Board of Trustees
Mission Peak Board of Trustees, 2016-2017
President: Melissa Holmes
Melissa and her partner, Jen King, joined Mission Peak in 2006. They live in Fremont with their three children, Nathan, Armando, and Raymond. Melissa works for the Federal Aviation Administration as a manager at an air traffic control facility in Fremont. At Mission Peak Melissa has been involved with the Welcoming Congregation Committee and the Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee, as well as being an RE teacher. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, making candles, playing the piano, and playing handbells with the FUMC handbell choir.
Vice President: Michealle Havenhill
Secretary: Cara Madden-Watson
Co-Treasurer: Shyno Chacko Pandeya
Shyno first attended the Mission Peak UU in 2014 shortly after moving from the East Coast and became a member in 2015. She has been an active volunteer at the Stone Community Garden and as a teacher in the RE program. Shyno lives in Union City with her two sons and husband. She is a partner at Santhigram Kerala Ayurveda and manages marketing, advertising and operations.
Co-Treasurer: Holly Ito
Holly and her husband Merrill have been members of Mission Peak since it chartered in 1994. They have 3 adult sons and 2 grandsons. Holly has been involved in many aspects of the congregation including the Membership Committee, Worship Associates and the Ministerial Search Committee. She has previously been on the Board and is a past president. She is also serving as a member of the Pacific Central District Board. In addition to other volunteer activities Holly enjoys walking/hiking, bridge and music.
Trustee At Large: Cory Cooke
Cory Cooke started attending Mission Peak in Summer 2007 and became a member in 2008. He, his wife Janelle, and their daughter Kayla (who was age 8 at the time) found great satisfaction in all that the church offered in the way of RE for Kayla, sermons to ponder and spur action, small groups to explore in depth discussions and getting to know other members more closely, social gatherings outside of church with budding new friendships, adult RE, and pursuit of a musical outlet in the choir. Their daughter Kayla, now a senior in High School, went through the COA program as well as OWL. They truly valued all the years having the church be part of her growth experience.
The church has also been an important part of Cory’s growth. He taught RE to our youth. He has enjoyed many satisfying discussion groups with Small Group Ministry, classes in spirituality, and learning about the World’s major religions. He experiences weekly satisfaction in fulfilling responsibilities on the set-up team and relishes the time spent participating in the choir for about 9 years now!
Cory practices mindfulness both as a way to directly bring quietness to his being on a daily basis in the midst of a noisy world, but also as a gateway to spiritual insight. He thanks the many other members who he has learned from in this process, just as he hopes he brought something to the table as well for others.
Cory is currently serving the church this year in a new role of Trustee of the Board.
Trustee At Large: Paul Davis
Trustee At Large: Steve Wallcave
Steve was a founding member and first president of Mission Peak. Steve is a member of the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee (CAYRE). He lives in Union City with his wife, Kathy. He has two grown children (Sarah and Joseph) who grew up in the congregation and are now living in San Jose. He also has an older daughter Tasha and two granddaughters. Steve enjoys listening to all types of music and reading, especially science fiction. He is an electrical engineer working at SRI International in Menlo Park.