Board of Trustees
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

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Officers serve 1-year terms

President: Leigh Shaffer,

Vice President: Cortney Johnson,

Secretary: Julia Mortenson,

Treasurer: Mary Ann Plant,

Past President: Dave Anderson

At-Large Members serve 2-year terms,
with 2 elected each year

At Large Member: Andrew Duxbury (2nd year)

At Large Member: Paul Mancill (to serve remainder of vacant 2nd year term)

At Large Member: Scott Naftel

At Large Member: Wynne Dimock


Religious Education Committee
Chair serves 1-year term

Heather Hunter

Our Board’s Gifts and Goals

President Leigh Shaffer has been a member since 2013 and was a member of the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship from 2008-2012. She consider our church her spiritual home, and the church community like family. An Alabama native who spent over a decade living on the west coast before returning in 2008, Leigh is glad to be home and grateful to have the church community in her life.

She chaired the worship associates committee for three years, often serves as worship associate as well as being a frequent greeter or usher. She co-chaired Small Group Ministry and is co-leader of her small group, which has been meeting for over three years. She is passionate about Small Group Ministry and considers it to be vital to the health of the congregation. Leigh joined the board as vice-president in 2017 and has worked with the board to help lead the congregation through the interim minister period with Rev. Brock. She’s the sales manager at the Birmingham recycling processing facility and serves as vice-president on the Alabama Recycling Coalition’s board. In addition to work and church activities, she enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

Vice President Cortney Johnson was born and raised in the California Bay Area and moved to southern California to pursue her undergraduate degree at Chapman University in theatre performance.  While at Chapman, Cortney became an avid social justice activist and vocal student leader. This led to her pursuing a masters in education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and to her current position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as the Assistant Director of Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs. Cortney is continuing her education at UAB in the Educational Studies of Diverse Populations PhD program and does training and workshops related to social justice as a consultant. Cortney’s passion for social justice education and performance drew her to UUCB’s values, community, and love of music. In her short time at UUCB she has managed to join the choir, serve on the Welcoming Congregation Task Force, Ministerial Search Committee, and deliver a sermon on cultural humility. Outside of her work at UAB and with UUCB Cortney enjoys spending time with her 3 cats, watching Star Trek, and cooking

Secretary Julia Mortenson is a choir member, treasurer of the Shelby Co. Democratic Party and PAC, and is a retired board member of the Greater Birmingham Ministries (12 years). She’s a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN (Political Science) and is retired from management in the U. S. Government.

Treasurer Mary Ann Plant has been a member of our church since 2000, with several years out when she lived in other parts of the country, returning in 2015. She sings in the choir and she values the inclusiveness, the exposure to stimulating and challenging ideas and causes, and warm friends. She served on the church board from 2004 to 2006. Retired now, she worked in human service organizations and in direct clinical service after taking a PhD in Social/Organizational Psychology and doing clinical re-training. Her partner is a professor of Accounting at Birmingham Southern College. In lieu of children, they have 2 large Golden Doodles. She enjoys gardening hiking, learning to play flue and taking road trips.

At Large Member Andrew Duxbury, originally from the west coast, relocated to Birmingham to join the clinical geriatrics faculty at UAB some twenty years ago.  Shortly thereafter, he found and joined our church in order to have a supportive community during a turbulent period in his life. As a member for nearly two decades, he has served in multiple church leadership positions and has been present for the many positive changes and growth that have happened in recent years. He hopes to help the church continue to grow and diversify and serve the multiple communities looking for a liberal religious home in the greater Birmingham area.

At Large Member Paul Mancill has served on several committees including Adult Enrichment, Film, Greeter, Nominating, Usher and Coffee Team. He has chaired the Finance Committee and has served the board as Treasurer.

At Large Member Scott Naftel has been attending our church for six years and has been a member since 2015. He and his wife, Scarlett, have two children–Leah, 8, and Aidan, 10. For three years he has served as an assistant teacher in elementary level religious education classes. 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. For the past few months he has served as a temporary member on the Board of Trustees and is excited about the opportunity to serve and build a stronger relationship with the church and its members.

At Large Member Wynne Dimock is involved in the Refugee Interest Group and the Humanist Interest Group, and is a Small Group participant.

Religious Education Chair Heather Hunter has been on the Religious Education Committee for 6 years, and has chaired the committee for the past two years.  He has also taught in the religious education program for many years.  She is a lab manager in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences during the week.  The rest of the time she enjoys cycling, hiking and spending time outdoors with her husband, two daughters, and her dogs.

Other Elected Officers


Holly Hilton

Nominating Committee (2 year term):

Alice Lizee (2nd Year)

Paul Mancill (2nd Year)

Trey Tarrant

John Powell

Laura Stultz