UU Santa Fe Board of Trustees 2017-2018
The Board of Trustees functions as the executive body of the congregation and is responsible for:
- Providing leadership in pursuit of the goals and objectives of the Congregation as stated in the Congregational Manual. Goals and objectives shall be established by the Congregation.
- Ensuring that adequate funds are secured to support the Congregation’s operating budget and capital investments.
- To manage and be informed regarding congregational funds and real and personal property.
- Calling meetings of the Congregation for purposes of reports to the congregation and congregational action on budgets and election of lay leaders..
- Approving and revising operating policies for the direction and guidance of officers, committees, and staff, in the conduct of congregational business.
- Establishing and maintaining a Congregational Manual of goals and objectives, policies, and organization, and making such manual available to the members.
President: George Weston, (first term) his wife Ruth and daughter Svetlana moved to Santa Fe in May of 2003 and immediately joined UU Santa Fe. George has a degree in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer (Indiana). His first career spanned 36 years in various management positions with a tri-state gas and electric holding company. The last 12 years he has worked for KSFR (volunteer and then employee) Santa Fe’s community supported public radio station. At UU Santa Fe he has served on the board for four years and various ad-hoc committees including the ministerial search committee. He can usually be found at the back of Fogelson pushing buttons and twisting knobs on the audio mixer. .
Vice President: Rodman Morgan, (second term) has been a UU since 1982 and has been a member of UU congregations in Phoenix for 14 years and in Santa Fe 20 years. He has served on the UU Santa Fe board as Treasurer, and as Trustee at Large, as well as various committees such as COSM. Recently, he been involved with helping to establishing the Santa Fe Time Bank and the Coffee/Tea time at UU Santa Fe; and participating in the Odyssey Covenant group and Bridges/Care group. He likes to ski downhill and cross country, play tennis, bike, swim, ping pong, snorkel, hike, play chess and backgammon, go to symphony and opera, and dance tango.
Vice President for Finance: Katie Updike, (first term) has been a member of UU Santa Fe for three years. She has been an active volunteer, but is best known for being married to the “Cookie Monster,” Robert Wagner. She has been an in leadership capacities with several faith communities, but only recently discovered that her faith home is here. Ms. Updike’s career has spanned four decades and three continents. She was a Managing Director with two money center banks. In 1990 Ms. Updike started her own firm, which later became known as Building Solutions LLC, providing real estate advisory, risk management, and strategy services primarily to non profits and municipalities, including services to homeless, affordable housing, and schools. Most recently she performed the feasibility study for a Public Bank in Santa Fe, and a Land Study strategy for the publicly owned regional water utility in El Paso.
Secretary: Roberta Armstrong (first term) joined UU Santa Fe in early 2008, becoming a UU for the first time, motivated by her interest in social justice and her husband’s long-time UU affiliation. She has previously served on the Board as Secretary and President, and is currently co-chairing the Congregation Connections team. She is also a member of the Facilities Advisory Committee, IT Committee and Stewardship Team. Her community involvement includes serving on the board of the Vista Grande Public Library. Roberta holds a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota, where she spent 29+ years in student services and information technology. Later, she spent six years in higher education consulting, retiring from IBM in 2006. She sees both challenges and exciting changes in UU Santa Fe’s future and looks forward to serving.
Trustees at Large
Mary Ellen Gonzales, (first term) first signed the book in 1993 or 1994, although she has been a Unitarian most of her life; she just didn’t know it. She served on the Education Committee (now it is called Faith Development), the Healing and Reconciliation Committee, as your representative to the UU Service Committee, and as Leader of the Social Justice Team. She attended General Assembly in Phoenix and will attend this June in New Orleans. She taught Spirit Play to elementary school students and junior high school for a short time. She facilitates the youth cooking and serving Frito Pies at Pete’s place every spring. She attends meetings of numerous immigration rights organization to bring information about their activities back to the Congregation and UU values to their discussions. She served on the Santa Fe Public School Board of Education, the Santa Fe County Regional Juvenile Justice Board, and the Santa Fe County Correctional Advisory Board. Mary Ellen is thrilled to find a community which agrees with her values. She is proud to work with others to share those values in the wider world. She is grateful for the support she gets from the UU Santa Fe Community.
Tana Monaco, (first term) learned of Unitarianism in 1975 through her daughter’s preschool that was co-located in the First Unitarian Church of Indianapolis. Since joining the UU faith at that time, she has belonged to other congregations in a variety of locations, including Northern Virginia, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Solana Beach before retiring to Santa Fe in 2015 with husband Sal. Tana’s UU experience spans the areas of membership (chair), stewardship committee, social justice committee, Board (member), General Assembly (Volunteer Coordinator), and UUWF (Treasurer). Her professional experience includes leading a non-profit financial institution and serving as a business professor and university dean and provost. Tana holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Maryland.
Munro Sickafoose, (first term) has been a member of UU Santa Fe for 4 years. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2013, and was ordained by UU Santa Fe in April of 2015. He has served as Board President and Board member for Prescott Area Leadership, a civic leadership development organization; as Board member and Executive Director for the Wilderness Guides Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wilderness rites of passage; and as a Board member of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the human relationship with wounded places. He serves as a community minister in Santa Fe and surrounding areas.