Governance

Neighborhood Church is self-governed by a group of elected trustees in conjunction with the Senior Minister. Board members are elected at the annual church meeting in May. The Board of Trustees represents the congregation in shaping the vision and long-term goals of the church. They ensure the church is externally effective and internally efficient, and create policy to direct and ensure the effectiveness of the Senior Minister and church staff.

Contact the Board
Your board of Trustees wants to hear from you!
For feedback on matters concerning church policies, long-term vision and goals, contact the board president or speak to any one of the trustees. We want to hear from you! For feedback on matters related to church programming contact the Senior Minister.

Board of Trustees Meeting
The Board of Trustees meets the fourth Tuesday evening of every month. Board meetings are open to church members, who may present new business with advance notice to the

president.

Annual Meeting and Annual Report
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation was on May 21, 2017.

Read the 2017 Annual Report here: 2017 Annual Report

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church Policy Manual can be found here: 2017 Policy Manual 

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church Bylaws can be found here: NUUC Bylaws

Become a Member of the Board of Trustees
Trustees serve three-year terms. Three new trustees are elected to the board each year at the Annual Meeting. In the spring, the Nominating Committee collects applications and interviews interested board candidates to select a slate for election by the congregation.
Apply here: Application for the Board of Trustees

Meet your current Board members:

Officers

Clyde DerrickClyde Derrick, President
Clyde Derrick has been a member of NUUC since 1997. He previously served on the Board and the Chalice Circle oversight committee, chaired two auction events, co-chaired and chaired the pledge drive in consecutive years, and chaired Jim Nelson’s going away event. He served on the committee that recommended Stephen Grimm as Music Director, has taught R.E. and is very pleased to be on the advisory committee for Jericho Road Pasadena.

Clyde is a third generation Californian who received his B.A. from Pomona College in English literature and Creative Writing and MFA from the University of Southern California in Cinema Production. He initially worked in the film industry as a screenwriter, story analyst and development executive. Projects he worked on during his executive tenure include The Sixth Sense and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

He transitioned to the nonprofit arena at the Museum of the American West/Autry National Center in development and media production. He has also worked in development at Young & Healthy, Art Center College of Design and USC Rossier School of Education. He is now a member of the advancement team at the new Claremont Lincoln University as Director of Major Gifts and Foundation Relations. His outside interests include music and classical piano, fitness, reading, and writing plays and fiction. His first novel, The Wash, was published by Sol Books in 2014. Email Clyde.

Mimi Hennessy, Vice President 

Mimi has been a member of Neighborhood for 12 years. She currently serves the churc
h on the finance committee, pastoral care, as a greeter, canvass worker, and in various service projects, and enjoys participating in chalice circles, yoga, the Shakespeare group, and many other Neighborhood activities. She has previously served on the Board, been a chalice circle facilitator, and served on or chaired committees for bylaws, small group study, and facilities rental planning. Apart from Neighborhood, Mimi is a volunteer for and on the board for Jericho Road Pasadena, is a past president and active in Arcadia Rotary, and loves to entertain, travel, read, and walk her dog Lola in the Arroyo. She is retired from a career in public education, most recently serving as Superintendent of Arcadia Schools.

Gary Breaux, Treasurer

Gary has been a member of Neighborhood Church for five years, and has volunteered for a variety of activities including fellowship dinners and as a greeter for Sunday services. He has also been a volunteer for the past five years at Jericho Road helping several non-profit organizations with their accounting, budgeting and financial planning. Gary has spent his entire professional career working in finance, and currently is Assistant General Manager and CFO for Metropolitan Water District. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, bicycling and travel, He and his wife, Nancy, have two grown children that they enjoy visiting with in New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Trustees


Asia Abreu Bribiesca-Hedin, Secretary 

Asia has lived in Southern California since the age of two when her family emigrated from Cuba. She was first introduced to Unitarian Universalism about 12 years ago when she was searching for a religious home. She attended Monte Vista UU for several years before becoming an active member of Neighborhood church 7 years ago. She and her husband David welcomed their youngest son at the church 5 years ago and renewed their vows at the church last summer. Their three children, Analisa, Esai, and Samuel have participated in the religious education programs at Neighborhood, which encouraged Asia and David to volunteer as YRE teachers. Together they have taught a number of RE classes through the years and were participants of Neighborhood’s first offering of Beloved Conversations in 2014. They have hosted Dining4Dollars and pledge-night dinners, and this year are hosting and leading their first Chalice Circle at their home in La Crescenta.

Professionally, Asia provides advisory services and project management to companies. For the past 4 years she has served as an internal consultant for City of Hope’s philanthropy organization and more recently their Digital Marketing group. Asia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Pepperdine University and her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Southern California. Asia is a graduate of the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development program, a non-profit board governance program offered by the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce. In her free time, Asia enjoys spending time with David and the kids, reading, volunteering, socializing, and gardening.

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Esther has been a member of Neighborhood Church since 2006 and began singing in the church choir before she joined the church. She has a varied religious background; she was baptized in the Presbyterian Church, grew up in the Quaker Church and was the granddaughter of a Methodist minister. She has been involved in many areas of Neighborhood Church. She co-chaired the annual book fair for several years. She has also helped out on the Pastoral Care Committee and New to Neighborhood events. She has hosted Dining For Dollars events. She has been in Chalice Circles, and most recently is helping with the Circle Suppers program.

Esther retired the first time in 1999 as a middle school assistant principal from LAUSD and the second time from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2007 where she taught and coordinated the student internship program for the occupational therapy program. She likes to stay active and involved. Some of her favorite activities are reading (she was a high school English teacher), singing and listening to music, yoga, walking, quilting, traveling, and cooking.

 

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Janice has been a member of Neighborhood Church for more than 20 years. Her favorite church activities include morning yoga classes in the chapel and being a de Benneville Pines camper. Janice has been a Chalice Circle facilitator for four years, serves on the Stewardship and Camp de Benneville Pines committees, and is a coordinator for Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker (ACAC). In addition, she has chaired the pledge drive, taught RE, served on the RE Council, ushered and led the church in Valentine card making for the young patients of Children’s Hospital LA. Janice is married to Randy Hall and has two children, Phil and Alice. Prior to joining Neighborhood, Janice attended Starr King Church in Haywood California and served on their board.

 

Lauren Worley UseLauren Worley
Lauren is a lifelong member of Neighborhood Church and has participated in many areas of the church, including Esperanza, Big Saturday, and serving as an RE teacher. She is currently absorbing all that the senior high group will teach her in her role as an advisor and recently completed her position as a member of the search committee. Lauren is active in the greater Unitarian Universalist community, including currently advising at the senior high camps at de Benneville Pines and previously serving as the coordinator for the Young Adult Camp .

Professionally, Lauren is a social worker and is working as a children’s mental health therapist with Pacific Clinics. She has recently married and is enjoying life as a newlywed with her husband Mike. Some of her favorite activities are finding great hiking spots, exploring new restaurants, and playing board games with her friends.

 

Eugene Hutchins

Eugene has been a member of Neighborhood Church since 2012. He has served on the Senior Minister Search and Negotiating Committees and enjoyed directing the Holiday Pageant two years ago.  He’s taught in the R.E. and O.W.L. programs, marched for the $15 minimum wage in Pasadena campaign, and tutored young readers for the Everyone a Reader program at Jefferson Elementary School. Outside the church, he’s dedicated to the nonprofit arts sector (theatres, dance companies, orchestras, and opera companies) wearing many different hats as an advocate, teaching artist, stage director and choreographer, grant writing consultant and arts manager. Eugene is married to Maria Zuccarello and they live happily in Altadena with their cat, Zinnia.

 

Kevin Kroeker

Kevin has been a Neighborhood Church member for fifteen years.  He has enjoyed serving the Church in a number of capacities, including a one-year term on the board completing another member’s term; as chair of a bylaws review committee; as parliamentarian for the annual meeting; as co-chair with wife Lynn Miyamoto of the canvass; on the stewardship team; on the negotiating committee for Reverend Lissa’s senior ministry hire, and on the membership committee.  He and Lynn are proud parents to Corrie and Sara, who both attended RE at Neighborhood Church.  Kevin is a partner in the law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the firm’s health care practice group.  He is a past chair of the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, a non-profit community clinic in downtown Los Angeles.