Board of Trustee 2017 – 2018 Candidates

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List of Candidates

Keith Albury
Kathleen Anderson
Lemuel Arnold, MD
KC Boyce
Kit Hamblen
Dave Hudson
Kerry Keys
Rob Marcy
DeAnn Peterson
Ken Suda

 

Keith Albury

Albury head shotKeith was raised as a UU, incorporates the Seven Principles into his daily life, and plans to bring that focus to responsibilities on the Board at the Mountain. Keith’s involvement with the Mountain began over 30 years ago and he would love to continue involvement as a member of the Board at the Mountain. His board experience, professional management and IT experience, and interest in sharing the Mountain with others inspired him to join the Mountain Board.

Keith has attended and enjoyed membership of a number of different congregations around the country throughout his life. As a child, he attended Religious Education at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church of Cleveland, Ohio. During his adolescence, his family moved to Tampa, Florida where he attended the UU Church of Tampa and went through the Our Whole Lives and Young Religious UUs (YRUU) at that church. He attended conferences around Florida and his first Continental Conference at the Mountain. Keith was elected as the Youth Representative to the Florida UU District Board. Upon coming of age, he joined the UU Church of Tampa.

Keith attended New College of South Florida—a popular destination for UU college students.  He became more involved with the Young Adults at Southeast Unitarian Universalist Winter Institute in Miami (SWIM) and Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI) where he was a Youth Advisor.

After college, Keith moved to Salt Lake City and joined the First UU Church of Salt Lake City.  In San Diego he became a member of the UU Fellowship of San Dieguito. He joined the Men’s Fellowship and visited the UU Retreat at Camp de Benneville Pines.

In 2014, Keith returned to the east coast with his family and joined the Greenville UU Fellowship in South Carolina.  A few months ago, Keith returned to The Mountain with his son for Middle School Camp.

Professionally, Keith has worked as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst for a number of different environmental consulting firms. Keith has managed staff and projects worth millions of dollars. He has managed budgets for departments and for specific projects. He also has a strong IT background.

In addition to the Florida UU District board, Keith has served on the board for the Community Cooperative Nursery School in Salt Lake City (located at the UU Church) and currently serves on the HOA board for his neighborhood.

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Kathleen Anderson, DRE

Board-Candidate-Anderson-Kathleen--229x300Kathleen is a retired elementary school teacher who currently serves full-time as the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration (along with her good dog Brody) at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Greenville, SC.  She first came to The Mountain to participate in UUWomenSpirit in 1995, and later returned a number of times as a Youth Advisor for teens in her role as a Religious Educator.

Kathleen believes The Mountain is an extraordinary place, and she has been proud to serve on the Mountain Board for the last three years as part of the Institutional Performance team. In that capacity, she has helped to design instruments to measure and report the experiences and satisfaction of Mountain members, clients, and staff, and helped the team use the information gathered to craft new vision and mission statements. She also has led several brainstorming sessions with Mountain members and the Board to develop goals and priorities for long-range strategic planning, and has helped with editing documents for publications.

After years of managing classrooms, family and children, horses and dogs, Kathleen now lives in a secluded house at the edge of fields and woods just outside of Landrum, SC. Kathleen gave up dieting and trying to figure everything out years ago, and found it made life much simpler. These days she still loves playing music, making things, reading and writing, digging in the garden, building with stones, and thinking, laughing, and spreading the love—most of which she gets to do most every day in some way or other. Life is good.

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Lemuel Arnold, MD

Lem croppedLem lives between a condo in Atlanta and a farm in LaFayette, Georgia with his partner of 21 years, David “Pat” Boyle, LCSW, PhD.  He practiced in Atlanta starting in 1980 and retired from Kaiser Permanente last October, where he led the effort to create the “Provider’s Handbook on Culturally Competent Care: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Population” in 1999, on which he continues to lecture. Lem continues as a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights and provision of quality healthcare to his community. For 4 years, Lem was also the Associate Medical Director for Business Affairs with educational opportunity at Stanford Business School in Kaiser Permanente’s Executive Training Program in 1993.

Lem’s first experience with The Mountain was a GSV event—the 1995 Fall Conference. He was blown away by the conference as well as the majesty and the beauty of The Mountain. After every visit to The Mountain, Lem finds his spirit lifted and his core energy renewed. Lem has been to events at The Mountain over 50 times in those years.

Lem served on the Mountain Board from May 2010 until May 2016, which was a critical period and a time of a major transition for the Mountain. He is proud that we were able to keep the Mountain in operation and established a mentality of fiscal responsibility combined with commitment to Unitarian Universalist principles. Lem was especially happy to see so many Mountain members return over those 6 years. He would like to help The Mountain continue to build on this transition period, so that at the end of his tenure, it will be stronger and ready for future challenges and ways to expand its contribution to focus on diversity, sustainability, and peace.

Lem is also an avid photographer and has taken thousands of pictures at The Mountain over the years. He still finds that looking back at those photographs, he is continually awed by the beauty of The Mountain.

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KC Boyce

Boyce headshotKC has a wide range of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Several years ago, he turned around a non-profit that was hard-hit by the Great Recession, focusing its activities on earned revenue to replace disappearing foundation dollars and creating alignment among its staff, board, and stakeholders for key indicators of mission success. Currently, he runs the syndicated research practice for Market Strategies International’s energy group. He also serves as the Treasurer of The Wylde Center, an environmental non-profit headquartered in Decatur, GA.

The Mountain has been a powerful presence in KC’s life for nearly 30 years. He first experienced The Mountain at a UU church retreat in the late ’80s, and went on to be a camper at High Adventure camp (like Work Adventure…without the “work”), a CIT, and part of the leadership team for several summers at MountainCamp. While on staff for MountainCamp, KC met his wife and they later married on Meditation Rock. They have now been taking their kids to Family Camp for several summers, and it’s a highlight of their year. With the impact The Mountain has had on KC’s—and his family’s—life, he is looking forward to giving back in a meaningful way.

KC is looking forward to the opportunity to apply his skills and insights in service to The Mountain’s mission, ensuring that it can continue to provide an equally powerful influence on youth and adults for generations to come.

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Kit Hamblen

Board-Candidate-Kit-HamblenKit grew up UU in Gainesville, Florida, and has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors and natural environments.  His involvement in the Florida District YRUU and the Boy Scouts served as “the perfect balance for shaping [his] youth,” from organizing CONS to earning the Eagle Award. After earning a BS in Environmental Sciences at the University of West Florida and working in the EPA’s Brownfields Program to clean up and redevelop polluted urban properties, Kit married the love of his life, Anna—who he met at The Mountain in 2000. They spent two summers working there together, first as counselors, then Anna as an ASCENDOR Mentor, and Kit helping to run the Outdoor Adventure programs.

After his undergraduate adventures, Kit saw engineering as a way to make a more direct positive impact on the environment. He earned his MS degree in water resources engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, while working for the USGS. He began his career with the global engineering firm CH2M when he and Anna moved to Atlanta in 2007, where he became a licensed Professional Engineer focused on watershed resource management and ecosystem restoration of stream, wetlands, lakes, and rivers throughout the Southeast. Kit is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

Kit and Anna are active members of UUMAN (UU Metro Atlanta North) and have served as advisors for youth CONS at The Mountain. Their 9-year-old daughter Lily is excited about her first year attending Elementary Camp this summer. Their 3-year-old Samantha loves visiting the Mountain and can’t wait to be old enough for her first summer of MountainCamp.

Kit adds: “Spending quality time with family, connecting with friends, and being outdoors are the most fulfilling and important parts of my life.  I take my girls hiking every chance I can to share with them the simple joy of being in the outdoors and learning about the natural world around them.”

Kit has served one term on The Mountain’s Board of Trustees (2014-2017) applying his engineering experience to projects like the repairs to The Mountain’s lake. Kit has worked with the Institutional Performance Team to support The Mountain’s sustainable growth, while fostering the ‘Mountain Magic’ attributed to the natural beauty of Little Scaly Mountain and the community of people.

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Dave Hudson

Dave HudsonDave has served on the Board of trustees of The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center for the past three years, in various capacities—on the Institutional Performance Team, which led the effort to update our Mission and Vision statements, the Ad Hoc Governance Committee, which studied and made recommendations for changes to our governance system, and, for the past two years, the Institutional Advancement Team, which has assisted our Development Directors with annual campaigns and the roll-out of a Mountain Steward program, and, under Jay Kiskel’s leadership, significantly upgraded the website.

Dave’s experience with The Mountain dates back to 1989, when he first visited with a men’s group from the Northwest UU Congregation, his wife Kate led an RE Renaissance unit, and his oldest child came to MountainCamp. Although Dave was an infrequent visitor until he joined the Board, he is a firm believer in the tremendous value The Mountain holds as a life-changing spiritual and educational resource for children, families, adults, congregations and other groups. The Mountain is a sacred place that holds the core values of progressive liberal religion, and few who visit can leave without coming in touch with them. The Mountain is a treasure; it nourishes us; our responsibility as trustees is to nourish it and see it thrive and grow.

Dave and his wife Kate have been UUs since 1981. They have been very active in each of the three congregations they have called home. Since 2001, they have been members and lay leaders of UU Metro Atlanta North (UUMAN) in Roswell, Georgia. Dave has led the worship committee, the adult programs committee, and the finance committee. He sings in the choir. Dave has led many adult RE classes and presented many lay sermons.

Since childhood Dave has been an amateur naturalist, birding being my passion. In Beaufort, South Carolina, where they own a vacation cottage, Dave is seldom seen outdoors without his binoculars hanging from his neck.

Although Dave began his working life as a 4th grade teacher, he is retired from a sales career in the paper industry—nearly 20 years with Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta, the last few years as a national sales manager, 10 years with two small sales agencies, and 10 years with his own small paper export business.

Kate and Dave have three grown children, now men, all of whom live in the San Francisco area—one an organizer/researcher with the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, another a PhD chemist with a Silicon Valley start-up trying to make the next quantum leap in battery technology, and the third a custom surfboard designer and builder.

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Kerry Keys

Kerry - headshotKerry, a lifelong UU, has served on staff for several UU camps—including SUUSI, SWIM, and The Mountain. Kerry began his relationship with The Mountain in 1996 as a camper, and continued to work with The Mountain as a camp counselor, and from 2012–2014 as its Youth Programs Director. From 2011–2013, Kerry served on the board of directors for the Southeast UU Winter Institute in Miami.

In 2016, Kerry graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with his Master’s degree in accounting, then passed his CPA exams and moved to the DC metro area. He currently lives in Falls Church, VA, and works for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a financial management advisor serving public sector clients.

In his current role as board member, Kerry is working with the Planning & Finance committee to improve the way The Mountain gathers and presents its financial information. In so doing, he hopes that board members and staff can better understand the impact of business decisions on The Mountain’s finances, and plan for the best ways to utilize program revenues and donor support.

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Rob Marcy

Rob MarcyRob grew up in the Boston area and moved to Charlotte in 2004. He graduated from Boston’s Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting and began working at Bank of Boston in 1992 in its Finance/Accounting group. Various consolidations in the industry eventually led to his working for Bank of America which provided the Charlotte relocation opportunity. Over the years he’s held several finance and accounting positions with responsibilities including budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, project management and regulatory compliance.

Rob considers himself to have been essentially unchurched until he and his husband Michael joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte (UUCC) in 2007. He had begun attending services shortly after moving to Charlotte and was immediately engaged by the sermons, which provided a wonderful combination of intellectual and spiritual messages and teachings. Rob has served in many volunteer positions at the UUCC including co-chair of the Board of Trustees. Rob has gone from unchurched to having his Unitarian Universalist home being a very important part of his life.

Rob and Michael, together since 1988, live in one of Charlotte’s older and eclectic neighborhoods with their many canine and feline companions. Rob enjoys walking their dogs in the neighborhood and in several of Charlotte’s many beautiful parks. He also enjoys gardening, spending time with family and friends, watching old movies and participating in UUCC activities. Rob was appointed to The Mountain’s Board in November 2014 to serve on the Finance and Planning team and has been the Financial Advisor for the past two years. He’s enjoyed working with both the Board and staff over the past few years and is thrilled to see the continuing improvement of The Mountain’s financial condition. Rob is looking forward to the opportunity to serve another three years on the Board of this magical place we know as The Mountain.

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DeAnn Peterson

DeAnn has a great deal of eDeAnn Peterson picxperience on non-profit boards.She has served the UUCA Board, Mid-South District and Southern Region of the UUA, UUCA Endowment Board, and Altamaha Riverkeeper. DeAnn has served at all levels on several of these boards including president of UUCA and the Mid-South District. She also has assisted on task forces of the governing board of the charter school at which she works. Her current employment is as a high school science teacher, teaching biology and environmental science. Previous work experiences include being self-employed and as an engineer.

DeAnn’s experiences at The Mountain bring to her mind many deep, heartfelt memories. Her first trip there was with a group of families from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. The group was part of a marketing campaign to introduce families to the facility. She remembers being very happy that the cabin, the Dining Hall, the Tree House and most importantly, the main deck just off the Dining Hall were all wheelchair-accessible for her son.  Over the subsequent years, DeAnn has participated in RE Cons, board retreats, district board retreats, and personal retreats. Her other son also adores The Mountain and has attended summer camps several times. Every trip there, DeAnn feels grounded to nature; either through a hike, a labyrinth walk, or just coffee on the deck.

One of DeAnn’s unique skills in support of non-profit boards is to provide a steady, clear, presence when necessary, and a passionate persuasion whenever that is necessary. Most importantly, in this current political climate, DeAnn has made a personal commitment to direct her passion and energy to helping protect the environment. She feels that working with The Mountain Board will support her on two levels: 1) help preserve an amazing part of the environment and 2) satisfy her desire to give back to a place that has supported her spiritual development.

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Ken Suda

Ken Suda picKen lives in Roswell, Georgia. He first encountered The Mountain as a teenager at SUUSI when it was initially envisioned. He was a camper at The Mountain. Ken worked in the kitchen for two summers and on maintenance staff for a fall season. Over the years, he has attended many programs as a guest at The Mountain. Some of his children attended MountainCamp. One day, Ken hopes that his grandchildren have the opportunity to go to camp at The Mountain.

Currently Ken is an independent contract computer programmer. Most of his professional experience has been in the IT field. Ken has performed most duties found in any software company. He has held positions from individual contributor to team lead to manager to owner. Early in Ken’s career, he spent more than a decade writing accounting software for not-for-profit organizations.

Despite being mostly raised a Unitarian Universalist, Ken does not currently identify as being a UU. His ideology is different, but most of his values still align with UU values. Ken believes in respecting all things, diversity, individuality, and the democratic process. To Ken, not being a UU is an advantage, as it gives him a different perspective. He adds: “The Mountain as an organization has its roots in Unitarian Universalism. These roots should be maintained. The best parts of me came through The Mountain. To me, I am more a part of The Mountain than it is a part of me. The Mountain is family.”

For The Mountain, Ken looks to the future. He values and understands the past, but wants to move to the future. Ken wants The Mountain to continue with its Mission, Vision, and Core Values in a sustainable fashion. For him, this means being a place where UU values and ideals are put into practice and not just talked about. If the general UU population supports it, The Mountain should be practicing it: fair wages, diversity, respect for all, and sustainability. It means being a place where UUs can come to recharge, but also a place where all people are welcomed and accepted for who they are. It means being a place where the environment is valued for its beauty and respected for is fragility. The Mountain: a place, a people, a program.

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