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
Gretchen Leavitt, Board Secretary
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
Margy Eller, Treasurer
Margy Eller was raised as a Quaker outside Philadelphia in the 50s and 60s. She was introduced to Unitarianism in St Petersburg, Florida when her family moved to Florida in 1968. Margy has a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Masters in Library Science from Florida State. Margy moved to San Francisco in 1975 and began a 30-year career in financial services working for various companies in pensions, banking, investments, marketing and technology. Living in Marin for almost 40 years, Margy has been a member of several progressive religious congregations and returned to Unitarianism at UU Marin in 2018. In retirement, Margy has been President of the League of Women Voters of Marin, Public Member for the Marin IJ Editorial Board (2013). President of AAUW Marin, and President of Marin’s Wednesday Morning Dialogue.
Anne Spatola, General Trustee
Anne and her family started coming to UUCM in the Fall of 1994. She immediately became involved in committees and participated in many congregational activities including RE, Facilities and the Board. From 2006-2018, she attended UU congregations where her partner of 45 years served as the parish minister. At the Utah congregation, she chaired the RE committee and was involved in local community actions such as voter registration, elections, tutoring and LGBT issues.
She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and worked for the State of California in Disability and Adult Programs Division from 1980-2006. She started as an analyst, managed a unit and then retired as Bureau Chief coordinating policy and procedures in the Operations Section.
Upon returning to UU Marin in 2018, Anne has joined the Social Justice and Worship committees. She also volunteers in the San Rafael public schools. In addition to the Marin Board, she serves on the Board of the retired UU ministers/partners UUrMaPa and coordinates the UU Rainbow History Project. For relaxation, she reads fiction and hikes the beautiful hills around Marin.
Susan Matthews, 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.