Board Members

Chloé LaPorte

President

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas

Chloé has been a Unitarian Universalist her whole life, growing up in the UU Church of Las Cruces, NM. As an adult, she was an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, where she was an RE teacher,  member of the choir, and High School Youth Group Leader. Chloé and her mother attended their first SWUUW Conference in 2012, and has attended a total of four since then. She is thrilled to be joining the board. Chloé is a social worker for the Girls Empowerment Network in Austin, TX where she lives with her partner.

Becky Warren

President-Elect

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco

Becky has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco since 1994. She attended her first SWUUSI in 1997, bringing her young son along for many years. He enjoyed the Lake Murray youth camp, and she taught early morning water aerobics at Lake Texhoma. She has also enjoyed several SWUUW conferences through the years. She has been a board member of UU Waco, taught youth RE, sung in the choir, and been social action chairman. Her social action community background includes Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, and Communities in Schools. She received teacher certification and taught special education classes in middle school for 13 years prior to retiring in 2019. Through it all, she’s continued to teach water aerobics at the Waco Family Y. This is her 28th year with the Y. Her husband, Keith, is a psychologist in private practice and teaching at Baylor. Her son and his wife live in Jersey City, NJ, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

Becky Warren

President-Elect

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco

Becky has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco since 1994. She attended her first SWUUSI in 1997, bringing her young son along for many years. He enjoyed the Lake Murray youth camp, and she taught early morning water aerobics at Lake Texhoma. She has also enjoyed several SWUUW conferences through the years. She has been a board member of UU Waco, taught youth RE, sung in the choir, and been social action chairman. Her social action community background includes Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, and Communities in Schools. She received teacher certification and taught special education classes in middle school for 13 years prior to retiring in 2019. Through it all, she’s continued to teach water aerobics at the Waco Family Y. This is her 28th year with the Y. Her husband, Keith, is a psychologist in private practice and teaching at Baylor. Her son and his wife live in Jersey City, NJ, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

Celeste Kennedy

Past-President

First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Worth, TX

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.

Katie Womack

Treasurer

UU Church of Brazos Valley, TX

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 (UUCBV) since 1981, serving as President of the Board three 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 as President of the UUCBV’s UU Women’s Federation Chapter. Professionally, she is a researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. She considers the SWUUW Conference one of the highlights of each year and is honored to serve on the SWUUW Board.

Katie Womack

Treasurer

UU Church of the Brazos Valley, TX

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 (UUCBV) since 1981, serving as President of the Board three 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 as President of the UUCBV’s UU Women’s Federation Chapter. Professionally, she is a researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. She considers the SWUUW Conference one of the highlights of each year and is honored to serve on the SWUUW Board.

Vicki Verinder

Secretary

Community UU Church in Plano, Texas

Vicki Verinder joined SWUUW board in 2016 and is now serving as Secretary. She has been a member of Community UU Church, Plano, since 2012 and was part of the Harvest the Power leadership class. Vicki is currently a member of Women’s Alliance, the Stewardship Committee, and serves as a Greeter. She is also on the Board of Trustees, being elected Personnel Chair at Community in 2020. Vicki and her husband Gene have lived in Plano since 1972 where they raised their two sons who, along with their families, live out of state. She is now self-employed as a freelance Notary Public and Signing Agent.

Nancy Foreman

Board Member At-Large

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton, TX 

Nancy Foreman joined the SWUUW Board as Member At-Large in 2017. She has been a member of Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church since 1996 and a Unitarian Universalist (UU) at four churches since 1986. She is active on the Horizon Justice Team and their Calling Circle.  Nancy has served at Horizon in many roles including Board President. Her activities in the wider UU world include the North Texas UU Congregations Social Action and Awards Committees. She is a veteran of many events in the UUA Southern region, including eight Southwest UU Women’s Conferences, starting in 2000. (She counted the t-shirts.) Nancy has attended the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience, The Point UU Retreat (formerly known as SWUUSI) and seven General Assemblies. She has two grown children, a daughter and a son, and received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nancy Foreman

Board Member At-Large

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton, TX 

Nancy Foreman joined the SWUUW Board as Member At-Large in 2017. She has been a member of Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church since 1996 and a Unitarian Universalist (UU) at four churches since 1986. She is active on the Horizon Justice Team and their Calling Circle.  Nancy has served at Horizon in many roles including Board President. Her activities in the wider UU world include the North Texas UU Congregations Social Action and Awards Committees. She is a veteran of many events in the UUA Southern region, including eight Southwest UU Women’s Conferences, starting in 2000. (She counted the t-shirts.) Nancy has attended the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience, The Point UU Retreat (formerly known as SWUUSI) and seven General Assemblies. She has two grown children, a daughter and a son, and received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Karen McGinnis

Board Member At-Large

Amarillo UU Fellowship, TX

Karen joined the Amarillo UU Fellowship in 1991. While living in Amarillo she attended her first SWUUW conference in Shreveport, LA and was permanently hooked! Karen served on the Fellowship’s Board of Directors including as Secretary and President. In 2005 Karen moved to San Angelo, TX where there is no UU church or fellowship. Her connection to UU women through the annual conference became even more important. Between conferences she attended many retreats at UBarU Retreat Center to sustain and nourish her soul. She served 7 years on the SWUUW board beginning as a Member at Large and finally stepped down after her duties as President ended. During her term as President the SWUUW By-Laws were rewritten and approved by the membership. In 2020 she was once again asked to join the board and currently serves as Member at Large.

Kathy Johnson Throop

Board Member At-Large

 

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Kathy Johnson Throop

Board Member At-Large

 

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Board Member At-Large

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