Our Elected Leaders
2016-2017 Board of Trustees
(Photos below courtesy of Deja View Photography)
President – Marilyn Mitchell
Marilyn Mitchell spent her formative years in Los Angeles, earned a BA in history at Occidental College and followed husband Rod to the University of Texas where she made the fortuitous decision to secure a library degree resulting in an unplanned career in librarianship. She was a cataloger and administrator at Oregon State University and the University of Colorado and retired in 2003 from the University of Puget Sound as the director of the library.
After moving to Port Townsend they became members of QUUF. In 2004 she worked with the Stewardship committee by making a spread sheet of pledges and consequently became a member of that committee. The following year she organized the stewardship dinner, then chaired the committee for three more years. She also served on the Personnel Committee and the Finance Committee and was elected to the Board where she served as treasurer.
Vice-President – Onnolee Stevens
Onnolee is retired from a career as psychotherapist, program director, and consulting psychologist to nonprofits. A long-time solo backpacker, hiker, camper and now a novice recorder player, she continues to be curious about how people interact and cooperate.
Secretary – Sigrid Cummings
Since joining QUUF in 2011, Sigrid has served on the Administration Committee, taught Zumba at a women’s retreat, made Sunday coffee, and provided entertainment at stewardship dinners and talent/no talent shows. She has also been on the boards of a women’s fundraising guild and a food bank, as well as working alongside the boards of several other organizations in the course of her administrative career. She retired in 2013 as office manager of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Port Townsend.
Treasurer – Janet Palmer
Janet Palmer is beginning her third year on the QUUF Board. She brings to the Board expertise in office management and insurance claims processing. She worked 24 years as a medical office manager and 17 years with the American Red Cross in Safety Services. Janet has served as Assistant Treasurer and is in her second year as Board Treasurer. Janet’s volunteer interests include the QUUF Finance and Endowments committees, the QUUF Auction and many Alps programs. She is an avid rower and eagerly awaits the building of her new home in Quimper Village.
Assistant Treasurer – Penny Ridderbusch
Penny Ridderbusch is a graduate of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She worked as a CPA and in the accounting software field for the last 40 years. Recently retired, she served on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including serving as treasurer for an international nonprofit organization for three years. Recently she has served on the QUUF Endowments Committee. She participated with other QUUF members as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. She also served as a financial secretary when counting money after the second service at QUUF. One of her favorite things is getting to know other QUUF members at events and at dinners she and her partner Kathleen Croston purchased at the annual auction.
Trustee – Carrie Andrews
Carrie Andrews graduated from the Evergreen State College, moved to Port Townsend in 1995, and joined QUUF in 1997. She has served on numerous committees and been on the board twice before, once as President. Her daughter Peri grew up in QUUF and was very active in every aspect of the church until leaving for college in 2014. Carrie has a varied work history: she owned a web development company for many years, was a school administrator at Swan School, was the co-director of the Wooden Boat Festival, and most recently was the Communications Director for the Northwest Maritime Center. She is currently acting as a consultant for small businesses in the process of starting up or expanding. Carrie and her husband, QUUF member Ross Goodwin, enjoy hiking, biking, dancing, and exploring the Northwest.
Trustee – Kathy Constantine
Kathy Constantine is an experienced management person with a long history of working with different governing bodies in such organizations such as Skookum, Nordland Garden Club, Northwind Arts Center and AAUW. Her professional endeavors include divisional marketing director for Republic Health Corporation and regional marketing for American Medical International where she supervised the marketing in over 30 hospitals. In addition to that she has experience as a DRE at a Congregational Church in Eugene OR.
She has a lot to offer as a board member because of extensive leadership and organizational experience. She has worked with numerous boards and committees through her life. Here at QUUF she has participated in Bruce’s “Building Your Own Theology” class and feels a keen sense of belonging in this congregation. She has also volunteered as a Sunday Morning Greeter.
Trustee – Roger Delmar
Roger Delmar was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a very conservative, depression influenced family. He received a BA from Whitworth University and did graduate work in theology in preparation for a Christian ministry. That was followed by 7 eventful years in Austria where his primary work was carrying Bibles and other Christian literature into the Iron Curtain countries surrounding Austria. Upon returning to the states and going through a life altering divorce, he joined the Redmond, WA division of Honeywell Inc. where he was a Program Manager until his retirement in 2002.
Concurrently with his secular career, he followed a lifelong spiritual quest that led from his beginnings in a very rigid, orthodox Christianity, into New Age, a Lakota Sioux Native American Community, and then to several productive years in a liberal, Cabalistic oriented Jewish community in Seattle. Upon retirement he moved to Port Townsend where he was drawn to QUUF. QUUF has been a nurturing, growing experience and he has had the opportunity to be part of a Covenant Group, facilitate an Affinity Group, participate in many of the ALPS programs, and be a long time Sunday morning usher. He is honored to serve this unique and remarkable fellowship as a member of the Board.
Trustee – Karl Bach
Karl Bach, the son of a Unitarian Minister, joined the U.S. Navy in 1955 and spent his career with the U.S. Navy Band, Washington DC where he served as a vocalist, percussionist and later in administration. His experience in church administration includes producing two newsletters for the local Friends congregation. After relocating to Portland in 1983 he sang in the choir of the 1st Unitarian Church of Portland where he met his wife Linda. He continued his musical pursuits in the Portland area. Karl and Linda moved to Port Townsend in 2000.
Karl is on the board of the Marvin Shields Memorial American Legion Post 26 and is the conductor of the Port Townsend Summer Band. He earned his Master’s Degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR. At QUUF Karl has served as chair of the Sunday Services Committee, sung in the choir, served on the Music Committee and on the Stewardship Committee. Karl wrote the music to our Covenant statement and to a responsive reading of a poem by Adrian Swets “Flowers” which Bruce has offered during our Flower Communion services. He also attends our Pillars for Parents support group.