Board of Trustees
Committee Council Chair
Heather Stewart Jorden
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.
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.”
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.”