Board members work throughout the year to formulate policy, keep in contact with our retired ministers and partners, plan advocacy projects, and assist in developing activities for the membership. Please feel free to contact any Board member with questions or ideas. Your input, enthusiasm, and creativity are the energy sources of our UURMaPA community.
Board of Directors
The Rev. W. Jim Eller, President
Jim is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. He served in the parish ministry from 1980 until 2010. Jim worked with a number of our UU congregations and is the Minister Emeritus at All Souls UU Church in Kansas City. Jim is married to Jeannie Himes, a United Methodist minister serving a congregation in Oklahoma City. Jim is an avid sailor and outdoorsman.
The Rev. Marni Harmony, Vice-President
Marni has been a UU since she was seven. She was ordained in 1974 and served congregations in State College, PA, Brookfield, WI, and Orlando, FL (for 20 years). In her active retirement, she served in two interim ministries and currently is on the UUA Retirement Plan Committee and consults with congregations as a Ministerial Settlement Representative and Compensation Consultant. She lives in Orlando with her spouse, Nancy Bauer, a cat (Zeke), and 2 dogs (Finn and Chester).
Judy Gibson, Secretary
Judy became a Unitarian as an LRYer in 1956, before the merger. She met her husband, the Rev. Gordon Gibson, while he was still studying for the ministry, and she has stayed involved as a UU through college and his ministerial settlements in the Boston area, Jackson, MS and Elkhart, IN. Both are now retired. The Gibsons began leading civil rights pilgrimages across the South in 2004, and are among the founders of the UU Living Legacy Civil Rights Project. Judy is an active member of the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, currently serving as Program Council Chair.
Joel Weaver, Treasurer
Joel worked in finance and operations management for General Electric’s lighting and and mortgage insurance businesses. After retiring from GE, he flew as a commercial pilot inspecting pipeline rights-of-way for 10 years before his second retirement. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Carol Taylor, and he has two sons and three adult step children as well as grandchildren. Joel and Carol are members of the UU Church of Delaware County in Media, PA. He also serves as Treasurer of the Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center and is a Democratic Party precinct committee person. He’s a long-time jogger and home fix-it guy.
The Rev. Judy Welles, Newsletter Editor
Judy retired in 2011 from a 14-year co-ministry with husband, Duane Fickeisen, at UUs of the Cumberland Valley, PA. She grew up in the UU Society of Wellesley Hills, MA. Before entering Starr King at age 47, she was an administrator for Planned Parenthood. Judy has two children, three stepchildren and nine grandchildren. She loves to knit, garden, and walk. She is a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, OR. She was on the Board of Trustees of Starr King for 9 years and was a member of the Western Regional Subcommittee on Candidacy of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. She serves as a lead mentor for her colleagues.
The Rev. John Manwell, Conferences, Awards, and
Liaison to the Council on Church and Staff Finances
John is a birthright Unitarian. After graduation from Harvard Law School, he served in the Air Force and later practiced law in Washington, DC. In his 50s John responded to the call to ministry. John served with his co-minister spouse, Phyllis Hubbell, in Baltimore and subsequent interim ministries. They live in a continuing care retirement community in Gaithersburg, MD, with their Sheltie, Laddie, and cat, Raj.
The Rev. Doug Gallager, Good Offices and UUMA Liaison
Beverly Hills, MI
Doug is senior minister emeritus of the Birmingham Unitarian Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI. He served on the board of trustees of the UUA, and as a trustee on the executive committee of the UUMA where he held the Good Offices portfolio. He has served in various capacities – president, treasurer, good offices – in the Heartland, Joseph Priestley and Mountain-Desert Districts, and as a member of the UUMA’s CENTER committee.
The Rev. Liz McMaster, Connections Chair
Liz began ministry at 60 and served 2 churches as Parish Minister, and 4 more as Interim. She retired after 15 years of active ministry to Albuquerque NM in 2004 to play with her two grandsons who are growing up too fast. She is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and locally with the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice and a weavers’ guild, Las Arañas (The Spiders!) She does deep water aerobics and walks her dog, Honey, on a daily basis.
The Rev. Art Severance, Connections Asst Chair
Nominating Committee Chair
The Rev. Dick Gilbert
The Rev. Duane H. Fickeisen
The Rev. Dr. Richard Speck
The Rev. Elizabeth Strong
The Rev. David Hubner
Joel Weaver (ex officio)
Newtown Square, PA