2018 – 2019 Board of Trustees


Our 2018-19 Board of Trustees members are:

Nicky Ozbek, President

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.

Bart Solomon, Immediate Past 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 traveling, travel planning (almost as fun as the vacation itself), swim coaching, masters and open water swimming, boating, skiing, hiking, playing poker and board games.

Connie Cowherd, Secretary

Connie Cowherd was born in Pulaski, TN. She earned her BSN and MSN at the 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 to sharing her talents with UUCC.

Lynna Ruth Standridge, Treasurer

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 undergrad 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.

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 2017-18 Board of Trustees members:
Bart Solomon, President
Nicky Ozbek, 
Monique Lewis, Immediate Past President
Connie Cowherd, Secretary
Bill Derrickson, 
Lynna Ruth Standridge, 
Link Christensen, VP Congregational Life Ministry
Mary Lou Reed, VP Religious Growth Ministry
Linda Park, 
VP Outreach Ministry
David Benn, 
VP Resources Ministry