BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees is elected by members of the congregation. The board has fiscal responsibility for the church, sets the vision, and also establishes policies. Access the most current Board Policies here (or view the Appendices here).
Meet Your Board of Trustees
Eileen Cummings grew up in Vermont and was raised Roman Catholic. In 1980 she moved to Boston to pursue her master’s degree in salt marsh ecology and later completed a second master’s in computer science. She has worked as the information technology manager for a small trust firm for 20 years. She joined UUCGL with her partner Linda Deveau in 2014 and has been an active member since. She loves getting away to Ferry Beach and has coordinated the Women’s Week at Ferry Beach for the past two years. In her free time, she knits, does needlepoint, takes long walks with her dog Buford and knits and knits.
Mark VanderLinden and his wife Suzie Kuhl, and children Henry (14) and Lila (12) moved to Massachusetts in 2013 and immediately connected with the UUCGL. Mark and Suzie are both social workers and greatly appreciate the social justice mission of the church. Mark and his family enjoy everything New England outdoors has to offer - hiking, biking, skiing.
Rebecca Greene has been a member of UUCGL for seven years and before that was a long-time member of FUSS in Salem. She was born in the US, raised in Hong Kong and obtained her BSc (Hons) and PhD (Molecular Biology and Genetics) in the UK. Rebecca and her husband, James, moved to the North Shore in 1999 and have raised their two daughters, Charlotte and Samantha, here. As soon as she settled in Salem, she looked for a UU church, having been exposed to the UU church by her family in Charlotte, NC. Visiting FUSS also led to her now 20-year involvement with The Salem Pantry, many years of that being spent as volunteer director. This is Rebecca’s fifth year on the Board, and she served on the Finance and Investment Committees.
Loretta Connolly has been at UUCGL for 15 years. She and her husband, Cliff Charney, live in Swampscott and raised their daughter, Meredith, in the UUCGL. Loretta is an experienced HR professional, and was a town meeting member for ten years. She has served on the following UU committees and groups: Personnel Committee, RE Director Search Committee, Properties Committee, UU Women's group, Youth Group mentor, etc. She enjoys cooking, gardening, kayaking, and traveling.
Mary Gatlin and her family (husband Jason, son Jackson) have been attending UUCGL since 2017. They moved to Lynn from Eugene, Oregon, in 2016 and love being in such a diverse and friendly community. Mary is currently chair of the Faith Development Ministry Team and helps organize volunteers to maintain the church’s vegetable garden in the summer. She serves on the Lynn Park Commission and runs Ames Community Garden and the Lynn Seed Library.
Ruth Griffin has been a member of UUCGL for four years. Her son, Eric, lives in Los Angeles and is a guitarist and sound technician. Ruth moved to Lynn three years ago and taught at Classical High School. She also worked in the human services field for 20 years. Ruth joined the Hospitality Ministry Team, participated in the Dialogue and Covenant groups and is one of the leaders of the Wisdom Circle group that continues to meet monthly. Ruth is part of the Pastoral Care Committee. In her free time, Ruth enjoys art classes and meeting with friends on Zoom. Ruth does yoga once a week and enjoys gardening.
Jim Olivetti and his wife, Trudi, began attending UUCGL ten years ago when they retired to Swampscott from their jobs in Washington DC. They both have been singing with the choir since joining the church, and Jim has been actively involved with the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team. Jim also served on the search committee that called Rev. Vicki. They have two daughters, Elsa who teaches materials science engineering at MIT and Jolie who is serving as minister at the Unitarian Church of Sharon MA, and three granddaughters.
Our 2021-2022 Board of Trustees
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Past President & Current Vice President: Eileen Cummings
Treasurer: Rebecca Greene
Clerk: Jim Olivetti
At Large: Ruth Griffin
At Large: Mark Vander Linden
At Large: Loretta Connolly
At Large: Mary Gatlin
At Large: Jim Olivetti
At Large: Cathy Cubby