Senior Minister Search Committee

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Search Committee Members

terry dawsonTerry Dawson

Years at the Fellowship: 20-25

Why are you interested in serving on the Search Committee?

I am interested in contributing meaningfully to the Fellowship because of all the Fellowship gives to me and our community.  While I am a little overawed by the responsibility of helping select a Senior Minister, I also view it as a great opportunity to help in a significant way.

Describe your past and present involvement at the Fellowship:

Board 2 yrs; Nominating committee chair 2 terms; Newsletter editor 3 yrs; Religious Education: 12 years at various age levels, including Coming of Age; Choir: approx 15 years, occasional special music & UU band; Bylaws revision committee (w/ Len Weis, Nadine Miller & Janet Veum); Building Committee co-chair 07-14; Crystal Ball Committee 1 yr; Coffee Host 3 yrs; Social Justice Committee chair, 1 year (1995?); Partner Church Committee, many years active, 1 yr as chair, 2 pilgrimages to Deva; Hunger & Homelessness Action Team, 1 yr as co-chair, member since 2010; Climate Justice Action Team co-chair, current

What makes you a good candidate to be serving on the Search Committee?

I enjoy committee work and trying to find consensus.  I hope that I am mostly a positive person who works to see different sides of issues and find a path forward.  I have considerable experience in personnel management and hiring, as well as nonprofit operations, community organizations, and diversity issues. I believe in policy governance, the importance of communication and congregational engagement. I’m highly committed to the Fellowship, its mission, its important role in the Fox Valley, and Unitarian Universalism.


Theresa HannahTheresa Hannah

Years at the Fellowship: 10-15

Why are you interested in serving on the Search Committee?

It is extremely important work and I’d like to help.

Describe your past and present involvement at the Fellowship:

Was part of 3 Fellowship work trips to New Orleans;  Served as Treasurer on the Governing Board for 4 years;  Was chair of the Audit Committee for 4 years, and Co-Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee for 5 years;  As Treasurer worked on Stewardship Committee and Planned Giving Committee; Serve as a Welcomer and nursery volunteer.  I am currently working in a part-time staff position which is temporary and will end in June, 2016 before this search committee starts its work.

What makes you a good candidate to be serving on the Search Committee?

Love and dedication to the Fellowship; strong attention to detail which may be helpful in preparing Fellowship package for potential candidates; as a retiree I can easily devote the time required.


david powlingDavid Powling

Years at the Fellowship: 5-10

Why are you interested in serving on the Search Committee?

The Fellowship has been a very important place for me and my family as we have put down roots in Appleton. With no family in the US, we do see the community that is the Fellowship as our extended family and the UU has stepped up to help us in moments of need and importantly helped to shape our daughters into two strong independent women at UW Madison.

It would be a privilege to give back to the Fellowship by being part of the team to help identity and secure the new Senior Minister to take the Fellowship forward.

Describe your past and present involvement at the Fellowship:

Active member of UU choir and band for the past 7 years . Help out as volunteer pianist for services when needed.

What makes you a good candidate to be serving on the Search Committee?

Through my work at Kimberly Clark I spend a lot of my time working with and within diverse teams working to gain consensus on complex and often contentious issues.  With both of my daughters now at college, I have time available to invest into supporting the search committee.


photoLauren Thompson

Years at the Fellowship: 1-5

Why are you interested in serving on the Search Committee?

I think it is important that a young adult who grew up in the community helps to find a new minister, because my generation will be helping to lead the Fellowship forward as time goes on.

Describe your past and present involvement at the Fellowship:

In high school, I taught pre-school religious education. In 2008, I was asked to take over the childcare in the nursery. When I started student teaching, I had to stop working in the nursery, but I continued to substitute when they needed me. Currently, I sing in the choir at the Fellowship and Usher at the 9:00 Sunday service.

What makes you a good candidate to be serving on the Search Committee?

Although I have only been a member of the Fellowship for a few years, I grew up in this congregation. This has been my spiritual home for almost 25 years. I have the experience of being a child of the Fellowship as well as an adult member. I also spent two years living in Ann Arbor and attending the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Ann Arbor.


dave wallaceDave Wallace

Years at the Fellowship: More than 25

Why are you interested in serving on the Search Committee?

I believe that the Fellowship is at a crossroads of sorts – facing something as significant as filling the position of a seated Senior Minister, I feel called to help shoulder the burden and, truth be told, to share also in the blessings that will likely accompany this search process.

Describe your past and present involvement at the Fellowship:

Planned Giving from 2004-2005; Served as a mentor in the Coming of Age program 2008, 2009; Building addition design committee 2006-2010; Member of the Fellowship’s men’s group since the late 90’s; My son was involved in both the OWLs and Coming of Age programs.

What makes you a good candidate to be serving on the Search Committee?

I enjoyed a 30 year career in commercial photography, most of that time as a business owner.

Working with a wide variety of clients, business partners and employees provided ample opportunities to learn about the world, myself, and where and how concepts and people fit together best.

I’ll commit to an engaged and well reasoned decision making process while remaining respectful and open to those with opinions different than my own. I’m aware of, and am willing to be honest about, my shortcomings.


tim watsonTim Watson

Years at the Fellowship: 15-20

Why are you interested in serving on the Search Committee?

The Fellowship has been an important part of my life and I want to see it continue to grow successfully.

Describe your past and present involvement at the Fellowship:

With my husband, I am one of the lead couples for the Heart to Heart Retreat (10 years); Past member of Interweave, networking with other gay members and friends, helping our Fellowship to become a Welcoming Congregation; Coffee server (12+ years, including 4 years of organizing and scheduling).

What makes you a good candidate to be serving on the Search Committee?

I generally get along well with people. I’m organized and work well with a team.  Through past involvement, I have met and become friendly with many members and feel that I have a good sense of the spirit of the Fellowship and the direction it’s headed.


Marti Wheeler HeadshotMarti Wheeler

Years at the Fellowship: More than 25

Why are you interested in serving on the Search Committee?

I feel the Fellowship and Unitarian Universalism are very important voices that need to be heard to help this world of ours.  The Fellowship is very important to me and has been in the life of my family.  I feel compelled to continue to help us do the work to be a vibrant social justice seeking congregation and welcoming to all who wish to join us.

Describe your past and present involvement at the Fellowship:

Currently I am on the Personnel and Stewardship committees. I also was a member of the “State of the Fellowship” committee. Through my years here I have done many things: I was a volunteer DRE, taught Religious Education for many years and been a youth group advisor and Coming of Age coordinator. I served on the first Long Range Planning Committee and was President of the Board when we purchased the land for our current building. I co-chaired that capital campaign. I started and led the first Personnel Committee; I have been on Membership and spent many years on Finance and Stewardship. I was president of the Board again when we decided to move forward with the addition to the Fellowship and served on that Building Steering Committee. I have been a lay minister and worship leader. I have attended various UU workshops on medium and large size congregations; served as compensation consultant for the Central Midwest District and also on the district’s Youth/Adult Committee. I have also made many pots of coffee, cooked many a meal and washed many dishes at the Fellowship.

What makes you a good candidate to be serving on the Search Committee?

As we have moved from a small lay led congregation to today, I have been involved. I want an inspiring worship experience; I also understand the work done by a Senior Minister behind the scenes to make the Fellowship work. Not knowing all, I do feel I have a good handle on the history and culture of our Fellowship and how the administration and governance works.