Board of Trustees
Antoinette is a justice-focused activist, educator, freelance writer, and literary consultant dedicated to creating inclusive spaces. Her expertise centers around racial and restorative justice practices, both in-person and online. Her journey with Unitarian Universalism has intensified her justice commitment because of its deep connections to spiritual lives.
She has the joy of lending her talents to a multitude of social justice initiatives, including the founder of Black & Bookish, a website dedicated to celebrating Black Literary Arts, co-founder of The Valley Justice Coalition, a grassroots organization that connects people to resources and projects in the San Fernando Valley, and co-founder of More Than Sex-Ed, a nonprofit that teaches comprehensive sexual health to teens, tweens, and families.
Most recently, her focus on housing justice has helped launch and run the Studio City location of NoHo Home Alliance at our church. She also does community outreach to help our houseless neighbors on a path to housing.
Chris was born in Florida. He grew up there and in Massachusetts. Chris is a graduate of California State University, Northridge and a longtime resident of Studio City. He was a special education teacher for many years after previously working in media and entertainment. Chris first attended UUCSC last July at the invitation of a longtime member and became a member last November. The Unitarian Universalist Principles conform with his values and he has found the church to be very welcoming and community oriented. His interests include travel, hiking, bicycle riding and photography as well as political activism. We are fortunate that Chris is very organized and detail oriented, as well as being a team player.
Josef grew up in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, where he became a primary teacher of math and chemistry. He moved to England where he learned English as an au-pair. Joseph lived for five years in the Caribbean, where he met his current wife. Together they moved to Studio City in 2013. He has been a US Citizen since 2016. Joseph is certified as Dream-builder Coach and Life Mastery Consultant. He is a member of World Financial Group and has a growing career as a financial advisor. He has been on the board of the Studio City Neighborhood Council since 2019 as a business representative.
Stan was born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, where he completed his education. He is proud to be a Bruin, graduating from UCLA with a BS degree in Construction Management. Stan was introduced to the church over 40 years ago by his wife Donna Mae, and has been a member for over 25 years. His 30-year career in the savings and loan industry has made him a valued contributor on numerous committees, including as chairman of several. Previously, Stan was treasurer for six years on the Board of Trustees, and in June of 2014 was honored to receive the UUCSC Service Award. Currently he serves as an elected member of the Endowment Committee and had been on the Leadership team as Facility Manager.
Committee Council Chair
UUCSC has been Joyce’s spiritual home since she moved here in 1990. She spent the first 23 years in LA teaching High School (after acquiring a special education credential from CSUN). She and husband, Paul, were married at this church in 1999. Since her retirement eight years ago, Joyce and Paul travel, spend as much time as possible with their granddaughter and pursues her acting career.
Jennifer Howe moved to LA from Chicago with her husband Dan in 1993 before kids and pets joined the picture. The trek to Hollywood was in pursuit of a career in film. She produced an ultra-low budget feature with her writer/director husband as well as a few short films. A script was optioned, and then she held several industry-adjacent jobs with the DGA; the Independent Film & Television Alliance, and most recently a stint on The Oscars for several years. However, her best gig has been raising four kids in Los Angeles. Nora (23), Alice (21), and her twin sons Declan and Liam (almost 15) have been keeping her busy and grateful since 1997. The household also includes dogs, cats, and a fish tank that needs attention. In 2020, she was about to launch a Mobile Notary business, but the pandemic had other plans. Now that the whole family is vaccinated, she is ready to get back to work as a solopreneur. She first visited UUCSC in 2004 with her daughters on Easter Sunday. Growing up a UU at the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, in a beautiful church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it took her awhile to find her way back to a UU church community. She was definitely drawn to the UUCSC church building and grounds, which felt like a place you’d find in a small town. Jennifer became a member of UUCSC in 2010. She has briefly served on the RE Committee. She has been teaching in The Big Room for the last few years until Covid struck, and now looks forward to serving as a Trustee-at-Large on the Board.
Gil has been a member of this church for over 30 years. She has previously served on the Board two times, and chaired or served on several committees and event teams. She has chronicled the life of the church as unofficial archivist and one of our institutional memory keepers. Gil brings a broad knowledge of the positions we are asking people to take on, a working knowledge about most of the members and friends in the congregation, and a curiosity about those she doesn’t know yet and how they might fit in the leadership of the church. She’s also extremely organized and clings to deadlines as a method for preserving sanity. Gil loves gardening and participating in social action, spending time with family and friends, writing, editing, reading, and getting out of Los Angeles.
Lena is a mother, costumer, small business owner, and all-around creative soul. Born and raised in Lancaster CA, Lena moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1998 to pursue many different dreams. She also explored some of her hobbies like theology and anthropology, costuming, and she started a craft jewelry business. After joining the church in 2011, Lena co-founded and co-led the Valley Heart CUUPs (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) at UUCSC. She serves in Sunday services, decorates for events, and won the contest for the new church logo. Lena’s desire to build a community of inclusiveness led her to join a UU church. She believes that it gives us the freedom to walk in many paths, learn from each other and find amazing ways to combine our theologies.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Frank came to LA in 1975, worked part-time jobs, pitched jokes to comedians at the Comedy Store and wound up enjoying some 25 years as an award-winning comedy writer/producer. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (1967) and served in an Infantry Scout Dog Platoon, Vietnam (1969). Over the years, he has volunteered at homeless shelters, literacy walk-in centers and two ER’s. Frank is the proud grandfather of Eve Sierra, daughter of my son Jesse and his wife Stephany. "I became a member of UUCSC in 2018". As to the Church Nominating Committee, it has been said that it is the most important committee in any church. This is because the committee, by means of deciding who is nominated, strongly affects the direction and energy of the church, its stability and values, its mission and vision of the future. In Frank’s own words, “As a Nominating Committee member, I will make every effort to bring forward the best qualified candidates, ones who are dedicated to the task and will welcome true deliberations to take place.”
Originally from Minneapolis, Kate graduated from Wellesley College and moved to New York City to pursue a career in film editing. She worked on several projects both big and small over the next fourteen years and met many wonderful people (most notably her husband Ethan Henerey), but when her first child was born, the calmer pace of the west coast called. Kate and Ethan moved to Los Angeles in 2011, when baby Augustus was just six months old. Kate switched career gears and became a prenatal yoga instructor, and soon welcomed little sister Berit as well. The family joined UUCSC in early 2017, hoping to deepen their roots in the community, find opportunities towards activism and civil engagement, and reinforce the values of kindness, generosity, and inclusiveness. Kate has volunteered at UUCSC events in the past and contributed her editing skills on occasion, but this is her first committee post with the church. She looks forward to serving on the Nominating Committee and doing her part to keep the community moving and growing into the future.
Sue experiences a great source of satisfaction in being a part of this community. A Unitarian Universalist for forty years, she is a wholehearted believer in the shared UU principles and words of covenant. In addition to chairing the Endowment Committee, she also leads the RE children with making sandwiches each month for the North Hollywood Food Pantry. Sue is also engaged with the Gun Violence Prevention Promise and participates on the Building and Grounds Committee.
Cheryl has been a member of UUCSC since 2017, and her greatest joy is to raise her voice in song with the choir. She first discovered our congregation when searching for a welcoming community of people that shared her reaction to the results of the November 2016 elections, and it has become her family. Currently Cheryl supports the congregation through participation on the Endowment and Music Committees and previously on the Communications Committee.
Richard (Dick) Bennett
Dick is currently retired. In his professional life he was an electrical engineer, computer scientist, lawyer, marketing and sales executive with Lockheed, and business owner of a technology corporation.
Dick and his wife Carol were members of Neighborhood Unitarian Church in Pasadena when Reverend Hannah was a minister there, and they followed her to Studio City. Dick is a member of the Men’s Fellowship and was Service Chairman for that church group. He has helped on the Finance Committee, as well.
Dick’s interests are photography (creating photo books of his granddaughters), cooking, reading, exercising, and volunteer work. After retirement he attended Glendale Community College, where he received enough credits for an associate degree in Humanities. He was a docent at the Autry Museum, a Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the City of Glendale, has tutored homeless families with Family Promise of the Verdugos, and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Glendale Pasadena.
Carol and Dick live in Glendale. They have one son and two granddaughters and spend a lot of their time helping with the granddaughters while the children’s parents are working.
In his own words, Dick writes, “I have been involved with investing in the stock market and other things for many decades. So, when asked to become a member of the Endowment Committee, I said I would be glad to do so, since it was something I knew a little about.”