The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

311 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401  *  Troup Square  *  912-549-0326

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!

Gordon Matthews - President

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.

Jessica Leavitt - President Elect

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! 

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.  

John Cook - Trustee at Large 

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.

Bill Rolfes - Trustee at Large

I live in Savannah just a few blocks from the church with my wife Donne. We lived in Minnesota and were regular visitors to Tybee Island for several years before we made the leap to full time Georgians in 2009.  I’m a retired engineer and manager from 3M, and like to stay busy with travel and always a few projects to work on. I’ve contributed several minor remodelling projects on our church buildings and currently head up the Infrastructure Team for WRUU. Our UU community is such an amazing place! I deeply appreciate the sense of community, the spirit and acceptance, and the many friends I’ve met here.

Erin Roma - Trustee at Large

I moved to Savannah in 2014 and immediately joined the Unitarian Universalist church. I live in midtown with my husband Domenick and 3 children, Liam, Fiona and Lucy. We love Savannah and found a lot of what we love within the walls of UUCS. I am a social worker by training and currently work as an advocate at the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism. I feel strongly about the inherent dignity and worth of every person. It is a UU principle and an ethical principle social workers strive toward. This guides the work I try to do throughout my community. I am excited to be a part of the board at UUCS.

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.