How UUFA is Organized

Governance and Ministry

UUFA, a mid-size congregation, uses a ‘Governance and Ministry’ structural model developed by independent consultant Dan Hotchkiss, formerly with the Alban Institute. The Board’s primary responsibilities include setting policies, monitoring finances, stewarding buildings and grounds, and some employment oversight. The Board delegates to the Minister, Ministry Council, and Staff, responsibilities regarding programs and the daily management of the Fellowship. The Minister also serves as Chief of Staff.

Click here to learn more about this governance model directly from Dan Hotchkiss.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serve as governors of UUFA who are the primary stewards of the Fellowship. They create and oversee global policies that guide the work performed to meet the congregation’s mission, vision and covenant. They act as general staff employer and supervise the Minister (who supervises the staff). They designate to the Minister and Ministry Council programmatic responsibilities. Click here for Job Descriptions of UUFA Board positions.

July 2016 – June 2017 Board of Trustees

Front L-R: Rich Rayburn, Treasurer (7/2016 – 6/2018, 2nd term), Lee CornellPresident FY 2016/17 (7/2014 – 6/2017), Barbara TeskeySecretary (7/2015 – 6/2017); Back L-R: Roger Bailey, Member-at-Large (7/2015 – 6/2018), Carol-Lee Baker, Member-at-Large (7/2014 – 6/2017), Liz WeaverMember-at-large (7/2015 – 6/2018), Linda Gilbert, Vice President FY 2016/17 (7/2015 – 6/2018); Not pictured: Fabiana HaydenMember-at-large (7/2016 – 6/2019), Rosemary WoodMember-at-large (7/2016 – 6/2019).

Board Notes

  • Get on Board, July 2017

    At its June 13, 2017 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following:


    • expedient business practices during the building project;
    • the review and refinement of Houser Walker Architecture (HWA) contracts prior to signing;
    • debrief and recommendations from the Annual Congregational Meeting;
    • the new Board orientation meeting and discussion of strategic planning; and
    • revision to the Finance Committee recommendation on external fund management to include further review by the Investment Committee.

    Took the following action:

    • to form the Expanding Our Vision Building Project Committee (BPC);
    • to appoint Iva King as Chair of the BPC and Bob McArthur as Board representative;
    • to authorize President Lee Cornell to sign the HWA contracts;
    • to authorize Capital Campaign Treasurer John Olive to open a Capital One Spark interest-bearing account to hold capital campaign funds;
    • to appoint new members to the Committee on Shared Ministry;
    • to accept the resignation of Rich Rayburn as Treasurer and appoint Thrane Jensen to fulfill the remainder of Rich’s term;
    • to accept refinements to Appendix A definitions of “committee” and “team”;
    • to create a Bylaws Review Task Force for the next program year chaired by Lee Cornell with members, Bob McArthur, Karen Solheim, and Herb West;
    • to authorize Linda Gilbert to sign the contract for summer camp Nurse;
    • to authorize Camp Administrator hours for Kelly McConnell;
    • to approve one week of pay for July 2017 for Music Director, Amber Fetner, for the purpose of program planning; and
    • to accept Aleta Turner as a delegate representative to UUA General Assembly.

    Accepted the following reports and discussed when necessary:

    • Treasurer’s report; and
    • Leadership Council Year-at-a-Glance.

    Set as future agenda items:

    • to discuss a policy on offering leave to contract workers;
    • to select the Board Vice President;
    • to define operational procedures for teams;
    • to organize a strategic planning task force;
    • to appoint two new members to the Finance Committee;
    • to reflect on Rev. Alison’s sabbatical, the past year’s accomplishments, and vision for the coming year.

    To read the adopted May 9, 2017, Board minutes, please click HERE – May 9, 2017. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, July 11, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Comments are invited. You are welcome to attend this meeting, or please share any feedback you have with any Board member.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Barbara Teskey, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees

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