Governance

David Gray, President

Dave Gray is an experienced educator with over 46 years of teaching and leadership experience spanning middle school through college and the classroom level to the US Department of Education. Much of the last 20 years of his career, for example, was spent in providing technical assistance on “best practices” and federal programs to nearly 16 states and many more high poverty districts. In addition to his educational background, Dave owns and operates a small Internetbased sailmaking business with customers in all 50 states and across the globe. An Indiana native until 2009, he and his wife Dixie moved to Florida to be closer to their grandchildren and first learned of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Treasure Coast sometime in 2013.
Since joining UUCTC, Dave has served as an at-large board member, a member of the finance committee, a member of the operations committee, and coordinator of the building project. He was also instrumental in devising and having the 2015-2016 board approve a new committee structure and reporting system to help involve more members in the overall operation of UUCTC. In the upcoming fiscal year, Dave will work with an experienced board of dedicated UU members to forge forward with the goals envisioned by the previous boards and members around thinking big, doing big, and making a positive impact in the community and in all members’ lives.
Contact email: president@tcuuc.org

 

Bruce Olson, Vice President

I was born in Southern California and lived there until I was 14. I grew up as a Congregationalist. In 1959 we moved to Houston. While getting my undergraduate degree, I attended the Unitarian church in Lubbock, Texas, sporadically. In 1972 I met my wife, Lin, while interning at the Philadelphia V.A.
hospital. We were married in 1974 and shortly afterward joined the Unitarian Universalist church in Media, PA. During the next few years, while raising our two sons, we became quite active in that fellowship. During my working career I worked as a psychologist, hospital program administrator and eventually as administrator of an international computer network. We retired in 2005 and traveled aboard our sailboat for five years. In 2010 we sold our boat and returned to land, settling in Fort Pierce.
We have been active in the Unitarian Universalist church in Stuart since 2010. At UUCTC I have served on the board as vice president for two terms and attended the UU general assembly twice. I cochaired the nominating committee that recruited Reverend Paul Johnson, chaired the nominating committee twice and was recently elected to serve as vice president of the Board of Directors. I am active in Photography, volunteer at the Savannas Preserve State Park, serve as an officer of the board of my homeowner’s association and am active with the local chapter of the Florida Master Naturalists. I hope for continued growth and expansion of our UU identity into the Stuart Community.
Contact email: vicepresident@tcuuc.org

Fred Dembowski, Secretary

Fred has been a member of UUCTC since 2008. He has served as Past President and on numerous committees over the years. He currently serves as the Secretary of the UUCTC Board of Directors. He is the Congregation’s representative to the Martin/Stuart Chamber of Commerce, runs the Adventure Club and is an Usher. He also helps with the Hospitality Committee.
Fred served as a University Professor, Endowed Research Professor, Department Chair and Dean at several universities including Purdue University, SUNY Albany, Lynn University and South Eastern Louisiana University. He also served as a consultant with the World Bank and USAID. He and his wife Ronnie spent two years in Mogadishu, Somalia working on a USAID project. He is currently President of the International Association of Organizational Innovation and Editor of the International Journal of Organizational Innovation.
He lives in the Lost Lake Golf Club, Hobe Sound. His hobbies include traveling, reading, hiking & exploring, bocce and playing computerized war games.

Ray Burdett, Treasurer

I have been a member of TCUUC since moving to Florida from Pittsburgh in 2013. I was the Secretary of the Board of Directors during the 2016-2017 fiscal year and served as the Board liaison to the Social Responsibility committee. This fiscal year (2017-2018) I will serve as the Treasurer and as Board liaison to the Grounds subcommittee (Green Team) of the Operations Committee. This year, I hope that our congregation will continue to grow in size, in financial stability, in our impact on our community, and in our own individual religious growth.
Ray Burdett

 

Lin Olson, Member at Large

History. ~ I was born and raised in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia. I am a retired Pennsylvania elementary school teacher and Reading Specialist of 29 years. Bruce Olson and I have two sons. After retirement, I sailed about 5 years living on a sailboat in the Eastern Caribbean. I currently reside in an over 55 community in Ft. Pierce. Interests. ~ Traveling, exercising, FL flora and fauna, gardening, music, spirituality, humor, cooking, and photography. I am especially interested in orchids, butterflies and hummingbirds!
UU History. ~ I have been a Unitarian Universalist for over 40 years. I was very involved in Children’s religious education and helped create a Cradle Room to Grade 8 program in my first UU church. I was a paid Religious Education Administrator for 3 years and did Children’s worship services as well as teaching most of the UU curriculums including “About Your Sexuality”. I have taken “Building Your Own Theology” twice. I worked on two successful ministerial search committees. I consider myself to be a UU Humanist. I see God in the wonders of nature.
As an ethical human being, I do my best to be mindful of the 7 UU Principles and apply them to my daily life. I try to live a life of love and compassion. Sometimes I fall way short but, please know, I conscientiously work at improvement.] I have attended 3 UU General Assemblies and been a delegate in Charlotte, Providence, and, most recently, Columbus. I plan to represent YOU at the 2017 General Assembly in New Orleans this June, 2017.
UUCTC Involvement. ~ Landscape Committee, LAHIA, R.E., BOD 201617, Worship Committee, Membership Committee.
I was just reelected as an “At Large” Member of the church board.
My Hope For The Future of UUCTC? ~ I hope for a strong Children’s RE Program, membership growth, and, continued inspirational Sunday worship services.

 

Betty O’Brien, Member at Large

Hi! I’m Betty O’Brien, new at large Board Member.
I’ve been a UU for 14 years, 3 1/2 of them at UUCTC. The Wednesday book group was my first participation here and I’ve since joined the Membership and Social Responsibility Committee.
As Denominational Affairs liason I regularly post information from the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) and the Southern Region of the UUA on
the bulletin board and in the newsletters. I am also a trustee, along with member Susan Hemmer, on the SE Florida Cluster Board. There are two general
meetings each year with wonderful programs and speakers.
My aim for our future is to see more of us join committee actions and become Board Members. There are many opportunities for all of us to help keep UUCTC growing and flourishing.

John Fox, Member at Large

John signed the Membership Book for our Congregation with his wife Ruth in January of 2000, making him a 17 year Member of UUCTC. Highlights of the experience he brings to the Board of Directors include:
Army Radio Operator: 19521953 (VA)
Rutgers University, Urban Planning Major
Newark College of Engineering, BS Electrical Engineering
San Jose University, Post Grad
Lockheed, Harris Corporation, Project Manager
Bellsouth Corporation, Technical Standards Manager
John is passionate about giving back to the community. He currently serves or has served in the past as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Big Brother Big Sister, Guardian Ad Litem, Macon County Hospice (Board Member), St.Mary’s Church (lay reader), and the Rotary Clubs both in North Carolina and Stuart. His wife Ruth is the Chair of the UUCTC Pastoral Care Committee and he has helped to plan and coordinate caring for our congregation this past year.