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2021 Board of Trustees Candidates Statement

Joan Cotta
My mom sent my sister and I to attend church services with our friends.  One week it was Southern Baptist, the next Latter-Day Saints, then the Catholics, which made me either confused or open-minded, or plain scared. I have three adult kids and have always been a volunteer. I retired to Sequim in 2016 with my partner Don Ho and our little dog Hope after a long career in Procurement in the Bay Area. One lovely Saturday I went church-shopping on foot in my neighborhood   I found a friendly Methodist Church and joined up.  Soon I was appointed Treasurer and acted as Business Manager.  Here in Sequim, I co-founded Indivisible Sequim.  I am a member of the Clallam County League of Women Voters and the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club. My motto is, “I leave things better than I found them.”

Catharine Covert
Over 35 years ago I found Unitarian Universalism. An advertisement in the newspaper said I would find community, I did and I have stayed, because Community is a crucial element of my life. Since then I have held many positions both paid and volunteer. At Saltwater Church I was president of the board during a building phase. Here at OUUF I focused on membership and then became the first paid administrative coordinator.

Brian Berardo
Having given up the Catholic Church for Lent ages ago, I was so pleased to discover OUUF last year.  I now consider OUUF my community and adore the delightful people and inclusivity.  Forty-five years of working for Corporate IT, decades in the performing arts, and a perpetual interest in ontology have given this Irish Italian a stubborn tenacity to promote worthy visions, both secular and spiritual.  It would be an honor to serve on the board in any capacity.

Phil Zenner
It would be my pleasure to serve the Fellowship as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Trustees.  It would be my second time serving on a non-profit Board, the first being for an international men’s support organization.  My career in software training management provided me with over 30 years’ experience in management, supervision, working with people, motivation, team building and problem solving.  I believe that OUUF has much to offer all those who fully participate, and that each person should reciprocate if possible, by serving where their individual gifts and beliefs may lead them.

Peggy Toppenberg
I moved to the Diamond Point area outside Sequim from Soldotna, AK in 2015 after retiring from a 30 year career as a certified nurse midwife. During that time I was elected by the borough voters to serve on the local hospital service area board in 2008. Serving a 3 yr term allowed me to develop and enhance consensus building skills that I feel I can bring to the OUUF Board of trustees’ member-at-large position. I first discovered our UU fellowship in 2015 and felt such a warm welcome that I felt instantly at home. I have been a member since 2015 and I have served on the membership and nominating committees and am excited to have this opportunity to become more actively involved