The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are elected to lead the Church, representing the interests of the congregation, setting policies in line with our vision and encouraging leadership within all our ministries!

Abby Powell - President 

I moved to Savannah 10 years ago to go to SCAD for Interior Design, and ended up liking the size and pace of the city, so I stayed. I'm an interior designer with a focus on kitchens and baths and have been fortunate enough to be able to do for work what I love, design. Several years ago, after being unchurched for 15 years, I realized I missed being a part of a church community. UU Savannah became my church home in May 2011 and I have enjoyed being a greeter, singing in the choir and serving as worship associate, ever since. I reside with my partner, Mike; dog, Ursa and kitty Petunia.

Gordon Matthews - President Elect

As a business/organization guy, I have helped our congregation with key real estate transactions since joining in 1982, when Rev. Frank Anderson was our first minister.  I have two adult children and four grandchildren in Atlanta and Austin. I live in a “green” house on Tybee and am upgrading my digital photo and audio technology skills.  I grew up in Arkansas, have an MBA from U. of Texas, lived in Atlanta, moved my family to Savannah and have made a career of information systems and organization building.

Robin Lonscak - Treasurer

I fell in love with this area as a girl and jumped at the chance to move here when I finished graduate school and got married in 2000. Since then, I've owned and run a healthcare practice, and I'm currently in school in pursuit of my Doctor of Pharmacy. In my spare time, I write and edit fiction. I was happy to find UU Savannah in 2015. In addition to serving as treasurer, I enjoy singing with the choir and vocal ensemble. I live in Bluffton, SC with my husband, Greg, and our two cats. 

Margaret Hall - Secretary

I joined the church 10 years ago, when my family moved to Savannah from upstate New York.  Raised Roman Catholic, but unchurched during my adult years, I was delighted to find in our UUCS friends with open minds and loving hearts. I have enjoyed finding my place and voice in various ministries, but especially in crafting the worship service. Both storytelling and singing have been a satisfying way to grow creatively.  Married to Steve and mother of two grown children plus one charming English Springer Spaniel named Charlie, I work as a teacher-librarian at a local high school. Favorite activities include reading, riding (my bicycle) and walking Charlie.  

Jessica Leavitt - Trustee

I originally moved to Savannah in 2001, fresh-faced and starting SCAD. I finished my B.F.A. in Fashion Design/Metals & Jewelry and moved to Brooklyn, NY. When I found myself back in Savannah in 2009, I dug into the beauty and joy of life in the winterless South. In searching for a place of open-minded spiritual community, my partner, Jen, and I joined the church in October of 2013. In the ensuing years I have found myself, a chronic joiner, involved in many different aspects of church life, from teacher to coming-of-age leader to worship associate standing behind the pulpit. I am the editor of "The Scout Guide Savannah," a publication that highlights local businesses. I live with my partner, two cats and a dog in our newly purchased home.  Outside work, I love to delight the senses with art, yoga and eating or cooking delicious food! 

Judy Saucerman - Trustee

Judy grew up and lived in Florida, attending the U of Florida and, later, Florida State University, for her undergraduate and Master’s degrees respectively. She works as a licensed clinical social worker in a group practice here in Savannah. She has two grown sons and six grandchildren, one family living in Atlanta and the other in Chicago.

Judy joined the UU church in Geneva, Illinois in 1971. She has lived in a number of places and has found friends through the UU Church in each place she has lived. One of Judy’s hobbies is quilting. She co-owned a quilt shop in Jacksonville for over two years in the 90’s. She enjoys cooking, reading, bicycling and working out.

John Cook - Trustee

I'm a high school social studies teacher, and have lived in Savannah for about 15 years. I am from Cordele, Georgia, and was originally drawn here to attend Armstrong, where I studied economics. Today, my wife Kirstin and I live in town quite happily with our two cats. Outside of work I enjoy yoga, casual chess, and good books, music, movies, and (especially) food.

It is the policy of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah to hold monthly Board meetings the second  Thursday of each month. 

Board meetings are open to members and friends of the congregation who may attend as observers of the process or may join the Board for the amount of time it takes to bring an item of  discussion or information for the Board's consideration. All proposals for action must be discussed in committee before coming before the Board. The Board may be called into Executive Session by the President outside of the regular meeting time to discuss a specific issue or problem.