Leadership and Staff
Board of Trustees
President, Rich Dean
Rich has been a Unitarian Universalist (UU) for more than 40 years. During those 40 years, he has been consistently active in volunteer positions that range from janitor to President at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) and at Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists (CUU).
His UU experience includes stints as a Religious Education teacher, Religious Education Director, member of the Building Committee, and President (1982-1984, 2003-2004 at UUCC; 2016-2018 at CUU). He has served as Auction Chair, was the Mission and Covenant Facilitator, a Youth Adviser, and was a member of the following committees: Long Range Planning Committee, Social Action Committee, Search Committee (twice), Finance Council, and the Committee on Ministry. He also sat on the Board at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center on two separate occasions.
Rich has served two terms as Vice President for the Joseph Priestley District (JPD) and chaired the JPD Leadership Committee. Rich was awarded the “Unsung Hero” award by JPD in 2002.
He is still engaged in his passion, the Cradlerock Children’s Center, a non-profit daycare and preschool. In 2014, he was awarded the UU Social Justice Award for his work there.
Rich’s roots are in the Bronx. He is an electrical engineer by profession and served at the National Security Agency until his retirement in 1999, whereby he participated in things that are confusing to most people. He currently teaches engineering as a faculty member of Morgan State University in Baltimore.
He has a lot of mileage but still has the passion for the UU and related things.
He can be reached at: BoardPresident@cedarhurstuu.org
Vice President, Francine Hahn
She can be reached at: VicePresident@cedarhurstuu.org
Worship Services, Jovonne Lewis
She can be reached at: WorshipServicesTrustee@cedarhurstuu.org
Congregational Life, June Clarke
She can be reached at: MembershipTrustee@cedarhurstuu.org
Religious Exploration, Francine Hahn
She can be reached at: RETrustee@cedarhurstuu.org
Finance, Becky Zimmerman
She can be reached at: FinanceTrustee@cedarhurstuu.org
Social Justice, Pamela Malkin
She can be reached at: SocialJustice@cedarhurstuu.org
Operations Manager, Claudette LeBlanc
She can be reached at: OperationsTrustee@cedarhurstuu.org
Treasurer, Sharon Kennedy
She can be reached at: Treasurer@cedarhurstuu.org
Pledge Secretary, Alan Bogage
He can be reached at: PledgeSecretary@cedarhurstuu.org
Clerk, Tiara Collins
She can be reached at: Clerk@cedarhurstuu.org
Communications, Pete White
He can be reached at: Communications@cedarhurstuu.org
Religious Education Coordinator, Tom Zeller
Tom Zeller, CUU’s Religious Education (RE) Coordinator, is a ten year Unitarian Universalist (UU) and a member of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church. He has been involved with RE at Towson, teaching upper elementary and Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes and serving as a Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) advisor. His focus has been in finding ways to make RE a competitive choice (compared to soccer, band, etc.) on Sunday mornings and to encourage youth to stay involved with the church after high school and into adulthood.
In the larger UU world, he has been the Greater Baltimore Cluster representative to the Joseph Priestley District (JPD), served as an advisor at JPD Youth Conferences (CONs), and served on the planning committee to the UU United Nations Office Spring Intergenerational Seminar.
Outside of the UU world, Tom has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and has kept busy teaching anything from mathematics and computer science to Bulgarian folk dance to ways to make pea soup taste the same day in and day out. His hobbies include international folk dance, playing guitar, singing, hiking, bicycling, gardening, building things, and cooking. His family includes his wife, Joyce, his daughters, Leah (a junior at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Emma (a senior at Towson High School).
He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Administrative Assistant, Eryka Wentz
Eryka Wentz started as the CUU Administrative Assistant in November of 2016. She brings with her website and social media expertise, along with a desire to organize and help out in any way possible. This is her first experience with Unitarian Universalism.
She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology in 2010 and currently works at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Epidemiology Department. Her research is focused on HIV, women’s health, and lung diseases/complications.
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, hiking, spending time with her dog, Bull Winkle, and traveling around the United States. She believes a life without music would be no life at all and finds beauty in the world everywhere she goes.
She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.