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

Liz Owen

Liz Owen is a born-and-bred New Yorker, and a graduate of Northwestern University. Her career has focused on entertainment and nonprofit work, and she has a particular passion for the intersection of arts and causes. She embodies her UU values in the UUCSC community by dedicating herself to spreading trust, encouraging transparency, deepening collective connections, and building fiscal and institutional strength. She also demonstrates those values in her role as the National Communications Director for PFLAG, the nation’s largest organization uniting families, allies, and LGBTQ people. She is the proud mom of 12 year olds Molly and Sam, and an unapologetic musical theatre nerd.

Brian Bielanski

Brian Bielanski was born in Chicago (go Cubs!) and grew up in the Midwest. He’s a professional photographer, specializing in portraits, personal branding and head shots. Brian has also spent almost 30 years as a television news producer and currently produces the weekend morning news for CBS2. Though Brian was raised as a Catholic, he found the Unitarian Universalist faith when he met his wife Leslie, a lifelong UU.  He finds the seven UU principles an amazing road map for life, and is proud to be raising his daughter Alex in the UU tradition. 
Brian is honored to serve the UUCSC congregation on its Board of Trustees. His goal is to ensure that a vibrant congregation community is available to everyone who comes through the doors.

Carlos Phoenix

Carlos was born and raised in Southern California. He and his spouse Jess live in Acton on a small ranch with a menagerie of rescue animals: 2 horses, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 birds. Carlos graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Accounting and has worked in the realm of finance, including public accounting firms Deloitte & Touche and KPMG.

Maggie Techner-Werning

Maggie originally hails from a small acreage in Des Moines, Iowa, but after bouncing around in the sciences with an intent to go to vet school, she eventually gave in to her secret passion, storytelling. So, she packed up and moved out west. However, being a big proponent of not making a fool of herself, she stopped off in Vegas to get her MFA in Screenwriting. Education and scripts in hand, Maggie made the leap to Los Angeles in 2012 and began her career as a filmmaker. A year later, she met her wife, Rikki, who introduced her to this amazingly kind and loving church community. Maggie is honored and blessed to not only be a member of UUCSC, but also proud to be serving as the Board Secretary for the Board of Trustees.

Karen Kungie-TorresKaren Kungie-Torres
Committee Council Chair

Karen has been a member of UUCSC since 2013, and over the past few years has played an active role in the RE program. She currently teaches high school English in the LAUSD and has been an advisor to the Associated Student Body student government classes at her schools for six years. Karen is excited to be serving UUCSC as Committee Council Chair and sharing her experience and organizational skills developed from years of service and leadership at a local non-profit.  She is also the proud mother of two boys, Rio and Xol, ages 11 & 14.

Nominating Committee

Nancy Holland

Nancy Holland delights in leading the choir at UUCSC.  She holds a doctorate in Choral Music from USC’s Thornton School of Music, sings with the Donald Brinegar Singers, and is the Assistant Conductor of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Chorus. Before coming to USC, Nancy conducted in churches and schools and community choirs in Pasadena, CA, Palos Verdes, CA, and Belmont, MA.  She led choirs to South Africa, Latvia, Estonia, Cuba, and Transylvania, and taught English and Music at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA, Middlesex School in Lowell, MA, the Renaissance Academy in Eagle Rock, CA, and Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, HI. Nancy also holds degrees from Swarthmore College, Stanford University, Middlebury College, New England Conservatory, and the Royal Academy of Music.  She enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, and Pilates.  Her husband Jim teaches English at the Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena.

Heather Jorden

Heather Stewart Jorden joined UUCSC in 1990 and enjoys being a citizen of both America and Canada.  In 1988, Heather moved to Los Angeles to attend acting school and never left. She joined the UUCSC Nominating Committee during her first few years as a church member, and has also held several positions on the Board of Directors, including President. Now she is excited to be rejoining the Nominating Committee to get to know some of the newer members and encouraging them to participate in church leadership. Heather has been an active member of the choir continuously since 1991, only taking off 6 weeks to have a baby. A former newspaper reporter and copy editor, Heather returned to school when their daughter was 4, and is now a speech-language pathologist. She met and married her husband Joe at UUCSC, and has a daughter Faith who will be 18 in November 2017.

Rikki Techner-Werning

Rikki Techner-Werning

Rikki was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cards!), where she attended Eliot Unitarian Universalist Chapel. She was a passionate leader in her middle and high school youth groups, becoming worship chair of the Central Midwest District youth board. During college, she continued to be involved in local and continental UU young adult programs, as well as during a semester of study in London. Rikki graduated from Millikin University with a BFA in technical theater (emphasis in costume design).  Then, like a typical millennial, she moved back home before coming to Los Angeles in 2010. She worked as makeup artist in the indie film industry until 2016, and then decided to focus on bridal and portrait makeup. She lives with her amazing wife Maggie and their dog Kaylee.

Alexis Rodriguez

Alexis Rodriguez

Alexis joined UUCSC in 2000. She was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and is now a resident of North Hollywood.  She lives with her boyfriend, their four children (including three younger ones and a college freshman), and a dog.  Alexis graduated with a screenwriting degree from USC, and then attended law school in San Francisco.  After practicing law in the mental health court, she began her current job in federal law enforcement.  Alexis loves getting to know people, hear their stories, and sees potential around every corner.

Endowment Committee

Sue Witkovsky

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

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 Pitluck

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.

Greg Golden

Greg has been a member since 2008, when he discovered the church while in the midst of a job transition and looking for new opportunities for fulfillment in his life. He uses his technical training in radio broadcasting and engineering to shepherd many of the church’s sound needs on Sunday mornings. And thanks to his accounting experience from his career in business, he is also the church’s diligent treasurer. Greg is married to Paula, has one son, and recently welcomed a new grandbaby girl.

Judy Leslie

Judy joined the church in 1989. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended local schools, but had little knowledge of Unitarian Universalist concepts. After a friend introduced her to the world of UUCSC, Judy became an active member. Prior to joining the Endowment Committee, she served on several other committees including Vice President, Stewardship Chair, and Fund Raising Chair, receiving the UUCSC Service Award in 2012. In addition, Judy continues to serve on the Stewardship and Music Teams.