Michael Malone (President): Michael joined the congregation in 1992 together with wife Chris Kirchner. Their daughters, Raen, Kayla and Trina, all thrived growing up in the church’s RE program. Michael served as RE director for three years, and has chaired the Leadership Development Committee and Herrschaft Committee for the past few years. A writer and former journalist, he has worked the past 10 years for The Children’s Trust, currently on The Trust’s Community Engagement Team. He has M.A. degrees in International Development (FIU) and in Spanish (Middlebury College), and an M.F.A. in Writing (Spalding University). Serving on the Board furthers his personal mission to inspire more compassion, justice and wisdom in the world.
Derrick Arias (Vice-President): Derrick joined the UU about eight years ago. He was born and raised in Miami, attending South Miami High School and then graduated from M.I.T. with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has worked in Information Technology for the past 20 years and is currently the CIO for the City of Sunny Isles Beach. At the UU he has taught RE for 3 years, served as co-chair of the LDC for 2 years, and served on the Board of trustees for 2 years including 1 year as treasurer.
Cheryl Koenig-Morgan (Secretary): Cheryl begins her second year as Board secretary. She and husband Ben joined the congregation 24 years ago soon after Hurricane Andrew, and their two children Anne-Marie and Carrel were active members of the RE program. Six years ago, Cheryl co-founded a Montessori school in downtown Homestead; she and Ben live nearby. Chery is partial to our principle “we encourage the inherent worth and dignity of all people.” “It’s just a good philosophy,” she says.
Janice McArthur (Treasurer): Janice has been a member of UUCM for more than 30 years. She has served as president of the congregation, as treasurer, and on the Board of Trustees, and enjoys singing in the choir. A certified public accountant, Janice has handled bookkeeping and other related services at UUCM for many years. Janice is an innovative cook who understands vegan cooking; she and her partner Bob Jacober have prepared more meals at UUCM they either would care to remember. A talented pianist, Janice travels occasionally to Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Roxane Pickens (New Trustee) has been a member of UUCM since 2008, when she began volunteer teaching in the Religious Exploration program. She also served five years on the UUCM Worship Committee. She is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Miami, and has a doctoral degree in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Her spouse is Dan Dickinson, and they have two children, Maxwell and Isaac.
David Traupman (New Trustee): David Traupman has been a member of our congregation since moving to Miami in 2007. Prior to that he was active as a Worship Associate with the Unitarian Church of Germantown (Philadelphia). He has served UU Miami as Worship Committee chair and Board president, was a co-organizer of the ministry expansion efforts of Biscayne Unitarian (2012-2014), and was a founding member of SAVE Dade's Interfaith OUT! He is very interested in furthering community interfaith collaborations and broadening our denomination's presence within our larger community. Ditto to what my partner Jesse said about Faith!
John Bost (Trustee): This year marks John’s fifth and final year serving on the Board – this time around. He first served on the Board in 1963, a year after he joined the congregation. At the time, the church was located on Flagler Street just down the street from where he lived – and still lives today. John served as chair of the Grounds Committee for more than 20 years; for many years he and our beloved Gladys Scott took turns on the riding mower cutting the church grass every week. He describes himself as a “liberal humanist” in philosophy. For more than 15 years, he chaired and facilitated the Humanist Committee, and he describes himself as a “liberal humanist” in his theology. John jokes that he’s been so involved for so long at the church that: “I know just about every blade of grass on our grounds.”
Andrea Mustelier (Ex-Officio/Past President): Andrea is the daughter of long-time members Lynn (deceased) and Rey/Marvin Baumel who began coming to this congregation in 1948. As an infant she was "recognized" by our first minister, Joe Barth and attended Sunday School classes (RE) at both the "old church" and our current location until high school. Her son Derrick is currently studying to be a UU Minister. Andrea attended FSU, majoring first in Music Performance (oboe) and then switching to Mass Communications. She pursued a career in advertising and marketing, spending most of her professional career in bank marketing.
Andrea became an active member of UU Miami in 2010. She has since served two years as chair of Membership and three years as vice president of the Board. She also led two Stewardship Campaigns and sings in the choir.