Board of Trustees
Mission Peak Board of Trustees, 2018-2019
Past President: Paul K. Davis – Paul has previously served most other Board positions and looks forward to continuing on the Board this year as we complete our transition to a new settled minister. As (immediate) Past President he serves on the Executive Team and chairs the Ministry Council. In addition he chairs the Worship Associates and is interim chair of the Adult Education Committee. He is a retired physicist who brings both his scientific temperament and his experience as a union President to his endeavors. He also has another side which he expresses by singing in the choir and playing his violin and viola. Other leadership endeavors are being a Board member of the Fremont Cultural Arts Council and of the Sacramento Archeological Society. He lives in Fremont with his spouse, Knuti VanHoven. They have one grown child, who is a scientist, and two young grandchildren. He enjoys walking Fremont trails and parks, writing, discussing the history of science, and giving an occasional sermon when our Minister is elsewhere.
President: Steve Wallcave – Steve is excited about taking a larger leadership role again at Mission Peak UU (He was our first president). Steve is currently the webmaster, a member of the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee (CAYRE) and the one-person coffee purchasing committee. 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 the bay area. He also has an older daughter Tasha and two granddaughters and a grandson who live in Irvine. Steve enjoys listening to all types of music and reading, especially science fiction. He is a recently retired electrical engineer.
President Elect: Allysson McDonald – (My pronouns are she/her/hers, but I won’t object to they/their/theirs.) Allysson looks forward to serving on the board again after several years in other leadership roles (Allysson was president of MPUUC almost 20 years ago). She has served on several committees and was on our ministerial search team when we hired Rev. Jeremy. She continues to enjoy being a worship associate and chairs the Justice Council. Allysson is also very active in her community in Milpitas as well as being a substitute teacher. She’s married to Graham Bell, whom you will usually find at the sound console on Sunday mornings. Together they raised two children who grew up in the congregation and are now young men (Gregory and Douglas). Allysson and Graham enjoy walking their dog and watching European detective shows on Netflix. They are both proud Canadians.
Secretary: Beckett Gladney – (pronouns: she/her) Beckett is serving for her second year on the Board as Secretary. Beckett contributes graphics and photographic skills to MPUUC; our current logo was designed by her, and she produced the newsletter for many years before we switched over exclusively to the weekly digital Week On the Peak. Beckett can often be seen in the back of services and at MPUUC events with her camera. Beckett’s husband Paul Kwinn is a member of the Peak Rocks, and their two sons, who are now 18 and entering college, have been raised in the congregation since they were 3. Beckett is a freelance artist and photographer who has acquired some skill in many crafts and odd things; a result of constant curiosity and an appreciation for the beauty all around us.
Treasurer: Melissa Holmes – (pronouns – she, her, hers) – Melissa is back on the Board again after taking a year off. Prior to that she had been on the Board for 6 years in various roles including President. Melissa is also the Chair of the newly forming Stewardship Committee. She has also been an RE Teacher, was on the Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee, and has participated on a few “special projects” for Mission Peak, including Leap Of Faith and the Strategic Planning Taskforce. Melissa and her wife Jen King live in North Fremont. They have 3 children, Nathan who started college at USF this year, Armando who is in 9th grade, and Raymond who is in 6th grade. Melissa is a senior manager with the FAA and works at the Air Traffic Control facility in Central Avenue in Fremont. Melissa enjoys downhill skiing, doing puzzles, playing handbells with the Methodists, and reading.
Trustee At Large: Eric Ryan – Eric Ryan (he/his) is relatively new to the congregation and this is his first time in a leadership role. He has joined Membership Committee and Justice Council, and is active on the sandwich squad. Eric trained as a physicist and has been known to make very tiny things. He and his wife Allie King moved to Fremont four years ago and joined Mission Peak two year ago. They rent a house in central Fremont with two roommates and their dogs. He enjoys board games, ultimate Frisbee, and letting their dog Karl Pupper out for a run.
Trustee At Large: Jay Steele – (pronouns: he, his, himself) Jay has been a member of MPUUC roughly since he moved back to the SF Bay Area with his family (wife Ilze; daughters Julia and Jessica) in 2008. Jay is originally from Palo Alto and now resides in Milpitas. In addition to board duties, Jay is the music coordinator and secretary for the Ministry Council. Jay also provides piano music for some Sunday services (sometimes with the help of Jessica on vocals), and also does coffee setup once a month. Jay is a big believer in continuous improvement and still takes music lessons. Jay’s formal education is completely technical, and during working hours Jay is a software engineer working on embedded control software for Varian Medical System’s proton therapy machine for cancer treatment.