2019-20 MidAmerica Board of Trustees
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David Lauth, President
(Term 2018-2021) David Lauth has been a member of the MidAmerica Board of Trustees since 2015 and is currently serving as President. He is a member of two very different Unitarian Universalist congregations in Minnesota. He is a long-time member of First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, where he has served as President of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Nominating Committee, Pastoral Care Committee, Personnel Committee, Music Committee, and Committee on Ministry. He is also a charter member of the fledgling UU Community of Red Wing, in existence since 2016.
He was the District Coordinator for the 2010 UUA General Assembly in Minneapolis. In that role, he worked with the General Assembly Planning Committee, and he recruited and led a team of 200 local volunteers. Prior to the formation of the MidAmerica Region, he served as a volunteer conflict consultant for the Prairie Star District, working with a number of congregations that were experiencing difficult conflicts. He is also a singer/songwriter, and he performs regularly at the services of UU congregations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a labor and employment lawyer and mediator, and he has an active volunteer mediation practice. David is passionate about building a strong future for Unitarian Universalism and our work in the world, and he is excited about this opportunity to serve the MidAmerica Region.
Tammy Lemmer, Vice President
(Term 2019-2022) Tammy Lemmer has served on the MidAmerica Board of Trustees since 2017 and as Secretary for the last year. Professionally she works in the non-profit/human services sector. After 8 years as a Girl Scout Executive and over 12 years in domestic and sexual violence prevention, she now works for her local Area Agency on Aging. She also contracts with the Michigan Department of Education to support safe and supportive school environments for LBGT youth. She is very active in community activities and serves on her local school board.
Tammy has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing (Michigan) since 2002. Her congregational involvement includes volunteering with Children's RE, (including facilitating Coming of Age and Our Whole Lives for Middle Schoolers), Social Action initiatives, and Stewardship and Capital Campaign Committees. Her other leadership roles at UUCGL include serving on the Congregation’s Board of Trustees for five years (with terms as VP for Programs and Secretary,) Nominating Committee, Chair of Denominational Affairs, and Program and Policy Transitions committee (for reviewing and updating the congregation's Constitution and Bylaws). Within the Region, she is an experienced delegate, and prior to joining the Board she served as a member and chair of both the Heartland District and the Regional Nominating Committees.
Brian Bach, Treasurer
(Term 2019-2022) Brian Bach lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He is a member of the Black Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Brian enjoys the outdoors through camping and hiking. He is an avid soccer fan.
The focus of Brian’s spiritual life is Buddhism which includes a mediation practice and on-going education. He supports the work in confronting white supremacy encouraged by the UUA and MidAmerica. He is active in leading Adult Religious Exploration for his congregation which consciously addresses topics of oppression, privilege, and healing in our community.
Brian is married to Mahala. They have three adult sons. He and Mahala work together at a mental health counseling practice.
Dorit Bergen, Secretary
(Partial term 2019-2020) Dorit has been a Unitarian Universalist and a member of the First Unitarian Society of Madison (FUS) since 1976. She currently serves on the FUS Board of Trustees and as one of their lay ministers. Dorit helps coordinate the FUS team that volunteers mornings at one of the Madison area shelters, and is the FUS liaison to the Dane Sanctuary Coalition. Outside of FUS she is the current president of the council of a local peer to peer support group for seniors, and co-president of a chapter of a teacher charitable organization. Dorit is a retired middle school math teacher.
Kyrie Bock, At-Large
(Partial term 2018-2020) Kyrie Bock is a 3rd generation UU, originally from Florida and the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. She has been in Chicago now for 6 + years and recently completed what brought her here, an MBA in Marketing and Management from Loyola University Chicago and a Professional Certificate for Leadership in Sustainability Management from The University of Chicago. While her background is in Marketing and Financial Services, it was here in Chicago where she uncovered her passion and commitment to Sustainability, Non-Profit, Higher-Ed, and all its offerings.
Kyrie is an active member of the community both locally and regionally - she currently serves as a Trustee on the Board for the Mid America Region for UUA, is a Chair for the Membership Committee at Unity Temple Unitarian Church, where she is a 4 year+ member, and serves as Vice President for Net Impact Chicago. Her love and passion for the environment drives her professional desires to continue to make her local community in Chicago a great place to live, work and play “green”, and she looks forward to making that same positive impact here at 1st Unitarian Church of Chicago and on a global scale.
Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, At-Large
(Term 2019-2021) Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan worked first as a community organizer in Dallas TX, and then for 11 years as an administrator and faculty member at El Centro College. In addition, Sarah taught in the Dallas County Jail Program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in interdisciplinary social science and an MPA from University of North Texas. In 2008, Sarah moved with her husband, John, and older daughter Allyn to Denver in pursuit of a Masters of Divinity at the Iliff School of Theology to become a UU minister. John currently works as a Coordinator for a new Restorative Practices program at a middle school in Topeka. They welcomed Aine to the family in June 2009.
For two years, Sarah worked at Community College of Denver as the First Year Experience Coordinator. She left in August 2010 to pursue her MDiv full-time. Since then, she has assisted with the UUA pilot project called “Leap of Faith” and served as an intern chaplain at St. Anthony North Hospital. A Unitarian Universalist since 1993, Sarah has been a member at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, First Unitarian in Dallas, and First Unitarian Society of Denver, serving in many roles, including: on boards; committees; as a guest speaker; and in religious education. In 2006 she traveled with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to Guatemala to learn about fair trade coffee and the work of Equal Exchange. She enjoyed serving as a ministerial intern for 2012-13 year at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and working as a student consulting minister with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laramie part time from June 2013 to July 2014. She is currently serving the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, KS.