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.
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 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.
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
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.
Dr. Nancy Holland
Nancy holds a doctorate in Choral Music from USC’s Thornton School of Music and has been the Music Director and a member at UUCSC for nine years. She and her husband Jim moved to Southern California so that Jim could teach English at the Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena. She enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and skiing. She serves on the Caring Committee and the Welcoming Congregation Committee at the church and loves the community we have created here. She grew up in Ohio and has lived in Great Britain, Boston, and Hawaii. Nancy is honored to serve as the Chair of the Nominating Committee, and hopes to help extend leadership opportunities to many of the amazing church members.
David first started attending UUCSC in 2014 and became a member in 2018. You may have seen him singing bass in the choir, and in his debut performing a duet at Cabaret 2019. He has delivered several memorable guest sermons including “Stars Among the Darkness” about working with FEMA providing disaster survivor assistance after Hurricane Irma, “Set That Baggage Down” focusing on the spirituality of letting go, and “Money, That’s What I Want!” about trusting ourselves in financial decision-making as an act of faith.
David has volunteered as a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriage with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk since 2013. He was honored as a Volunteer of the Year in 2017 for his volunteer work by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
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.
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.
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.
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. Greg is married to Paula, has one son, and a grand-baby girl.
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.