BOARD MEMBERS

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Velma Wagner

President

Velma has attended First Universalist since 1986 and has served in various leadership roles, including Annual Giving Co-Chair, Auction Fundraiser Co-Chair and Planned Giving Committee Chair. She is currently on the Healthy Congregation Task Force. She is a retired Licensed Psychologist and yoga teacher and loves to bike, dance and generally have a good time, as a #7 on the Enneagram.

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Judy Goebel

Treasurer

Judy has been a member of 1st U since 1990.  She lives in Richfield with her husband, Ray, two dogs, and a bad-tempered conure. They have 3 daughters and 4 granddaughters.  A fine art major in college, she worked in information technology for most of her career.  Since retirement she teaches community education classes in various fiber arts and how to use Android devices.  She is an avid hand spinner, dyer, weaver and crocheter and also loves messing around with handheld computer devices. 

Judy has served on the 1st U Board of Trustees as Secretary and Vice President.  She also served on the board of MUUSJA as Secretary and CoChair.   

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Mary Weeks

 

Mary has attended First Universalist for 40+ years and has been active on a number of church committees over those years.  But as her husband got sicker with ALS, her participation in everything ebbed.  Which is why, when the call came, she said “YES” to being on the AUW board. 

AUW has been managed for years by very competent women, with many others benefiting.  It is time to contribute my time, energy, and hopefully some knowledge, so that all the women of the church can benefit from and perhaps participate in AUW.

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Anne Frenchick

Secretary

A church member since 1993, Anne is on the Visual Arts Committee and enjoys the AUW Game Group.  This is her fourth year on the Board as Secretary. Outside of church, Anne is volunteering by providing writing assistance to high school students and she is a 27-year veteran of the Walk for Animals, raising money for the Animal Humane Society. She is retired and married to Ted Thompson. She enjoys cooking and baking, water aerobics, playing board games and cribbage, canoeing, bowling, traveling, and working with her dog on Nose Work (scent training).

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Gayle Swarts

 

Gayle has been a member of First Universalist for 30 years. She is retired from teaching, sales and sales management. She has a bit of a time commitment phobia, so this is the first thing she has committed to that lasts more than a week in quite some time! Teaching RE when her children were young was something she really enjoyed. More recently, she took part in the Habitat for Humanity builds sponsored by UU.  She also volunteers for the Celebration of Life services at the church. Thanks to the Zoom Happy Hours and the AUW Book Club, she says she has gotten to know the AUW women better, and she's looking forward to building on those friendships.

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Carol Gilbert

What can I say? That you are my people? That you are who will be at my memorial service at some point? That I too have retired and want to serve AUW? That I am still wanting to serve others and help make connections and create a warm welcoming space for times we shall never see? That my wife and I live in Richfield , have two wonderful children who are both in town and that we see them regularly ? That we have a small camper and love to be outside? OK, that’s what I shall say.

Sydney Dunitz

Vice President

This is my third term on AUW. It's a great way to get to know fabulous women. I have been a member of First Universalist for about 30 years and AUW for about 25 years. I live in Minnetonka with my husband, Jordan, and our dog, Charlie. We have two adult children who went through RE at church. Madison lives in San Francisco and Jackson just moved to Myrtle Beach SC. I am a pediatric physical therapist. I work for a small company called Capernaum and have done home based, clinic, school, and pool therapy. I plan to retire in June 2022 which is very exciting. My passions are yoga, dogs, children, and picking up litter.  I like to read, travel, bike, knit, and walk.

Susan Schonfeld

Susan has attended First Universalist since 1984. When her two daughters were in the RE program, she helped in several ways to support RE. Her daughter Meredith served as the UUA intern for women’s issues in DC. This is when she became more aware of AUW and has attended events since then. Susan was co-coordinator of the Congregational Care committee and continues her involvement with their activities. She also served as an usher for many years and on the Daytime Connections Advisory Board. She is a retired medical social worker. Besides spending time with her three grandchildren, she especially enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking and traveling. She is now looking forward to serving on the AUW Board.