Board of Directors
Monica Jacobson-Tennessen - Interim Board Chair
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis
Monica Jacobson-Tennessen is a Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, currently serving as Intern Minister at the UU Congregation of Salem. Her pre-ministry background is in information science and technology, and her work for justice began with her first involvement going door-to-door for a political candidate at the age of 17. Monica is a student at Meadville Lombard Theological School, in her third and final year of coursework toward her Masters of Divinity, the required graduate degree for UU ministers. She is interested in systems thinking and systemic change toward a more just world for all, and brings a passion for good governance to the UU Voices for Justice board.
Rogue Valley UU Fellowship, Ashland
Dave Hyde is a retired manager and real estate broker. Since retiring he has devoted himself to social justice issues with special passion for Move to Amend. He was involved with Move to Amend in Florida, and in Oregon he is the Lead Organizer for Jackson County. He is also a member of the national Move to Amend Political Action Committee and his local Interfaith Move to Amend Caucus. He hosts a radio program called “We the People”. In his spare time he is part of the leadership of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, Citizens for Peace and Justice, and the Rogue Valley chapter of Pachamama.
West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
A lifelong UU, Evan is an ex-physicist turned software engineer. Over the years, his passion for science unexpectedly reinforced his social justice and humanitarian interests. Evan is looking to push Oregon forward in many areas of social justice, but he has a particular interest in avoiding the existential threat of climate change.
Evan's currently a software engineer in Portland, and is primarily using his skills to help bolster the technology supporting UUVfJ.
Unitarian Universalist of Minnville
Kathleen attended both the GA in Phoenix on immigrant rights and the recent one in New Orleans with a focus on white supremacy. She worked one winter in Phoenix for the Welcome to America project, which helps refugees.
She is on the Unidos Bridging Community board of directors and teaches citizenship classes. She reads to Kindergarteners in the SMART program at Sue Buell elementary, which is 50% Hispanic.
She has been involved in various immigrant rights marches and local activities and attended the Rural Organizing Project (ROP) annual training for the past several years as well as workshops by PCUN, the farmworker rights organization.
Although immigrant rights is her main passion, she has been active in various social justice efforts.
Rev. Katie Larsell - Executive Director
Lead Ministerial Advisor, Eastrose Fellowship UU, Portland, Affiliated Community Minister
A Unitarian Universalist for 20 years, Katie recently was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. She is interested in what brings diverse people together around a shared goal. In her neighborhood she was involved in the politics of change as a School Board chair for Parkrose School District and as co-chair for a unique community/City of Portland Partnership, the East Portland Action Plan, which advocates for equity in East Portland and brings together neighbors from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. Her employment history is in Industrial Engineering and she has fundraising experience chairing a capital gifts campaign.
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
Chris has been a member of UU since the mid 90’s. She has a background in publi the USA and Canada supporting executives in implementing social responsibility policies and practices, advising companies to operate customer advisory panels to change internal operations, and listening through public-participation.
Repurposing career skills she advocates for vulnerable populations; she has a particular interest in equity, inclusion, poverty prevention and children at risk; helping to help shape legislation and encourage funding to assist historically underserved at-risk populations. She follows revenue and tax reform and is Education Policy Coordinator, LWVOR Legislative Action; teaming with colleagues who cover Social Policy, Governance and Natural Resources within the Oregon Legislature.
Unitarian Universlist Church in Eugene
Sue had been active in Social/Environmental justice activities in several UU churches over a 25 year span. Much of what she is working on now is reflected in our areas of OUUVfJ working with money isn't speech/corporations are not people, HCAO, and working to defeat the LNG Pipeline and Jordan Cove Terminal.