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!

Jessica Leavitt - President

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, 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 to membership chair and now president. I just recently accepted a new position with Savannah Magazine. I am an account executive there which means I sell ad space and help my clients create their ads for the magazine.  I bought a house on the Eastside of Savannah two years ago and have enjoyed settling in, this years projects seem to be all about the outdoors : a shed, a garden, potential porch addition, plans for an outdoor pizza oven, etc. Outside of work, I love to delight the senses with art, yoga and talking about, eating or cooking delicious food! 

Les Taylor - President Elect

Long time resident of Savannah, Les Taylor is retired from General Dynamics' Gulfstream Aircraft Division. Most of his career was spent in Aviation beginning in 1965 first as a Helicopter Pilot Vietnam (1967 - 1968) and then as a Manufacturing Engineer and Data Manager and Technical Writer. He has performed as a Bass and Baritone soloist and Actor during 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 the best wife in the world, Jeanine.

Lilli Hutto - Treasurer

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.  

Ray Robinson - Trustee at Large 

Ray Robinson was born and raised in Vicksburg, MS.  Following high school and college he moved to New London, CT, accidentally beginning a career in Department of Defense contracting.  Over the years assignments have taken him to both domestic and international locations with a last stop in Melbourne, FL and retirement.  Ray moved to Savannah some six years ago and has been a UU member for approximately four of those years. Two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren are scattered across the country, all doing well.  These days Ray spends time with volunteer work and hobbies, including reading, playing bass guitar, and painting, both very badly (he claims). He’s been a Fund Trustee for the past two years and is looking forward to further service as a member of the new Board of Trustees.

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.