Our Elected Leaders
Randy Blasch – President
Like so many others, when I joined UUMAN in May of 1999, it was to find a place where my then young boys could get a good, liberal religious education. Move the calendar forward 18 years, the kids are grown and gone and religious education is still at the heart of why I’m here. I continue to work with the youth, sing in the choir and am certified in elementary and high school OWL. I’m excited about where UUMAN has come in those nearly 2 decades and even more excited about where we can go!
Steve Smith – Past President
Steve Smith is the Past President of the Board Of Trustees for UUMAN this year. Steve and his wife, Stacy, and daughter, Tori, have been UUMAN members for 5 years. Prior to joining the board last year, Steve served as chairperson for UUMAN’s Social Justice committee for two years, served on the MCY council for two years, and taught RE classes for three years. Steve works for Barnes & Noble and enjoys painting, reading, and listening to his David Bowie records.
Elizabeth Rohan – Vice President
I have been an engaged member of UUMAN for 13½ years. I have served the church in various volunteer capacities, beginning with chairing Rev. Greg’s sabbatical committee and, soon thereafter, chairing the Membership Committee for several years. Subsequent to those positions, I first served on, and later chaired, the Heart’s Desire Goods and Services Auction. After I stepped down from chairing the auction, I again served on the planning committee. I have served on the (former) nominating committee twice and have been singing in UUMAN’s Chalice Choir for 12 years. I would be honored to serve as UUMAN’s Vice President because UUMAN means so much to me. We moved to Roswell from Boston in 2003, and once we found UUMAN, I knew I’d found a place where I belonged. I believe we have a vibrant community with lots of great ideas and energy about how to make a difference in the world. I hope to help UUMAN grow as we continue Standing on the Side of Love.
Bob Popp – Treasurer
Bob grew-up in upstate New York in small farming community not far from Oneonta, New York. He attended a Congregational Church with his parents almost every Sunday until he moved away to go to SUNY Plattsburgh. After college Bob became unchurched until his marriage to Rosie and the start of a family. Bob and Rosie both looking back feel very fortunate to have been part of the initial small group of families that came together to start UUMAN in 1991.
Since the very beginning of UUMAN, Bob has been heavily involved in teaching RE to all ages. He also served on the UUMAN Board in the “early days” as the RE Chair. He has thoroughly enjoyed watching UUMAN grow and change over the years.
Bob has a degree in Physics but has worked his entire career in IT. He and Rosie both are beginning to think about what “retirement” may mean to them in the near future.
Laura Keck – Secretary
I am a cradle UU, raised in Illinois and transplanted to this area in 1978. I am a chemist by training, employed by Kimberly-Clark since 1985. I joined UUMAN in 2002. I am married, and I am the mother of Justin (22) and Lucy (19). I have served UUMAN as Treasurer, MCY teacher, and Ministerial Search Committee Secretary. I would like to serve on the UUMAN board as Secretary because I enjoy working with groups to achieve positive outcomes. I believe my listening and writing skills will be a good fit.
Jim Nickens – Special Projects Trustee
I first visited UUMAN in May 2014 with Tanya Romine. We joined together in December 2014. Since then I have been involved with the Social Justice Committee, the Worship Committee, the MCY Board, Family Promise, and the Goods and Services Auction. It would be my honor to serve as Special Projects Chair as I am always looking for new ways to be involved and share my time and talents.