The CUA is governed according to Bylaws which call for a 9 to 13-member Board of Directors. New directors are elected by the current board. The CUA Coordinator is appointed by the Board and serves as a non-voting member of that body.
Current directors and officers include:
Lance Haverkamp (Board Chair) has an earned Master’s and Doctorate in Practical Ministry. He has studied at both Denver Seminary, & Wagner (Church) Leadership Institute. He’s been both a staff & volunteer leader in congregational, & denominational ministry. In business, Lance spent over a decade in financial services as an investment advisor, managing investments and educating members of retirement plans, employee benefit groups, and the public. He has served on the boards and committees of churches, denominations, performing arts, and visual arts organizations
Mary Keller lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has led 12-step classes for people with addictive and other issues during the past decade, as well as directing worship services with a focus on recovery. She does hospice volunteer work. She enjoys interfaith spirituality, such as the Dances of Universal Peace.
Eric Stetson is the author of a 2008 book, Christian Universalism: God’s Good News For All People. He is co-founder of the CUA and served as Executive Director from 2007 through 2010. He has served in various capacities at Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington D.C., including as an adult study group curriculum developer and teacher, liturgist, and guest preacher. His spiritual journey has taken him through the Baha’i Faith, the Assemblies of God, the Unity Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Association. Eric works as an editor for an interfaith book publishing company, and is the founder and president of Grantcoin, a charitable alternative currency that is distributed as a universal basic income.
Charlane Stead Leslie joined the board in 2015. An accomplished violinist, with extensive involvement with various orchestras, she is also a retired attorney with many years of service with local and state government. Charlane has been active in churches her whole life, teaching, leading worship, and serving on ministry teams. A graduate of UNLV, she received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and studied for several years at Kings College. [photo coming soon]
Don Erickson is the minister of the Community Church of North Orange & Tully (CCNOT), a historic Universalist Church in Central Massachusetts. He began his ministry in July 2013. Don is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York where he studied with Buddhist-Christian theologian Dr. Chung Hyun-Kyung and focused on the links between Christian theology and Buddhist philosophy. His Masters work included a semester in South Korea at a Reformed Buddhist university called Wonkwang University. After finishing his Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Tampa General Hospital, Don began his ministry as a hospice chaplain. Don credits his 7 years in hospice work for making him the minister he is today. Don is an expert in Christian theology and Buddhist philosophy. He is a published poet, amateur musician, film-buff, and book-lover. Lastly, Don’s family is most precious to him. His wife is Holly, and they have a young son, Corey, who is the proverbial spark-plug.
Click here to see a chronological list of CUA leaders from founding to present (including those no longer serving on the Board), when they have served and what offices they have held.