Board of Trustees

About Our Trustees

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg's church office is located at our Clover Lane campus at 1280 Clover Lane in Harrisburg, just off of Eisenhower Blvd. in Swatara Township.

Church Office Days/Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm
Phone: 717.564.4761
Fax: 717.455.9469

Board of Trustees

David Spear

President

Joined UCH: 2007

UCH has been my spiritual home for more than 10 years. It has helped me grow spiritually and find my path in life.

I served on various teams and committees, starting with the Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Committee. I currently chair the Worship Team.  I assisted in the transition of a previous interim minister and served on a ministerial search committee.

These and other involvement prepared me for joining the board just over a year ago. It has been a pleasure to see our congregation find its direction over the last few years, and I greatly look forward to continuing this in the coming years.

I enjoy technology and take every opportunity to tinker with computers, smartphones, and audio equipment.

I worked for several years as an engineer, then an editor, and now I tutor students in math and science.

 

Guy Dannelley

Vice President

Joined UCH: 1976 and then again in 2013

I grew up in Elizabethtown, where I attended the Church of Brethren. In 1976, I discovered UCH and joined. Over the years, I was active in RE, worked on and was chair of the property committee for about 10 years, helped with the pledge campaign, and was an early member of the Philosophy and Literature book group. In the early 1990s, I drifted away from the church and was eventually dropped from membership, although I visited occasionally.

In 2013 I rejoined. It has reinvigorated my life and drawn me back into active service with the congregation.  I rejoined the book group, helped in the nursery and RE, and attend the Mindfulness Meditation group. I assist with the Gather the Spirit program at the Market Street Campus most Friday mornings and serve as part of the Market Street Implementation Team preparing rooms to rent at that campus. I joined a Covenant Group and served on the search committee for our current Interim Minister. I was elected to the Board in 2016 and have attended a number of training sessions for board members.

I married my wife Linda in 1968; we have two boys and a girl. 

Rima Cameron

Secretary

Joined UCH: 2004

I joined UCH in 2004, never having been a member of a church before. I grew up in California, Oregon, Colorado and Peru, and graduated from the University of Redlands in California with a dual major in psychology and music. I later obtained an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and a Master of Business Administration degree in health administration, and now work as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in Harrisburg.

I have two teenage children, belong to the UCH choir, and am a Covenant Group facilitator at church. I am a member of the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus, and enjoy cooking, reading, and movies in my leisure time.

I joined the UCH Board in 2016, and hope to help UCH become a place where people of all spiritual bents may feel at home, where the varied interests of our many members and friends can be nurtured, and where we can support and love one another wholeheartedly.

 

Ed Sykes

Treasurer

Joined UCH: Early 1980s

I joined UCH in the early 1980’s and began my involvement in the church by serving on both the R.E. and Social Action Committee. During my children’s early years, I taught in the R.E. program. I was honored to serve on a Search Committee and two terms on the Board. I have been the Finance Chair, Stewardship chair, and I have served for over fifteen years on the finance committee. I have assisted with the Auction, Yard sale and Kaleidoscope (a cabaret-style talent show that UCH hosted in the past to raise money for the music program). I am currently serving my third term on the board and second time as the Treasurer.

 

I am an employee of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I consider myself a religious liberal and a fiscal conservative. I believe that if we as a church intend to do something then we should be committed to finding a means to afford it.    

 

Of all the experiences that I have had associated with this church; I believe the most rewarding has been the renovation of the play structure for our children and youth. I was done in the spirit of generosity and for the safety of our most important members, our children who represent the future of our denomination. I believe that serving as a member of the board should reflect and represent what is best for the entire congregation.  

Joe Melillo

Trustee

Joined UCH: 1980

Born in Brooklyn, NYC and grew up in Lindenhurst, on Long Island's south shore. My paternal grandfather was an Italian immigrant and small cement business owner. My maternal grandma immigrated from France; her Mother had been a lion tamer in a French circus! 

After college, I searched diligently for a Social Studies teaching position but could not land one. I sought work in NYC but found that my history degree and teaching credentials did not prepare me for the business world, at least in the eyes of recruiters. I had always intended to attend law school eventually, so decided to apply the following year, and during the interim just work factory jobs. I labored at a vinyl fabrication plant as a machinist, and then for a lighting fixture company as its porter (a much more fulfilling position), and may still be carried on the rolls of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union.

I started law school at SUNY Buffalo in 1974. (Not so sunny, believe me. 200 inches of snow one year.) I met my future wife, Kandy Foust, at an orientation party. We married in 1977 following graduation and located in very rural and tidy Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania, where she worked for Blair County Legal Services. 

Kandy is originally from Gettysburg, and (being lawyers), we had a deal coming out of law school that whoever obtained a position first could accept it, and the other would follow. She really moved on this, and I was soon committed to living in rural Pennsylvania. I eventually found employment as a judge's law clerk in an adjoining county. I was told that I was the only person ever hired in that county solely on the basis of merit (all in good fun, of course.) 

We moved to the state capital, Harrisburg, in 1980, where Kandy started working as a counsel to the Public Utility Commission, and I joined the civil litigation law firm of Angino and Rovner. I toiled there for the next 30 years, and switched to a new (and smaller) firm in January of '10. I firmly believe that every thirty years or so we should do something different in life. The Hon. Kandace Melillo served as a judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission before retiring in late 2014.

Kandy and I have two adult children, Daniel (Ashley) and Amy (Seth). Amy and Seth have three daughters, and Dan and Ashley welcomed a healthy baby girl in December of 2017. Grandparenting is the best!

Kandy and I joined UCH in 1980, and raised the kids in the church’s RE program. We’ve both been very active in the church over the years. Kandy’s activities include the Board of Trustees, acting as Vice President, teaching RE, and serving on a search committee. I’ve now served on the Board of Trustees three times, including as Board President during the second stint. Other activities include choir, finance committee chair, RE teacher, and small group ministry facilitator.

I’m firmly committed to our denomination’s seven principles, but also adhere to two lesser known propositions, worth noting:  1. The N.Y. Yankees are a complete reason for living and  2. The Boston Red Sox are the root of most evil.  I do appreciate the diversity of thought and attitude which this church tolerates.

Lois Voigt

Trustee

I have worshiped at UCH for more than a decade since I first sought others with whom I could mourn on a dreary day in early November, 2004. While I no longer recall the sermon, I found wonderful consolation in the humor of Barb Hoskin’s playing “The Yellow Rose of Texas” as the postlude, and joined in the laughter that slowly permeated the congregation as they realized what she was doing. I have also been struck by the wisdom and depth of sharing in member reflections and summer sermons, and revel in those (largely) Sunday morning moments when sermon, music, story and fellowship create a very special shared something not found in solitude.

I joined the choir in 2005, and continue to sing in that group. If desperation comes knocking, I occasionally play the piano for services. I’ve served as Treasurer and as the Chair of the Finance Committee, reflecting my career and training. I have worked in senior positions in accounting and finance, primarily in higher education during and after completing a BA in business administration and English, an MBA, and a PhD in higher education administration. I currently serve as the associate treasurer at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster while eagerly anticipating retirement years with fewer meetings and more travel.

I met my current (and only!) wife, Marjy Schubauer-Hartman, at UCH as we crossed paths in choir, the Common Grounds Café, and a small group of church members who gather for fellowship. We were thrilled to share the joy of our wedding with many from the congregation last fall, and to participate in the celebration of life service for a good friend’s husband the very next day.

My personal hope was that we could sustain a vital ministry at both physical locations, but recognize the generosity required to do that must be based in a shared vision. I believe discerning an embraceable vision in a congregation that is wonderfully passionate about many important issues supersedes any physical asset, and is the most important work we can do in the next year.

Lileigh C. "Keva" Brown

Trustee

In February 1999, I came to UCH after surviving a difficult time in my life. When I entered the sanctuary, I saw an Earth flag hanging there and knew I was home. My eldest daughter, Samm, was only 4 when we first starting attending, and she grew up in the church. I now attend church with my husband, Bill and our youngest daughter, Rhyan. Samm is now a nurse and lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.

I have served on several committees, including the Sunday Service Committee and the RE Committee, served as co-chair of the Auction Committee, taught RE, taught adult OWL, sing in the choir, and currently chair the Worship Team. I had the honor of helping to establish Clover Grove pagan group and was there when QueenSpirit was born. I enjoy serving as Lay Liturgist and speaking as a sermonator on occasion. UCH has provided me with a supportive environment where I can be spiritual in my own way through service and music ministry.

I live with my family in Hummelstown on a farmette, where we have lots of creatures to keep us busy, including cats, dogs, fish, sheep and chickens. We spend most of our free time on church activities and enjoy sharing music together. I recently learned how to crochet, and I’m actively learning American Sign Language (ASL), both of which I consider to be hobbies with purpose.

I look forward to serving as a Trustee for the next three years during a time of transition at UCH.

Patti Hazell

Trustee

Joined UCH: 2009

In addition to becoming a new member to the board in 2017, I also service as the Chair for our Auction Committee, and I am a member of a few lay led ministries: Queen Spirit, Clover Grove, Oliver LaGrone Collective, and Stewardship.   I have volunteered a few times with RE by helping in the nursery, helped to organize various events at the church such as the auction, pot luck dinners, Winter Solstice, Pie Day and Samhain Celebrations.

Past volunteer history outside of UCH includes:  Assistant Girl Scout Leader, PTO member in both Elementary and Middle School, WTIF cooking fundraising events, Sunday School Teacher.

I am a native of Harrisburg, was raised Catholic, but became a UU in 2009. I am divorced, raised two children, who currently live with me--they are Jessica who is married to Grant, my grandson, Jack  and Ryan, a senior in college; along with 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 bearded dragon...  So, it’s a busy household but full of love.

Currently I also work full time from home as a customer support analyst for Brightree, LLC; software company based out of Atlanta GA.  

In my free time I enjoy crocheting, gardening, walking the dogs, and playing with my grandson, Jack.

I would like UCH to be working joyfully with a settled minister. I would like us to have opportunities for all to participate in activities that enrich heart, soul, mind, and community. I would like us to communicate clearly, respect one another, and envision the future with hope. I would like us to have the financial security. I want to encourage dialog with the congregation, board, and staff to make the best of all church activities. This will bring more participation, growth, and long-term stability to UCH.

In addition to becoming a new member to the board in 2017, I also service as the Chair for our Auction Committee, and I am a member of a few lay led ministries: Queen Spirit, Clover Grove, Oliver LaGrone Collective, and Stewardship.   I have volunteered a few times with RE by helping in the nursery, helped to organize various events at the church such as the auction, pot luck dinners, Winter Solstice, Pie Day and Samhain Celebrations.

Past volunteer history outside of UCH includes:  Assistant Girl Scout Leader, PTO member in both Elementary and Middle School, WTIF cooking fundraising events, Sunday School Teacher.

I am a native of Harrisburg, was raised Catholic, but became a UU in 2009. I am divorced, raised two children, who currently live with me--they are Jessica who is married to Grant, my grandson, Jack  and Ryan, a senior in college; along with 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 bearded dragon...  So, it’s a busy household but full of love.

Currently I also work full time from home as a customer support analyst for Brightree, LLC; software company based out of Atlanta GA.  

In my free time I enjoy crocheting, gardening, walking the dogs, and playing with my grandson, Jack.

I would like UCH to be working joyfully with a settled minister. I would like us to have opportunities for all to participate in activities that enrich heart, soul, mind, and community. I would like us to communicate clearly, respect one another, and envision the future with hope. I would like us to have the financial security. I want to encourage dialog with the congregation, board, and staff to make the best of all church activities. This will bring more participation, growth, and long-term stability to UCH.

Dennis Hursh

Trustee

Joined UCH: 2006

In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, I have participated in multiple pledge drives and served on the Minister’s Advisory Council and the visioning group. Prior to its closing, I helped Shared Ministry, the Christian congregation UCH purchased its building from, with this process.

I am a former Methodist married to a Methodist. I am an attorney and the founder and president of Hursh & Hursh, P.C., a law firm concentrating on physician employment contract review. I also spent 20 years in the Marine Corps Reserve, including 2.5 years on active duty reporting to Oliver North.

I would like to pursue a financially comfortable church, a recognized force in Allison Hill, and a known voice in the state legislature for justice.

UCH is a diamond in the rough. We have amazing people and a unique position to achieve social justice through both hands-on work and influence on the state legislature.