About Us

Meet our Board of Trustees

Linda MironModerator   
I have been a member of the First Universalist Church of West Hartford for over 20 years. My husband Tom Binder and I joined when we moved to West Hartford and have since raised our three children – Jake, Sarah, and Molly Binder – in the church. Since I was raised in the U-U faith, I grew up attending the UU church in Chelmsford, Ma, Tom and I were married in the UU church in Rockport, Ma, and I attended the UU church occasionally when I was in college in Providence, RI. I am an English teacher and this is my 22nd year teaching at Simsbury High School. I was a Sunday School teacher in our Religious Education Program for many years while my children were growing up, although more recently my focus has been in helping to create and execute hands-on service projects involving our children through the Connections Team. I’m excited to fill the vacancy on the Policy Board in order to help the church in a new capacity since my children are aging out of the Religious Education Program. tomlinda3@comcast.net

Dave Lee,
Jon and his wife Nan joined the Universalist Church in 1993. Over the years, he has served on committees, taught Sunday school, lead services, volunteered to help out with numerous events and participated in many activities. Their three adult children Claire, Tim and Scott were raised in the church school program and were active in the high school youth group…priceless learning and experiences. Jon feels blessed to have grown spiritually and been lovingly nurtured by the Fern St. community always feeling he has received more than he has given. He has served as Co-Moderator of the Board of Trustees since 2015.

Iradj (Raj) Mehrmanesh    
I have been a happy member of the Universalist Church of W.H. since 1978. I have had a son and a daughter grow up in the church school and Youth Group here. My daughter was the first “live” baby Jesus in the Christmas Pageant as I played Joseph! I taught World Religion to 4th graders for 10 years and was a parent advisor to the Youth Group for 8 years. I live in Farmington and in the past, I have served as the Vice President of the Congregation and chaired the Personnel committee for several years. More recently, I served on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Membership sub-group for 2 years and the Stewardship Committee for one year. I am a member of the Men’s group and have been in many Small Group programs. Currently, I serve as one of the representatives on the Policy Board. iradj99@gmail.com

Jim Gregory      
Hello good people of this Church.  I married Cyndi Coia in 1996; we moved to West Hartford in '97; started attending this Church the following year.  Rev. Stephen noticed we were regulars, so we readily took his advice to become members.  Our daughter Katherine was dedicated by Rev. Jean.  And yes, we portrayed the Holy Family in the Pageant (Dec. of 2000).  I went on to serve multiple terms as a Deacon, and have taught RE classes ever since Katherine enrolled.  Immediately after  Rev. Jan's farewell I led two Sunday services.  I regularly enjoy the camaraderie of our volunteers at the Foodshare truck. 

My college degree is in Philosophy.  While I continue to lead discussion groups, I make my living as a dance caller.  In the late 1980's I even served as staff member/dance teacher at Rowe Camp.  I feel very much at home with the UU approach to life and spirituality.  And I value the good people I get to meet here.  jimgregory26@sbcglobal.net

Gretchen Fountain
Gretchen has been a member of the church since 2006. She has volunteered with many church activities over those years, including auctions, rummage sales, the food ministry, and the choir. Her deepest involvement included ten years directing and producing the Universalist Players multi-generational musicals, serving on the Stewardship Committee and the Social Justice Ministry. She is passionate about justice and equity, loves animals, reading and travelling. Gretchen has been raising visibility and money for nonprofit organizations in the Hartford region throughout her career. She lives in West Hartford with her husband Rick; their daughter Julia is currently in law school. Gretchen was happy to join our Board of Trustees in 2019, and is committed to the health and stability of this loving community.

Kathryn Henderson

Jennifer Madison