2017 – 2018 Board of Trustees


Our 2017-18 Board of Trustees members are:

Bart Solomon, President

Bart Solomon is a personal injury and disability attorney in practice for thirty years, presently in Dalton. Bart and Diana met at UUCC where their parents were members. Their daughters, Haley (22) and Lauren (19), grew up at UUCC and are Brock scholars at UTC. Bart’s parents, Ray and Helen Solomon helped form UUCC in the 1950’s.

Bart’s hobbies are travelling, travel planning (almost as fun as the vacation itself), swim coaching, masters and open water swimming, boating, skiing, hiking, playing poker and board games.

Nicky Ozbek, President-Elect

Nicky moved to Chattanooga and joined UUCC in 1977. During three previous terms on the Board of Trustees Nicky has served as VP for Religious Education, Congregational Life and Outreach Ministries.

Nicky says, “During my time with UUCC, I have seen this church manage conflict both internal and external. I have been privileged to learn through the example of some exemplary people how to live the UU principles that we hold dear.”

Nicky is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to volunteering at UUCC, she enjoys sharing time with friends and local family, son John and granddaughter Ansley.

Monique Lewis, Immediate Past President

Monique Lewis is a retired teacher who taught gifted students in the Catoosa County school system for twenty years. She joined UUCC in 1981 and during that time has chaired several committees and served on the Board three times.

Monique enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren, working in her garden, and reading great mystery books.

 Connie Cowherd, Secretary

Connie Cowherd was born in Pulaski, TN. She earned her BSN and MSN at University of Alabama, and is the nurse practitioner at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, TN. Connie returned to Tennessee 15 years ago with daughter Stephanie, who recently graduated UTC as a Registered Dietician.

Connie lives in Cleveland with her cat, Mary Grey, where she enjoys family and friends, yard work, reading, and learning to use her travel trailer camper. In the late 1990’s, Connie was the Lay Leader at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She looks forward sharing her talents with UUCC.

Bill Derrickson, Treasurer

Bill Derrickson, now retired, earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado in 1971. Following service as a First Lt in the US Air Force, he worked in sales and manufacturing at Corning Glass Works for 13 years, then in health care marketing at Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee for 22 years

Bill is an avid snow skier, sailor, wine maker, investor, and home remodeler. He has been a member of UUCC for the past 3 years serving as Treasurer and Board member.

Lynna Ruth Standridge, Treasurer-Elect

Lynna Ruth Standridge, born and raised in Tennessee, spent her first 18 years in a Southern Baptist Church. Her introduction to UU came through the Knoxville church, followed by the Memphis fellowship, the Roanoke church and the Tri-Cities church. She returned to UUCC about 8 years ago.

Trained in psychology and with a Master’s in School Psychology, Lynna Ruth has spent most of her work life in healthcare, primarily managing medical practices. Lynna Ruth has been married to Dr. John Standridge for 47 years. They have two sons, Adam and Aaron, and two grandchildren, Addison and Arianna.

Link Christensen, VP Congregational Life Ministry

Link Christensen has been a life-long Unitarian, and Universalist as necessary. He comes from a Humanist perspective, has a deep belief in science, and is a student of human behavior.

He dropped out of college to learn sail making and has made his career in manufacturing industrial and commercial fabric products. He has been awarded lifetime recognition as a Master Fabric Craftsman. He moved to Chattanooga with his wife Lucille in 2011 and recently retired from their business, Tennessee Awning Co.

Give him a book about how something works, and he’s butter in your hands.

Mary Lou Reed, VP Religious Growth Ministry

Mary Lou Reed recently retired from 18 years as a middle school science educator. She spent her 20s as a wrangler in the Tetons, a Tennessee state park ranger and wildlife rehabilitator. Her under grad degree is in geology with minors in physics and archaeology, her masters is in K-12 education. Additionally, she is a professional 18th and 19th century living historian.

Mary Lou, husband Sam and daughter Betsy moved to Chattanooga in 2015.She is an avid gardener and enjoys nature photography. She and Sam build historic reproductions of furniture and what-nots.

Linda Park, VP Outreach Ministry

Linda Park has been a member of UUCC for 9 years. “The Linda’s” – Park and Helton – initiated UUCC’s Small Group Ministry program. Linda also participates in Social Justice committee projects and now as VP for Outreach Ministry.

She telecommutes 20 hours a week with Cigna. Afterhours you may find her volunteering at local animal shelters and UUCC.

Linda and fur babies, Baxter and Jolene, enjoy going for long walks, hanging out with friends and visiting Otis, her 4 year old grandson in Asheville.

David Benn, VP Resources Ministry

Dave Benn has enjoyed a 45 year career as an archaeologist while teaching part-time in university settings and directing large excavation projects in the upper Midwest. He and his partner, Judith, are long-time UUs and moved to Chattanooga four years ago to begin “retirement.” However, both are busier than ever.

Dave helps with Church landscaping work, does sound tech some Sundays, takes a turn at teaching RE Teens, is active in Social Justice events, and is assuming the role of facilities maintenance/management from Paul Adler. 


Our 2016-17 Board of Trustees members:
Monique Lewis, President
Monique Lewis, Past President
Bart Solomon, President Elect, Quarterly Council chair
Pam Johnson, Secretary
Bill Derrickson, Treasurer
Greg Cruz, Vice President for Congregational Life Ministry
Linda Park, Vice President for Outreach Ministry
Cecile de Rocher, Vice President for Religious Growth Ministry
Buck O’Rear, Vice President for Resources Ministry
Cathy Harrington, Minister