Board of Trustees (BoT)

The Board of Trustees is responsible for maintaining financial stability, identifying the broad congregational vision, establishing policy, conducting long range planning, and promoting the general welfare of the church. The Board supports and supervises the minister, who in turn oversees all additional church personnel. If you would like more information about the election and responsibilities of our Board, please see Article IV in our bylaws. You can find our Policies and Procedures here.


It is the mission of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca’s Board of Trustees to serve the congregation through leadership, example, and education. We will do this by: supporting the Principles and Purposes of the UUA and the Mission and Vision statements of the congregation, overseeing and supporting the programs and paid staff of the church, responsibly managing the church’s finances, conducting and overseeing all business matters of the congregation, representing the congregation to the community, and communicating our shared UU values to both the congregation and the greater community.

FUSIT Vision of Ministry 2021

Approved by Board of Trustees January 13, 2021

Revision passed by BoT April 14, 2021.

In the year 2021-2022, the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca will project our mission of creating connections, finding inspiration, and engaging the world in the following ways:

Connection:  We will work together to support the physical and emotional needs of our community as we continue to convene remotely, and also to re-connect and recover from the strains of the pandemic when the church doors reopen. We will create space for healing and building a congregational culture that reinforces our vision, mission and
adheres to the principles of our covenant.

Inspiration:  We will continue to advance opportunities for congregational faith formation by creating spaces for dialogue and reflection that help members of our community grow their Unitarian Universalist spiritual identities, strengthen community, and embody our values and principles in their daily lives. We will embrace ideas and opportunities to support a culture of innovation and creativity that allows us to re-imagine what it means to be part of FUSIT in a rapidly changing and uncertain world.

Engage:  We will strengthen and extend our collective commitment to service, social justice, and environmental responsibility based on our UU principles; projecting our UU voice and values in Ithaca and beyond. This year, our engagement efforts will focus on our congregational commitment to anti-racism, including our embrace of the UU

Living the Pledge program and exploration of the proposed UU Eighth Principle, building our personal and congregational commitment and capacity so we can be more effective within our own walls, and in the broader community.


The board meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. If needed, a second meeting at a tbd time.


You may contact the entire Board through an email addressed


The minutes of Board meetings are published on the church’s website one month after the meeting. This time delay occurs because the minutes must be read, amended, or corrected, and then approved, by the Trustees at the next meeting of the Board.


-Andrew Turner, President, (2018-2021)

-Matt Hare, (2018-2019)

-Kim Wilkinson, (2018-2021)

-Diana Nier, ( 2019-2022)

-Lyn Staack, (2019-2022)

-Elton Hall, (2019-2022)

-Carsten Hess,  (2020-2023)

-Therese O’Conner, (2020-2023)

-Simon Catterall,    (2020-2023)

(this page was last updated July 6th, 2020)