United Church of Christ

Board of Directors


Frank Bolden
Frank Bolden is a member of Christ Church UCC in Summit, New Jersey.  Frank is retired from the Johnson & Johnson Company, having served as Corporate Secretary, Associate General Counsel and Vice-president for Diversity. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Frank was in private practice.  A former Army Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer, Frank also 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)

Position Open, Vice-chair

Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez 
Maritza Anguola de Gonzalez is the Pastor of Manantial de Gracia UCC in New Britain, Connecticut. Holding an Ed.D., with emphasis on counseling, Maritza 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. Martiza serves on the boards of directors of several counseling agencies and shelters. 
(Class of 2019)

Cameron Barr
Cameron Barr is the Pastor of Grinnell United Church of Christ in Grinnell, Iowa.  Cameron previously served as associate pastor at Plymouth UCC in Des Moines, Iowa prior to being called to Grinnell in 2014.  Cameron's ministry in Grinnell has focused on strategic planning and stewardship.  The church witnessed a 47 percent growth in pledge income during Cameron's first two years as pastor.  Cameron served as a Conference delegate from Iowa to the 2013 and 2015 General Synods.  Cameron holds a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  
(Class of 2023)

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

Emma Brewer-Wallin
Emma Brewer-Wallin is a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon.  Emma served as a Climate Justice Intern for the Massachusetts Conference and as a Spiritual Life Coordinator for the Sierra Service Project, an organization leading youth through week-long service opportunities and spiritual reflection.  Emma was a youth representative to the Senior Pastor Search Committee at the local church.  Emma is a member of the Wellesley varsity fencing team and a member of the college's Multifaith Council.  
(Class of 2023)

Aishia Brown
Aishia Brown is a member of Friends Congregational Church in College Station, Texas and has served as a lay leader in the local church.  Aishia holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree, focusing on psychology and youth development and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Louisville.  
(Class of 2019)

Carolyne Call
Carolyne Call is Associate Conference Minister for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference and a member of Zion UCC in South Bend, Indiana. Carolyne holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and has served as a local church pastor, an adjunct instructor at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and as the Director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  Carolyne is active in various ecumenical and civic volunteer organizations.
(Class of 2021)

Michael Cich-Jones
Michael Cich-Jones is member of First Central Congregational United Church of Christ in Omaha, Nebraska.  Michael is the Director of Development and Marketing for the Urban League of Nebraska and also a development consulting company.  Michael served on the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors, under the former governance structure, on its Fund Raising Committee.  Michael is involved in the merger of the Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota Conferences into one Conference, serving as a member of the Conference Minister Search Committee.  Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Marketing.  
(Class of 2023)

Dennis Coy
Dennis Coy is the Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for Consumers National Bank in Canton, Ohio and the pastor of Congregational UCC in Canton. A former police officer and former Special Agent for the State of Ohio, Dennis has served in a number of justice related capacities.  In addition, Dennis remains an active volunteer for various civic and social justice organizations.  Prior to being called to serve as pastor of Congregational UCC, Dennis served as the Director of Youth Ministry at Trinity UCC, also in Canton.
(Class of 2021)

Hannah Cranbury
Hannah Cranbury is the Associate Minister of First Congregational Church in Riverside, California, having served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern California-Nevada Conference and Pilgrims Pines Camp. Prior to ordained ministry Hannah was a deacon at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, New Jersey, during high school years and then First Congregational Church of Westfield, New Jersey during seminary. Hannah is a Justice LED Trainer, having completing training in March of 2015. Hannah is also a member of the Clergy Caucus of Inland Communities United for Change (local PICO organization), Riverside Sustainability Commission, and Glocally Connected (a refugee assistance program and ESL classes).
(Class of 2019)

Gabriela Everett
Gabriela Everett is a Legislative Aide for Nevada State Senator Joyce Woodhouse, having previously served as an Organizing Director for Hillary for America in three states. Gabriela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Active in the local Church, while in high school Gabriela attended General Synod, served monthly to feed the hungry in the Claremont community and attended multiple mission trips. Most recently, Gabriela has volunteered at the local food bank warehouse in Northern Nevada.
(Class of 2023)

John Folk
John Folk is Associate Pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania.  Prior to entering the ministry John was a Project Manager for XO Communications.  As the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's John leads the church's youth ministry and facilitates the young adult ministry, working to keep college-aged members of the church engaged.  John currently or has served on the Conference Youth Steering Committee, the Youth Event Planning Committee and Budget and Finance Committee and the Conference Minister Search Committee.  John has twice served as a delegate to General Synod.    
(Class of 2023)

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

Darrell Goodwin
Darrell Goodwin serves as Pastor of Liberation United Church of Christ in Seattle, Washington, as well as the Dean of Students at Seattle University.  Previously, Darrell served as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Creighten University in Pennsylvania. Darrell served as a member of the Penn West Conference Nominating Committee and on the Global Ministries Board of Directors, a shared ministry with the Christian Church (DOC).  Darrell is a member of a local ecumenical clergy group and is active in various community and civic organizations.
(Class of 2023)

Kevin Graham
Kevin Graham is a member of Friends Congregational United Church of Christ in College Station, Texas.  Kevin is the Director of Healthcare Quality, Clinical Education and Regulatory Affairs for Davita Healthcare Partners and holds a Master's Degree in BioMedical Sciences.  Kevin has supervisory and management responsibilities for multiple facilities and over 1,000 employees across the country.  Kevin has served as the Local Church Moderator, Chair of the church Fellowship Committee and is a mentor for LGBT students at Texas A&M University.  
(Class of 2023)

Carla Gregg-Kearns
Carla Gregg-Kearns is the Senior Pastor of Good Shepherd UCC in Cary, North Carolina. Prior to entering the ministry, Carla was a caseworker for social service agencies in Austin, Texas. Carla is a former member of the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors and currently serves as the President of the Southern Conference Board of Directors.  Carla is the co-founder of the United Church of Christ/Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Duke University.
(Class of 2021)

Timothy Hachfeld
Timothy Hachfeld is a member of Eagle Harbor Congregational United Church of Christ in Bainbridge Island, Washington.  With a degree in electrical engineering, Timothy is now pursuing a graduate degree.  Having served eight years in the United States Navy as a submarine officer, Timothy resigned from the Office of General Ministries Board of Directors, under the former governance structure, in 2009 to begin service.  Timothy was a member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries and twice a Minnesota Conference delegate to the General Synod prior to serving in the military.  Timothy is a member of the Olympic Mountain Volunteer Rescue Team.  
(Class of 2023)

Richard (Dick) Harter
Richard Harter is a retired lawyer and a member of the First Congregational Church of Guilford, Connecticut.  Dick holds degrees from Yale University and The University of Chicago.  Dick has served as an officer and director of many UCC-related entities, including Chicago Theological Seminary, LeMoyne-Owen College and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries.  Dick was an active member of First Church in Cambridge UCC in Cambridge, Massachusetts for many years and an officer and director of the Massachusetts Conference.
(Class of 2021)

Alice W. Hunt
Alice Hunt now serves as Executive Director for the American Academy of Religion. She previously served as President of Chicago Theological Seminary and a member of Trinity Church UCC in Chicago. Alice was the Academic Dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, worked as a Systems Analyst on the Hubble Space Telescope, and is a former school math teacher in Georgia, Alabama and Kenya.  Alice served on the Executive Council under the former governance structure and serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Progressive Renewal.
(Class of 2021)

Wesley Hurt 
Wesley Hurt is a member of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Lake St. Louis Missouri.  Wesley has three times served on the Church Council and twice as the Council President, currently sitting on the Conference Board of Directors.  Wesley has twice served as a delegate to the General Synod and is a former Moderator of the Missouri Mid-South Conference.  Wesley is an engineer and President of ERM Technologies, Inc., a professional engineering firm specializing in mechanical, electrical and automation engineering.  
(Class of 2019)

Nesa Joseph 
Nesa Joseph is a member of St. Paul UCC in Lebanon, Illinois and a Healthcare administrator.  Nesa has served in hospital and healthcare leadership positions in the US and in India.  Nesa is the current President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis.  Nesa holds Masters and Doctoral degrees with a specialty in hospital and health administration.  Nesa is the past Vice-president of Operations for the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis.  Prior to that, Nesa served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Manipal Hospital and Heart Foundation in Bangalore, India.  Nesa has served on the Board of Directors of the UCC's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and was the Chair of its Finance Committee.  Nesa currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Church Funds (UCF).
(Class of 2019)

James Maki
James Maki, an engineer, is currently pursuing an advanced degree in engineering.  James is a member of Zion UCC in Le Sueur, Minnesota and holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  James served on the Executive Council of the former governance structure, one of the youngest members to ever sit on that body.  James is a fencing instructor and while in school served as the treasurer of his college fraternity.
(Class of 2021) 

Douglas (Doug) McClelland
Douglas McClelland is a lawyer and retired business law professor at Montana State University. Doug is a member of First Congregational UCC in Billings, Montana and holds a J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law.  Doug operates a travel planning business featuring winery tours and fly-fishing in Argentina.  Doug is a conservationist and previously served as National President of Trout Unlimited and on the Board of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Doug is a former member of the Executive Council of the former governance structure, serving two years as its Vice-Chair.
(Class of 2021)

Yesenia Menendez-Sanchez
Yesenia Menendez-Sanchez  is a Parenting Educator and a member of Iglesia Hispana de la Comunidad UCC in Boston, Massachusetts.  Yesenia holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and has worked professionally for a childhood autism agency, as well as a Restaurant Operations Manager, a business consultant and as the Interim Director of a Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  Yesenia is a local church  Moderator and sings in the choir, and is a member of the Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors.
(Class of 2021)

David Nelson
David Nelson is the President of Nelson Equity Development, LLC and of Ocean Energy Company, both of Des Moines, Iowa, and a member of Plymouth Congregational UCC in Des Moines. David holds an A.B. and an MBA from Harvard and served as the Chief Financial Officer at various Midwestern companies.  David began his career as a bank officer in New York and has long been active at all levels of the local church and served on the Iowa Conference Board of Directors. David volunteers his time as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Plymouth Place and has previously served his local YMCA and Polk County Youth Law Center as a board member and President.
(Class of 2021)

Kevin Omi 
Kevin Omi is the Senior Pastor of Sycamore Congregational UCC in El Cerrito, California, and holds Ministerial Authorization with an M.Div.  Prior to entering the ministry Kevin 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.  Kevin holds an MBA. 
(Class of 2019)

Kevin Peterson
Kevin Peterson is a member of Wayside UCC in Federal City, Washington and is a piano teacher and freelance musician.  Kevin holds a BA in economics, ethics, religion and music and is a former member of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  Kevin 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)

Inez Reid
Inez Reid is a Senior Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and a member of Peoples UCC in Washington, DC.  Inez holds a J.D and served as General Counsel to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare prior to being appointment to the court.  Inez served on the Local Church Ministries Board of Directors, as Chair for two years, under the former governance structure and has served on the Cornerstone Fund Board of Directors. Inez was a contributing participant in the effort that brought the new governance structure to the UCC and is active in various community and civic organizations.
(Class of 2021)

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

Hannah Snyder-Samuelson
Hannah Snyder-Samuelson is a member of Union UCC in Neffs, Pennsylvania.  Hannah has previously served on the Board of the Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, has twice served the Conference as a General Synod Delegate, and served as a Committee Chair at the Twenty-ninth General Synod in Long Beach, California.  Hannah is currently a Stewardship and Conservation Intern at The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, as well as being a research assistant for Food, Farm, and Faith, a new organization that seeks to build connections between agricultural and faith communities.  
(Class of 2019)

Yvette Wynn
Yvette Wynn is a Private Banker for Morgan Stanley Private Bank and a member of Community Church of the Pelhams in Pelham, New York.  Yvette holds a Master's Degree in Economics.  Yvette has served as Moderator of a local church, sits on the Metropolitan Association Board of Directors, and served on the New York Conference Annual Meeting Planning Team.  Yvette volunteers time with the Westchester County Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and the local food bank.
(Class of 2021)


John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President

James Moos
Executive Minister

Traci Blackmon
Executive Minister 

Brian R. Bodager
President & CEO, Pensions Boards United Church of Christ

Don Hart
President, United Church Funds

Michael Readinger
President & CEO, Council for Health & Human Services Ministries (CHHSM)

Norman Williams 
Moderator (Class of 2019)

Penny Lowes 
Vice-Moderator (Class of 2019)

Deborah Blood
Conference Minister, Maine Conference

Keith Mills
Conference Minister, Northern Plains Conference

Franz Rigert 
Conference Minister, Wisconsin Conference (Class of 2019)

John Vertigan
Conference Minister, Florida Conference

Diane Weible
Conference Minister, Northern California-Nevada Conference (Class of 2019)

Bill Worley
Conference Minister, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference

Seung Un (Paul) Tche
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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