MidAmerica Region Nominating Committee 2019-20
(2018-2021) Kees deWit is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is his 3rd term and final term on the MAR nominating committee. Since joining the church, he has volunteered for many different functions in church life (including congregational president and treasurer, stewardship chair, endowment chair, worship chair and ministerial search committee).
He has great interest in UU history and collects old books about this topic. His favorite past time is riding his bicycle on the Fort Wayne trail system. After arriving in the USA from the Netherlands in 1992, Kees became a naturalized US citizen in 2008. He married Ruth deWit in 2006. Their blended family has 4 children ranging from 19 to 34 with only a cat still at home. Currently he is an automotive quality systems auditor for BSI, He has a BSEE from the Netherlands and a MSMM from Kettering University.
(2018-2020) A US Citizen of African descent, Claude lives in Wauwatosa, WI with his wife and children. His spiritual quest found a home at the Unitarian Universalist Church West of Brookfield WI a few years ago, in 2014. As an active member of his congregation, Claude currently works with the membership committee and also contributes to the leadership development team’s work. He participated in the 2016 - 2017 “Wellspring” program at UUC West. The past three years, he has been involved (as a student and now as a staff) with the Midwest Leadership School (MWLS).
In his daily occupation, Claude is the Logistics & Transportation Team Lead for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate – Milwaukee, a food manufacturer. Outside of work, he has a passion for sustainable community development and partakes in the “Grow and Eat Local” movement of sustainable urban agriculture. Every summer, he grows most of his family’s next year’s ethnic vegetable needs.
Rev. Julie Brock
(2018-2020) Rev. Julie Brock serves as the Consulting Minister to the Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton, Michigan. A life-long UU, Julie grew up attending the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, where she served as board member and in many other leadership roles.
Julie recently completed her internship at the First Unitarian Society of Madison and worked as a chaplain resident at the Mayo Clinic. She graduated from Starr King School for the ministry in 2014, where she served as student body co-president. Julie has been very active in youth and young adult activities, serving as the moderator of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult steering committee.
(2018-2020) My journey in this faith came out of a search for a spiritual home that spoke to my commitment for social, gender, racial and environmental justice. The Fellowship in Columbia, Missouri, was my initial church home. Professional advancement in pharmaceutical sales took me and my two children to the North Shore Unitarian Society in Deerfield, IL. First Unitarian Society of Chicago, my home since 1990, has been a place where I have served on several councils and committees.
Nationally, opportunities on the Planning Committee, the (now defunct) Whitney Young Fund, and the Jubilee Working Group for Anti-Racism have been highlights of my involvement with the UUA. Now retired and working part-time as a driving instructor, I look forward to contributing through this position.
(2019-2021) Katherine M. (Kay) Slama is a consultant in behavioral health and management who has been a member of the UU Church of Willmar, MN since 2006. Kay has served on the Nominating Committee from 2017-2019 and as its Co-Chair from 2018-2019. She has served on her church board, and as Social Justice Chair for 9 years. Kay participates actively in MUUSJA (MN UU Social Justice Alliance). She presents several services at her church each year, generally on social justice or environmental topics.
Kay’s experience includes conference coordination, grant writing and reviewing, clinical psychology, teaching in university professorship positions, membership on professional boards, Executive Director of a mental health center, and author of professional publications, as well as web-based workshops on Dealing with Stress. Many of her current professional activities involve rural services and advocacy. Among other activities, she enjoys the outdoors, photography, and volunteer social justice work.
(2019-2021) Bob Lovell has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing since 1980. Bob has served on the Nominating Committee from 2017-2019 and as its Co-Chair from 2018-2019. He has also served as Coming of Age Mentor, Ministerial Search Committee Chair, President, and in other roles. He has been an alternate or delegate to the Regional Assembly many times and he and his wife Kathy are Chalice Lighters. He has also enjoyed ushering at the last five General Assemblies and plans to do so again in Spokane.
In addition to church work, Bob is a volunteer with an American Red Cross disaster team and with the Meridian Township Transportation Commission, and is a retired statistician, manager and teacher. He looks forward to continuing to contribute to the MidAmerica Region as a member of the Nominating Committee. We seek a committed, highly qualified and diverse volunteer governance team.
(2019-2021) Helen Dwyer is a third generation Unitarian-Universalist. As a member of All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1979, Helen has served on committees with All Souls including Fine Arts, Marketing, Religious Education, Adult Education, Marketing, and Communications. Ms. Dwyer served 8 years as secretary on the Church Council. The Church Council was the chairs of the program committees that met once a month to discuss upcoming programs.
Ms. Dwyer taught Sunday School classes for toddlers for two years, first grade through 4 grades in following years.