UCH Board of Trustees
Liz Reyes – President
Liz Reyes grew up in Riverside, IL and currently lives there with her husband, Benjamin, and son, Rafael. Liz and her family have been attending UCH for several years and have been members for three years. Liz volunteered in the RE program for a year, served on the membership committee and was the Growth and Learning Circle Coordinator for two years. Liz is currently serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors and is a member of the religious education committee and the worship committee. Liz likes to read, travel with her family, go the library, listen to the radio, take long walks, practice yoga and sometimes run. Liz works as a Senior Loan Officer with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a non-profit focused on creating housing solutions for the homeless and other vulnerable populations. Liz has over 20 years of non-profit management and real estate development experience and has worked at several Chicago area non-profits and served on a number of non-profit boards and advisory committees. Liz has an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, an MA in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a BS in Public Administration from Indiana University and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois. Email: email@example.com
Emily Crement – Vice President
I have been a member of UCH for three years, and am proud to serve on the board. UCH has provided me a spiritual home where I have made connections with wonderful people with whom I share common values. I am an Instructional Specialist at Lincoln Middle School in Berwyn, and I am pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership through National Louis University. I live in Willowbrook with my husband, Greg Lane, my son, Calvin, and our two doggies, Zooey and Alison. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Pabian – Secretary
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. Email: email@example.com
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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Mooney – Trustee at Large
I’ve been a member of UCH for nearly 20 years and was raised as a UU in a small (and often under-funded!) church in NY. My recent experience serving on the Ministerial Search Committee helped to deepen my commitment to our church and its future. I love the RE program at UCH and enjoy being on the RE Committee, a volunteer teacher and Coming of Age mentor. My husband, Tim, and I have three adult daughters who grew up in the church. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity to support this community by serving on the Board. Email: email@example.com
Patrick Provenzale – Trustee at Large
I grew up in Downers Grove and have lived in the western suburbs of Chicago my entire life except during college and law school. I was baptized Roman Catholic but did not practice Catholicism, even though attending Catholic schools from first grade through law school. I first came to UCH in January of 2015 looking to find my spirituality and faith, and quickly found UCH to be home. My family, (my wife, Carrie, and two children, Nora and Patrick – we call him Patch) officially joined UCH last spring.
Professionally, I am attorney practicing for the past 16 years in a small firm of 6 lawyers in Lisle, where I handle a lot of civil rights / constitutional law cases involving police misconduct, discrimination and free speech claims, in addition to other general civil litigation cases. Before private practice, I was an Assistant State’s Attorney prosecuting cases here in DuPage for about 6 years. In my free time, I enjoy chauffeuring my children, grocery shopping and squeezing in the occasional round of bad golf. My wife Carrie and I are fortunate to have found the UCH community and family and are grateful for the opportunity to contribute our time, efforts and resources.
Monica Acosta – Trustee at Large