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 is on May 21, 2017. Read last year’s Annual Report here: 2016 Annual Report

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

Nancy Steele UseNancy Steele, President
Nancy has been a member of Neighborhood Church since the early 1990’s and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. At Neighborhood, Nancy has taught in the RE program, volunteered on several canvasses, served on committees for Camp de Benneville Pines, 7th Principle, and RE, and rings with the handbell choir. Nancy has lived in the Los Angeles area since 1976 when she came here to attend Occidental College. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, she was raised in the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, where her family was very active in church leadership; her mother led the congregation the year it became an “open and affirming” church. In addition to their full-time careers, Nancy and her husband, Bruce, run a sideline beekeeping business. They have two children, Darwin and Clara, and a granddaughter, Alayna (daughter of Darwin). Email Nancy.

DERRICK-CLYDE-25Clyde Derrick, Vice 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.

KirkDillmanUseKirk Dillman, Treasurer
Kirk was born in Oak Park, Illinois and still carries the Midwest with him wherever he goes. After graduating from Reed College, Kirk met his wife, Lori, in law school at UCLA. He and Lori have enjoyed 30 years of marital bliss, including their three kids (Erika (20), Rachel (17) and Cole (17)), all born and raised in Pasadena and all ROP veterans. The Dillmans have been members of the Church for nearly 15 years.

Kirk has served on various committees, including the Finance Committee, and has been the Treasurer for the last four years. He is a former Trustee of People for Parks, a non-profit dedicated to expanding public access to green space to underserved communities in Los Angeles; and he served for nearly a decade as a Trustee and President of the Center for Law in the Public Interest, one of the first and most highly-regarded public interest firms in the country. Kirk is a partner with the law firm of McKool Smith Hennigan PC in downtown Los Angeles where he practices complex business litigation and is the current Chair of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar.

Trustees

Asia Bribiesca-HedinAsia 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.

MARTIN-ESTHER-UseEsther Martin
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.

MartinMoralesUse2Martin Morales
Martin Morales is a native Angeleno. He grew up and attended public schools in Boyle Heights. In 2001, he graduated from Pasadena City College with an A.A. and an A.S. In 2007, he went back to school. Three years later he graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor in Film and Social Justice.

Martin began attending Neighborhood UU Church in October, 2011. Since then he has been involved with the Building Bridges Task Force, Neighborhood People of Color, and Chalice Circle as both a facilitator and participant. Additionally, he has participated in the annual Big Saturday community project, was a member of Preacher in You in 2013, and was part of the recent Beloved Conversations.

Martin has been a volunteer with the San Gabriel Valley Literacy Council. He helped teach an ESL class at nearby Villa Park. Recently, he was part of the cohort of the Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute. PNLI was initiated by Mayor Bill Bogaard to ‘strengthen the Pasadena community’ and ‘empower emerging, locally based leaders.’ The class project was to develop a mentoring program at James Madison Elementary and which was implemented in August, 2014.

JanicePartykaUseJanice Partyka
Janice Partyka 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.

Watson-Wood UsePatty Watson-Wood
Patty and her twin daughters, Ariel and Rachel, joined Neighborhood UU Church in 1998 when the girls were 4 years old. Born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley, California, Patty was active in the United Church of Christ in Oakland, the same church her mother and grandmother had attended. Church activities were a big part of the Watson family so the transition to Neighborhood UU activities felt like “going home!” Patty was a member of the Divorce Support Group (which morphed to the Singles Group and has since disbanded), the Pastoral Care Service Committee, the internship committee for Christine Shu and has been one of the RE teachers for the 11:30 a.m. K-1 class for the past 4 years. Ariel and Rachel, proud to identify as “life-long UU,” are sophomores in college in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania respectively. As a single parent of twins for most of their lives, Patty is finally enjoying a little more time to relax.

Patty has worked at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena since 1977 (really!) as a registered nurse in intensive care, home health and currently Senior Care Network. She supervises the nursing staff, oversees the Assisted Living Waiver Program, coordinates the 50+ Health Connection membership program including the Wednesday and Saturday lecture series and teaches classes for family caregivers. She chairs the San Gabriel Valley End-of-Life Care Coalition, is on the governing board for the statewide Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and is active in providing community end-of-life care education. In her free time, Patty enjoys strolling through art galleries with her artist fiancé Bob, camping with her siblings (the Watsons are a lifelong tent-camping family) and reading mysteries for her monthly book club.

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.