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

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Officers serve 1-year terms

President: Leigh Shaffer,

Vice President: Bill Long,

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.


Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Vice President Bill Long grew up there and in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his father labored as a locomotive engineer. At William Carey College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Bill trained for music ministry. As the Southern Baptist Convention came under fundamentalist rule, Bill and his wife, Sheila, transitioned into the Church of the Brethren. Bill graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary, then served as Pastor of Dundalk (Maryland) Church of the Brethren for 7 & 1/2 years. Bill and Sheila moved to Alabama in late 1996 to be near her parents.

In Birmingham, Bill began a new career in information technology. He now works as a software quality engineer for BD MedMined Services. He has been a “Papaw” to three grandkids, now all grown up, and his son-in-law’s grandson. Bill first visited our church in autumn of 2013, and became a member in February of 2014. He 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 Minsitry, Welcoming Congregations Task Force, and Settled Minister Search Committee.


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.


Other Elected Officers


Holly Hilton

Nominating Committee (2 year term):

Alice Lizee (2nd Year)

Paul Mancill (2nd Year)

Trey Tarrant

John Powell

Laura Stultz