Anne Turner

Anne has been actively involved in First U for about twenty years, which seems nearly impossible, as she tries not to feel that old! Anne has served on most of the boards, councils, and committees over the years and her first love is choir. Anne is also working with the Worship Council this year and is very interested in deepening the worship experience for all of us. She is a retired social worker and if she is not outside gardening or enjoying the beach, she’s generally knitting or reading. She has five grandchildren, all who live too far away, so if she isn’t at church, it usually means she has gotten on a plane to go see them.

Ben Tupper

Ben is interested in self-governed communities, like UU congregations, and the role that faith plays in civic engagement. Ben’s interest in the ministerial search is not limited to the joys found in committee work (wink wink), but also because he recognizes that we are each serving briefly as stewards for the next generation of congregants at First U. A lot of groundwork goes into helping to prepare congregants to make informed decisions like choosing the next minister and Ben is drawn to that work. Look for Ben walking/biking the streets of Yarmouth, gardening around the house, shooting hoops, or out sailing the bay.

Christy Hayashida

Christy moved to Yarmouth from Chicago three years ago with her husband, Charles Herman, and their two children, Clara (10) and Cormac (8). They began attending First Universalist almost immediately. Since becoming a member of the church, Christy has participated in the hiring of our RE teachers and has joined the RE Council. She also heads Yarmouth’s PTO for the three K-8 schools and am on the school district’s Wellness Committee. When I’m not helping out at the schools or working with my fellow Search Committee members, I am walking our pup on a nearby trail, reading, puttering around on the French horn, or taking up archery. I look forward to continuing to work with the Search Committee to successfully place a minister at First Universalist.

Dal Holtrop

Dal, her husband, and two daughters moved to Freeport a few years ago, and Dal soon found herself a home at First Universalist. Dal is a social worker, does executive coaching, and is currently working on a book. Prior to being on the Search Committee, Dal helped to create Casco Bay Conversations, a project of First U, and has recently become trained as an OWL facilitator. Raised in Brazil and married into a Dutch family, Dal brings an international perspective to First U and the Search Committee.

Dorothy McAloney

Dorothy was brought up at First Universalist. She attended Sunday School and later on worked on the “bean suppers” for many years while in high school and as an adult. Dorothy has co-chaired the Clam Festival for the church as well as the Holiday Fair and organize the Hannaford store gift card program. Dorothy married her husband, Ed, at First Universalist in 1985. Ed and Dorothy live in North Yarmouth with their two cats. Dorothy enjoys knitting, reading, and especially quilting. For Dorothy, First Universalist is home.

Jamie Brookes

Jamie has been a member of the church for the last few years. Jamie came to church in the midst of personal challenges and has stayed because Unitarian Universalism fits him well. There has been a jumble of changes in his life recently that he is successfully navigating and he is pleased to be part of the changes at First U. Jamie has previously served on the Board of Trustees at First Universalist and was on the former Member Services Committee, now known as Congregation Connections.

Steve Thomas

Although Steve is a UU by choice, he was an (Episcopal) Minister’s kid by birth. Church life is central to him and he has been a 30 year plus active member of First U. In his work life, he is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in working with victims and perpetrators of sexual offenses. Steve is also a Maine guide, sport fishing boat captain, and avid photographer. He and his wife, Nancy Dix, live in Cumberland and are the parents of two adult children, Michael and Emily. Steve is excited to be on the Search Committee and to help First U find its next settled minister.