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 except in November and December, when, if there is conflict with the holiday, the meeting is held on the third Tuesday. Board meetings are open to church members, who may present new business with advance notice to the president. The schedule for 2018-2019 is:

• September 25 – Room 21 (for air conditioning)
• October 23 – also Room 21
• November 13 – Cole House Dining Room from hereon out, unless otherwise arranged
• December 18
• January 22
• February 26
• March 26
• April 23
• May 28
• June 25 with your new president, Mimi Hennessy!

Annual Meeting and Annual Report
The 2018 Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Read the 2018 Annual Report here: 2018 Annual Report
The 2017 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 has served on the board and 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 Autry Museum of Western Heritage in development and media production. He has also worked in development at Young & Healthy, Art Center College of Design, USC Rossier School of Education, and Claremont School of Theology. 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

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.

Dinandrea Vega

Dinandrea has been a member of Neighborhood UU Church for 6 years and a UU since 1999. She currently serves on the Music Director Search Committee and is a member of the Neighborhood People of Color group. She has been a Fellowship Coffee Server and attended NUUC’s Chalice Circles and Circle Suppers. Dinandrea is a first-generation, Cuban-American and a child of political refugees. Dinandrea graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in Spanish Literature and earned a Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She has worked in social services since 1993. She is a licensed clinical social worker and currently works as a forensic psychotherapist and as adjunct faculty, in the social work department, at Brandman University. She is married to her soulmate, Ngozi Messam. They are currently raising and caring for a 23-year-old, man-child and two cats. Dinandrea’s other descriptors and interests include being a restless polyglot (she speaks three languages fluently and is wrestling with a fourth) and polymath (Dinandrea is also a licensed cosmetologist and a budding vegan chef).

Bill Mejia

Bill Mejia has been a member of Neighborhood Church for 5 years.  He has served on the Minister Intern committee for a year and is a current member of the Pastoral Care Committee.  He also assists his partner, Mike Pankratz, at the Welcome Table for Sunday services.  Outside of church, Bill volunteers as a board member for the Society of Social Work Leaders in Healthcare, and for the USC School of Social Work Latino Alumni Advisory Board.  He works as the Manager for Spiritual Care, Social Work, and Palliative Care for Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.  He and his partner, Mike, live in Downtown LA and have a great passion for travelling.

 

Donovan Steutel, Secretary

Donovan Steutel has been a member of Neighborhood Church since 2013. He has volunteered at church as an usher, a greeter (with his wife Julie Tilson and daughter Skye), YRE teacher, and sound and lighting crew member. He is a regular participant in the GLOBE forum. Outside of Neighborhood, Donovan volunteers extensively with the League of Women Voters and also at the Child Educational Center (Skye’s preschool). Professionally, Donovan is currently in full-time dad mode with Skye. Most recently he ran Science Audio, a scientific publishing company, for eight years. Prior to that, his career was in planetary geophysics creating, among other things, efficient hyperspectral interpretation techniques for mapping the Earth, the Moon, and Mars. He has also worked in finance and medical research making him one of the few people to have examined a cadaver, a moon rock, and the Wall Street Journal in a professional capacity (though not simultaneously). His hobbies include essay writing, economics, politics, hiking, biking, and dog training.

 

Julian Juarez
Julian has been a member of Neighborhood Church for 4 years. Since he has joined, he hit the ground running by volunteering at the Welcome Table. For the last three years, he also volunteers as an R.E. Teacher, where he started facilitating the middle school students and is now a High School adviser. He is also a member of the Lifelong Learning Religious Committee and was part of the Minister Intern committee two years ago. During his leisure time at church, he gets his cup of coffee and walks around enjoying the fresh air and having great conversations with everyone. He also greatly enjoys being a member of the Neighborhood People of Color group where he knows he has a safe place to decompress. When Julian graduated UCSC in 2012, he started working in social services to support high school and middle school students to succeed by helping them break their barriers to achieve graduation. Outside of Neighborhood, Julian volunteers extensively with Mentor, Discover, Inspire – a men’s organization that supports men to succeed with their families, careers, and communities. In addition, he volunteers with the youth at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Julian got married to his spouse, Victoria, at Neighborhood Church and they have a wonderful life in Temple City with their adorable cat, Midnight. He is dedicated to social justice and mentoring youth. He has dreams of one day opening a therapy farm and enjoys traveling, camping, spending time with his friends and family, and watching movies.