Candidate Biographies


Members may vote for up to 4 candidates using the ballot found here.


Peter Kandis, Hilton Head Island, SC (incumbent, 3-year term)

Peter has been going to The Mountain for 30 years or more. More recently he accepted an invitation to serve on a team charged with evaluating The Mountain’s governance structure. Following the team’s report, Peter was invited to be on The Mountain’s Board of Trustees and chaired the Board’s Leadership Development team. Peter is now the Board’s Corporate Secretary and serve on the Planning and Finance team.  Peter holds a BS in Computer Science, an MBA, and is a National Board-Certified teacher. He served as Dean of the UU Southern Region Leadership School (SUULE) for five years. Peter is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association Religious Educators Credentialing Committee, Commission on Appraisal, and the Regional Leaders Group (formerly the District Presidents Association). He is retired and loves all things UU.


Zoe Hansen Burnet, Garner, NC  (3-year term)

Zoe knows The Mountain has provided interesting and engaging programing to generations of Unitarian Universalists. Her family’s experiences at The Mountain helped to shape them into the people they are today. She recalls when she was 6 or 7, going to The Mountain where her big sister Carissa was staying for an event. Zoe remembers the anticipation, the mystery of driving for what seemed like an eternity toward a place filled with good times and good people, and how beautifully green and wild The Mountain appeared.

Zoe enjoys the natural world. Her undergraduate degree is in Natural Resources. She has dabbled in land conservation work and natural resource education, and hopes to eventually work with one of the land trusts of North Carolina, helping to manage conserved land for the next generations. For now, she is an attorney who focuses in Real Property (Land) transactions. Zoe is excited about the opportunity to get to better know both The Mountain and the people behind it.


Charles Lee, Sarasota, FL  (1-year term)

Charles Lee holds a degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration from UNC Chapel Hill.  His early career was with North Carolina Regional Medical Program, working in the renal division managing federal grants on kidney research, transplantation coordination and public education for kidney donation. Later, Charles was the first Executive Director for the newly organized National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, becoming the Southeast Regional Director for NKF, later as NKF President, as well as the National Affiliate Development Director.

While in Charlotte, Charles and his wife Lois were active members of the UU Church of Charlotte.  Charles held various positions of leadership including Board of Trustees member and Chair. He was also one of the original volunteers forming the Charlotte Community Health Clinic serving uninsured working people, serving two terms as  President of that organization. Charles served four years as a member of The Mountain Board of Trustees 2009-2013, working on Institutional Advancement. Sarasota, Florida is now home to Charles and Lois, where they are members of the UU Church of Sarasota.  Charles has served the Sarasota church in many volunteer ways including Stewardship Chair and member and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Charles and Lois have two children and two granddaughters, all living in North Carolina.


Lee Reading, Black Mountain, NC (2-year term)

Lee spent two years serving as the Interim Director at the Mountain from 2011-2013. During this difficult period, he worked closely with the professional staff and Board to strengthen programs, reconnect with UU congregations, catch up on deferred maintenance, and improve The Mountain’s overall financial position. Lee’s career spans 40 years working as an outdoor educator, Venture program director at UNC Charlotte, Development Director for the North Carolina Outward Bound School, and executive director for 12 years at Camp Joy in Ohio. Later, Lee worked in the private sector for 9 years at the Biltmore Company in Asheville where he developed a number of outdoor recreation and interpretive programs on the Biltmore Estate, retiring in the spring of 2013. Lee have been an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley for the past 16 years. He currently serves as UUCSW Treasurer and on the Sunday Service Committee.