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.

To contact any or all of our board members, please email board@nwuuc.org.


President

 

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 human resources 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 projects as needs arise. Hannah has worked actively to update processes and policies at Northwest.


President-Elect

David Stewart discovered Unitarian Universalism around the year 2000 after being “burned by hellfire in his youth in the Bible Belt.” He became involved in young adult programming and serving on a ministerial selection committee, as well as volunteering in youth religious education and delivering financial literacy courses at the Tulsa congregation. He subsequently moved to Colorado and joined another congregation, where he volunteered again in religious education as well as in citizen lobbying efforts in the state capital led by UUs. After moving to Atlanta in 2009, he became involved with volunteering as a member of the UUA’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Committee. 

He subsequently became a member of Northwest, and serves as a Worship Associate and has served on the Endowment Committee. He currently co-chairs the UUA’s SRI Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee at the UUA’s Common Endowment Fund and is proud to have joined Northwest’s Board of Trustees. 

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.

Secretary 

A long-time member of Northwest and the Worship Associates Team, Letitia Sweitzer has also served in several other positions in the congregation. She has previously served as Board Secretary and is pleased to return.  She is a writer, speaker and life coach.

Trustee-at-Large

Trustee-At-Large

Katy Lockhart first walked through the doors at Northwest along with her husband, Keith, in the summer of 2013. It was instantly a spiritual home for their family of four, including young daughters Avary and Ellie. 

In the fall of 2014, Katy participated in the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice’s (UUSCJ) experiential learning journey to Haiti. Along with other UU’s from around the US, Katy worked beside Haitian members of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP) in the central plateau region. 

Since joining Northwest, Katy has served as a youth mentor, Religious Education teacher for first and second grade, featured art gallery artist and regular volunteer at the Community Assistance Center’s food pantry. 

Katy graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2000. She continues to pursue many volunteer opportunities at her daughters’ Montessori and elementary schools, as well as a supporter of arts in the community as a member of the Indie Arts Alliance in Smyrna, Georgia. She is the owner and principal artist of Firefly Studios, her home-based modern ceramics studio. Katy joined the Northwest board as a member at large in July 2018.


Immediate Past President

 

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.