Kirsten Eckert-Smith

Congregational Administrator
260-744-1867

2021 Board of Trustees

2021 Board of Trustees

Dodi Gunawardhana, President; Elaine Kirchner, Vice President; Dee Koehl, Secretary; Chris Tennant, Treasurer

Board Members-at-Large: Deborah Roemisch, Marsha Wallace, and Judy Wertenberger, with Nastassia Snaden as our Alternate

Dodi Gunawardhana, Congregational President

I was raised a United Methodist and saw my dad be a lay leader for many years. He was always the last to leave the church and we joked that he had to “lock up” (we didn’t lock the church back then, that’s why it was a joke).  While I can’t claim to be as hard of a worker as he was, I did learn from him the joy of service and of having a place to call home.

I left the church in early adulthood, but kept coming across the name of UU, and every time I walked by, I thought “that’s such a cool space, I bet there are really cool people inside”. And I was right! I knew I had found my spiritual home as soon as I walked in, and I have been a member since 2013.

I have served in the Elementary Classroom and as Worship Committee Chair. I love to sing in the choir with my husband, Mike Gugel, and occasionally we talk our son Zen into singing with us.

Elaine Kirchner, Congregational President-Elect (Vice President)

Elaine will update

Dee Koehl, Secretary

Dee Koehl, Secretary of the Board for 2021 (also past president), has been a member of UUCFW since 1987. She is a former Speech Pathologist who worked for 40 yrs in Long Term Care and recently retired. She is married to Fred Williams and between them they have 6 children and 8 grandchildren.Dee was  involved for 20 yrs. in our Youth RE as a teacher, Committee Chair and volunteer director. She has also been involved in the choir, Music committee, annual canvas, BOT (prior), Ministerial Search, Nominating Committee, Committee on Ministry, Auction and various individual programs within this congregation. Music and family are her passions and she puts them both together whenever she can get a group of them out to sing Karaoke.

Chris Tennant, Treasurer

Debrah Roemisch

Way back, when my oldest daughter was around 8 yrs old (36 yrs ago!), she asked why we did not go to church like all of her friends at school did. I had been attending yoga classes that were held at our UU and had picked up some literature about the congregation. I decided this was a church maybe I could get along with, so joined not long after we started attending. I volunteered with the RE (Religious Education program) for several years, and helped start and facilitate the UU Earth Spirit group. I am married to John Ward and we have 3 daughters, 4 grandkids, and 2 great grandsons (and 1 cat and 1 granddog). I am a massage therapist and acupressurist; I love helping people to feel healthier and more relaxed. John and I love nature and outdoor activities and dancing and music. I look forward to learning more about how the UU works behind the scenes!

Marsha Wallace, Trustee-at-large

Marsha will update

Judy Wertenberger, Trustee-at-large

Judy will update

Committee Chairpersons

Jessica Marquart, Worship Committee Chairperson
Danny Swim, Buildings and Grounds Co-Chair
Jim Reeder, Building and Grounds Co-Chair
Cathie Rowand, Gallery Team Chairperson
Andy Candor, Finance Committee Chairperson
Lisa Esquivel Long, Nominating Committee Chairperson
Emily Schwartz Keirns, Endowment Committee Chairperson

An organizational chart showing all committees and describing how they function can be found here.

For more information on each committee, including responsibilities and activities, see the Committee Handbook.