Our Elected Leaders
Board of Trustees
October 1 2020
Antoine (Tony) Bell is heading into his second year serving as a member of the UUCB Board. A native of Birmingham, he comes from a family of church leaders, including a younger brother who is a pastor and father who is a deacon. His late mother was also a minister. In addition, his wife and high school sweetheart Tanja (Tan) is also an ordained minister and has been associated with UUCB for over a decade.
Professionally, Tony works in the Dean’s Office at the University of Alabama’s College of Continuing Studies, in the office of College Relations. In addition to his primary job,
Tony is involved with several community initiatives. He serves on the board of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club as Program Director. He also is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa, an active member of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce and the United Way Volunteer Allocation Committee. After spending nearly 30 years as an athletics administrator, Tony continues to be involved with sports, assisting with several events. He and his wife Tan are growing a pair of businesses that feature event business consulting and event logistics management, as well as inspection and evaluation.
During his spare time, Tony enjoys traveling, bowling, hiking, and biking. He is a huge college football fan and virtually goes on sabbatical during March Madness. Tony and Tan couple reside in Helena and have a combined five adult children. They joined the church family together in 2018. Tony and Tan served a year as Worship Associates co-chairs. In addition to leading services on numerous occasions, the couple also serves as lay ministers on occasion, speaking from their platform as motivational speakers and relationship coaches under the banner of The Couples Conversation.
Scott Naftel—Vice President
Scott Naftel has been attending our church for seven years and has been a member since 2015. He two children, Leah (10) and Aidan (12). He has served as an assistant teacher in elementary level religious education classes for four years. He has a special focus on the education of children as a parent and as a senior quantitative analyst conducting research on education policy at a national think tank. He has served for the past two years as an at large member on the Board of Trustees and is excited about the opportunity to continue to serve and build a stronger relationship with the church and its members.
Diane Tucker has been a member of UUCB for nearly 25 years. She has served on the Board, as Chair and a member of the Finance Committee, and on the Nominating Committee. She was the co-chair of the Search Committee that brought Rev Lone Broussard to UUCB and subsequently served as President of the Congregation for 2 years.
Diane grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from University of Iowa in clinical and developmental psychology. After completing a clinical internship at University of Washington in Seattle, she did a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis before accepting a position as Assistant Professor at UAB in 1985. Her research interests included developmental physiology, neuroscience, psycho-oncology, and impact of genetic test results. In 2005 she was appointed the Founding Director of the Science and Technology Honors Program at UAB, which is currently part of the UAB Honors College. Diane is an avid hiker and enjoys outdoor adventures. Her son Kyle grew up in the UUCB family. He is currently an officer in the Marine Corps living in Virginia with his wife and two daughters. Diane is married to Mark Hobson.
Virginia “Ginger” Campbell, MD has been a member since 2017. Dr. Campbell grew up in Huntsville and moved to Birmingham with her late husband Dennis Smith in 1977. She graduated from the UAB School of Medicine and after spending over 20 years practicing emergency medicine in rural Alabama she returned to UAB in 2014 to pursue a fellowship in Palliative Medicine. She now practices at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and teaches at UAB.
Prior to being asked to fill the post of Secretary, Dr. Campbell helped form a Humanist group at UUCB. She is passionate about nurturing the humanist roots of UU. She led the efforts to have our congregation recognized as a Freethinker Friendly congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association.
Dr. Campbell is also a prolific podcaster. Her main focus is on promoting science by making it accessible to a diverse audience. She hosts two long-running shows: Brain Science and Books and Ideas and in 2018 she launched Graying Rainbows: Coming Out LGBT+ Later in Life. In 2020 she published the second edition of her book Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty.
Dr. Campbell’s other interests include gardening, tennis, walking her Golden Retriever Rusty and continuing to learn new things. She is also working with church historian Jeanne Weaver and eventually she hopes to create an audio archive of the stories of long time members.
Kate Etheredge—Member At Large—Second Year
Kate Etheredge has been attending UUCB since 2010 when she visited and immediately joined the choir. She became a member in 2012. She has served on the Music Committee since 2011 with a stint as the Chair from 2013-2016. Kate works in Shelby County as a Young Adult Librarian. She has one son who is growing up too quickly.
John Powell—Member At Large—Second Year
John is married to Pam Powell and they have three children and five grandchildren. John was born in Montgomery AL and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn. John currently owns a small company, Powell Engineering, Inc. located in Oneonta, Alabama. (www.powellengineering.com). . He has been a member of UUCB since 1988. John has served two terms on the board with once as Vice President.
Larry Myers—Member At Large—First Year
Larry (Lawrence) Myers has attended UUCB since even before moving to Birmingham from Auburn in 2015, becoming a member a couple of years later. UUCB was not my first UU experience, having been a visitor in the Auburn UU between 2001 and 2006. He has been an usher and a member of the coffee committee. He is also one of the UUrban Farmers since its inception.
He is a retired prof as of 2015 (Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine), recently retired from animal behavior practice, and, hopefully, soon to be a retired expert witness.
Currently an avid gardener and duplicate bridge player (the latter online only in the time of Covid-19), he also spends time spoiling his dog, Kumquat, and keeping
(hopefully) on the good side of his significant other, Martha. Some past activities that might be of interest in current context include director of a crisis intervention center (Stillwater, OK), crisis center volunteer (Auburn), and campaign volunteer for Doug Jones, Bob Vance, and Randall Woodfin.
He found a community in which to work and thrive when he joined UUCB.
Grant Tatum—Member At Large—First Year
Along with his wife Ferah and son Alex, Grant joined UUCBham in 2015 and together they have been West Homewood residents since 2018.
Grant sings in the UUCBham choir, a lifelong passion of his. He helped facilitate several initiatives including cleaning up the nature trail that circumnavigates church property. Grant was also the UUCBham representative on the Central Alabama Pride committee for the 2019 Interfaith Service which allowed us to host the event. That same year, UUCBham also entered a float in the Pride Parade where more than 60 UUCB members and friends marched.
Grant is part of CUUPS, the LGBTQIA alliance and manages content for the church’s Instagram account.
Jess Searcy—Religious Ed. Chair
Jess Searcy moved to the Birmingham area from Atlanta with her family in 2017 and has been involved with the church ever since. She has been teaching RE and serving on the RE committee. Jess is the Publisher of Macaroni Kid South Birmingham, a website and weekly e-newsletter for parents to find things to do with kids. She enjoys gardening and is an avid birder. She lives in Alabaster with her husband, two sons, three cats and two dogs!
Patti Steelman—Second Year
Patti grew up in Middle Tennessee. She met & married her husband, Jim, over 30 years ago, in Nashville. Patti spent 20+ years in information technology, human resources, & management consulting. She and Jim moved to Birmingham in 2000 because of Jim’s career in banking. They have had pets most of their married life and currently have two dogs: Tucker & Reese. Patti and Jim are both vegan. Jim has been since 2007 and Patti since 2011. They discovered UUCB when Jim heard an interview on NPR by then UUCB minister, Bill Leggett, in 2006. After learning more about the church and all that they believe, they joined UUCB in 2007. Patti has been involved in many committees &
lay leadership such as: Minister Search Committee, Transition Committee, Nominating Committee, Membership, Coffee & various hospitality needs, Worship Partners (now Worship Associates), RE teacher, & Personnel. Patti enjoys reading, music, cooking, making stained glass mosaics, working out, & volunteering her time.
Dick Segreto— Second Year
An Ohio native, Dick grew up in California, where he earned his BS degree on Business Management at Cal Poly State University. He joined the army where his tour of duty took him to Germany for 2 years. His 35 year career in the hardware industry took him from Minnesota, to VA, and CA. Upon retiring and moving to Birmingham, Dick used his sales skills to create Mardigourds, an art supply company, Later, and as a long time fan of classic movies, Dick has developed a series of presentations that include a look at classic films from the past, featuring profiles and biographies of actors and directors, and the history of Hollywood. He has enjoyed sharing these presentations with many community groups and organizations.
Lara Wheeler—First Year
Lara Wheeler is a UAB HR Administrator for the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics department. Her background includes many different work experiences: nonprofit fundraiser, sales and marketing manager, customer service manager, and freshman comp instructor.
Lara became a member of UUCB in February 2019. She is married to Chris Gray (also a member of UUCB), and is stepmom to Loran Gray, who is about to begin kindergarten at Hall Kent Elementary.
Bill Long—First Year
Born in Meridian, MS, Bill Long grew up there and in New Orleans, LA, where his father labored as a locomotive engineer. At William Carey College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Bill trained for a life in music ministry. After fundamentalists took over the Southern Baptist Convention, Bill and his wife of 3 years moved to the Church of the Brethren. After Bill graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary, he served the Dundalk (MD) Church of the Brethren as Pastor for 7½ years. Bill and his wife moved to Alabama in December 1996 to be near her parents when their health failed them. In the greater Birmingham area Bill took up a new career in information technology.
Bill has been a “Papaw” to four kids—three of whom are now grown and married. Bill’s years in Alabama spurred his growth as an agnostic and a progressive. Bill found a circle of kindred souls in UUCB in the autumn of 2013, and he signed the membership book in February 2014. Since then, Bill has led Adult Enrichment classes, led Sunday services, and served on committees and task groups, including Small Group Ministry Leadership Team, Worship Associates, Committee on Ministry, Welcoming Congregations Task Force, Settled Minister Search Committee, and Greeters. For a short time Bill served on the Board of Trustees.
Linda Corliss—First Year
Linda has been involved with UUCB in the following ways; Board of Trustees, Interim DRE, small group leader, choir member, membership chair, nominating committee, flower committee and coffee team. She is currently the reception coordinator for memorial services and other church events and a member of MUUSIC Share.
Holly Hilton began attending UUCB when she moved to Birmingham in 1998. Since then she has participated in many ways: membership committee, leading UUCB 101 classes, leading 3rd Sunday information meetings, RE teacher, Board Member, Secretary of Board, stewardship committee, nominating committee, and endowment committee. Some of her favorite activities the church has had over these years includes cottage suppers, blue light art show, tai chi, stewardship dinners, Christmas crafts, Woo Hoo Wednesdays, auction, films, small groups, bonfires, and activities for the kids. She is the proud parent of one teenager who is thoroughly enjoying the UUCB youth program.
Darryl Hunt – Committee Member
Darryl Hunt was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and practices law with the firm of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt. He has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham since 2003 and hasDarryl Hunt was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and practices law with the firm of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt. He has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham since 2003 and has served as president of the congregation, vice-president, chair of the committee on committees, chair of the personnel committee, member of the committee on ministry, chair of the canvass committee, chair of the original Welcoming Congregation task force, member of the nominating committee, member of the justice committee, member of the
interim minister search committee, UUCB representative on the Fire House Shelter board (10 years), UUCB representative on the Greater Birmingham Ministries board (10 years), member of the film committee (presently), and member of the endowment committee (presently). Outside of church, Darryl enjoys visiting his daughter in the Pacific Northwest, reading, writing, Netflix, and leading the Godforsaken Pub Crawlers group in drinking and trivia.
Juanzetta Flowers – Committee Member
Juanzetta S. Flowers has been a member of the church since January 2002. In the intervening years, she has served on the Committee on Ministry to Rev. Karen Mattison, the Ministerial Search Committee which found Rev. Lone Jensen Broussard, and the Board of Directors for 4 years, two of which were as Vice President.
Juanzetta is a native of Gadsden AL, but has lived in Birmingham since 1966. She is an Associate Professor Emerita from the UAB School of Nursing from which she retired in 2001. During her thirty years at UAB, she became one of the first two nurse practitioners
in Alabama. She opened what became the Kirklin Clinic as the first head nurse in the original private outpatient clinic for the School of Medicine. She then went on to teach and practice as a nurse practitioner in the School of Medicine for 14 years. In the School of Nursing, she served as a graduate faculty member in Women’s Health and Health Policy. She was also appointed to the post of Assistant to the Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs. With the Dean, she established the School’s Board of Visitors in 1991. She also helped to establish the School as a Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery for the World Health Organization in 1994, serving as Deputy Director of the Center until her retirement.
She is an avid traveler, reader and movie goer. She loves music and is especially fond of the Alabama
Symphony. The music of the church choir with Jim Sullivan and Chip’s wonderful playing feed her soul. Juanzetta was married to Charles E. Flowers, Jr. MD for 27 years until his death in 1999. She has been sharing her life with Jozef Simkovic since 2011. They were married in 2016 by Rev. Broussard in La Jolla, CA. They have been living half time here and in Washington DC since 2015. Jozef retired from the Voice of America in 2016 and his two sons live in the DC area. This year they are locating permanently in Birmingham.
Juanzetta came to the UU family late in her life, but it has filled a deep longing that she had known for years before that. The UUCB has become the home of her Soul and she loves being a part of it.