The UUCJ is governed by a Board of Trustees who oversee administrative tasks according to our Bylaws:
Corey Melton, President, has been a member of UUCJ for only a few years; however, he has already served in a number of leadership roles. He served on the Transition Taskforce, Bylaws Writing Team, and was elected as a Trustee implementing the newly revised bylaws in March of 2015. He has served as President-Elect and Interim President before assuming the role as President. Corey hopes to fulfill his role as President and to help UUCJ grow by following the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.
L. Patricia Ice, President-Elect, has been a member of UUCJ since 1998 when she moved to Jackson from her native Detroit, MI. She has previously been a trustee and currently leads the UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle that focuses on UUA Common Reads and other major issues of the day. Patricia has a special interest in African American history and civil rights. Throughout the years she has led several forums and services based upon those themes. She also has a deep interest in international and domestic multicultural affairs and politics. She served as a United States Peace Corps English teacher volunteer in Benin, served as a United States Information Agency English Teaching Fellow in Haiti and Honduras, and spent two months in a refugee camp in the Philippines as an English teaching resource specialist. Patricia, a lawyer, works as the Legal Project Director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) where she provides direct immigration legal services to new Americans and their families. Patricia is guided by the the seven UU principles, and especially the first principle of believing in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. She lives out her faith by helping some of the most vulnerable among us. Patricia lives in Jackson with her activist husband and MIRA co-founder, Bill Chandler, along with their rescue dogs Hope and Justice and Manx cats Stella and Stuart.
Jim Becker, Interim Past President, has been a member of UUCJ since the late 1990s. Originally from Wisconsin, Jim has lived in Florida, Michigan, and California before moving to the South. He was a minister with the Metropolitan Church and founding member of Safe Harbor Family Church, where he remains Pastor Emeritus. Jim is passionate about music and has sung with the Jackson Choral Society. After years of serving in state government and Mississippi Counseling Association, Jim retired and continues to serve the local and larger UU community. Jim served on the Board of the former Mid-South District of the UUA and the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center. He has previously served UUCJ as President, Vice President of Programs, and a leader on the Adult Growth and Learning Team, Committee on Ministry, Ministerial Relations Council, and Transition Taskforce. Jim is currently co-chair of the Exploring Our Beliefs Ministry team and chair of the Leadership Development Council.
Susan Voisin, Secretary, has been a member of UUCJ since 2001, when she and her family moved to Jackson from South Carolina, where they attended the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. Raised by liberal Presbyterians, Susan credits her parents with teaching her through their actions that working to help others is more important than adherence to rules, superstition, and dogma. She believes fervently in equality, justice, and the inherent worth and dignity of all living beings. Susan is a committed vegan who promotes health and wellbeing as a blogger, writer, recipe developer, and photographer with FatFreeVegan.com, her award winning website and blog. She is currently active with the Living Our Values Ministry Team.
Ann Maclaine, Treasurer, has been a lifelong UU, first in Houston, Texas, then New Orleans, Louisiana before moving to Jackson in 2009. She has worked in a variety of capacities over the years, including as a Religious Education teacher, Board President (three times) in New Orleans, and Stewardship Chair. At UUCJ she has served as the Vice President for Programs (worship coordinator) before becoming Treasurer. Her beliefs are not easy to describe but her major focus is on building and maintaining community and social justice. Ann is a non-profit attorney/Executive Director and has spent her career working for social justice for people who are poor and/or have disabilities.
Joe Clayton, 1st Trustee, has been a member of UUCJ since moving to Jackson in 1976. Over the years, he has served in a variety of positions including Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Buildings and Grounds Chair, Trustee, and President. When his son was a teenager, Joe worked with the YRUU taking youth to Mid-South conferences. He has also served on a Joint Search Committee to locate a minister who was shared with Our Home Universalist Unitarian church.
Jermaine Hicks, 2nd Trustee, has been a member of UUCJ for three years. He identifies with an eclectic mix of spiritual traditions, especially Earth-Centered traditions, and is an active member of Hecate’s Cauldron, a mixed-tradition spiritual group. Jermaine is currently active on the Welcoming Community Ministry team as he is always ready to greet you with a welcoming smile and a warm hug.