Jack Gaede is a passionate student of life who loves bicycling, running, puzzles, reading, theater, fall foliage, 30 Rock, and dark chocolate. He often works as a server or bartender, and he is also pursuing his Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He has attended First Universalist Church in Minneapolis for four years, where he very much feels at home. He has lived in North Minneapolis for the past 13 years in a community house, which currently houses five adults, a three-year-old, a dog (Roger), and a cat (Kiki).
Jack's love for literature, theater, and travel has inspired his sense of social justice, and he first entered into activism through work on LBGTQ causes. Last year, Jack served as MUUSJA's YoUUth SOALS Ministerial Intern, working with the high school youth in our signature high school program; this year, his portfolio will also include a focus on building resources for and relationships with and among our Unitarian Universalist congregations throughout Greater MN. This year's MUUSJA Internship for Justice & Religious Leadership is made possible by an innovative partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's Justice Building Innovators program, which is providing Jack with both skills-based training and opportunities to reflect on the work of social justice leadership with other Unitarian Universalists around the country.
Since 2001, White Ash has developed and maintained websites and trained clients in web and technological procedures, while being active with Radical Faeries, Quorum, and Patrick's Cabaret. He has a communications degree from George Washington University. White Ash lived in Bologna, Italy for five years, and in Brussels, Belgium as an exchange student. He is passionate about music, yoga, vegan food, the Green Party, and the life he shares with his partner Greg.
Board Executive Team
After living in Rochester for 38 years, and attending First Universalist Unitarian Church of Rochester for the last seven of those years, Jeff and his wife Karen moved to Minneapolis in June of 2014. While at First UU, Jeff served as a member and chair of the Finance Committee and was on the Board of Directors serving as Treasurer at the time of his departure. Jeff and Karen are new members of First Universalist Church where Jeff is now a member of the Community Investment Team. Jeff's primary interest in the social justice arena is in the area of environmental justice. He is currently retired and plans to stay that way after a long career with IBM as an engineer and project manager. Jeff and Karen have an adult daughter and son living in Los Angels and Minneapolis respectively.
Cheryl Moline is new to Unitarian Universalism, having become an active member of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis in January, 2015. Being a life-long advocate for social justice, her journey toward truly living her values began in 2013 when she left her career of 25 years as a Legal Assistant in a large Minneapolis law firm to begin writing a new chapter in her life based upon service, compassion and love.
Cheryl’s primary social justice interest is in environmental sustainability. She is an active member of the Animal Rights Coalition as an advocate for the ethical treatment of animals and is a committed vegan. She is currently working as Assistant Producer of a cable access show entitled “Freethinking Forum,” which is a talk show dedicated to interviewing social justice activists, politicians, artists and educators. Cheryl is a life-long resident of the Minneapolis area, and has an adult daughter who lives in South Minneapolis.
Judy Foster has been a member of the St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SCUUF) since 1979, having served in numerous leadership positions, including two terms as president of the Executive Board. Now retired as an English professor at St. Cloud State University, she is active in the community, currently serving on the St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission. At SCUUF she serves as newsletter editor and chairs the Community Garden and Technology committees. Her current social justice focus is justice for ex-offenders, a joint project with Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Cloud.
Naomi OliveNaomi is a recent transplant from the rural MN prairie to the big city of Minneapolis. She brings the perspective of an energized UU queer millennial, filled with a passion for process, and a history of local and international social service and social action. Naomi attended the University of MN - Morris, where she studied Political Science and Environmental Studies with a focus on food systems. In the transition of post-college life, she found the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, where she currently serves on the Worship Arts Ministry, and as the Social Justice Ministry facilitator. In her work life, Naomi is a Food Rescue Specialist with the local food bank Second Harvest Heartland. When not rescuing food or doing justice work, Naomi is an animal lover-video gamer-hobbyist painter-traveler who spends time with her wife and home zoo (two mutt rescue dogs and two rescue cats, snake, crested geckos, fish, housemate and housemate's cat).
Sue Dailey is a cradle UU from suburban Boston. She came to Minnesota to attend Macalester College where she received a BA in Anthropology and went on to pursue paralegal training at the University of Minnesota. She served low income clients while working at a Legal Aid office on the Iron Range until she was laid off in the late 1980s. After she and her family moved to Duluth, she received her MSW degree and pursued a career in social work. Now retired after 25 years with St. Louis County, Sue is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth - the first Green Sanctuary congregation in Minnesota, which features a green building that includes a grass roof and ethical eating dining policies - where she has served as president and is a current board member. She has been active with its Peace and Justice Committee, Escalating Inequality Team and Climate Action Team. She has two daughters, one in St. Paul and one in Duluth.