About Us

Meet our Board of Trustees

Universalist Church of West Hartford Board of Directors
Top Row, left to right: Dave Lee, Kathryn Henderson, Jim Gregory.
Bottom Row, left to right: Linda Miron, Jennifer Madison, Iradj Mehrmanesh.
Not pictured: Gretchen Fountain.

Linda MironCo-Moderator   

I am honored to be serving as a co-moderator on the Board of Trustees this year.   Before serving on the Board, I was a teacher in our Religious Education Program for many years while my children were growing up, until my focus shifted to serving as a member of the Connections Team.  Throughout all my experiences in our church community, I have always appreciated that “love is the spirit” is the guiding principle of our congregation and the work we do together. Tom is a pediatrician in Avon, and I have been teaching English at Simsbury High School for 26 years. I myself was raised in the UU faith, attending the UU churches in Chelmsford and Rockport, MA, and Providence, RI at different times in my life, and it was important to me to raise my children in the same liberal religious tradition.   This church has been and continues to be a wonderful religious home for both me and my family. tomlinda3@comcast.net

Dave Lee, Co-Moderator 
I joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 and was elected co-Moderator for the 2019-2020 Church year.  My family began attending the UCWH 1983.  I was recruited almost immediately by the late Rev. Jean Brown to teach Sunday School and went on to serve on the Board of Finance, as Church Auditor, and as Vice President and President under the former governance structure.  My wife, Jackie (also a long-time UCWH member), and I were both widowed in 2004, and there is only a little truth to the rumor that our romance blossomed when the minister appointed us to the same Church committee.  We were married in the Church in 2006. I retired at the end of 2017 after 22 years as General Manager of CTtransit.  I work part-time for a company that manages bus systems throughout North America and co-teach a course on transportation planning for the National Transit Institute at Rutgers.  Jackie and I have four grown children, and three granddaughters whom I delight in spoiling shamelessly. I am truly honored to be elected to the Board of Trustees and look forward to celebrating our 200th anniversary.

Iradj (Raj) Mehrmanesh    
I got married in this church in 1970 and have been a member since 1978.  My two children (Laura and Jeff) were part of this church from their birth all the way through Youth Group.  I’m retired now and have 4 grandchildren (2 on each coast).  My parents and sisters live in Canada so I travel a lot to Ottawa and Toronto as well as the Bay Area out west.  I taught 4th-grade Religious Education for 10 years, was a volunteer Youth Advisor for 8 or 9 years and Coming of Age Advisor for a few more.  Over the years, I have served on most committees, councils, and boards of the church and been part of many Small Groups.  Currently, I’m on the Board of Trustees and liaison to the Membership Development and the Youth Group.  I also help with the Food Pantry and do occasional IT work as needed. You’ll see me around with a camera a lot! iradj99@gmail.com

Jim Gregory      
Hello Members and Friends of this Church, which I have attended since 1998.  Cyndi Coia married me in '96; we moved to West Hartford in '97; we were drawn in by the sermons of Rev. Stephen Kendrick.  Our daughter Katherine (that is Pax, now a UCONN student) was dedicated by Rev. Jean Brown.  We were chosen to portray the Holy Family in our December 2000 Pageant.  I was inspired to serve multiple years as a Deacon  --  while teaching in the Religious Education program. I make my living as a dance teacher and caller.  My talents have been employed at Rowe Camp, Pinewoods and Salomon.  A college degree in Philosophy undergirds my Lively Minds class in town.  Here I have led the Sunday service four times.  I feel very much at home with the UU approach to life and spirituality.  I value the good people I get to know here.  I regularly enjoy camaraderie with the volunteers and recipients at the Foodshare truck. jimgregory26@sbcglobal.net

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

Kathryn Henderson
I joined the church as a member in early 2018 and am new to the board of trustees in 2019. I enjoy the sense of community at our church and have been a part of the service auction and the social justice ministry. I’m looking forward to celebrating the church’s bicentennial in 2021. 

Jennifer Madison
My husband, James, and I, have been attending the Universalist Church since early 2009.  I joined the choir almost immediately as a way of satisfying her yearning to worship through music.  Aside from a few sabbaticals around the births of their two children, Joshua and Jacob, I have continued to actively participate in the music program at the church.  We greatly appreciate the content and the people involved in the Religious Education program - a key reason they chose this church: a community that encourages ongoing education, acceptance, and openness to a diversity of faiths and perspectives. I became a member in 2017 and has recently begun participating in more of the worship services as a reader.  By joining the Board of Trustees in 2019, I am looking forward to getting to know more of the people and the organizations within the larger church while working to further the progress and work in the world since Love is the Spirit.