Board of Directors
Monica Jacobson - Board Chair
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis
Monica Jacobson 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.
David e. Delk
First Unitarian Church, Portland
David Delk is a long time member of the Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church and is Vice-President of the Eastside Democratic Club. Concerned that Supreme Court decisions mean the demise of our democracy, he is the national co-chair of Alliance for Democracy and local co-president. He founded the local chapter of Move to Amend, advocating for a 28th constitutional amendment. In 2006 he was one of the chief petitioners for Measures 46/47 to allow campaign contribution and expenditure limits in the state of Oregon. In 2016, he started an advocacy group to promote creation on a pubic municipal bank for the city. He is retired from the Housing Authority of Portland.
Wy’east UU Congregation and First Unitarian Church, Portland
Barbara has a background in statistics and market research. In Portland, Barbara and her husband joined First Unitarian Church (1985-2014). She has participated in many ways (RE teacher 1990-1991, Unitarian Choir 1995-2008, participant in Connections, UUSC committees). She is a member of End New Jim Crow/Healing Our Justice System Committee, and is the Mt. Hood Cluster of Congregations representative for Wy’east. She is a member of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Public Policy Committee, 2011 to present.
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.
Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Portland
Barbara Smith-Thomas has been involved with Oregon UU Voices for Justice since the first organizational meeting in Salem in April 2009. She currently serves as the treasurer of ORUUVoices. She serves because she believes that we amplify our voices and encourage each other when we act together. Barbara is a member of Wy’east UU Congregation in Portland, OR. A retired mathematician and computer programmer at universities and in private industry, Barbara brings a unique view of the world and impressive quantification skills.
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.