SouthWest UU Women

SWUUW Board Members

President (2017-18)
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katie womack 090117UU Church of the Brazos Valley

Katie Womack joined the SWUUW Board as Member At-Large in 2014. Katie has been a member of the UU Church of the Brazos Valley since 1981, serving as President of the Board two terms and Chair of the Religious Education Committee at least five years. She and her daughter attended their first SWUUW conference in 2003. Katie is a 2000 graduate of the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience. She is a trained OWL (Our Whole Lives) instructor. Currently she is active on her home church’s board as President-Elect, liaison to the Membership Committee, regularly serves as Sunday service Worship Assistant, co-chair of the Fundraising Committee, and Secretary of the UUCBV’s UU Women’s Federation Chapter. She considers the SWUUW Conference one of the highlights of each year and is honored to serve on the SWUUW Board.

Past President (2017-18)
Debbie Cannatella (2013- )

Debbie-CannatellaDebbie Cannatella joined the SWUUW board in 2013 after being the Convener for the 2013 SWUUW Conference "Making Waves." Debbie joined the UU church in 1996 and was an active member for 9 years at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge with women's circles, women's curricula such as Cakes and Rise Up, Senior Youth and their youth Passages programs. She was a facilitator for Meetings at the Moon for adolescent girls and their female guardians. After remarrying and moving to Oak Park, Illinois in 2005, she joined Unity Temple, facilitated Cakes and Rise Up programs, and helped organize Women's Retreats for the UU Women's Connection.

After moving to Tyler Texas in 2007, Debbie served on the Board of Directors at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tyler, TX and was a worship associate for UUFT where she gave talks/sermons for the fellowships in East Texas. In 2009 she moved with her husband to Corpus Christi, Texas and served as Board Trustee for the 2011-2013 term, as well as the Transition Team during the Interim Minister period at U2C3. There she was active in worship, played in the church’s rock band “Thoreau Rocks”, and in social justice events. A graduate of the 2012 Dwight Brown Leadership Experience, Debbie is the mother of two adult daughters (36 & 37), two step-sons (17 & 19), and three grandchildren 19 years old and younger. She is an award winning full time watercolor artist, teaching classes and travels to teach watercolor workshops Nationally. Debbie and her husband live in the Historical District of Dallas, Texas and are currently members of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

 

Treasurer (2017- )
Liz Nielsen

liz nielsen 2First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, TX

Liz joined the SWUUW board in 2017 as the Treasurer. She attended her first SWUUW conference in 2010 in Dallas. She is a member of First UU of Austin. While in college, Liz was an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in New York City for two years, where she worked with UU congregations around the country as the Envoy coordinator. After graduating from law school, Liz served as legal counsel for a large nonprofit organization for several years. Currently, Liz is an estate planning attorney in Austin, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Board Member At-Large (2017- )
Nancy Foreman

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton, TX 

President-Elect (2017-18)
TBD

 

Secretary (2014- )
Celeste Kennedy

Celeste Kennedy 2017Community UU Church in Plano, Texas

Celeste is currently the Secretary of the SWUUW's Board. Celeste has been President of NTUUC (North Texas UU Congregations) and serves as Chair of the NTUUC Education Committee which plans conferences and training events.  She has held various Board and Program Board positions at Community UU Church in Plano, Texas, where she has been a member for over 20 years. In her "other life" Celeste holds a Master's degree in Counseling and has been a trainer, program developer and administrator for the telecom and healthcare industries. Connecting people to interests and developing opportunities for people has been one of her focuses throughout her career. She has worked on PR for organizations and has produced brochures and other marketing publications.

 

Board Member At-Large (2017-)
Gretchen Martens

Board Member At-Large (2016-)
Vicki Verinder

VickiVerinder2016Community UU Church in Plano, Texas
 
Vicki Verinder joined SWUUW board in 2016.  She has been a member of Community UU Church, Plano, since 2012 and was part of the Harvest the Power leadership class. She has co-chaired Community's Women's Alliance group for the last 2 years and will remain in that position for coming year. She has been in charge of the Community's Library for several years and was part of the Church Library Renewal group. Vicki is currently a member of the Membership Council, Stewardship Committee, and Welcoming Congregation Status Renewal Committee at Community. Vicki and her husband have lived in Plano since 1972 and raised two sons who now live out of state with their families. She holds the job of Leasing Agent and General Building Manager for American Five Trading, LLC, in Plano.

Board Member At-Large (2017-)
Priscilla Leder

priscilla lederSan Marcos UU Fellowship, San Marcos, Texas

Priscilla Leder has been an active member of the San Marcos UU Fellowship (SMUUF) for over 20 years. She has served SMUUF as President, as Board Member At-Large, and as Worship Coordinator, a position she still holds. Inspired by her first SWUUW conference, she helped organize SMUUF’s women’s group, the WUUFS (she wishes she had thought of the name). She enjoys retirement after 25+ years at Texas State, where she holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emerita of English.