Our Board of Trustees

Guiding Our Mission

We, the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, covenant to actively and reflectively hold ourselves accountable to this Covenant.

In service to a culture of equity and inclusion:

We will work for equity and inclusion, countering systemic oppression in all we do for UUCM; we will work to overcome historic and institutional white privilege and other forms of structural inequities… read more

Our Lay Leadership

Our vibrant congregational life is made largely possible by a host of dedicated lay leaders.

To contact any of these lay leaders, you can log into Realm to make contact directly. If you are not a member, contact admin@uumontclair.org.


Council on MinistryJohn Carlton (chair), Anne Sailer
Endowment/InvestmentRamona Hilgenkamp
Personnel TeamLauren Carlton, David Hanley, David Jones
Mental Health Task ForceCarol McGough
Finance CommitteeChris Corbett

Worship & Celebration

Chancel GuildKathie Reilly
Worship Tech TeamDeborah Ann Tripoldi (chair), Wallis Muraca, Joe Palka, Connor Loflin, Avery Crafton
Sacred Wheel (CUUPS)Deborah Ann Tripoldi
Memorial GardenSteve Schoenweisner

Family Ministry

Religious Education (RE) TeamJennifer Bell (Team Coordinator), Jason Brome (Recruitment and Retention Lead), Judith Hogan (Director of Religious Education)
OWL (Our Whole Lives)Jennifer Bell, Beth Smith
Adult Religious EducationRev. Scott Sammler-Michael

Welcome & Engagement

Connection CafeSusie Roman Luna, Sara Samuel
Membership TeamAmy Hains (Lead), Laura Wilson (Lead Emeritus), Chris Budin (Lead Elect)
Sunday GreetersDavid Hanley
Outreach & Communications TeamDeborah Ann Tripoldi; Judith Rew; Rev. Anya; Sheila Eby (outreach)
Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC)Dana Moore, Peter Arian, Karen Fried, Jill Wodnick, Dan Silver, Larissa Brookes, Teresa DeSousa
Building and GroundsEd Martoglio; John Carlton
AestheticsKaren Fried, David Lewis
ArchivesJerry Fried, Jane Gaertner
Denominational AffairsTeresa DeSousa
Pledge TeamDan Silver, Tina Huesing, Peter Arian, Nick Lewis
Stewardship TeamPeter Arian
Fall Fundraiser TeamSusie Roman Luna, Sue Raufer
Planned GivingChris Corbett

Service & Justice

Social Justice Coordinating TeamMaria Towe
BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism)Dana Moore
Undoing Racism TeamAnneliese Scherfen
Out FrontChris Budin, Joy Feig
UU Faith ActionJohn Carlton; Claudia Sanders
Sharing Our RichesPosition To Be Filled
UU Mesh CafeSusan Zapata
Allies for Racial Equity (ARE)Sylvia Cowan, Sue Raufer
NJ TogetherHelen Lippman, Deborah Corbett, Beth Smith

Care & Connection

Care TeamArlene Marin, Becky Doggett
Senior Lunch BunchRebecca Doggett
Young and Young at Heart (YaYahs) GroupSara Samuel, Joy Feig, Giancarlo Ponticello
Women’s GroupMaryann Ficker, Maggie Wells
Grief Support GroupDick Kessler
Dream GroupJerry Boucher
UUs for Jewish AwarenessHilary Fandel, Marcia Mandel, Helen Lippman
Cakes for the Queen of HeavenSilke Springorum; Karen Fried; Arlene Dodge; Francesca Elms; Abby Kessler
Covenant GroupsLaura Wilson
Hiking GroupLeila Loring
Crazy QUUiltersArlene Marin
Pastoral CareJanet Schiller
Short Fiction GroupJerry Boutcher