Our Elected Leaders
Meet our Board of Trustees! The Board meets on the last Thursday of every month; meetings are open to all church members. Check the Calendar for exact times and dates.
Ted Gaebler, Board President
Ted is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, who first attended UUCM in Sept. 1985. After an absence, he returned to Marin and re-joined UUCM. Ted is proud of our religion and is passionate about continuing to build on the outsized influence UU’s have had on American history.
In June 2017, he was elected President of the UUCM board of Trustees. He is also one of our Worship Associates and serves on both the Finance and Personnel committees. As president, he is the convener of the Leadership Council. He has previously been the Chair of the UU church in Visalia, CA
Ted was also a lifelong city and county manager serving the citizens of Nevada County and the California cities of San Rafael, East Palo Alto and Visalia, and Vandalia, Ohio. In 2014, he retired after ten years as City Manager of Rancho Cordova.
Ted is the co-author of the international best selling book “Reinventing Government,” about transforming governments.
Ted graduated from Miami University (Ohio) before earning his Master’s Degree in Government Administration from Penn’s Wharton Graduate School of Business.
He and his wife, Bonne, have been married for nearly 55 years and have two grown children who live in Phoenix and Boston.
Janice Prochaska, Board Vice President
Janice started attending UUCM two months after moving to Marin County from RI in 2016 and then joined in October of that year. She found UU at Star Island in 1975 when she and her husband, James, were speakers of the week at a Family Conference. They and their children and grandchildren have attended ever since. Janice is an active promoter of the Sunday Circle and a Worship Associate at UUCM.
Janice received her Ph.D. in Social Work and was employed for 30 years in a Family Service Agency before starting and leading a digital behavior change company with her husband. She has served on several nonprofit Boards including Star Island, College Visions, the Rape Crisis Center, and the National Board of Parks and Recreation.
She is repurposing now in Mill Valley as a Trustee of the Library, a consultant to Pro-Change, a writer, and a speaker on behavior change.
Board Liaison Roles: Nominating Committee, Worship Associates Committee
Kat Braeman, Board Secretary
Kat embraced the UU Church of Marin (UUCM) in April 2016 when she moved to the Bay Area after a career in Washington, DC. She found a wonderful community in the Sunday Circle, a 9 a.m. lay-led group, and has enjoyed the spring retreats.
She has been a UU her entire adult life as she found the Unitarian Church in Evanston when she went to Northwestern University. Later in Kansas City at the Unitarian Church, she met a University of Kansas English professor who admitted her to graduate school over a cup of coffee and hired her as his teaching assistant! At the Lincoln, NE, Unitarian Church, she created a service celebrating women and the women’s movement which led to her founding the local branches of NOW, NWPC, running for a seat in the U.S. Congress, and going to law school.
After forty years in Washington, DC, including being chair of the Board of a large Arlington UU church, she moved to Marin to be near her daughter, a public interest lawyer. She is also active in AAUW, Marin Villages, Wednesday Dialogue Group, and the women’s leadership group at Dominican University. Kat edits the newsletter at Villa Marin where she lives. She attends the San Rafael Latino Leaders lunch group and is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Now retired, Kat served as an administrative judge for the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals for twelve years and traveled to all corners of the country deciding security clearance cases for individuals who needed access to classified information. She was a federal attorney for over 30 years and worked also at the U.S. Department of Justice and for the U.S. Senate.
Board Liaison Roles: Adult Education, Hospitality
Margaret Johnston, Treasurer
Margaret R. Johnston is Treasurer and serves on the Finance and Endowment Committees. She previously was Treasurer from 2014-2017 and also from 2008-2011.She and her husband Thomas Ervin joined the Marin congregation in 2005 after having been active in the First Unitarian Church in Berkeley where she and Thomas were married. Both have graduate degrees in science and moved to the Bay Area from the East Coast in 1988 when Margaret was recruited to serve as Executive Director for the San Francisco Estuary Institute.
Margaret has twenty-five years of experience in natural resource policy and management, including key roles in numerous interagency planning processes for the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Tomales Bay Watershed Council as well as the San Francisco Estuary.
In her current position is as a parent advisor and grant writer for Matrix Parent Network, she assists parents of children with special needs gain access to services and develop advocacy skills. She has also been active in her local neighborhood association and her two children’s schools. She currently serves on the Board of the Gallinas Watershed Council and on the Steering Committee for the San Rafael General Plan 2040 Update.
Margaret received her BA in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MS in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan. Margaret has artistic talents as well; she studied drawing, painting, multi-media, and graphic design at the College of Marin, and enjoys watercolor, silk painting, and computer graphics.
Susan Mathews, General Trustee
Susan joined UUCM with her family in 1999 and has been a UU since her twenties. She has volunteered at UUCM as a teacher in the RE Program at many different grade levels, and currently volunteers regularly in the nursery. She has also enjoyed serving on the Committee on Ministry, the Communications Committee, and Religious Exploration Committee. Outside of UUCM, Susan works as the Executive Director of School Fuel, the Novato Foundation for Public Education, and serves as an officer for SchoolsRule-Marin and on the partnership council of Marin Promise. Prior to becoming an advocate for education, Susan worked for 15 years as an attorney in private practice.
Board Liaison Roles: Religious Exploration Committee, Personnel Committee, Communications Committee, Fundraising Committee
Mary Bicknell, General Trustee
Mary Bicknell was Board President from 1974-1975 and from 1988-1990, and currently serves on the Board. She has been involved and a leader for 50 years, serving on the Social Justice and Memorial Committees and the Committee on Ministry, teaching RE classes, singing in the choir, and leading nature walks at the congregational retreat.
Mary was born in Daventry, England, and met her husband John at a New Year’s dance. After they married and moved to Canada, they found the Unitarian church in Montreal. In 1969, they relocated to Marin with their two children and joined the Marin UU church. In the ‘70s they joined the Marin UU group on trips to Donner Lake and enjoyed outdoor activities. She had a career as an elementary school teacher in Marin and is a docent at the Novato History Museum. She volunteered for 20 years with Audubon Canyon Ranch and was a hiking docent at one of the preserves. In the UU community she feels supported in all aspects of life — emotional, intellectual, and social justice efforts.
Kim Holscher, General Trustee
Kim Holscher has been attending UUCM since August 2016, when she moved to Marin from Seattle. An active member in the Sunday Circle, she is also a proponent of the “Remarkable People” and “Dinners for 8” programs.
Kim is a German immigrant and the mother of two techie sons, whom she followed to the Bay Area. A Waldorf teacher since 1992, she now teaches at Marin Waldorf School.
Rich Panter, General Trustee
Rich Panter became a UU three decades ago shortly after meeting his wife, Glynda Christian, a life-long Unitarian. Over the years they have been active members of UU congregations in Massachusetts, South Carolina, and California. They and their daughter, Juliet Christian-Smith, became members of the UUCM in the past year. Raised Episcopalian, he has evolved into being a UU Humanist.
Rich majored in Humanities and earned a Masters in Urban Elementary Education with the U.S. Teacher Corps before beginning his career in TV production. A mostly-retired filmmaker now living in Bodega Bay with particular interests in peace and environmental issues, he worked for East Coast PBS stations as a writer/producer/director of documentaries which collectively won 21 awards, including the Tokyo Prize at the Japan Television Festival, a CINE Gold Eagle, and an Emmy nomination.
Gretchen is a life-long UU. She grew up in Novato, attended the Marin Fellowship of UUs as a child, and joined as a young adult. She graduated from Mills College with a BA in Music, married, and moved to Rhode Island, where she worked as an administrator with Landmark Education.
Gretchen has also been a member of UU San Jose, where she was active in Stewardship, led a group with the Small Group Ministry program, and managed volunteer painters in the church’s renovation.
She returned to Marin in 2016 and now serves on the UUCM Membership and Stewardship committees. She recently completed the Pacific Western Region’s UU Leadership Experience program. She enjoys spending time with her brother’s family in Corte Madera, walking the beautiful Marin hills, and volunteering with our congregation.
Board Liaison Roles: Pastoral Care, Membership, Partner Church