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 – January 2021
Eileen Cummings is your Board President. She 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 serves as the Board’s Co-Vice President along with Jeff Gunther. Mark, 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.
Jeff Gunther serves as the Board’s Co-Vice President this year along with Mark VanderLinden. He and his wife Marcy, joined UUCGL in 2013 along with their children Lucas (16) and Elise (13). Jeff is originally from the Midwest and moved to Boston in 1996. He and Marcy have lived in Swampscott since 2001. Jeff has been involved in social justice causes since high school, so joining UUCGL was a perfect fit. He is a member of the Social Justice Ministry Team and enjoys working on several projects related to social concerns.
Michael Celona currently serves as Past President. He and his wife Mindy joined the church in 2007 ahead of the birth of their first daughter, Isabella (with Lucia to follow). Wanting to raise their children in a religion based on love, compassion, social justice, and environmental awareness - it was UU or bust! Luckily, UUCGL proved to be a great fit for them. Michael’s main interest is in social justice work and he has been a member of the Social Justice Ministry Team since joining the church. Professionally, Michael works for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He is also Vice President of the Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach and a volunteer at the St Stephen’s Food Pantry in Lynn.
Suzanne Forgione serves as the Board’s Clerk. Suzanne is a “genuine church lady” and a UU for over 40 years. Suzanne raised her daughter, Laura, in the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church. She looked for a new church when she moved to Salem in 2004. She found it at UUCGL. A member since 2007, she has served as co-chair of the Social Justice Ministry Team and chair of the Hospitality Team before joining the Board. She has also been active with Covenant Groups. Gratefully retired after working as a social worker for over 40 years, she lives in Salem with her husband, Duane (whom she married in 2014 at UUCGL with Rev. Vicki officiating), and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, April. She is eagerly awaiting the end of the pandemic so she can go back to being an active part of her grandchildren’s lives and volunteer with the Kids in Community After School Program in Lynn.
Sarah Cecil currently serves as Treasurer and member of the Board, but her major dedication is to the choir. Sarah is also a member of the church’s task force to address the impact on the church of the proposed Stanley School expansion. Retired from her responsibilities as general counsel for a bioplastics development company, Sarah keeps busy with a variety of activities and is enjoying visits with her first grandchild. Sarah is a long-time member of the church, having served in the past as President and currently serving as a member of the Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and Governance Committee.
Rebecca Greene serves as Assistant Treasurer. She 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 2020-2021 Board of Trustees
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Past President: Michael Celona
Co-Vice Presidents: Jeff Gunther & Mark Vander Linden
Treasurer: Sarah Cecil
Assistant Treasurer: Rebecca Greene
Clerk: Suzanne Forgione
At Large: Ruth Griffin
At Large: Jim Olivetti
At Large: Loretta Connolly
At Large: Mary Gatlin