Jennifer Ratcliffe – President

When I first walked into UUMAN with my daughter in a baby carrier, Diantha Horton was a greeter and Fellowship Hall was the Sanctuary. Work took us away, but in 2002 we returned to Georgia, and decided to live in Roswell to be near UUMAN. Through the many changes that followed the church has been an anchor. The more I have invested the more I have received.  Here I have an investment, not a checking account.

I have become the mother of 4, a registered nurse and the wife of an environmentalist.  My commitment to social justice (Social Justice Committee Chair), to raising healthy children (OWL teacher for 10 years), and to spiritual growth (current Worship Chair) continues. As I have grown I have gained a few friends and a spouse, and a greater connection with my purpose..

Miriam Patanian – Vice President

I joined UUMAN with my husband and 2 children in 2011—we had just moved here from Olympia, Washington, and knew we’d need to look a bit harder in Georgia to find our tribe. We’ve loved getting to know other members and friends of UUMAN—whether through coffee hour after service, trying to outbid them during the annual fundraising auction, or walking with them on one of our many local trails around here. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the youth of UUMAN through volunteering to teach RE and the Our Whole Lives sexuality education curriculum to our youngest children. I served as chair of the Program Council, learning about the extensive ministries that exist here, which helped me, as a member of the search committee, communicate more clearly what our congregation needed as we sought a new minister. I had the privilege of working with several other members as UUMAN embarked on defining its core values, updating its Mission and Vision, and recommitting to our refreshed covenant. I am eager to take this next step in serving UUMAN and look forward to learning and growing with our beloved community.

Carla Kapeskas – Special Projects Trustee

I have never been involved in any faith organizations before I stepped into UUMAN. We became members 3 years ago. We were looking for a liberal faith community where above all we could be truthful to who we are as a family. But above all, we were looking for a place where our children could absorb values that we felt were important to our family.

Personally, I have always felt strongly about Social Justice. UUMAN gave me a platform and encouraged my work and passion in this area. Learning more about the UU faith has been also a rich experience. Doing so with likeminded people is an enormous plus.

Tanya Romine – Treasurer

I became a member of UUMAN in December 2014. I’m married to Jim Nickens. We have two doggies, Veronica and Olivia.  These three are my heart and soul.

Originally from South Carolina my roots are deep in beach music, water, seafood and sunshine.  I’m a graduate of Street University and have made a living for the past 20+ years in the residential construction industry. Prior to the construction industry, I was in healthcare in the recruitment and placement of radiation therapists and nurses on a national level.

I became active in service work within my first few months of coming to UUMAN.  I chaired the Under the Harvest Moon Goods and Services Auction for the past four years and have been our Stewardship Chair for the past three years. Fundraising has been a natural role for me.  The financial health of UUMAN has always been a top priority for me. I love to play in the dirt, kayak and bake.  My home and backyard are my two favorite places on earth.

Elizabeth Norris – Secretary

Since attending my first service at UUMAN in 2016, being a Unitarian Universalist has become a core part of my identity. I am happy to have found a community that shares my ideals and encourages me to do more and better. I have worked with the Membership Committee, I am a founding and current member of the Outreach Committee, and I have participated in various volunteer activities and protests with UUMAN. I am also a foster parent and I am involved with various environmental initiatives in the city of Roswell. I look forward to my work with the Board as UUMAN’s Secretary!

Bob Popp – Past President

Bob grew up in upstate New York in a 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 look back and 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 and in 2016 as the Treasurer. He has thoroughly enjoyed watching UUMAN grow and change over the years.