The Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of each month, generally in the the church social hall. Meetings are open to all, except for occasional meetings or partial meetings closed for personnel discussion.

Board of Trustees Statement of Purpose

The Board of the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Charlottesville exists to support and further the congregation’s mission of nurturing and guiding generations of Unitarian Universalists so we may transform ourselves — as allies and advocates for justice — and thus transform the world.

The board meets on 3rd Wednesdays at 6:45 in the Social Hall. We welcome visitors and reserve time on the agenda for public comment and correspondence. Please contact any board member if you have questions or comments.

Please bring your ideas and questions to any board member!

Members of the Board 2017-2018

Board Minutes (PDF)



January 2017 January 2016 January 2015
February 2017 February 2016 February 2015
March 2017 March 2016 March 2015
April 2017 April 2016 April 2015
May 2017 May 2016 May 2015
June 2017 June 2016 June 2015
July 2017 July 2016 July 2015
August 2017 August 2016 August 2015
September 2017 September 2016 September 2015
October 2017 October 2016 October 2015
November 2017 November 2016 November 2015
December 2017 December 2016 December 2015

About our Board Members

Adam Slate, President

I moved to Charlottesville in 1982 and began attending Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in 1993. During my time here, I have served as vice-president; chaired the pledge drive several times; been a Worship Weaver; done in racial justice work; served on the membership, finance, leadership development, and ministerial relations committees; helped start the fundraising committee; taught both youth and adult faith development classes; and hung out with the UUGuys men’s group. My wife Kim and I have four kids: Rian, Olivia, Jack, and Ivan. In my professional life, I work in finance and budgeting at the UVA Health System.

My goals for my term as president include:

  • nurturing more committed membership
  • better stewardship of the church budget and member giving
  • having the church continue to play a visible leading role in anti-racism, social justice, and interfaith initiatives in the community

Karen Ransom, Past President

As a lifelong UU, I grew up in St. John’s Unitarian Church in Cincinnati; attended All Souls Church in Washington, DC as a teen, worked in the Development Department (twice!) at our UUA headquarters in Boston, and was active on the Board at the Unitarian Church of Montreal before joining TJMC-UU 12 years ago. My work here with RE, Stewardship, Leadership, Strategic Planning, and the Board has lead the way for this next adventure. I look forward to deepening my connections with our Board, our staff, our congregation, and our community as we continue to work together towards reaching our goals articulated in our Strategic Plan. Thank you for this opportunity to serve our shared ministries as your President.

Ann Salamini, Secretary
I moved to Charlottesville to pursue a career in clock restoration in 1981. When I found TJMC a year or two later, I knew for sure that Charlottesville could be my home. Much of my personal development is directly related to experiences within this community: Undoing Racism, Welcoming Congregation Task Force, covenant groups, Ministerial Search Committee, Women’s Retreat, Committee on Ministry, the Board of Trustees. I love the “democracy in action” aspect of our work together, each voice adding to the shape of our considerations. Now that I am retired, I look forward to acting as Treasurer. My goal is  to translate the numbers into a meaningful narrative that supports our decisions.

Jeanine Braithwaite, Treasurer

I am delighted to be rooted in Charlottesville, after an adulthood of much traveling, including from the DC area to Charlottesville commuting for four years for work. In August 2014 my husband Allan Nathanson and I moved here and I joined TJMCUU. A major factor in my decision to leave the DC suburbs for C’ville was the presence of a Unitarian Universalist congregation, as well as a position as Professor of Public Policy at UVa. I have been a UU since my early 20s, first joining All Souls in downtown DC, and then moving to Maryland suburban congregations, most recently UUCR (UU Congregation of Rockville). At TJMCUU, I have worked with the membership and pledge drive committees, was a Member at Large on the Board of Trustees, and am a Worship Weaver. At UUCR, I sang in a women’s choral group, was a covenant group co-leader, taught RE, was on the finance committee, and raised my two UU daughters including through OWL which is arguably one of the greatest UU things around. We are a blended family, and my husband and son are Jewish. Our two younger kids are in college, and our oldest daughter was married June 11, 2016 in a UU ceremony. I am honored to serve our beloved community as Treasurer.

Katharine Maus, At-large

I am an English professor at UVA, specializing in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the mother of two young-adult children who went through the RE program at TJMC. In my spare time I like to hike, kayak, garden, do needlework, and compete with my Australian shepherd in the sport of dog agility. I joined the church in the late 1990s and have served on the music committee, religious education committee, youth programs committee, endowment committee, and the committee on ministry. I look forward to serving on the Board.

David Mick, At-large

Since arriving in Charlottesville in 2000, David Mick has been a professor of marketing and consumer research in the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA.  He is the past editor of the Journal of Consumer Research, past president of the Association for Consumer Research, and an elected fellow in the Society for Consumer Psychology.  He is also on the Directorate of the new UVA Contemplative Sciences Center.  His other interests include Buddhism, exercise, gardening, and music.  David and his wife Cindy have been members of the church since 2003, and they have been variously involved in the RE program, PACEM, Wednesday worship, and select committees.  David strongly supports the virtues and practices of open-mindedness, democratic dialogue, equality, and social justice that permeate the UU tradition.  He hopes to continue supporting TJMC by bringing his professional and personal background to serving on the Board.

Cindy Shepard, At-large

I discovered the UU faith in 1991 as a young adult. I was active in the First UU Church in Houston, Texas. I began attending TJMC-UU soon after arriving in Charlottesville in 1996. When my daughters’ were young, I was active in the Religious Education program. I enjoyed volunteering as a teacher and serving on the RE Council. I provided sabbatical coverage for Leia Durland-Jones in 2009. While balancing life and motherhood, I fed my soul with Women’s Retreats, DreamQuest, and occasional Adult Faith Classes. My professional path has been varied—I have worked in education, cooking, and been a stay-at-home parent. When my own children were younger, I operated a personal chef business—nurturing others with delicious food. I returned to the education field in 2014 and am now an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in Albemarle County Public Schools. In the last few years, I began co-chairing our Church Service Auctions. The Service Auctions are a great way to build community connections within our church while also generating revenue to sustain the church we know and love. I look forward to serving our congregation as a member of the board.