Board Bios

Officers

Peter Arian, President
Peter first walked through the doors of UUCM the first Sunday after 9/11. It felt like home then and it still does. Peter has served on the Board of Trustees for the past three years where he has been active on the Safety and Emergency Planning and Transparency task forces. prior to this he was a member of the Settled Minister Search Committee. He was selected as a Pillar of the Congregation in 2015 because of his commitment to UUCM in several different areas. He has been teaching in the Religious Education program for 15 years at every age level from K-1 through Senior Youth. He is a trained OWL facilitator and has taught K-1 and 4th-5th OWL. He was on the RE Committee for 10 years serving as Chair for three of those years. For the past 9 years he has been involved in UUCM Mesh Café and for several years has held a leadership role in that ministry. He is also a graduate of Harvest the Power. Peter has two daughters, Emma, 22, and Maggie, 18. He is a graduate of Georgetown University where he was a team manager for the Men’s Basketball team led by Patrick Ewing. In his professional life he is an Executive Recruiter focusing on quantitatively oriented positions in finance. He is looking forward to serving UUCM as President of the Board of Trustees.

Michael Hetrick, President-Elect
Michael has been attending UUCM since 2014. He is a member of the choir and has served as coordinator of the Senior Youth program since 2015.Michael grew up in Northern Virginia before attending college in Philadelphia, where he received his BFA in Illustration. He currently works as a Senior Graphic Designer for Penguin Young Readers, designing marketing materials for books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As a freelancer, he is a published illustrator and has designed artwork for several award-winning CDs. Michael lives in East Orange with his husband Stearns and their canine best friend Darby, and on days ending with Y you can find him reading/watching Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Star Wars, and Batman. Michael is extremely passionate about growing UUCM and looks forward to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Sue Raufer, Past President
Sue has been a UU for 14 years, and a member of the UUCM with her daughter, Laura Anthony, since 2007. Sue is widowed and is the mother of two sons as well, and she recently became a grandmother. Sue is an immigration lawyer, and has worked most of her career in the US Government, specializing in asylum. Sue previously served as Secretary of the Board.  She has also served on the Worship Committee, the UU Theatre Group, the Food Diplomacy Covenant Group, the Cakes group, and most recently she was the Chair of the Membership Committee.  While many people are change averse, Sue finds herself energized by the possibilities that change can bring. That is why she decided that this would be a particularly good time for her to accept the nomination to serve as the congregation’s President at this exciting and changing time in the congregation’s history.

Chris Corbett, Treasurer
Chris has been a member of UUCM for over 25 years. During that time he has served as an RE Teacher, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign (2005-08), Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance Committee. He is presently serving as Chair of the Stewardship Committee and Member of the Pledge Committee. Chris is a graduate of Purdue University and Albany Law School. Currently retired, he worked in the L’Oréal USA Legal Department for over 32 years in a number of roles including as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President of Real Estate. Chris is married to long time member Deborah Corbett. His son, Geoff, grew up in the Congregation and now lives in Mamaroneck, New York with his wife Michelle and Deb and Chris’s grandchildren Lila and Jonah.

 

Shannon Gattens, Secretary
Shannon has been a member of the congregation for 11 years and has been heavily involved in the Religious Education Committee including RE teacher, RE Committee member and RE Chair. Shannon has 3 children- Caleb, Noah and Eliza and she lives and works from her home in West Orange. Shannon was the secretary of the Delta Zeta Sorority at Temple University and is currently the Secretary for the West Orange Human Relations Commission. She is a Director of Accounts for a publishing services company and on the board of a non-profit called Moore Love, which promotes kindness in the West Orange public schools.

Trustees at Large 

Lauren Carlton
Lauren and her husband, John, joined the UUCM over 20 years ago with their two daughters, Julia and Sarah. She has served as an RE teacher, on the RE Committee as member and Chair, on the Board (covering a remaining term for a departing Board member) and on the Pledge Committee, which she has chaired 3 times and served as member often. Lauren feels so privileged to be part of the UUCM community and has many friends in the congregation. She feels committed to serving and hopes to help UUCM meet its goals by serving on the Board.

 

 

Francesca Elms

Francesca Elms and her late husband Jack Drucker were delighted to find UUCM in 1994 as their spiritual home for their interfaith family with their two young boys, Michael and Jonathan. As a special educator in her professional life, Francesca jumped right in to teach RE, and later, was the Lead Teacher for the Pre-K RE for several years. She joined the RE Committee after 9/11, helping to write peace curriculums. She became the ongoing Educational Consultant to the RE program and has helped in many Start-up Saturday teacher trainings. Francesca instituted and supervised a “Buddy” program, where teens were trained to shadow students who required 1-1 support in their RE classes. Francesca was on the Council on Ministry for over 12 years, has been the Chair of the Peace and Justice Committee, and helped to form the Peace and Justice Coalition. She wrote the bi-weekly “Just One Thing” e-blast for many years in order to spread the word about Peace and Justice happenings and actions. She helped Jack and the Theatre Group produce multiple productions over the years. She was selected as a Pillar of the Congregation in 2003. She has been very involved in women’s groups and many covenant groups, and she has been a vital participant in many UUCM auctions. UUCM has been an all-important part of her life and her family life. She is looking forward to serving the congregation in a new capacity on the Board.

 

Ramona Hilgenkamp
Ramona worked in various administrative and management positions after earning an MBA. She was president of a company that serviced student loans for banks and secondary markets for ten years. She then went back to school, received a MS in Chemistry and worked for twelve years in the pharmaceutical industry. She is now retired and is involved in a number of volunteer activities. She prepares taxes for people through AARP, is a docent at the Montclair Art Museum and serves on the UUCM Finance Committee. She is also an artist and is a member of the Art and Soul Covenant Group.

 

Dr. David E. Jones
David and his wife, Stephanie, joined UUCM in 2017. Since joining, David has served as a Religious Education Teacher and Youth Mentor for the Coming of Age program. He currently serves as a Commissioner for the West Orange Human Relations Commission and Chair for the Diversity Task Force on the Parent Teacher Association at his children’s elementary school. He previously served as Membership Chair for the Parent Teacher Association. Professionally, David is the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Talent Management at William Paterson University. Since 2010, David has served as a diversity consultant, trainer and speaker for colleges and universities, corporations and non-profit organizations. He has held previous leadership board positions for the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators, where he previously served as the Region II Advisory Board Representative for the Professional Standards Division and Chair for Strategic Initiatives. A native of Brooklyn, New York, David holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. David and Stephanie are proud parents to Jacob, Sophia and Natalia, who are also members of UUCM. David enjoys a good cookout with friends, traveling, watching sports and spending time with his family. He is excited to continue serving UUCM in this new leadership role.

 

Nick Lewis
Nick is currently a member of the UUCM Board, the Social Justice Coalition Team, Co-Chair of the Auction Committee, Leader of the Art & Soul Covenant Group, a member of the Men’s Group, and active in the Undoing Racism Committee and the Finance Committee. Nick is a former President of the Congregation (2008-2011) and member of the Board (2004-2007) and former Chair of the Membership Committee (2011-2014). Nick has been running the Annual Auction, in varying capacities, since 2003 and have been involved in various other fundraising ventures. He is currently Vice President of UU FaithAction NJ and was formerly President. When Nick and his wife Judie lived in London from 2015 to 2017, they were active members of New Unity, a Unitarian congregation located in an incredibly historic meeting house on Newington Green. While there, Nick helped start their men’s group and Social Justice Team and assisted in planning services. All three of their kids, Alex, James and Hannah, went through the Religious Education Program and Nick taught a variety of RE Classes over the years.  Over the course of his legal career, Nick has represented labor unions, pension funds, those subject to discrimination and the elderly. He has been an Australian Baseball League executive and sportswriter and was elected to the Montclair Town Council. Nick was also a stay-at-home dad, a PTA leader and Little League coach and graphic designer.

 

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Laura Anthony
Laura joined UUCM with her mother in 2007, and benefited immensely from the RE program, as well as Senior Youth and Young Adult programming both at UUCM and in the wider UU world, . She’s been involved with the Theatre Group, the Undoing Racism Committee, Harvest the Power, Event Planning Committees, and the Emergency Preparedness Task Force. She’s a longtime liturgist, an occasional lay worship leader, and the current chair of the Worship Committee. Laura graduated from Marlboro College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance. She now works in New Jersey and New York as a production assistant, performer, and playwright, in addition to co-founding a small production company. She enjoys being an aunt, making art, and dressing strangely.