Our Board and Governance
JUC Board of Trustees
Work of the Board
Primary responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include: ensuring that the ongoing operations of JUC are effectively managed by the ministers and staff; making sound decisions while upholding JUC’s mission; setting goals and implementing them; communicating with the congregation and supporting the spiritual growth of the congregation. Trustees also approve recommendations of the Leadership Nominating Committee for leadership positions, serve as designated Sunday board representatives and maintain financial accountability within the congregation.
The JUC Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of each month. The agenda is posted before meetings Meeting minutes are available by calling the church office.
Policy Governance Work
As we make this journey of change, the Board will communicate with the congregation through many means. This webpage will serve as a record of those communication fro members who miss them the first time around.
The diagram below explains the policy governance organization at JUC. Arrows pointing right indicate delegation of authority and arrows pointing left indication accountability. The Program and Operations Staff should be understood to include paid and volunteer staff.
Below, you can learn more about each board member and their role within JUC.
Board Member Bios
Kathy Covert, President
Kathy Covert first joined JUC over 30 years ago-during Rev. Robert Latham’s ministry. The late Rev. Joe Willis nudged her to join a Long Range Planning Committee. During a ten-year hiatus in northern Virginia she served on the UU Congregation of Fairfax Board of Trustees. Upon returning to Colorado in 2005 she re-joined JUC and served as co-chair of the Pastoral Care Group. Kathy retired from the U.S. Geological Survey a few years ago and now enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling a bit. She is especially fond of the Big Island of Hawaii. Term ends: 2019
David Fleck, Secretary
A lifelong UU, David Fleck joined JUC in 2012 with his Wife Erin and 1 year old Daughter Annabelle. David has helped keep the coffee pots pouring and is active with our Just Neighboring All Church Project. Past service to the community include: Edgewater City Council, Edgewater Redevelopment Authority and Race Director for the City Park Criterium bicycle race. Professionally, David is a Design Project Manager for Denver Commercial Builders Construction Company. Term ends: 2019
Andrea Aikin has been a JUC member since the late 1980s. She has served on the Leadership Nominating Committee, the Committee on Ministry, and within the Religious Education program. Professionally, Andrea is a science writer, helping scientists communicate with other scientists and the public. Term ends: 2018
Jon Hassinger and his wife Kim are long-time members of JUC, first joining in 1987. They rejoined JUC upon their return to Colorado in 1996 after a six-year hiatus due to a job-related move to Texas. Jon previously served on the Board as the chair of the Strategic Planning Group and on the Evergreen Campus Committee. He and Kim also serve on the UUA President’s Council. Jon has facilitated several executive planning sessions for the UUA and the UUSC over the course of the past five years. He is president of a management consulting and executive development firm serving federal government clients. Jon and Kim have three grown children who grew up in JUC’s RE program. They live in Evergreen and enjoy skiing, tennis, golfing and travel. Phone: 303 670 5184 Term ends: 2018
Thomas Goodreid joined JUC in 2001. During his time in the church, he has taught Sunday school for multiple different grades, served coffee, and been an usher. Thomas also has worked on the LOV! Committee for the past few years. In his professional life, Thomas is a partner in the Denver-based law firm of Goodreid Grant & Kuhn LLC. Term ends: 2020
Jef Fugita joined JUC in 2005 along with his wife Jennifer, son Trevor (now 16) and daughter Lily (now 13). He has taught R.E., participated in several service projects and has helped with the craft fair for the last three years. For the last 20 years, Jef has worked for Jefferson County Public Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and he currently supervises 10 elementary schools. Jef enjoys time with his family, traveling and hiking. Term ends: 2018
Ed and his wife Meridee have been members at JUC since 2006. They have been active in a number of JUC programs including presenting recorder quartet music (with their son Matt and his wife Liyun) at Christmas and Easter services a few years ago, helping with the Sloans Lake Community Church breakfast, bringing home-cooked fried chicken to the Family Promise dinners for several years now, contributing home-made furniture and bowls to the JUC auctions and craft faires and, most recently, teaching an adult RE class with Intern Minister Emily Conger on Race and Privilege. Ed has been teaching in the Physics Department at Colorado School of Mines for the past forty years. He and Meridee have taught multiculturalism, conflict resolution and service learning courses in the Guy T. McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs at Mines for the past twenty years. Ed and Meridee have two grown sons and four grandchildren and live in Golden with their moderately well behaved yellow Labrador retriever, Cooper. Term ends: 2019
Pam grew up in the neighborhood and at Applewood Valley Methodist Church. She studied and worked in Washington State, British Columbia, Oregon, Wyoming, Texas and eventually Hawaii as an educator, administrator and counselor before returning home to be with aging parents. She joined JUC in 2003. She first helped Miss Vickie in teaching preschool and eventually became the RE Assistant under Ashley Johnson. She has participated in small groups and led a Chalice Circle, too. Pam attended as many adult religions education classes/workshops as possible and, when there were few, she joined the LEAP committee. She eventually served as co-chair of the Being UU committee during a time of great change. She’s looking forward to retiring in September and doing more reading, traveling, volunteering and attending classes and workshops at JUC. Term ends: 2020
Paula’s family attended JUC when she was in elementary and junior high, and she returned as an adult member in 1998. Since then she has participated in church musicals and taught children’s religious education classes. She has also served on numerous committees, including two search committees and chairing the Committee on Ministry twice. Paula is currently a teacher of at-risk students at Columbine High School as well as an author and teachers’ union activist. Term ends: 2020
Boulder Denver Cluster – JUC
Mission: The Boulder Denver Cluster will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations to foster their excellence, increase the visibility of Unitarian Universalism, grow our Unitarian Universalist faith, and transform the wider community through social justice and interfaith partnerships. (Adopted September 4, 2007)
In addition to JUC, the Boulder Denver Cluster includes the following congregations: Boulder Valley UU Fellowship, Columbine UU Church, First Unitarian Society of Denver, First Universalist Church of Denver, Prairie UU Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder.
Covenant of Respectful Relationships
We, the members of the Jefferson Unitarian Church covenant to practice our UU principles in daily life. Yet, seldom do we bring to consciousness these formally stated principles.
In our ongoing interactions with one another, we easily find satisfaction in the spontaneous, creative, and respectful climate that permeates the atmosphere at JUC. It is one of the reasons we choose to participate in the activities of the church.
Throughout our years of congregational life, we have nonetheless experienced some stormy weather. We have learned that divergent views accompanied by strong feelings can create turbulence regarding the actions of the JUC Board of Trustees, ministers, church staff, members expressing personal views in writing and at church meetings. In the heat of the moment, we sometimes lose sight of the principles we practice so naturally when good weather prevails.
The following short list of respectful behaviors offers each of us renewed perspective when we become blinded by feelings of anger and distrust. In such circumstances the Covenant of Respectful Relationships can remind us of the opportunity to continue practicing our religious principles and thereby grow in our spiritual journey.
Covenant of Respectful Relationships
As a member of Jefferson Unitarian Church, I covenant to do the following:
I will speak truthfully with care and compassion.
I will seek first to understand, then to be understood.
I will speak directly to any person(s) with whom I have a concern rather than complain to others.
I expect that there will be differences among us, and I will accept and care for others despite those differences.
I will not disparage people with whom I disagree.
I will refrain from judging other people’s motives.
I will test my assumptions and examine my own motives.
I will honor my responsibility for upholding the spiritual principles and traditions of our community. In all things, I will cherish the health of the congregation above individual agendas.
I will remain engaged with compassion and respect when conflict occurs and participate in the process, knowing that truth emerges from a free and open exchange of ideas.
Adopted by the congregation at the Annual Spring Meeting – May 22, 2005