Governance Overview

Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has a democratic model of leadership. A Board of Trustees is elected by the congregation at our annual Congregational Meeting in May. The Board has primary responsibility for planning, leadership, and broad oversight of the Fellowship. The minister provides spiritual guidance, counseling, and education. The duties of the Board and minister are outlined in SUUF’s bylaws.

Our Bylaws

Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Bylaws – the current version was approved by our Members at the Annual Congregational Meeting held on May 22, 2022.

Annual Congregational Meeting

The annual congregational meeting brings members together  in May to vote on the next church year’s operating budget and to elect Board of Trustee representatives and the committee members as specified by our bylaws. Board, minister, committee and team leaders report on the happenings of the past year. Members of record may vote in elections and on any issues brought before the meeting.Terms take effect on July 1 of each year with officers serving a 2-year term, and board members-at-large serving a 1-year term.

Board of Trustees

Tanya Mayer



Tanya was elected to a two-year term in July, 2023, after serving a year as SUUF’s interim president. Raised in Kansas, she served other spiritual communities as a board member and as a volunteer coordinator.  One of Tanya’s greatest joys is encouraging  people to use their talents and skills in contributing to SUUF’s spiritual community.  She is excited about SUUF’s vibrancy, its growth both in spiritual depth and in numbers, and the feeling of love and connectedness within our congregation.

Gary Stewart



Gary was appointed to the SUUF Board in September, 2021, and he was elected in May, 2023 to a two-year term. Given his accounting background, Gary is well suited to the treasurer position. Gary also helps Susannah manage the sound during SUUF services, which he finds harder than accounting!

Lee Klose



This position is currently unfilled.

Elizabeth Herrell



Elizabeth was elected to serve on the board for the 2023-2024 year.  She has been a SUUF member for over 5 years.  She has been active in several Sedona organizations and looks forward to working with SUUF members in varied activities, especially fundraising through the annual spring Mardi Gras event.

Barb Malat



Barb was elected to the board in 2023 and will be involved with different SUUF community activities.

Helen Knoll



Helen joined the Board in 2021, and was elected to second and third terms in 2022 and 2023.  As part of her role, she serves on the Care Team and asks that you let her know of anyone who may appreciate a note of cheer.

Board Covenant 

Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Covenant of the Board of Trustees as adopted on Sept 21, 2023

Framing Statement: This covenant will guide the SUUF Board of Trustees’ interactions with each other. We practice decision-making rooted in love.

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We work as a team, so we will care for each other, recognizing our interdependence.  We will take time to welcome and check in with each other, and say goodbye upon leaving our meetings.

We will keep the best interests of the congregation at heart, and we will be prompt and prepared for board meetings. We will “make space, and take space,” both speak up and share airtime.

We will stay even-tempered, courteous, and thoughtful in our discussions to keep them safe and respectful.  We will affirm our common values and beliefs, rather than focus primarily on our differences.

When disagreements occur, we will assume each other’s good intentions and try to understand data and reasoning used by others. We will encourage people who disagree to communicate directly with each other and to seek a third party together, if needed.

We will acknowledge mistakes and ineffective policies when they occur and seek to learn from them, rather than denying or justifying them.

We are willing to be told if we appear to be violating one of these agreements, or if we don’t do what we agreed to do.  We will hold in confidence what people say at our meetings.


Two governance committees are established in our bylaws with 3 members each serving staggered 3 year terms:

Leadership Development Committee

The LDC ensures consistent and continuous leadership by selecting nominees for positions to be filled and by providing leadership training to SUUF members. They also deliver leadership development programs. Meeting are held on an as-needed basis.

Minister Support Committee

This committee reviews, evaluates, and offers support to a new minister for three years through direct, clear and constructive communication in an effort to create a successful and nurturing ministry based on trust and mutual support.  The MSC meets quarterly.