Board of Trustees

Duties & Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Fellowship, has general charge of the property of the Fellowship, the conduct of all its business affairs, and the control of the administration.


Susan Englert, President
Charlie Mayfield, Vice President
Janet Werkman, Secretary
Marge Goka
Richard Govea
Phil Nies
Teresa Velasco


Susan Englert, President
Charlie Mayfield, Vice President
Janet Werkman, Secretary
Ginger Wolnik, Treasurer

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Building Fund

The Building Fund Committee serves as the custodian for the Building Fund, ensuring its protection over the long term. (See Article XVI of our Bylaws.)


The Facilities Committee helps the Board with negotiating our Facilities lease with the landlord. This includes lease amendments and lease renewals. Contact


The Finance Committee assists the Board with oversight of the Fellowship’s finances while fostering transparency and building confidence within the congregation. The committee provides reports to the Board for approval of the following: annual vision budget, securing insurance policy for the church, and arranging annual audit of financial records. Contact


The Governance Committee acts as a resource to the Fellowship in support of good governance.


The Committee on Ministry is responsible for assessing the health of all the ministries of the congregation and acts as support for the Minister. Contact


The Nominating Committee operates January through May and presents a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Trustees. The committee consists of three members of the Fellowship who are eligible to vote and who are not members of the Board. (See Article IX of our Bylaws.)

UUFS Governance Model

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale is adopting a “Mission-Based Governance” model as outlined in the book Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership by Dan Hotchkiss (Alban Institute, 2016). This model has been gaining popularity among Unitarian Universalist Congregations and other UU covenantal communities.

The presentation titled Overview of Our Governance Model provides background and definition of terms on the following graphic from the Hotchkiss book:

Our UUFS organization chart maps to this governance model.

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Bylaws & Policy Documents

Click on these links to see the documents: