – Greg Bergman
1992 – Fran Reynolds
1990-1991 – Pat Tanner
1989 – Gene Weinheimer
1988-1989 – Larry Jones
1987-1988 – Brian DeFacio
1986-1987 – Jan Parenteau
1985-1986 – Brian DeFacio
1984-1985 – Dan Spies
1983-1984 – Marti Kardinal
1981 – Fran Reynolds
1981-1983 – Dana (Sally) Brown
1979-1980 – David Leuthold
1977-1979 – Clotilde Miller
1976-1977 – Carl Kardinal
1975-1976 – Larry Zimmerman
1974-1975 – Richard Thoreson
1973-1974 – DeWitt Barker
1972-1973 – Maudine Wheeler
1971-1972 – James Harrington
1970-1971 – Arthur McArthur
1969-1970 – Morton Kenner
1968-1969 – Donald Creighton
1967-1968 – Robert Morgan
1966-1967 – Roberts Eastman
1965-1966 – John Pederson
1964-1965 – Gene Cox
1963-1964 – Roland Hultsch
1962-1963 – Henry Bent
1961-1962 – Gloria Roden
1960-1961- Ted Keats
1959-1960 – George Parker
1958-1959 – Harvey McCaleb
1957-1958 – John Murdock
1956-1957 – N.S. Patterson
1951-1956 – Philip Stone

Gathering of Past Presidents

In the Fall of 2011, President Stephanie Dorman organized a gathering of past UUCC Presidents. Front row from left: Leslie Luchene, Fran Reynolds, Stephanie Dorman and Rebecca Graves. Back row from left: Alan Arnold, Larry Dorman, Walter Gassmann and Kevin Fritsche.

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