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: Scott Naftel (2nd year)

At Large Member: Wynne Dimock (2nd year)

At Large Member: Kate Etheredge

At Large Member: Alyssa Zasada

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 flute and taking road trips.

At Large Member 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.

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

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 Alyssa Zasada’s involvement with our church started in 2017 with the Meditation Group and has grown to include MUUsicShare, Small Group Ministry, and more.  She is a native of Wisconsin, went to the University of Georgia for her Master’s in College Student Affairs Administration, and now works at UAB as the Admissions, Events, & Communications Manager for the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program.

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.  She 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 (chair)

Darryl Hunt

Nominating Committee (2 year term):

Trey Tarrant (2nd year)

Laura Stultz (2nd year)

Dick Segreto

Patti Steelman