United Church of Christ Board of Directors

AT-LARGE MEMBERS

Bernard Wilson, Chair
Rev. Dr. Wilson is the Senior Pastor of Norfield Congregational UCC in Weston, Connecticut and holds Ministerial Authorization with a D.Min. Prior to his call at Norfield, he served as Executive Minister, the Riverside Church in New York. Mr. Wilson is a retired Captain-US Navy; concluding his chaplaincy as the Navy Director of Religious Ministries. Mr. Wilson served as the Chair of the UGov Group that brought the new governance structure. He served as the Vice-chair of the Executive Council. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at both Howard University and at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
(Class of 2015)

Dale Bonds, Vice-Chair
Ms. Bonds is a member of Central St. Matthew UCC in New Orleans and is retired from the IBM Corporation as a Systems Availability Engineer with a BA in mathematics. Ms. Bonds is a Katrina survivor, rebuilding her home after the storm and instrumental in combining two devastated congregations into the vibrant Central St. Matthew. Ms. Bonds is the President of the Board of Directors of the UCC Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. She served as Assistant Moderator of General Synod 29.
(Class of 2017)

Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez
Rev. Anguola de Gonzalez is the Pastor of Manantial de Gracia UCC in New Britain, Connecticut. Holding an Ed.D., with emphasis on counseling, Ms. Angulo de Gonzalez has worked in the mental health field for the past 20 years as a counselor, administrator and program director at various mental health agencies and in private practice. She serves on the boards of directors of several counseling agencies and shelters.
(Class of 2019)

Pat Barnes-McConnell
Dr. Barnes-McConnell is a member of St. Stephen’s Community UCC in Lansing, Michigan and holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. She is a retired Professor from Michigan State University where she served as director for an international agricultural program for 20 years. Dr. Barnes-McConnell served as a member of the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors and served on the Governance Implementation Taskforce.
(Class of 2015)

Joyce Bathke
Ms. Bathke is a member of Faith United Church of Christ in Wentzville, Missouri. She is a Regional Chief Administrative Officer for the American Red Cross and before that, served a local hospital. Ms. Bathke holds a Nursing Degree. Ms. Bathke served on the Wider Church Ministries Board of Directors and as Chair of its Budget and Audit Committees. Ms. Bathke sits on the Global Ministries Board of Directors, Co-chair of its Finance Committee. 
(Class of 2015)

Caroline Belsom
Ms. Belsom is a member of Waiola UCC in Lahaina, Hawaii. Ms. Belsom is in private practice as an attorney after formerly serving as General Counsel to Kapalua Land Company. She is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. Prior to her law career, she was a school teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in Physics. Ms. Belsom is a former Assistant Moderator of the General Synod and served on its Executive Council.
(Class of 2019)

Lynda Bigler
Rev. Bigler is a member of Ainsworth UCC in Portland, Oregon and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.Div. Ms. Bigler serves on the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries and is the Vice-chair of the Virginia Kryer Scholarship Fund for Theological Studies, benefiting students with disabilities. Prior to entering the ministry Ms. Bigler was a banker. She served as the Pension and Investment Banking Operations Officer of Bankers’ Trust in New York and served other banks in New York, Pittsburgh and Providence, Rhode Island.
(Class of 2017)

Frank Bolden
Mr. Bolden is a member of Christ Church UCC in Summit, New Jersey. Mr. Bolden is retired from the Johnson & Johnson Company where he served as Corporate Secretary, Associate General Counsel and Vice-president for Diversity. Prior to his work at Johnson & Johnson, he was in private practice. Mr. Bolden is a former Army Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer. He previously served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont and on the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Healthcare System.
(Class of 2019)

Geoffrey Brace
Mr. Brace is a member of Zion Reformed UCC in Allentown, Pennsylvania and serves as Legislative Aide to Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Schlossberg. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Before joining the legislative staff Mr. Brace served as the Executive Director of the Kutztown Community Partnership. He currently serves as the Penn Northeast Conference Moderator. He served on the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors and the Governance Implementation Taskforce.
(Class of 2017)

Faith Burgess
Ms. Burgess is a member of San Carlos Community UCC in San Carlos, California and is a retired special education school teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has taught in Hawaii and in various districts in and around San Francisco. She has served as the Vice-moderator of the Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries. She served on the Wider Church Ministries Board of Directors.
(Class of 2015)

Robbie Carlson
Mr. Carlson is a member of Faith UCC in Windsor, Colorado and serves as Director of Christian Education. He served two terms as a Youth Representative to the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Directors and served on the search committee for its Conference Minister.  Mr. Carlson served on the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors.
(Class of 2015)

Tom Croner
Mr. Croner is a member of Trinity UCC in Berlin, Pennsylvania and owns and operates a hay and grain farm. He holds a BS in Agricultural Economics. He served on the Board of Directors of the company that owned Birds Eye Foods and has represented the dairy industry lobbying in Washington and at the state level. Mr. Croner worked as a Special Projects Manager for Snyder of Berlin Potato Chips, a large regional potato chip company. He has experience in seven mergers and consolidations in banks and cooperatives. Mr. Croner serves as the Penn West Conference Treasurer. Mr. Croner was a member of the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors. 
(Class of 2015)

Kevin Finley
Mr. Finley is a member of New Town UCC in New Town, North Dakota and currently serves as the Chair of the Council for American Indian Ministries. Mr. Finley has a degree in behavioral sciences and currently serves as a Tribal Recreation Director. He volunteers as a 5th and 6th grade football coach and volunteers at local correctional facilities. Mr. Finley is a recent recipient of the Community Service Award from the City of Bismarck, North Dakota.
(Class of 2019)

Robert Frieberg
Mr. Frieberg is a member of Beresford UCC in Beresford, South Dakota. He is the Senior and Managing Partner of Frieberg, Nelson and Ask LLP and sits on the governing body of the American Bar Association. He is a lobbyist at the state level of government. He is the past President of the South Dakota State Board of Education and sits on the University of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Frieberg is a former Assistant Moderator of the General Synod and a long-time Synod Parliamentarian.
(Class of 2019)

Gilberto Garcia-Rodriquez
Rev. Garcia-Rodriquez is the Pastor of Trinity UCC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (M. Div.) and has a passion for Christian Education. Rev. Garcia-Rodriquez is a degreed social worker and, in addition to his pastoral duties, he is the Assistant Director of Family Answers, a non-profit social services organization in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Executive Council and is the current Chair of the Council for Hispanic Ministries.
(Class of 2017)

Kira Geary
Ms. Geary is high school student and serves as the Vice-president of her school Student Council. She is the Vice-President of her National Honor Society Chapter and a member of the school French Club. She is a member of future Business Leaders of America. Ms. Geary attended the 2012 UCC National Youth Event and took part in a mission trip to Machias, Maine. She volunteers at an after-school Christian day camp and volunteers at the local Humane Society shelter.
(Class of 2019)

Roxanne Gould
Dr. Gould is a member of All Nations Indian UCC in Minneapolis, Minnesota and serves as an educator with an Ed.D. in leadership and policy. She is an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg College where she teaches American Indian Studies. Dr. Gould is the Founder and Co-chair of the American Indian Science and Engineering Conference. She served on the planning committee for the 2011 Indigenous Education Institute and on the Iowa Civil Rights Advisory Committee in the late 1980s. Dr. Gould served on the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors.
(Class of 2015)

Emily Heath
Rev. Heath is the Pastor of West Dover Congregational UCC in West Dover, Vermont and holds Ministerial Authorization with a M.Div. and also has a Master’s Degree in Theology. She serves as the Chaplain of the West Dover Fire Department and is a religion writer for the Huffington Post. Ms. Heath served as pastor of two congregations successfully combining what is now one church growing in membership and discipleship.
(Class of 2019)

Nesa Joseph
Dr. Joseph is a member of St. Paul UCC in Lebanon, Illinois and a foundation administrator. Dr. Joseph holds an Ed.D. with specialty in hospital and health administration. He is the past Vice-president of Operations for the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Manipal Hospital and Heart Foundation in Bagalore, India. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Services and was the Chair of its Finance Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Church Funds, chairing its Governance Committee.
(Class of 2019)

Julia LeBrell
Ms. LeBrell is a member of St. Paul’s UCC in Dearborn, Michigan and is a substitute teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecology and in Evolution and Behavioral Biology. In addition to her education skills, Ms. LeBrell has worked as an office manager and program director at Camp Talahi Retreat and Nature Center. She is a member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
(Class of 2017)

DeEtte (Dee) Lundberg
Rev. Lundberg is Pastor of United Church of Christ, Casper in Casper, Wyoming and holds Ministerial Authorization with a M. Div. Prior to entering the ministry, she was a licensed addictions counselor in private practice. Rev. Lundberg is a former church camp manager. Rev. Lundberg recently organized a pot luck dinner that set a Guinness Book of World Records record with 980 dishes. She served on the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors.
(Class of 2015)

Thea Mateu
Ms. Mateu is the Interim Young Adult Ministries Coordinator for the Southern California-Nevada Conference and is also employed by the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. She is a member of Claremont UCC in Claremont, California. She holds a M.Ed., and M.Div. and is a member in discernment of the Eastern Association of the Southern California-Nevada Conference. She previously served as a family and domestic violence counselor.
(Class of 2017)

Kevin Omi
Rev. Omi is the Senior Co-pastor of Sycamore Congregational UCC in El Cerrito, California, and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.Div. Prior to entering the ministry Rev. Omi served as a Vice-President of Wells Fargo Bank, as the Executive Director-Kaiser Health Plan, and was a partner at PwC Consulting, an information technology firm that listed clients such as the California State Compensation Insurance Fund, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems. He holds an MBA.
(Class of 2019)

Ron Patterson
Rev. Patterson is the Senior Pastor of Naples UCC in Naples, Florida and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.Div. Rev. Patterson holds an MBA. He served on the Executive Council as Co-chair of its Special Committee on Development. Rev. Patterson is a recognized expert in church and non-profit development. He has served as a delegate to, or otherwise attended, every General Synod since 1977 and is active at the Conference level, as well. He is a member of various local civic organizations.
(Class of 2015)

Kevin Peterson
Mr. Peterson is a member of Wayside UCC in Federal City, Washington and is a piano teacher and freelance musician.  Mr. Peterson holds a BA in economics, ethics, religion and music. He is a former member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. He is a former member of the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors, served on the Governance Follow-up Team and served on the Constitutional Writing Team that brought the revisions to the UCC Constitution and Bylaws enabling the new governance structure
(Class of 2019)

Christina Phillips
Ms. Phillips is a member of First Congregational UCC in Waterville, Maine and serves as a Lead Service Coordinator through Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. She holds a BA in Government. Ms. Phillips served a six-year term as a youth representative to the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth General Synod Nominating Committees. She served as a delegate to General Synod at the age of 14. During high school, she was the President of the Maine State Youth Council.
(Class of 2019)

Ernesto (Ernie) Reyes
Rev. Reyes is a member of First Congregational UCC in Glendale, California and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.Div. He is the Assistant Administrator and Chaplain of Los Angeles Hospice, Inc. He previously served local churches. After serving active duty in the enlisted ranks of the US Army, he was commissioned a Captain in the Army Chaplaincy and served in the US Army Reserves for nine years. Rev. Reyes currently serves as the Vice-moderator of the Pacific Islander Asian American Ministries.
(Class of 2017)

Dwayne Royster
Rev. Royster is the Pastor of Living Waters UCC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds Ministerial Authorization with a MAR after receiving the Privilege of Call through the Philadelphia Association of the Penn Southeast Conference. In addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. Royster serves as an elected Councilperson in Norristown, Pennsylvania and is the Executive Director of a multi-faith neighborhood organizing agency. Prior to entering the ministry Rev. Royster was a Program Director and Director of Social Services at social service agencies. He was a member of the Executive Council.
(Class of 2017)

Carol Shipley
Ms. Shipley is a member of First Congregational UCC in Great Falls, Montana and is a special education public school teacher, holding an M.Ed. She She served on the General Synod Nominating Committee, 2003-2009 and as its Chair 2007-2009. Ms. Shipley was instrumental in transforming the nominating process to the well-organized Synod function that it is today. Ms. Shipley is a past Honored Lay Woman at the 2001 General Synod, and served as a General Synod delegate in 1993 and 1995. She is a volunteer for her local 4-H Chapter and for her community adult literacy program.
(Class of 2019)

Nevan Strobelt-McCann
Mr. Strobelt-McCann is a college student at the University of Akron (Ohio). He is a member of Archwood UCC in Cleveland. He served on the Church Search Committee that called its new pastor and now serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee. He is a member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Mr. Strobelt-McCann is the President of his local 4-H Chapter, volunteers at his local food bank and for a program called Let’s Grow Akron.
(Class of 2017)

Noah Jensen Tabor
Mr. Jensen Tabor is a member of Maquoketa UCC in Maquoketa, Iowa and is a law school student at St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Jensen Tabor is a graduate of St. Olaf College where he majored in religion and in political science. He volunteers legal advice to his local Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization. He served on the Wider Church Ministries Board of Directors and on the Board’s Organizational Life Committee and Disaster Relief Committee.
(Class of 2017)

William Tanner
Mr. Tanner is a member of First Congregational UCC in Santa Cruz, California, and is a seminary student. Mr. Tanner has served as a camp director, supervising a staff of 20. Mr. Tanner was a member of the UGov Group that brought the new governance structure, and he has a passion for the technical theatre. He is a volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fund raising efforts.
(Class of 2017)

Jeanne Tyler
Rev. Tyler is a member of First Congregational UCC in Madison, Wisconsin and holds Ministerial Authorization with a M.Div. She retired from active ministry after serving local churches in Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. She serves on the National Council of Churches Committee on Disability and on its Leadership Team. She serves as the Co-chair of the UCC Disabilities Ministries and was instrumental in the creation of the Virginia Kryer Scholarship Fund for Theological Studies, benefiting students with disabilities.
(Class of 2015)

Dean Wakuzawa
Mr. Wakuzawa is a member of Kailua Christian Church UCC in Kailua and serves as a CPA and Comptroller. He is a Trustee of the Hawaii Conference and is the Chair of its Investment Committee. Mr. Wakuzawa currently works as the Comptroller of a food service company and previously served as Assistant Vice-president and Tax Supervisor for the Bank of Hawaii Investment Services Group. Mr. Wakuzawa volunteered and served as the Treasurer of the local PTA while his children attended elementary school.
(Class of 2017)

Elizabeth Walker
Ms. Walker is a member of Old First Reformed UCC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and serves as an attorney. She is the Leader of the Employment Practices Litigation Team for Zurich North American Insurance Group and has been a trial attorney for the past 27 years. She worked in commercial banking while attending law school. She is the Moderator of the Philadelphia Association of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference and serves on the Consistory of her church. Ms. Walker served on the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors and serves on the UCC Cornerstone Fund Board of Directors.
(Class of 2015)

Kimberly Wood
Rev. Wood is the Pastor of First Congregational UCC in Ottawa, Illinois and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.Div. She previously owned two home-based businesses. Ms. Wood has served on the Illinois Conference Personnel Committee, served as the Chair of the Metropolitan (Chicago) Association Minister Search Committee and as the Moderator of the Fox Valley Association. Ms. Wood is a sports enthusiast as both a spectator and participant and enjoys music. She serves as an Open and Affirming consultant and was a God Is Still Speaking Trainer. Ms. Wood is a former social worker. She is involved in her local school district and PTA chapter.
(Class of 2015)

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Geoffrey A. Black
General Minister and President

Linda Jaramillo
Executive Minister, Justice & Witness Ministries

James Moos
Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries

J. Bennett Guess
Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries

Michael Downs
President & CEO, Pensions Boards United Church of Christ

Don Hart
President, United Church Funds

Bryan Sickbert
President & CEO, Council for Health & Human Services Ministries (CHHSM)

David Gaewski
Conference Minister, New York Conference

Rich Pleva
Conference Minister, Iowa Conference

Brian Holeman
General Synod Moderator
The Honorable Brian Holeman is a member of People's Congregational UCC in Washington, D.C. and serves as a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Holeman served as assistant moderator of General Synod 29 and on Executive Council.  He has also served on the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors and United Church Funds Board of Directors.  He was previously a trustee to UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary. Before he was confirmed to his judgeship in 2003, Mr. Holeman practiced law in the insurance industry.
(Class of 2015)

Sue Artt
General Synod Assistant Moderator
Rev. Artt is pastor of St. Paul UCC in Nashville, Illinois, and has served this congregation since 2006.  Rev. Artt has served on the UCC’s Governance Implementation Task Force and as a member the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors. Before entering ministry, Rev. Artt was an executive for the Mobile Oil Corporation. 
(Class of 2015)

Mike Denton
Conference Minister, Pacific Northwest Conference

Gary Schulte
Conference Minister, New Hampshire Conference

Edward Davis
Conference Minister, Southern Conference

Sheldon Culver
Conference Minister, Illinois-South Conference

William Edwards
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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