Governance and Leadership

Our members are the foundation of the Albany Unitarian Universalist congregation.

The members of Albany Unitarian Universalist are the foundation of who we are. Through democratic process, members have adopted the congregation’s mission statement, vision, and congregational covenant. Members also called the Minister as our religious leader and head of staff, and elected the Board of Trustees. In regular meetings that are open to the congregation, the Board determines strategic direction, establishes policy and provides oversight of congregational programs and administration.

The Board of Trustees is an elected body that determines our matters of policy and management, and oversees its officers, employees, councils and committees. The Albany Unitarian Universalist mission and vision directs these efforts.

The Ministries and Operations Team consists of the Minister, the Congregation Administrator, the Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry and four lay leaders appointed by the Board with overlapping two-year terms. It designs, develops, organizes and manages the programs and operations of the congregation guided by the policies of the Board and accountable to the Board for its work. The Minister convenes the Ministries and Operations Team

Albany UU 2020-21 Board of Trustees

Patti Jo Newell, President
Jan McCracken, Vice President
Reese Satin, Treasurer
Molly Daniels, Secretary

Meredith Andrews, Zach Cunningham, Kathy Lloyd, Amie Jamieson, Geoff Abbas, Heidi Newberg

Ex-officio Members:
Rev. Sam Trumbore, Minister
Tracie Brazinski, Chair Religious Education Council
Jean Poppei, Chair Social Responsibilities Council

Elected Officer (not on the Board of Trustees)
Kathy Harris, Assistant Treasurer

Ministries and Operations Team
Rev. Sam Trumbore, Minister

Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry
Tammy Hathaway, Church Administrator
Matt Lesniak
Jon Newell
Dick Dana
Peggy Sherman

Committees (may be updated) and elected positions support the operation, activities, and management of the congregation so that it can further the mission and vision of the congregation.  

All of these entities work collaboratively to sustain a healthy and flourishing congregation and to support programs and activities in pursuit of the mission all Albany Unitarian Universalists embrace.

Call for Nominations
The Nominating Committee has issued a call for nominations for the following positions to be elected at the Annual Meeting on May 16, 2021. If the By-law change resolution does not pass on February 28 at our Congregational Meeting we will also have open positions for RE council and Social Responsibilities Council along with chairs for each and two Board of Trustee positions.
Position                     Term
President                  1 year
Vice President          1 year
Secretary                  2 years
Treasurer                 1 year
Assistant Treasurer  2 years
Nominating Committee (2)   1 for a 1 year
                                              1 for a 2 years
Endowment Trust (2)           1 for 5 years
                                              1 for 2 years
Requirements for Elected Positions
Any person holding an elected position must be an active member of Albany UU for at least 30 days prior to being elected and must not have a pledge in arrears (2020-2021 pledge year or previous). Candidates for the Endowment Trust must be members for at least 3 years.
Nomination Procedure
Society members may contact anyone on the Nominating Committee to let them know of their interest in the above positions or to suggest someone else you feel would be qualified.  If you have questions please contact any of the Nominating Committee members: Sharon Babala, Kelly Smith, Pat Bailey, Randy Rosette, Todd Thomas, Elizabeth Berberian. 
To read job descriptions of each position, go to the file cabinet here. Under Governance you will see Elected Office Job Descriptions.

Social Responsibility

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