2020 Annual Meeting Information

Thank you for visiting the one-stop-shop page for all information about the 2020 DuPage UU Church Annual Meeting. With COVID-19 guidelines in place, we will not meet in person for the annual business meeting. Instead your Board of Trustees has discussed and agreed that a remote Zoom-format meeting will allow us to meet criteria for passage of business issues as well as celebrate and honor the people and activities in the past year that have made this our beloved community. Details below. 

VOTE! On Sunday, June 7 (or by June 13), please cast your DuPage UU Church 2020 Annual Meeting Ballot

Below you'll find:


Annual meeting date/time: June 7, 11:30 am (Join at 11:15 to review details of participation and voting). The Annual Meeting will follow a slightly abbreviated Sunday service at its usual time. Please join us for both!

A recording of the June 7, 2020 Annual Meeting can be viewed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1SGWVV4HDA

Annual Meeting Agenda: In addition to the important Business portion of the Annual Meeting, there is the equally important recognition of the activities, successes, and preparation for the future of this beloved community. Find the details in the meeting Agenda!

Participation, Quorum and VOTING details: There will be opportunity on Zoom for church leadership to count and identify eligible member participants in order to establish a quorum.

  • Please familiarize yourself with the Chat feature on Zoom. You will be asked to note your presence by typing your name in the Chat box.
  • Questions during the meeting will be monitored on Chat. While it will be difficult to have discussion, we will make every attempt to answer questions or provide clarification.
  • Instructions also will be available at the meeting on June 7.
  • Voting-for-the-record will take place electronically and by mail. Votes must be received by June 13. Members who normally receive church communication by mail have been sent details and a ballot by mail. All others are encouraged to vote online at a time after the Business portion of the meeting (link to the online ballot: DuPage UU Church 2020 Annual Meeting Ballot). The ballot URL also will be shown in Chat and on-screen during the meeting).
  • A final count for budget and slate passage will be communicated on June 13, ensuring all votes are accounted for. 

2019 Annual Meeting Minutes: Please review the 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes.

Budget for your review: There were two budget forums held: May 24 and May 31. Review the Budget prior to the Annual Meeting: dupageuuchurch.org/2020Budget. Please note: Questions and requests for clarification can be posted in Chat. There will be no discussion of the budget at the Annual Meeting on June 7. There will be opportunity to vote for or against the budget via the voting mechanisms noted above. Questions? Lyndi Sprietsma, Treasurer 331-625-5525; Linda Zetterberg, Controller 630-301-2435. 

Zoom and general participation Help: Please call Chris Walton at 630-815-6516 or Linda Zetterberg at 630-301-2435.


Slates of Candidates for Approval by the Congregation: June 2020-2021 Elected Positions and Ministerial Search

June 2020-2021 Elected Positions

Presented by the Nominating Committee: John Brubaker, Deb Connet, George Peck, Jane Quamme, and Kristen Tang

Board of Trustees positions:

Board Member and Vice President/Trustee of Administration - The Vice President of Administration is an elected officer of the Church and serves as a voting member on the Board of Trustees. The Vice President holds the Administration Portfolio which oversees: the Personnel Committee, Finance Committee, Marketing Committee and Facilities Management Committee. The term is three years of service.

Ann Arellano
Ann has been a member of DuPage UU Church for 25 years (and is a lifelong UU). She raised her son Ben in our RE program and also taught classes during that time. Ann has been active on various committees over the years (Nominating, Committee on Ministries, Ministerial Search, Fellowship, Marketing, Adult RE) and a previous member of the Board of Trustees on two occasions. She is currently filling the remainder of the Outreach trustee term and has been appointed by the Board as Acting President during Jenny Hobbs' short term leave-of-absence. Ann co-chaired (with Neil Lichtman) the Capital Campaign for the new Sanctuary. Ann believes that retirement rocks! and she loves to travel and hike. She has just moved out of the home she has lived in for 32 years, happily moving on to the next chapter in life.

Board Member and Trustee of Outreach - The Trustee of Outreach is an elected officer of the Church and serves as a voting member on the Board of Trustees. The Outreach Trustee oversees: Ministry to society beyond our church community. Specifically: Social Action Committee, Denominational Affairs
Committee, Green Sanctuary Committee, PADS, and Bridge Communities.

Diane Gelder
Diane joined DuPage UU Church in 2010. She served three years as an Auction Committee Co-Chair, three years on the Member Relations Committee, and three years as a Bridge mentor. Diane has taught Religious Education and has been a Coming of Age Mentor. She served recently as an appointee on the Committee on Ministry.

Cast your vote: DuPage UU Church 2020 Annual Meeting Ballot


Elected Committee positions:

Community Outreach Committee - The Community Outreach Committee (formerly Public Ministry Committee) oversees the selection of actions and efforts that exercise the moral authority of the Church and demonstrate our values to the external community. The term is three years of service.

Ingrid Marshall
Ingrid Marshall has been a member of DuPage UU Church since 1988. She has worked on numerous committees over the years including Adult Religious Education, Small Group Ministry, and a Ministerial Search Team. Ingrid is currently co-chair of Pastoral Ministry Associates.

Carl Nash
Carl has been attending DuPage UU Church since 1982. He has brought up three boys through the Sunday school programs, teaching several classes through the years. He has been active with the social justice activities in the church, especially supporting the SMILE project, and has participated in the PADS program. He enjoys traveling and an active lifestyle in the outdoors--camping, hiking, climbing mountains and canyons, as well as canoeing, biking and skiing, taking many of the trips and outings with fellow DuPage UU Church members. He is retired from a career in protecting the environment for over 40 years.

Nominating Committee - The Nominating Committee evaluates and develops Church members leadership abilities for the elected Church officers and elected committee positions. The Nominating Committee reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

John Brubaker
(currently serving as interim member)
John has been an adult member of DuPage UU Church for 34 years. Ending 10 years prior to that, he was a 12 year student participant in the Youth RE program. John has served as an RE teacher, Co-Chair of the Youth RE Committee, and as Board Clerk, and he currently helps out with Grounds Maintenance. Appointed to fill an unexpired Nominating Committee position early this year, he would like to continue in that capacity. John lives in Naperville with his wife Mary and has recently retired from an engineering career to pursue string instrument repair at a local violin shop. The term of this nominee is one year of service.

Jill Wallace
Jill started attending DuPage UU Church in the Fall of 2000. She started facilitating the High School Youth Group four years later. She served on Youth RE, organized Coffee Hospitality when Elsie Mills left us, and she served on the Board as a Trustee for a year before serving as Board President for three years. Jill also emceed the Auction for about a decade or more. Some of her highlights here include having the Board and Committees participate in a Values Walk around the facility, helping develop a five-year strategic plan, participating in various Lock-Ins, Cons and Family Retreats, mentoring, and being lucky enough to be Board President when a Boy Scout was looking for an Eagle project, which is how the labyrinth was built. Oh, and there was that little thing about the opening and dedication ceremony of the new sanctuary. Outside of church, Jill works full time with students in a post-high school Transition Program. It is the best job she's ever had. With the help of their family and friends, Jill and Dave (Gorman) survived the middle school and early high school years of their two daughters. This August they are scheduled to drop them both at college, one for her second year and one for her first. The term of this nominee is three years of service.

Kelly Huggins
Kelly became a member of Dupage UU Church in 2011 with her husband Jeremy. Most recently, Kelly has served on the Board of Trustees as the Stewardship Pillar Trustee. She has chaired/co-chaired the Goods and Services Auction and the Annual Budget Drive committee. She has served on the Denominational Affairs committee, taught Youth RE, been a Greeter, participated in a Woman’s Covenant Group and attended GA. She leads the DUUC Book Club and helped to launch the 30s/40s group and attends MUUSA. Kelly and Jeremy are raising their two children, Grace (14) and Ben (11), in the church and both attend Youth RE and FIRE. In her professional life, Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and directs Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center in Aurora. She is a member of the Aurora Rotary Club. Kelly and her family live in Batavia with their zoo of pets which include 3 cats, 2 dogs and chameleon. As cliché as it sounds, she loves rainbows and butterflies, learning new crafts, camping and relaxing in the sunshine. The term of this nominee is three years of service.

Endowment Committee - The Endowment Committee manages our Endowment Fund. The Committee receives and administers gifts not intended for the annual operating budget of the Church. The Committee also allocates grant money for specific internal church projects and activities.

Russ Manthy
Russ Manthy joined with his wife, Carol, in 2012. Russ has volunteered in many capacities at DuPage UU Church since that time, most consistently in his involvement with PADS. He contributed to the 2014 DuPage UU Church strategic plan. Russ has washed a lot of dishes in the church kitchen. The term of this nominee is one year of service.

Bill Kovacs
PERSONAL: BA Wabash College ‘71, LLM University of Iowa College of Law’74. DuPage UU Church member since 1990 – involved in many activities. Married to Agnes for 50 years, proud father of Wendy Cortes and MaryHelen Kovacs and grandfather to Sasha and Ethan Cortes. Currently on the Winfield Planning and Zoning Commission, Illinois Prairie Path Board and Justine Petersen Board. Major hobby is grandparenting.
PROFESSIONAL: Semi-Retired lawyer specializing in investment law with extensive business experience. Expertise includes investment and compliance aspects of SEC Registered Mutual Funds, US private investment funds, offshore funds domiciled in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, Insurance Companies and SEC Registered Investment Advisers. Investment law experience includes representing institutional investors acquiring and managing publicly and privately issued debt and equity securities, derivatives, structured products, commercial mortgages and syndicated bank loans. Extensive direct work on distressed investments including serving on creditor committees in major US bankruptcy proceedings. This “buy-side” focus is enhanced with issuer, compliance and corporate governance experience obtained by serving as an Officer or Director of 5 public and over 25 private companies. The term of this nominee is two years of service.

Tom Baldwin
Tom has been a member of DuPage UU Church for 14 years and a UU for 45 years. He has served on Boards of Trustees at DuPage UU Church and the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society (now Shelter Rock) of Long Island, NY. At DuPage UU, Tom served as Controller from 2012-16 and on the Committee on Ministries 2016-19 (chair 2017-19). Tom is retired from Argonne National Laboratory and lives in Glen Ellyn with his wife Sarah. He enjoys bird watching, travel and the joy of two children and five grandchildren. The term of this nominee is three years of service.

Cast your vote: DuPage UU Church 2020 Annual Meeting Ballot


Ministerial Search Committee

Presented by the Board of Trustees

Jane Gano
I have been a Unitarian Universalist for 47 years and a member of DUUC for the past 43 years. When I joined DUUC we had 80 church members at the time. During my time at DUUC I have been involved in teaching RE Classes, Co-Director of the RE Program, and a member of UUWA as well as past president. I co-taught the About Your Sexuality RE Class for both our sons and committed to the group until their graduation from high school. I have served on the Religious Education, Hospitality and Facilities Enhancement Committees. I volunteer regularly to facilitate with Coffee Hour and annual dinners for the church. I also have co-chaired the Service Auction for several years. As a member of the chalice circle, DUUGooders, I have been involved in many church and community volunteer efforts for the past 19 years. With my husband, Joe, we have expanded our knowledge by extensive travel, learning from many cultures. Joe and I just celebrated our 50 th Wedding Anniversary.

Kat Gelder
Kat Gelder is the current head of the Sunday Services Committee. She married into DuPage UU Church in 2008 and has been an enthusiastic UU ever since, volunteering for several years as an RE teacher, Auction co-chair, and choir member. From 2013 to 2016, she served on the Board of Trustees, first as Trustee of Spirituality, then as Trustee of Stewardship when that position was created in 2014. She led the Annual Budget Drive Committee in 2016 and 2017 and has been chair of the Sunday Services Committee since 2016. Kat enjoys creating Sunday services and practically any other activity focused on making meaning out of our philosophies and life experiences. Her hobbies include reading about anti-racism, knitting a sweater for her husband, Chris (which will be finished Someday), sewing with her mother, Diane, teaching her son Gil about trucks and overthrowing the cis-hetero-patriarchy, and weeding with her father Roy.

Dave Gorman
Dave has been an active member of DUUC since 2001, serving as a teacher and mentor in the RE programs, on the Construction Task Force, and on the Committee on Ministries. He also holds numerous leadership positions outside of DUUC including for Working Bikes, Bikes for Lesotho, the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup, the Kiwanis Club of Lombard and a municipal storm water committee. He feels bolstered by each week's forum or Science Sunday, in addition to the church service. He and Jill Wallace have raised their two daughters, Carrie and Adele, at DUUC. He wants to ensure that DUUC will continue to serve families seeking a supportive community rooted in freethinking, humanistic optimism for generations to come.

Bob Harris
During my career, I worked as a librarian for 45 years, from 1970 to 2014, at which time I retired. I always worked in public libraries, starting as a librarian at the Chicago Public Library for nine years, and the spent the next 35 years as a library director; first at the Bartlett Library, then at the Bellwood Library, and finally for 25 years at the Lombard Library. I have strong experience in leading and managing public libraries, including personnel and legal issues. I have worked with Boards, committees, and consultants, and have a strong working knowledge of personnel laws and practices, including interviewing, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation. I joined DUUC in February, 2017, after searching for a spiritual home that was progressive and non-dogmatic. I have had a leadership role with the Elder Circle, the Congregational Life Committee, and the Mindful Monday Covenant Group. To learn more, I have attended each fall retreat since 2016, done reading on Uuism, and attended the 2019 General Assembly. I have also volunteered in other ways, such as working with PADS, being a greeter, and organizing several Face to Face events. I regularly attend the men's group and help with their activities. I love DUUC and our members, and love that I have found my spiritual home. Besides my career, I was married for 29 years and have three children and five grandchildren. I was born and raised in Detroit, but moved to the Chicago area in 1970. Divorced at age 50, I came out as gay, and have been with my partner, Jeff Dengler, for 20 years. We live in Bloomingdale. My interests including reading mysteries, learning what life was like around 1900, ragtime music, and pre-1970 musical comedy.

Karen Hutt
Karen Hutt has been a member of DUUC for 33 years. Her past church activities include teaching in the RE program, chair of the Personnel Committee, canvasser for annual pledge drives and the capital campaign, member and chair of the Nominating Committee, coordinator of memorial services, Auction co-chair in 1993, 2008, and 2009 and co-chair of the Facilities Enhancement Committee. She has been a member of the Coordinating Council and the Board of Trustees multiple times. She served as treasurer from 2010-2015. She is currently a member of the Transition Team and is Chair of the Finance Committee. She is a member of DUU-Gooders and a chalice circle.

Doug Kocher-Cowan
Doug started attending DUUC with his wife Pat in 2008 and joined the church in 2010. He has participated in many activities to promote the mission and values of this church They include social justice, Smile project, PADS, church Auction, the Personnel committee, spring cleaning and most importantly making coffee. Doug and his wife have been married for 27 years. He is retired from the US Navy Reserve and currently works for Honeywell as one of their Directors of technology.

Sarah Lensink
Sarah Lensink has been a member of DUUC since 2011. In that time she has run affinity groups, served on the Nominating Committee, the Annual Budget Drive Committee, as a Coming of Age Mentor and volunteered for the annual art show. Sarah has participated in UU work outside the church as well; she has assisted with Midwest UU Summer Assembly (MUUSA) planning and attended the family camp assembly for many years. She looks forward to serving on the Ministerial Search Committee.

Cast your vote: DuPage UU Church 2020 Annual Meeting Ballot