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Co-Chair Helen Dwyer, All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, IN
Co-Chair Mel Priese, Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, MO
MidAmerica Region Nominating Committee 2020-21
(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.
(2020-2022) Mel Priese is a third generation Unitarian Universalist member of Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood, MO where she hopes to continue the legacy of involvement and leadership that her grandmother and mother began with Eliot’s founding. As a youth, Mel participated in RE, OWL and the Senior High group, often helping plan and lead activities. She also helped plan and host youth conferences as a member of the Southern Area Youth Council, and has attended various UU enrichment programs throughout her youth and young adult career such as the Youth Midwest Leadership School, Youth Summer Seminary, and the Meaning Makers spiritual retreat. Currently she works with Eliot's Young Adult Group to build a strong and inclusive community.
After graduating in May 2019 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis with a Bachelors of Liberal Studies in Art and Music, Mel completed a social justice internship through the UUCSJ, working with the Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. in New York State.
Rev. Julie Brock
(2018-2022) 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.
(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.
Scott Emison Clair
(2020-2022) Scott Emison Clair has been a member of First Unitarian Church of Des Moines for the last 16 years. During that time he has served on the Religious Services Committee, on the Council of Congregational Ministries, facilitated multiple adult and youth RE Classes including OWL, Small Group Ministries, Soul Matters, Wellsprings, and Coming of Age, and is currently on the Board of Trustees.
Scott has also been active in a variety of health related nonprofit work including founding a statewide HIV and Hepatitis Advocacy Group and serving on the board of a local Federally Qualified Health Center (Primary Health Care). He is married to Lori and they have two kids. Scott’s “day job” is working as a data scientist determining the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
(2020-2022) John Lunsford lives in Terre Haute, IN and along with his husband David is a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Terre Haute. John currently serves as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee as well as Board Member and Past Board Chair. On Sundays and most church functions he runs the Audio/visual system at the church. Technically retired since 2014, he enjoys boating on any river and the seemingly endless maintenance projects any church seems to need. David is active in the church and works at a local area hospital, they share their home with a small furry tornado named Molly.