Here are the wonderful people who have stepped up to serve for next year on the Board of Trustees or Nominating Committee.
Board of Trustees
Grew up in East Meadow, NY (on Long Island, about 30 miles east of Manhattan). Family were members of East Meadow Jewish Center (Conservative). Survived 5 years of Hebrew School & a Bar-Mitzvah. Graduated New York University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
In 1978, chose to leave the East Coast & moved west. In Greater LA for 27 years, working mostly in Aerospace: Tacit Rainbow (AGM-136), C-17, Delta II, X-37A and 787 Dreamliner. MS from USC in 2004 in Systems Architecting and Engineering. Moved to Northwest in 2005, courtesy of Boeing. Retired from Boeing / McDonnell-Douglas after 28 years, 10 months at end of March 2017.
Discovered Science-Fiction Fandom in 1980, and have been active with it ever since, especially in the Filk Music area. (Filk is the Folk music peculiar to science fiction & fantasy fans.) I don’t play an instrument or sing very well; I organize. Co-Chaired Con-Chord (SoCal Filk Convention) for 4 years, and published The Filking Times, a filk newszine, for 6 years. Ran the Filk Programming Track at two SF World Conventions, LACON III and LACON IV. Chaired the startup of a new Filk convention, Conflikt, here in Seattle in 2007.
Married to Tess Calhoun for 19 years (2nd marriage for both of us). No children. Freeland has been our only home in Puget Sound; moved in about 6 weeks after transferring to the Boeing Everett payroll.
Judaism has continued to by my foundation as my culture, my ethnicity, and moral basis, although (intellectually, at least) I long ago left behind the ‘Father God is watching you” judgmental parts. It is now mixed with concepts drawn from various SF/Fantasy stories and modern Neo-Paganism. I had considerable exposure to Neo-Paganism in California, where many of my closest friends were JAPs; Jewish-American Pagans. (The rest were recovering Catholics.) When Tess dragged me along to UUCWI, listening to Kit awoke an interest in spirituality that been dormant for decades. I am still developing my personal version of ‘Jewnitarian’ and expect that to be a lifelong pursuit. I feel at home with UUCWI, and have enjoyed tremendously being a Worship Leader.
Now, just how did I become President???
Born in Denver, Colorado on October 19, 1937. Spent childhood as a “military brat” living with parents and an older brother in numerous homes in Nebraska, Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Puerto Rico, Texas, and finally Maryland.
Graduated from George Washington University (Washington,D.C.), January 1959, with a B.A. in Sociology. Married first husband, began raising family of three children.
During the 1960’s, while primarily a stay-at-home mother living in Silver Spring, Maryland, I was active in LWV (League of Women Voters), WLA (Washington Lay Association (Catholic)), and local and county PTA, where I was the local PTA newsletter editor, then local PTA President, and was the organizer and director of one of the first Community Schools in Montgomery County (MD). During this time I also lobbied the county School Board to avert the closing of our elementary school, successfully. My activities in the period from 1962 – 1972 were to support and encourage the successful racial integration of our school, church and community.
In 1972, we moved to Takoma Park, MD, a neighboring community on the border of Washington, DC that was already one of the most racially integrated (white) communities in the suburbs. There, once again, I helped organize and lobbied to prevent the closing of the local elementary school. Again, successfully. I was elected to the City Council where I served two terms (1974 -1978). While on the Council, I also served on the Washington Metropolitan Council of Government’s Transportation Planning Committee. I served as chairman of the Citizen’s Committee for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program for two years. The program covered grants made to communities in both Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. In 1978, I ran for Mayor and was defeated. My marriage ended in 1980.
In 1981, I enrolled in a graduate program in Applied/Organizational-Industrial Psychology at Catholic University of America (in Washington, D.C.) where I took my internship in Executive Assessment. I received my Ph.D. in 1984 and became a consultant with Hay Systems consulting firm, that did manpower and personnel consulting for DOD and their contractors. There I was tasked with developing a methodology for accessing the cognitive complexity of maintenance tasks on military equipment. I developed the CRM (Cognitive Requirements Model) which was used in several contracts while I was there. While at Hay Systems, for two years I was one of the team that conducted an Executive Development Program, called Looking Glass, developed by the Center for Creative Leadership. In 1988, I resigned to move to Seattle. However, I continued to participate in that program for another year as an external consultant.
In my early years in Seattle (1988-1992), I joined ASTD (American Society of Training Directors), where I met a professor from SPU (Seattle Pacific University) who asked me to teach a course in Employee Benefits. That led to an offer from the School of Business to fill in for a professor on sabbatical. Among the courses I taught over the next two years as Associate Professor were: Organizational Behavior, Management Development, Strategic Planning. In that same time period, I joined with two other ASTD members to form a small consulting firm. We never really got off the ground, but it was a good experience and we had several interesting small contracts. As a small business, we all joined the Rotary, where I met a retired executive who introduced me to a fairly new non-profit, ESCWA (Executive Service Corps of Washington). In 1993, I was selected to be their Executive Director until I retired in 1997, after I had married my second husband, Tony Imkamp, in 1995.
Tony, at that time, was a family doctor (M.D.) in Federal Way, where he was known for practicing alternative medicine with a bio-energic, naturopathic approach. He encouraged me to join his practice as a counselor after we had both taken an intensive course in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) which I found to be a valuable tool in my practice.
In 1992, while still single, I had bought a cabin on Whidbey Island, where we then week-ended until 1999, when we moved permanently to the island. We maintained a small practice at home as we continued to see his patients until his retirement at age 80 in 2006. Those first years on the island gave us the opportunity to travel, work on the land and in his garden. As Tony’s health declined over the next several years, I withdrew from most outside activities.
In 2012 or thereabout, we began coming to the UU Congregation. My involvement with UU has been somewhat limited but I was able to participate in the Book Group, Build Your Own Theology and The Gnostic Jesus (with Tony), Chalice Circle and one other study group based on The Necessity of Virtue videotape. Both of us socialized with the “northenders” enjoying the occasional gatherings.
John Fetrow – Treasurer
I have lived on Whidbey Island for the last 5 weeks, having moved here from Minnesota with my wife, Becky Myrick. We have four amazing grown daughters scattered across the U.S. Ask me and I will bore you bragging about them. I grew up on a commercial poultry farm in Maryland. The logo was “Fetrow’s Modern Cage Egg Factory” and our eggs sold at a premium in the Washington DC area because the public saw eggs from hens in cages as superior to eggs from hens on the ground that ate bugs, poop, and each other. I did my undergrad at MIT, veterinary college at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. I worked for 40 years on the veterinary college faculty at the U of PA, North Carolina State University, and for the last 26 years at the U of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I am a large animal veterinarian. If my cat gets sick, I take it to a vet. I started out by doing general large animal field practice (teaching students who rode along to keep me from making egregious mistakes) and have done all those “James Harriet” style field clinical calls at all hours and in all weather. I gradually specialized more and more in dairy, dairy management, and dairy economics. If you have a sick cow or want to run your dairy farm better, I’m your guy. I also did some administrative time as well as a Department Chair and as the “Assistant Vice President for Organizational Redesign” across all of the medical schools of the U of MN. Sort of in charge of developing a new overarching administrative structure to make the schools collaborate better. Learned that it is hard to get physicians to listen to nurses, or to anyone for that matter. Worked my way out of that job as we hired competent people to populate the system that was developed and I returned to my veterinary faculty role. Relevant to the job of the UUCWI Treasurer, I served for 4 years as the treasurer of a Montessori School, including the period when we left the church basement and built our own school. I can do arithmetic. I like spreadsheets.
Clara Beier – Secretary
Clara joined the Board of Trustees as an at large member in the July 2015. She is presently finishing her first year of a two year term as BoT secretary.
Clara was raised in the Seattle University Congregational Church and later became an Episcopalian. When she moved to Fredonia, New York, several of her friends convinced her that the UU congregation would be a better fit…and it was! She joined the UU Congregation of Chautauqua County in 2007 and became involved with the religious exploration committee as well as a committee on congregational growth.
In 2013, she retired from her professorship at the State University of New York at Fredonia and moved back to the Promised Land (Whidbey) so that she could be nearer to family. She became a member of UUCWI in the fall of 2013. Since that time, she has participated on the Membership Committee, the Auction Committee, Long Range Planning, and the Board of Trustees. Clara is delighted to be living on Whidbey and to be participating in in the UUCWI congregation.
Richard Hayes – Trustee at large
I was born 85 years ago in Albany, New York & was raised within a 50 mile radius of the capital city. After graduation from Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, I studied at Cornell University graduating in 1953. As I had earned a commission as 2nd Lt. in the ROTC, I spent 2 years in the service at Fort Dix, NJ, Fort Knox, KY & eventually in Iceland.
I then worked at various jobs in the hospitality industry before moving to Toledo, Ohio to manage a men´s clothing company. There I met Jane & we were married in 1960. I enrolled in Thunderbird Graduate School of International Business in Glendale, Arizona and upon graduation was hired by Chase Manhattan Bank. After a year´s training in New York, we were sent to Panama where we lived until 1964.
We were transferred to Brazil in May of 1964 and remained there until September 2015 when we moved to the Pacific Northwest to be nearer our daughter and family who reside in Bellevue. My work in Brazil was mainly in banks & as a financial advisor. Also I served as President of a NGO that helped chemically dependent persons and trained counselors.
John Long – Trustee at large
In his work career he was a teacher and school administrator for a school in Tacoma for 35 years. He has been a member of UUCWI for 12 years. He has served as Board chair for one year, as auction co-chair for two years, as stewardship chair for three years, and as membership chair for three years as well as youth teacher in RE program for 6 or 7 years. While not working for UUCWI he does woodcarving and is a grandpa.
Teri Wright – Trustee at large
Teri Wright first became a UU in Norfolk, VA in 1993 where she and her young family appreciated this open-minded religion. Both of her grown children went through the OWL program for teens. Teri first worked as a social worker then later in life, followed her dream to become a land use planner. That career had an interesting twist due to the economic downturn and she served 3 1/2 yrs as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala (2010-2013).
She washed up on Whidbey shores in 2013 to work as a land use planner for Island County to protect this beautiful place. You can find Teri dancing tango or swing or more when she is not at UU or at work. Her hopes are high for helping UUCWI be a welcoming community that promotes positive change in the world.
Having grown up in CT, I met Dave in college. Fifty years later, his work has taken us from the suburbs of D.C. to L.A., back to D.C., to the San Francisco Bay area, Idaho, then back to San Jose. I’ve worked as a teacher at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and as a scientific computer programmer at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.
When we retired from the rat-race of Silicon Valley in 2000, we moved to Whidbey as the best option to be near the ocean and mountains with a city near by. We knew no one, but quickly found community at UUCWI. We’ve been members ever since. I was UUCWI Church Administrator for 13 years.
My current involvement with UUCWI includes:
- choir director
- incoming chair of the worship committee
- member of the internet committee
- co-admin of the UUCWI public Facebook page (with Sarah and Suzi)
- co-convener of Sunday refreshment volunteers (with Rhonda Salerno)
Joann Roomes is a retired Teacher Librarian, interested in music, gardening, reading, travel, and worthy causes. Since the election of 2016, she has participated in six marches and written letters and signed numerous petitions, all trying to help bring some sanity to a troubled world.
Joann values her connection with UUCWI, having been a member of UU congregations in her adult life (Bellingham UU, Everett Fellowship, and UUCWI).
Joann is an inveterate volunteer, serving in her fourth year as RE teacher in the Spirit Play classroom, where she makes every attempt to link lesson subjects with the theme/subject of each Sunday’s service at UUCWI. She is a member of the Coupeville Library Board and Library volunteer, the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island Board, the Historic Whidbey Board, a docent at the Jacob and Sarah Ebey House near Coupeville, is somewhat active with the UUCWI Library Committee, and recently has volunteered to be a member of the UUCWI Nomination Committee.
Geographically, my history has taken me from the East to the West coast with several stops in between. I grew up in what was then the small college town of Gainesville Florida. I dropped out of the University there after several years of being a theatre major, moved to Ohio where I discovered science by working at Ohio State’s Laboratory of Comparative & Physiological Psychology. Marriage compelled me to move to Connecticut where my daughter was born and motherhood sparked an interested in working with children. I returned to school to study Special Education and directed a preschool for physically handicapped children in New Haven for several years until my marriage again compelled me to move, this time to Arizona where I indulged in being a stay-at-home mother, had a second child, and explored my interest in the arts.
After a divorce and the brief experience of working for Arizona’s State Climatologist, I returned to Florida to be of assistance to my Mother who had suffered a stroke. My first years there included at attempt to become solvent as a clay sculptor, but after several failed attempts, which included rebuilding a kiln, I found my method of working with clay failed to translate from Arizona to Florida.
I spent a number of years working with deaf and/or blind students at a state residential facility and helped design a sensitivity training program for staff. It was during these years in Gainesville that I discovered Unitarian Universalism after enrolling my son in a program for young people.
Wanting to return to school to pursue an interest in art therapy, I moved to Oregon as this was closer to my daughter and her family who live on Whidbey Island. After finishing an MA, I worked at a residential and later a day treatment facility for mentally ill adults. Fortuitously, I reached retirement age the same year my first granddaughter was born which drew me even closer. I have been on the island and part of UUCWI for thirteen years.