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
Jon and his husband Narcisso have been members of UUCSC for nine years. They moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 2006, in search of less snow and more sunshine. Check! Jon works for the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program as the Programs & Services Coordinator, overseeing residence life, special events, and facilities management. He enjoys hiking in the hills around LA, camping at Malibu, and shares his passion for sci fi movies and TV with Narcisso. Together they are the devoted parents of their dog Asher and cat Fiona. His service at UUCSC has included chairing the membership and worship committees, serving on the A/V team, and co-producing the annual Cabaret event.
Antoinette is a Literary Consultant, writer, editor, and Social Justice Educator dedicated to creating inclusive community spaces. Born and raised in a small town within the Orlando Metro Area, Antoinette moved to Los Angeles to start a family in 2008. She joined the church around 2011, since serving as the Religious Exploration Chairperson, RE teacher, and most recently the Social Justice Chairperson. She attends with her small children, Astrid and Amelie, who have grown up here at UUCSC. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Humanities and Philosophy from Stetson University. She is the founder and CEO of Black & Bookish Literary Collective, where she offers a variety of bookish resources for readers and service for writers, in addition to speaking publicly on issues of social justice, race, and publishing. She is also the co-founder of More Than Sex-Ed, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive sexual health education to teens and families throughout Los Angeles.
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 Principals 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 carrier as a financial advisor. He has been on the board of the Studio City Neighborhood Council since 2019 as a business representative.
Terry discovered Unitarian Universalism 22 years ago at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. She is a transplant from the East Coast, growing up in Newark and then living in Philadelphia for several years. Her professional career began as a science teacher in the Philadelphia School District. She then spent many years as an editor of science, nursing, and medical textbooks. After moving to Southern California, she worked as a due diligence consultant for a health care agency. Now retired, Terry is a member of the UUCSC Choir, Communications Team, and the Homelessness Ministry, is a facilitator of a Chalice Circle, and devotes time to volunteering at a center for the homeless. Terry is married to Dr. Gene Paulin and lives in Burbank. Their blended family includes five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Bonnie Burroughs Pierone
Bonnie Burroughs Pierone walked into UUCSC in 2003, when her daughters were 2 and 4 years old, and never left. She has previously served as Religious Exploration Committee chair, Trustee at Large on the board, the self-titled “Toddler Room Lady,” and on many other church projects. She still works occasionally as an actress in film, TV and commercials, but is much more fulfilled in her role as a yoga teacher. She’s married to Nick Pierone, of the locally famous UU2 band, and they are the lucky parents of Polly and Clara Pierone.
Committee Council Chair
Joyce has been a member of UUCSC for 29 years. She is a retired special educator from the LA Unified school district and a full-time entertainer.
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.
Chase was born in Louisiana and left the South in search of a more accepting environment to call home. He eventually landed in California and joined the church in October 2019 after seeing the trans pride flag flying out front. He is a husband, dog dad, counselor, and harm reductionist.
Dan Cragan grew up in Maryville, TN, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He was active in choral singing and musical theatre from an early age, and received a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Theory from the University of Tennessee. Dan pursued his musical education at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and then in NYC at the BMI Music Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He holds a certificate in film and TV scoring from UCLA. He currently works in the corporate office of the Guitar Center music stores. In 1996, a friend described to him a church where “you can believe whatever you want.” Dan replied, “go on, there’s no church like that!” For years, he attended various UU churches before eventually joining UUCSC, where he sings in the choir and has made many friends.
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 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.
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.
Sherrie Lucas has been a member of UUCSC since 1981. Prior to serving on the Endowment Committee, she served for 2 years as Treasurer in the ‘80’s. She was Finance Chair from 2007-2012, and is still instrumental in creating the annual budget each year. Sherrie is a free-lance Titlist (not the golf ball type) in Entertainment Post Production, enjoys biking with her husband Jay, and loves to help and enjoy the company of her large multigenerational family.
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 has been on the Leadership team as Facility Manager since 2011.
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 Music Committee and her work on the Communications Team, which creates content for the weekly e-News, Announcement Insert for the Sunday Order of Service, and updates the content on the website.