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
Board meetings are open to church members, who may present new business with advance notice to the president.

Annual Meeting and Annual Report
The 2019 Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, May 19, 2019. You can read the 2019 Annual Report here.
The 2018 Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Read the 2018 Annual Report here.
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Congregation was on May 21, 2017. You can access the 2017 Annual Report here.

Click here for a form to designate a board member as your proxy if you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting.

NOTE: Members may select another church member to act as their proxy. The proxy form should be given directly to that person. The member giving the proxy can instruct the person selected as a proxy on how to vote, but those instructions are not binding on the selected proxy. If you wish to select another church member to act as your proxy, click here for a pdf version of the proxy form that you may complete and mail or email directly to that person. The church will not deliver proxy forms to other members – do NOT send or mail selected member proxy forms to the church.

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church Policy Manual can be found here: 2019 Policy Manual 

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

Read the NUUC Covenant of Right Relations here.

Here are the dates for the board meetings of 2019-2020:

Monday, June 24. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday, September 8. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, October 6. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, November 3. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 1. 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 5. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, February 9. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, March 1. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, April 5. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, May 3. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, June 14. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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

Mimi Hennessy, President 

Mimi has been a member of Neighborhood for fourteen years. She has been Vice
President of the Board for the last two years and continues to serve in Pastoral
Care. She has served the church on the finance committee, as a greeter,
usher, canvass worker, and in various service projects and fundraisers, and
enjoys participating in chalice circles, the Shakespeare Group, hosting Dining
for Dollars, and many other Neighborhood activities. She has previously served
on the Board, been a Chalice Circle facilitator, served on the bylaws revision committee, and chaired study committees on small groups at Neighborhood as well as facilities rental planning. Apart from Neighborhood, Mimi volunteers for and serves on the board of Jericho Road Pasadena, is a past president of Arcadia Rotary, and loves to entertain, travel, read, visit her beloved niece Paloma, and go to Laguna Beach. She is retired from a career in public education, most recently serving as Superintendent of Arcadia Schools, and now shares a home with her recently retired sister, Gay, and their dogs, Lola and Nalu.

Kevin Kroeker, Vice President

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.

Andy Eaton, Treasurer

Andy Eaton has been a member of Neighborhood Church for nearly 30 years. He has previously served on the Board under two separate ministers; he has chaired the Stewardship, Planned Giving, and Finance Committees and currently also serves on the Welcome/Membership Committee. Outside of church, Andy serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee for Rosebud Coffee (Coffee with a Cause) and is on several professional committees. Andy has a Ph.D. from Harvard in geochemistry and did a Postdoc at Caltech. He is mostly retired as Technical Director Emeritus for Eurofins Eaton Analytical, a potable water testing lab. He and his wife, Barbara, have two adult children, live in South Pasadena, and love babysitting their grandtwins, the “twinningworleys.” When not doing that they enjoy planning trips to obscure destinations such as Alaska in the winter for the Aurora Borealis (successful trip!).

 

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.

Mirna Peterson

Mirna Peterson has been a church member since 1987. A former Retirement Benefits Specialist with the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, she left her job to raise her children. Participation in Neighborhood Church life over the years has included Dining for Dollars, Preschool Feasibility Study, Chalice Children, Spirit Play teacher, and the YRE Committee.  She is married to fellow church member, Erik Peterson, and lives in Arcadia with two of their three daughters and a very old Papillon named Stella. Outside of Neighborhood, she is a PTA member and volunteer currently serving on the PTA board of Pasadena High School and a docent/usher at theatre company A Noise Within. She enjoys walking for exercise, cooking, reading, listening to music, and giving help where help is needed.

 

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 traveling.

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.

Joyce Wedseltoft

Joyce Wedseltoft has been a member of Neighborhood Church for 27 years.  She has participated in various committees and activities over the years.  Most recently she worked on the Covenant Creation Committee, a wonderful collaboration with other NUUC members.  She serves on ACAC committee which coordinates Christmas and other events offering congregants an opportunity to support local foster children.  She has been part of the YRE K-1 teaching team for the past 4 years. In the past, she mentored a formerly homeless family through the ImagineLA organization. She proudly served on the feasibility committee which birthed Jericho Road Pasadena. She retired from a career in IT project management about 4 years ago.   Since then, she has served as Secretary of the Fulcrum Arts Board of Directors, and takes full advantage of retirement to follow her artistic passions. She travels as often as possible.  Joyce raised her daughter Kristina in this church and is grateful for the values shared by its supportive environment and loving community.