Ameena Amdahl-Mason (Board of Trustees)
Ameena Amdahl-Mason began attending First Unitarian Church in elementary school during the 1980's, and continued attending through her graduation from high school. Returning to the church in 2001, she is an advisor for the YRUU, the high school youth group, and she rings in the Parker Bell Choir. She has previously worked on the Christmas Pageant, served on the Covenant Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Ministerial Search Committee, and as an advocate. When she is not at the church, she works as a high school math teacher and debate coach.
Ameena has served on the Board since 2012, and she is currently the Moderator of the Board. She has previously served as the Board Secretary, and has been active on the Communications Committee, the Policy Evaluation Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Board Officers Committee. She appreciates that Board work gives her an opportunity to use skills and talents outside of those that she employs in her working life.
Laura Milne (Board of Trustees)
Laura Willingham Milne has been a member of 1st Unitarian Church for over seven years. Within weeks of settling into their home in NW Portland, Laura and her family found their way to First Church where Bob Schaibly was speaking as guest minister. They were hooked from their first visit and have found their spiritual home in our Church.
Laura has a particular interest in the challenges the Church is faced with: the complex intersection of providing spiritual sustenance with the need to have strong business practices. In other words, how to have a heart, nurture the heart and have self-sustaining methods and results.
Locally, Laura has served on the board of directors for Chapman Elementary School Foundation where she ran the successful Family Campaign. Laura documented the entire process for the Foundation in order to provide a roadmap for future Chapman fund raisers. Laura also serves as an occasional volunteer in the 13 Salmon Family Shelter.
Laura grew up in San Gabriel, a largely Latino neighborhood near East L.A. She received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College and is fluent in Spanish. Laura was loosely raised in the Presbyterian Church and occasionally attended an activist Episcopalian congregation in Pasadena. When she arrived at First Church, she knew she had found her home.
Maryann Roulier (Board of Trustees)
It has been a privilege for me to have served as a member of our Board of Trustees for the past 3.5 years. I have had the pleasure of getting to know many more members of our congregation and of being involved in the workings of our church. During my term I have served as Moderator, Secretary, First Vice-moderator, and have been a member of the Board Officers’ Committee, Finance, and Policy Evaluation Committees. Prior to my term on the Board, I was co-president of the Alliance, Annual Fund Drive co-chair, an advocate, a member of the Membership Committee, and an office volunteer. I have been blessed by membership in the Unitarian Choir during all of my 12 years in Portland. Previously I was a member of First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati for some 25 years, served on the board, and “worked my way up through the chairs.” I would be honored to be re-elected to our Board of Trustees for a second term.
Darin Stewart (Board of Trustees)
Five years ago, I made First Unitarian my spiritual home. I had just discovered Unitarian Universalism and found that it represented the core of what I thought religion should be. It also pushed back against certain religious experiences I wanted to leave behind. As my family and I found our place in this congregation, I came to believe that the First Church community could serve as a model of what society can and should become. I hope to have the opportunity to serve on the board of trustees in order to move that work forward in whatever way I can. Over the past few years, I have been a part of the membership committee, a Wellspring facilitator, an RE substitute, and an usher. Professionally I am a research director for an IT advisory firm. I also teach applied information management for the University of Oregon.
John Bishop (Nominating Committee)
Our family came to First Unitarian Church as serious visitors for the first time in 2009, at the request of our oldest son who, was interested in checking out the Youth Group. We joined the church in 2010. In that same year, I joined the Unitarian Choir, and I am still a member, and am excited to have the opportunity to tour Ireland with the choir this summer. Before First Church, I was a member of the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and served as the President of its board. I am also a devotee and evangelist for the Eliot Institute, a Pacific Northwest UU organization which sponsors summer and winter camps for Unitarian Universalists and their friends. I have served on the Eliot Institute’s board and its nominating committee. I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve First Church as a member of its nominating committee.
Pat Malone (Nominating Committee)
My wife Nan and I have been members of First Church since 2001. I am a Portland native. I hold a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon. Prior to retiring in 2012, I served as the CFO for a number of Portland companies in a variety of industries over a 35 year career. During the last eight years of my working career, I served as the senior financial manager for two large local non-profits. During my time here at First Church, I have sung in the Chalice and Unitarian choirs, served as an usher, served as a member of the Board of Trustees, as Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Stewards for the Church Foundation. I also have participated on a number of church committees, including the Nominating Committee, the Leadership Development Committee, and the 150th Anniversary Committee. I love this church and want to see it thrive for generations to come.
Steve Nelson (Nominating Committee)
I have been a member of First Unitarian Church for 12 years. From the moment I entered the Sanctuary and listened to the sermon, I knew I had found my spiritual home. I immediately sought to participate in the many opportunities of the Church. I began my journey by being part of the Religious Education team and taught eighth and ninth graders the “Our Whole Lives (OWL)” program for two years. I then became a member of the Religious Education Committee and eventually chaired that group. I have also chaired the Membership Committee, where our purpose was to provide an engaging and welcoming atmosphere to guests and new members to our church. Most recently, my partner, Bill Cunninghame, and I were called to lead and update the Usher Program. We built the program from the ground up, incorporating training materials, workshops, and some online technology to the program. Currently we have close to 100+ ushers in the program.
I graduated from Oregon State University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and received my MBA from the University of Portland. I currently work at Nike with our Global HR function.