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. Check back for updates.

Annual meeting date/time: June 7, 11:30 am. The Annual Meeting will follow a slightly abbreviated Sunday service (at its usual time). Please join us for both!

Zoom format: A Zoom meeting link will be available here soon. 

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. Instructions will be detailed here soon and will be available on-screen prior to the start of the meeting on June 7. Voting-for-the-record will take place electronically and by mail. A final count for budget and slate passage will be communicated on June 13, ensuring all votes are accounted for. Additional details to come.

Budget review sessions: May 24 and 31 at Noon. If you would like to know more about next year’s budget and/or how we did compared to last year’s budget, there will be two chances to look over the budget and ask questions. Please note: There will be no discussion of the budget at the Annual meeting on June 7th. There will only be a vote for or against the budget. Questions? Lyndi Sprietsma, Treasurer 331-625-5525; Linda Zetterberg, Controller 630-301-2435

  • Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/96945413485?pwd=bmUrWWROVFJqRVA1bTAyeldkVmI2UT09
  • Meeting ID: 969 4541 3485
  • Password: DUUC
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Slate of Candidates for the June 2020 Election

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.


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.