Our Elected Leaders
Steve Smith – President
Steve Smith is the 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
Randy Blasch – Vice President
Merri Beth Stephens – Past President
Merri Beth Stephens has been a member of UUMAN since 1993 and has served on the Board several times over the years. She also was a Healthy Congregations Consultant for the Mid-South District between 1999 and 2009, specializing in working with search committees, and doing leadership retreats. Currently, she sings in the choir, is on the MCY Council, and supports UUMAN’s Personnel Committee with HR expertise. With no kids of her own, Merry Beth focuses her maternal energy on her numerous nieces and nephews, and by volunteering in UUMAN’s Religious Exploration program (older grades, please!) Merri Beth has lived in Georgia since 1973, and in North Fulton since 1991. She works as a Director of Human Resources for Johnson Controls
Donna Guile – Secretary
Donna was born in Sumter, SC and raised in a conservative Baptist family. After taking a break from the church during her college years and early twenties, she returned to join Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE, where she taught Sunday School. After moving to Philadelphia, PA in 2002, she joined Gladwyne Presbyterian Church – a small, liberal-minded congregation that was active in social justice issues. When she moved to the Atlanta area, she was looking for a similar church community. Her search led her to UUMAN in June of 2013. She found UUMAN to be a welcoming community in which she could continue her spiritual journey. Here she has been involved with the Social Justice Committee, participating in the MLK march, the Pride Parade, and roadside vigils for Black Lives Matter. She loves working at the Coffee House, participating in Adult Education classes, and Sunday services. For Donna serving on the UUMAN Board is both a great responsibility and honor. She feels very fortunate to work with a great leadership team that serves a loving and vibrant congregation.
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.
Kelly Callen – Special Projects Trustee
Raised Lutheran in Freeland, Michigan, Kelly Callen began exploring other religions after her marriage to Todd Callen who was raised in the Jewish faith. Their search led them to UUMAN, where they found the unique blend of deep-thinking, warm-hearted and passionate members a perfect fit for their goals of a committed, active religious life and a church home in which to raise their children, Dillon, who is nine, and six-year-old Presley.
Todd and Kelly became enthusiastic members in 2010. Kelly is active in UUMAN’s Stewardship Committee, Gardening Group, Earth Ministry, Finance Committee, and Woman’s Circle.
In 2006, after a career as a flight attendant and recruiter for Northwest Airlines, Kelly joined Portman Companies where she is executive assistant to John Portman, Chairman of Portman Companies. She is also chair of The Portman Service League which supports many non-profit organizations in Atlanta. The Callens live in Roswell.