Julia Beckman – President
I have been a member of UCH since 1966 and served in many capacities; President of the Alliance, RE Chair, Fundraising Chair, Clinic Escort. But, I’m most proud that I founded and still direct the Celebration Singers who enrich many church services throughout the year. In the community, I’m serving my 5th term on the Community High School 99 Board of Education, home of two large high schools located in Downers Grove, and was board president for 10 years. Professionally I have over 20 years’ experience in human resource management and am currently enjoying being a Job Coach with Challenger, Gray and Christmas, the oldest outplacement company in the U.S. I approach the job of president of our congregation with great humility, a love of this church and a desire to help all of its members and friends minister to each other and to the community.
Liz Reyes – Vice President
Susan Hebble – Secretary
As a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and a 12-year-member of UCH, I am dedicated not only to this church but to the denomination. A few years ago, I served on the board for 2 years (managing the Communications portfolio), and over the years I’ve been involved in the Religious Education program, teaching, mentoring for Coming of Age, and serving on and, for 3 years, chairing the R.E. Committee. I have co-edited the Touchstone for several years as well. I’ve been involved in several other local non-profit organizations, such as Girl Scouts, PTA, our school district’s Band and Orchestra Association, our school district’s Foundation for Educational Excellence, and Constance Morris House. I have a PhD in English and teach part time at College of DuPage. My husband, Jeff, and I have two daughters, 20 and 15, who have both enjoyed our wonderful R.E. program. I think our church is entering an exciting time with lots of potential for development and growth, and I look forward to contributing what I can during the upcoming transition.
Although raised basically as a Unitarian in the Rockford church, there’s a little Methodist indoctrination, with a Christian Science-reared mother in the mix. To marry a Catholic, I took instruction, which made me appreciate my roots all the more. My career was teaching English, speech, and remedial reading and directing high school musicals. I found UCH in the late 70’s when I sought RE for my daughter, and attended for 10 years, then took a hiatus, returning in 2004 after retiring . I joined the choir immediately, was secretary on the Board from 2005 – 2008, have co-chaired Holiday Harvest since 2006, led a chalice circle for three years, am a founding member of Green Sanctuary, and helped with the AWR revitalization. I admire the dedication of the many members who step up and “get ‘er done” for the good of the church, and will, with so many others, work to continue to build a strong, caring community.
Steve Trout – Treasurer
I grew up attending Paint Branch Unitarian Church in Silver Springs, Maryland, where my parents have
remained active members for over 40 years. Since moving to Chicago 23 years ago, I first attended
the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago. Later, I joined the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist
Congregation, after Athena and I married and moved to Elmwood Park over 20 years ago. We
discovered the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale over 8 years ago, shortly after moving to Western Springs.
Since joining UCH about 5 years ago, I have gotten increasingly involved, helping with business
solicitations for Holiday Harvest, a Chalice Circle group that meets Saturday mornings twice a month,
and with special projects, such as installing insulation in the Sanctuary attic. While getting involved
takes time, Athena and I find that doing so offers an enriching opportunity to learn, grow, and make
friends and connections to the UCH Community.
Dan Bennecke – Trustee at Large
Karen Porter – Trustee at Large
Karen has been a member of the UCH since 1997. She was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013 and reelected to a two-year term in 2014. She has also ushered and served on the Membership Committee. Karen was born and raised in Minnesota, where she was confirmed and married (51 years ago!) in the Congregational church. She retired from the American Hospital Association in 2012 after a 40-year career in health care communications. She lives in Hinsdale with her husband Roland, a retired attorney.
Emily Crement – Trustee at Large
Mike Pabian – Trustee at Large
Recently retired from in-house attorney position with Exelon (ComEd) and previously with Ameritech. Originally from Detroit. Raised Catholic but “ran away” (i.e., did not “fall away”) after the light went on in college. (“In Humanae Vitae” helped a great deal in that regard.) Began regularly attending services at UCH about 20 years ago, after several years of coming for the “ritual” at Christmas. Taught RE (K-1, Haunting House) periodically for a number of years. My first students are now well past college age. Live in Western Springs with long-time spouse, Janelle. Adult kids – Daniel, David, and Sarah – are all RE alums.
Susan Mooney – Trustee at Large