Leadership


Each year, UUCSC’s membership has the opportunity to elect members of the Board of Trustees, the Nominating Committee, and the Endowment Committee. Meet our current leadership team.

Board of Trustees


Barbara Allen 
President 
president@uustudiocity.org

Barbara (she/hers) is a retired Chiropractor.  She moved to this area four years ago from the East Coast to be closer to her two adult kids who live in the Valley. She was first drawn to Unitarianism years ago in Northampton, MA where her kids went through the RE program.

Her belief is that “service is our prayer,” which has guided her political activism since the 1970s. She is committed to social justice and her political work is one part of her spiritual life. Barbara continues to march, speak up, teach and advocate for the queer community and other marginalized people. She is a member of “White People 4 Black Lives,” and is grateful for all that she has learned from this LA-based organization. 

Barbara is also an avid photographer and her photos grace our website and Sunday services. She loves to hike and is desperately trying to make her two small poodle/terrier mix dogs into hikers– as opposed to dogs that run the other way when she opens the car door with their leash in her hand.

Chris LongChris Long
Co-Treasurer
treasurer@uustudiocity.org

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 TichyJosef Tichy
Co-Treasurer
treasurer@uustudiocity.org

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 Pitluck
Secretary 
secretary@uustudiocity.org

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 also serves as an elected member of the Board.

Christina Mathers 
Co-Trustee at Large 

co-trustees@uustudiocity.org

Christina hails from Massachusetts and belonged for forty years to First Parish of Brookline UU Church. There she served on the Parish Board, chaired the Religious Education and Welcoming Congregation Committees, taught RE, co-chaired the Fundraising Committee and participated in the search for a settled minister. Outside of church she volunteered at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for houseless women, Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, and was on the Board of Trustees of Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA.

She has degrees in English Literature from Goucher College in Towson, MD and Simmons College in Boston, MA. She was employed largely in journalism and publishing, but her final job was as the Deputy Director of the Judicial Nominating Committee in Deval Patrick’s Governor’s Office. The office provided staff for a volunteer committee of 21 lawyers who helped Governor Patrick vet and select state judges.

Over the course of fifteen years, each of Christina’s five children moved west, so finally she and her husband Rich got the memo and joined them out here. They have no regrets. Spending time with her eight grandchildren, reading the books for her three book clubs, and working in the garden are her favorite extra curriculars.

Greg Golden
Co-Trustee At Large
co-trustees@uustudiocity.org

Greg grew up in Tarzana with atheistic Jewish and atheistic Methodist parents, and never went to a church nor temple until his teen years, when he visited occasional services with friends.  He attended an Episcopal church in his late 20's but did not find Unitarian Universalism until age 57.

He had a keen interest in radio broadcasting and trained in those skills during high school and college.  He finished his BA in Radio-TV-Film at California State University Northridge, but found only limited work in that field.  Then he was offered a technical job at the local telephone company, which turned into a 25-year career.

During his days at Pacific Telephone, Pacific Bell, and SBC, Greg primarily worked as a field technician, troubleshooting landline telephone and data circuits.  He also was tapped by the Communications Workers union to negotiate in labor relations with the Company in regard to workplace conditions and employee grievances.  Greg’s peers elected him to the local Executive Board, where he served three terms.

After about ten years of working on electronics during the day and feeling too complacent, Greg went to night school and completed his MBA at Pepperdine University.  Surprisingly, he was happy to learn about accounting in business school and picked up some new skills and part-time work in that area.  However, the CPA route was not for him, so he stayed on with Pacific Bell a few more years.

Twenty-four years in, Greg joined a new department which aimed to provide home high-speed internet delivery.  However, the group was so misdirected that he reevaluated his future and the remaining six years in his SBC contract.  About that time, he was sought by a family business which could use his engineering and accounting training.  He talked with his boss at SBC to request an early retirement (then 25 years).   By the end of 2001, Greg left SBC on good terms and transitioned to the new company, where he spent the next 17 years, finishing as its Operations Manager.  Now in retirement, Greg's hobbies include woodworking and tinkering with old-school electronics. 

Greg married Paula in 1988 and have lived in their present Van Nuys home ever since.  They have one son, David (b. 1993) and one granddaughter, Scarlett (b. 2017).  

Greg’s been a UUCSC member since 2008.  He’s volunteered for audio system support, accounting, carpentry, information technology, and is currently Building and Grounds chair.

Nominating Committee


Gil ShorrGil Shorr

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 HausselmanLena Hausselman

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.

Cheryl CaplowFrank Dungan

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.”

Kate Eales

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.

Endowment Committee


Cheryl CaplowCheryl Caplow

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)BennetRichard (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.”