Board of Trustees

Our people are the essence of what we are. Without people, there is no religion, no thought, no virtue, no meaning, no hope, no love, no reason,no truth.

By sharing our gifts of caring, time, dedication, financial support, and personal efforts, the people of our congregation come together in community and do the work and business of our faith. For these gifts we offer our continuing thanks.

The congregation is supported by a professional staff and much of the work of the congregation is done by our ministry teams.

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Dave Zenner has been a member at Northwest for over nine years, along with Pam, his wife of 40 years. Dave is an architect and environmentalist, and owns a commercial architecture firm in Atlanta. Dave has served Northwest as a greeter for nine years, kitchen volunteer, RE teacher, as Buildings and Grounds Ministry Team Leader twice, past president of the congregation, and Earth Ministry Team Leader for many years. He is an active representative of Northwest in the North Georgia Social Justice Cluster and a regular delegate to UUA General Assembly. He remains actively involved with WAWA and CAC, two of Northwest’s justice partners. Dave is currently president-elect and will serve again as president of the congregation in 2017-2018.


Hannah Cowart hails from south/central Georgia and spends much of her free time driving those olHannah Cowartd country roads visiting family. She first found the UU faith in Athens, GA, and was a member of High Street UU in Macon briefly before finding her home at Northwest in 2013. She works in HR at the Georgia Forestry Commission.

At Northwest, she has been involved with the Youth RE program, serves as an Usher and Worship Associate, and enjoys getting involved in minor projects as needs arise.

Finance Trustee

Michael Dierickx joined Northwest in the summer of 1991 after his wife Constance and daughter April returned from a Sunday service and talked about how they were so warmly greeted on their first visit. During his first visit, the next Sunday, he also felt the warmth of the congregation as well as many differences from his Catholic experience, most notably that many services were lay led, no priest. Michael and Constance signed the book to become members within a month. They both became involved quickly and Michael has been a choir member going back to the mid-90’s. Currently he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees as the Finance Trustee, a position he has held previously. He has also been Board President and a member or leader of several committees/ministries at NWUUC. He continue to enjoy the theology of Unitarian Universalism, especially the way it is practiced at Northwest.





Bill Cox joined Northwest 15 years ago. He was president twice, each time involving three years on the Board of Trustees. He has led the buildings and grounds and second hour teams, and has served as a worship associate, a Sunday school teacher and an adviser with the youth group. He has just rejoined the Board as an At-Large Trustee. Bill’s wife Dianne, who is Presbyterian, is a friend of Northwest.



Immediate Past President

Kristen Fowks has been a member at Northwest for over 20 years with husband Tony Barbagallo and their two sons, Nick and Nathan, both of whom are now in college. She has servkristen fowksed Northwest in many capacities: RE teacher, RE committee member, Long-Range Planning Committee and aided in the development of our Mission statement. She has also been involved with Communications, Fellowship, the annual auction, Interim search committee , a Ministerial Search Committee, four years on the Board (Trustee at Large, President-Elect, President and Past President), was Team Leader for Stewardship, and now serves on the  Endowment Committee and is rejoining the Board as President Elect.