Board of Trustees
ERUUF is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees elected by the Fellowship and follows a policy-based governance model. Under policy-based governance, the Board of Trustees serves as representatives of the congregation and both gives voice to the vision and mission of ERUUF as well as writes the basic governing policies of the organization.
- Term: 2016-2019
I joined ERUUF in the late 1990s as a young single adult. My husband Dave and I were married at ERUUF, and our children (now 21, 11, and 8) have each benefited tremendously from the RE program. Prior to joining the Board, I served on the Nominating Committee. For the past few years, I have been deeply invested in the music program, both as a leader (the Sunshine Kids choir) and a participant (River Folk and Trilight). After working in corporate finance for 16 years, I decided to take some time off to focus on my family when our son was born. Among my interests are exercise, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with friends and family (which includes an identical twin).
I have learned a lot during my first two years on the Board, and I am truly looking forward to what we might accomplish in 2018/2019. As ERUUF moves into this next stage of development, it is an honor to be able to serve in this capacity.
- Term: 2016-2019
My partner, Sara Terry, and I joined ERUUF in the mid 1990's when we were looking for a spiritual community in which to begin raising our family. We believed that the world's different religious traditions had wisdom to share and appreciated that UU'ism draws from many different sources. My involvement in ERUUF has taken various forms over the years, with much of it centered on religious education. I have been a Youth Group Advisor, RE teacher, a member of the RE Committee and a member of the Religious Education Vision Quest Team. I have been on the Committee for the Evaluation of Ministry for the past four years and was elected to the Board in 2016.
I live with Sara, our three children (Sam, Jake, and Emma), and our dog (Dingo) in Durham. My paying job is as an education researcher and program evaluator at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I study the impact of high school and college level programs. I also serve as co-chair of Durham Public Schools' Budget Advisory Committee. As a family, we love traveling and eating good food together.
I am honored to serve on the Board. One of my personal goals for my work is to apply my program evaluation skills in thinking about how the Board can better fulfill its monitoring and accountability roles.
- Term: 2015-2018
I have been a member of ERUUF since 2013. A North Carolina native, I have lived in Durham since 1996 with my wife, Leila Keen. We have two young daughters, Eva and Rose. I am the Finance Director for El Futuro, a Durham-based outpatient mental-health clinic for Spanish speakers. I am a licensed CPA who has worked in the local nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. I ran the Common Sense Foundation for seven years in the 2000s; before that I was an investigator at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham. I also worked in the finance department at Cree (a Durham-based LED manufacturer) from 2010-2013. I hold a Master's in Accounting degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master's of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and a bachelor's degree from Princeton. I enjoy hiking at Eno River State Park, sports, games of all kinds, and gardening.
I have served on the Financial Advisory Committee at ERUUF for the past two years, and I am also currently on the board of the Eno River Fellowship Foundation. I am eager to apply my skills that I have developed in nonprofit management to help ERUUF flourish. Although I grew up in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), I feel much more at home today as a Unitarian Universalist. If elected I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve ERUUF as a Board member.
- Term: 2015-2018
I'm the sort of person who has always wanted to have "a spiritual home." When I was growing up, I'd attend the church of whichever of the neighborhood church ladies would pick me up on Sunday morning--even though my non-practicing Catholic parents didn't make me. I was Methodist, I was Baptist, I was Church of Christ--I made a thorough tour of the protestant churches in our rural eastern NC community.
In high school and college I sought to find my spiritual home in the Catholic Church, which was the religious heritage of my father's very Irish-Catholic family. If it were possible to practice one's way into a belief, I would have done it. I REALLY wanted to be a Roman Catholic, but the longer I practiced, the more I felt like a fraud--I just did not truly, deeply believe the things I professed in Mass every week.
I discovered ERUUF a few years after drifting away from Catholicism while looking for someone to officiate at our wedding, but upon attending a few services--just to scope it out--I quickly realized I had found something much more. I soon joined a covenant group which helped ground me in the community and provided me with some excellent role models--people who really give as much back to ERUUF as they receive. I was also a pastoral associate (now called a care companion) for a year, but since 2009, I have most often been found on Sundays (and most other days of the week) with the high school youth as one of their advisors. If you haven't slept on one of the sofas in the Care Building you are missing an ERUUF experience. This year I had the privilege of being asked by one of the youth to be her mentor for Coming of Age.
- Term: 2015-2018
Chuck has been a member of ERUUF for more than 20 years. He chaired the Membership Committee for four years, served on the ERUUF Board for three years, and chaired the Interim Minister Selection Committee that selected Rev. Sarah York. Chuck also served for two years on Rev. York’s advisory committee, the Transition Team. Chuck has participated in many other ERUUF groups including the Healthy Congregation Committee, Covenant Groups, Durham CAN, Wednesday Night Suppers and Classes, the ERUUF Beach Trip, the ERUUF softball team, and teaching RE. Some of Chuck’s many interests are Durham Bulls baseball, reading, theatre, cooking, bridge, travel, the great outdoors, and Shakespeare. Chuck’s family includes his parents in Mechanicsburg, PA; two brothers; one sister; and nine nieces and nephews.
- Term: 2016-2019
I have been a member of ERUUF since the early 1990s. Jonathan and I discovered UUism in Albuquerque when we were searching for a church to attend with our baby daughter. From the first service we knew we were "home". That baby is now 30 and we are still devoted UUs!
I am currently part of the Beloved Conversations group and a member of an affiliation small group called the LuLus (UUs who completed Legacy Leadership training). I served on the Nominating Committee and taught RE. I believe deeply in the inherent worth and dignity of all people and I am proud that ERUUF works hard to be a welcoming place of worship. I am excited to be offered a chance to serve on the board of ERUUF and bring facilitation and teamwork skills to the job.
I am a family physician and educator at Duke. I enjoy gardening, hiking, biking to work, canoeing and learning to cook vegan recipes. We have 2 adult children in the DC area and 2 granddogs.
- Term: 2016-2019
I found my spiritual home at ERUUF in 1995 and almost immediately joined the choir. Ever since I have continued participating with our various choral ensembles. I joined the Fellowship in 1997 and have found many ways to get involved. In the past I have served as a greeter and member of the garden committee. I have helped facilitate several classes for Wednesday Night Connections. I have served on the music committee and sound committee for several years.
In 2006, I helped form the Environmental Steering Committee which has evolved to become the Earth Justice Action Group which I am currently co-leading. I serve on the Justice Ministry Council as liaison from that group and as Communications Coordinator. I served on the Board from 2009-2012 to help usher in a new period of leadership with Rev. Cayer as our called minister. As a member of the Board, I helped form the Healthy Congregation Committee. My IT skills and experience have enabled me to help with data entry for the auction for several years.
My participation at ERUUF has been rewarding in so many ways. One of the most fulfilling activities is small group discussions—both ad hoc and ongoing (as in covenant groups). In these discussions, I have heard your dreams and your visions for ERUUF, which excite me to consider the amazing potential we have as a Fellowship. Nancy and I were married in 2013 by Rev. Cayer and enjoy participating in a covenant group and beautifying our home and garden near Duke Forest in Orange County.
- Term: 2017-2020
I am a life-long UU — with a lapse as a NONE in early adulthood. My passion for Unitarian Universalism and my commitment to it as a movement are both long-standing and deeply rooted. I believe that Unitarian Universalism offers a model of peaceful coexistence and thoughtful, ethical decision-making that the world sorely needs, now more than ever.
I’ve been a member of ERUUF for over twenty years. Over the years I’ve served as chair of the Worship Committee, as a worship associate, as an RE teacher, on the music committee, as a maker of casseroles for the homeless shelter, as a coordinator for Cafe ERUUF. Someone even convinced me once to be Stewardship chair.
I spent the majority of my career as a technical writer and a software tester, with stints in science, ballet, and a health-food store during young adulthood. In my forties, I discovered the hammered dulcimer, and this discovery changed my life. As a Certified Music Practitioner®. I play music at bedside in hospitals, residential facilities, and private homes as well as in memorial services. The relaxing music that I provide in such venues offers healing, solace, pain relief, and stress relief to patients and their families. In this work, I have finally found my calling — the place where my talents meet the world’s need. It is work that may drain me in the short run but that overall energizes me and gives me some of the most profound moments of my life.
- Term: 2017-2020
I have been a member of ERUUF since my wife and I moved to Chapel Hill in 2002. Before that, we were members of the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh (PA), where we met and were married. Our twin daughters Selema and Zoe, now in middle school, grew up at ERUUF. We share our home with Cricket, our basenji, and our two rescue cats, Chloe and Lacey.
I’m a native New Yorker, born and raised outside New York City, although after all these years in the South, I couldn’t tolerate the winters there anymore. I’m a child psychiatrist and a researcher at Duke, and I study the effects of maltreatment and alcohol abuse on brain development in children and adolescents. I hope this work will help people understand how much damage these can do, and help prevent them and reverse some of the harm.
As a member of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, I was part of the Worship Committee, served as a Coming of Age mentor, and was an active member of several small groups within the church. At ERUUF, I taught RE for several years when my daughters were younger.
Deborah Cayer is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Divinity School. She was ordained in 1996 and served as minister for the Unitarian Church of Sharon, Massachusetts for twelve years. She has served the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since August 2008, first as a part-time Consulting Assistant Minister, then as Acting Lead Minister for two years.
In June 2011 the congregation called Deborah as Lead Minister. In her current role, Rev. Cayer is primarily responsible for excellence in worship, senior staff supervision, and stewardship, particularly of finances. She is a member of the Board of Trustees.
- Role: Ex-officio Member