Rev. Joan M. Sabatino, Chair: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, PA
Rev. Sabatino is the minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Indiana, PA. She began her time with First UU in 2003 as a part-time consultant minister and was then ordained by the congregation in 2007. Since 2009 she has also served as the President of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Interfaith Council and has led the council to grow in numbers and religious diversity. Three years ago, Joan created and is Co-Chair of the Indiana County Center for Community Growth, a local, liberal advocacy organization. Joan received her seminary degree from Howard Divinity School in Washington, DC and has served on both the Joseph Priestley and Ohio Meadville district boards.
Peg Dobrinska, Treasurer: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County
Peg Dobrinska has been a UU for twenty-five years beginning her journey in Pottstown and continuing in State College, PA. A social work graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1972, Peg knows her initial work as a community organizer began in Girl Scouts in South Dakota. Noting the enormous disparity between funding for Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts; she proposed that a few weeks a year be set aside at the Boys Camp for the girls. This never came to fruition but did lead to her election as President of the Tri-State Council.
Today she serves as the Social Action chair of her congregation, a Board member of the Homeless Shelter, Prison Society member, and a member of the ReEntry from Prison coalition of Centre County. She also serves on the Centre County Democratic Committee and is a precinct chair. She is a Youth chaperone for Cons, GA and UNO Spring Seminar.
Dennis Brunn: Unitarian Society of Germantown
Dennis Brunn is a community social work educator and practitioner. He served as director of the UUPLAN from 2011-13. He has continued as co-leader and now member of the UUPLAN Immigration Justice Team and as a member of the UUPLAN Board’s Fundraising Committee.
Now retired, Dennis has specialized in training and consulting with those working to improve their neighborhoods and schools through creating or strengthening active, growing grassroots organizations with clear goals. Since the 1970s, he has helped create in Philadelphia and in New Jersey neighborhood improvement and advocacy organizations with an emphasis on economic justice and on improving urban public schools. He has taught graduate students in community organizing and development and several universities, including Bryn Mawr, Temple and the University of Pennsylvania
Dennis is an active member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown where he serves on the Social Justice Council.
Margaret Carrow: Unitarian Universalist Church of Harrisburg
Margaret C. Carrow is a graduate of Clark University with a Bachelors’ degree in Government. She has been in the Harrisburg area since 1986, when she began employment with the Department of Navy’s Central Design Agency for Information Systems – Navsup Business Information Center. She is a member of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (UCH), and was co-developer of the church’s first all-church social action project supporting Helping Women Ex-Offenders and their families.
At the present time, she is a member of the steering committee for the Lay Lead Ministry supporting Helping People in Prison and their families. She served as a member of the UCH’s Board of Trustees for over five years. She is a long-time member and chairperson of Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Committee at UCH. Margaret’s other interest include UU-UNO, the Clark University Alumni and Parent Admissions Program and the Clark University Harrisburg Alumni Chapter. She is presently co-chair of UUPLAN’s Anti-Mass Incarceration Subcomittee.
Stephen Fuegi: Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills
Stephen Fuegi has been a member of the UU Church of the North Hills for a little less than two years. In that time, he has been very active with the church’s Systemic Change Team and with UUPLAN’s Anti-Mass Incarceration Justice Team. He has attended the Gamaliel Foundation’s National Training Program and has been active with PIIN, the Pittsburgh-area Gamaliel affiliate. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and of its School of Law, he is a licensed attorney. He enjoys choral singing, both with his church choir and with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.
Liz Perkins: First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
Liz Perkins is a life-long Unitarian hailing originally from New England but has been a Pittsburgher for the past 30 years where she and her husband raised their two children while attending First Unitarian Church of PIttsburgh. Liz earned her Master of Social Work degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and worked in psychiatric settings in Pittsburgh dealing with both young adult and adult psychotherapy. Besides volunteering with Pittsburgh’s Somali Bantu refugees Liz is very interested in serving on the Board of UUPLAN in order to help Unitarians across the state express their voices in lifting up our seven UU principles while counteracting the regressive, conservative political forces in Pennsylvania that are holding all our citizens back, particularly the less wealthy.
Jim Schmid: Main Line Unitarian Church
Jim is a biogeographer and plant ecologist. He taught ecology and environmental science at Barnard College and Columbia University and now works in the new field of environmental consulting. Since 1980 he has managed his own firm specializing in wetlands, water quality, and environmental impact statements (www.schmidco.com). His clients include project sponsors seeking permits, conservation groups opposing permits, and environmental regulators. Many of his projects are complex and controversial and he often appears as an expert witness. Outside the office, Jim and his wife Wendy spend many hours each week playing cello in chamber groups and the Lansdowne Symphony, as well as singing in choral groups.