Our elected leaders: UUCB Board

Barbara Keight Staub (President) joined UUCB in 2019 and currently serves as a worship associate, website administrator and Board President. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Professionally, Keight is an internal communications specialist with a focus on employee engagement. Her hobbies include traveling, writing, gardening and learning new plant-based recipes. Keight is married to Trevor Staub and has two adorable cats at home.

Julie Nicholson-Morgan (Vice President) moved to Birmingham from Los Angeles more than 10 years ago. She and her wife have been married since 2013 and have a ten year-old child. Julie enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family. She started attending UUCB in 2016 and became a member in 2018. She has helped with religious education at UUCB in the past and now serves as a board member.

Diane Tucker (Treasurer) 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. 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. 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.

Andrew Duxbury (RE Chair) has been a member of UUCB for 23 years. He has served in multiple leadership roles within the church throughout that time. He is a long term member of the choir, frequently teaches adult education courses on aging and health topics, and occasionally guests in the pulpit for lay led services. He is a professor of clinical geriatrics at UAB where he will shortly be celebrating his quarter century. He also has a second career as a theatrical performer and director having appeared on nearly every Birmingham stage in over fifty productions. He is the author of The Accidental Plague Diaries.

Kenneth Richardson (Member at Large) is a lifelong Unitarian. He is a Hoosier, born and raised in Indianapolis. Ken is married to Lisa Hanlon Schroeder and together they have four children, three grandchildren, and small dogs who keep them very busy. Ken served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1993. He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and graduate degrees in both business and education. He and Lisa enjoy hiking, glamping, gardening and reading. Ken has attended services at UUCB since early 2018 and he has volunteered his time as an usher and greeter.

Michelle Hilgeman Pitts (Member at Large) grew up in Memphis before moving to Birmingham to attend college. She discovered Unitarian Universalism through UUCT as a graduate student and later joined UUCB in 2018. Professionally, Michelle enjoys working as a clinical psychologist and a researcher. She is married, has two children, and many pets (including four aquariums). In her free time, she enjoys playing cards, “running,” and spending as much time outdoors as possible. She has volunteered on several UUCB committees over the past several years, and is excited to join the board.

Mary Ann Plant (Member at Large) has been a member of UUCB since the early 2000’s. She is choir member, occasional worship associate, and has served two pervious terms on the UUCB Board. Mary Anne is a retired clinical psychologist. She enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, and big furry Golden Doodles.

Stephen Mangina (Secretary) joined UUCB in 2019 and currently serves as Board Secretary. He is a Birmingham native and married to UUCB member, Kimberly Kirklin. They have two children. Stephen enjoys motorcycle riding, camping and acting. He has been active in the Birmingham community theatre scene for several years.