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!
Les Taylor - President
Thirty three year resident of Savannah, Les Taylor is retired from General Dynamics' Gulfstream Aerospace Division. Most of his career was spent in Aviation, beginning in 1965 first as a Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam (1967 - 1968) and then as a Manufacturing Engineer, Manager of Data Management (yes it's a redundancy) and Technical Writer/Editor. He has performed as a Bass and Baritone soloist and Actor throughout that time as well.
He has directed choirs and taught voice since around 1974 and is currently enjoying singing with the UU Choir. Les has four adult children and is married to the love of his life, Jeannine. While a student at, then, Armstrong State College he performed as bass baritone soloist in many of the downtown Savannah Churches and at Mikve Israel Temple. He has spent his entire life in search of a church where he could fit in and has finally found it at UU Savannah.
Thirty nine years a UU, I believe in our covenant, “service is our law”. I have been a member at UUCS since 2012, and before that was a member for 32 years at the All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC where I served in many capacities, small and big. I preferred the small tasks as exercises in humility and greater closeness to the members (e.g., music and ministerial relations committee work, ushering, counting plate collections), but stepped up when asked, for whatever (Vice-Chair of the Board).
I am particularly interested in pursuing social justice through a variety of church programs, including consideration in small groups of our capacities for and resistances to understanding the struggles, social needs, and contributions of non-dominant groups. I love UUCS and look forward to helping it grow!
Running barefoot with my three younger brothers though a suburb of Columbia S.C., we played among the pecan trees that were an orchard before it became a subdivision. As the oldest I directed games, decided infractions, and listened carefully to identify facts and emotions around fierce confrontations.
Fast forward through a degree and two kids and now as a career I mediate conflict for the US Postal Service. Those skills growing up came in handy. During this whole time, basically since the 80’s, I have served on boards; cooperative, professional, and UU. And although I have run programs, served as vice president and president, I have never taken the role of treasurer. I have a new appreciation for the importance of information gleaned from financial statements and the need for accuracy.
Tammy Smith - Secretary
Tammy Smith, a Midwest transplant from near Indianapolis, Indiana, teaches art at a primary school. She and her husband Gary enjoy traveling and seeing live music. They have one son, Jonathan. Tammy also loves making art and visiting museums and exhibits.
Susan Daggett - Member at Large
I have been a UU since I discovered this denomination in 1993, serving in four other UU churches in a variety of positions, including Board President. I have been involved with UUCS for more than 11 years and served this congregation in Hospitality, collection money counter, and as Worship Associate. I am looking forward to serving on the UUCS board, now that I am retired and have time to devote to the church.
Amber Johnson - Member at Large
Amber Johnson moved to Savannah in summer 2015 and joined the UU church shortly after. A native Midwesterner, she enjoys cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes with her husband Aaron Peck and stepson Aiden. She enjoys her full time work as an Environmental Manager and her free time in running, swimming, cooking, and attempting to garden. She is a member of the pastoral care committee.
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.
Judy Dinehart - Fund Trustee
Judy has been a member of this church since 1986. She has served as President of the congregation on two separate occasions and has chaired every committee plus taught religious education classes to both children and adults. She continues to Chair the church's Music Alliance which is responsible for our various concert series. She spends the Summer months in the Mountains of North Carolina.
Linda Archinaco - Fund Trustee
Originally from Pittsburgh, I lived in Hilton Head for many years before moving to Savannah. One reason for the move was finding a UU church here. As my family lives in the north, I was looking for a friendly, welcoming community of like-minded people. I certainly found it in our little church on the square. I've always been a teacher of some kind; first, in the public schools, then as a trainer for a management consulting firm. Currently I teach Qigong, a mind-body practice that improves health and well-being.
Brett Highland - Fund Trustee
Born in Savannah and spending his entire life in the Southern US, Brett is married to the amazing Jennifer Highland and they have two beautiful daughters, Suzanne and Abigail, residing in Brooklyn NY and Boulder CO. Brett works as an agricultural scientist in the area of biological pesticide development. They are long time UU’ers and members of the church for about 3 years. Brett enjoys the natural world, water sports and painting. He calls himself a Buddhist-Humanist UU’er with Sufi leanings.