Mission Peak Board of Trustees, 2020-2021


Past 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: Allysson McDonald – (My pronouns are she/her/hers, but I won’t object to they/their/theirs). Allysson is serving as President 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 chair the Justice Council. Allysson is also very active in her community in Milpitas as an advocate for renters and homeless residents, as well as being a substitute teacher. She’s married to Graham Bell, whom you will usually find at the sound console or a Zoom Host on Sunday mornings. Together they raised two children who grew up in the congregation and are now young men (Gregory and Douglas). Gregory just made us grandparents. Allysson and Graham enjoy daily walks and watching European detective shows. They are both proud Canadians.

President Elect: DeAnna Alm(She/her) – Fresh off chairing the Search Team, DeAnna is excited to rejoin the board of MPUUC after a break of some years. She has been a member of many other committees over her 20+ years of membership, including Interim Search, Transition Team, Worship Associates and Membership, and was President for two consecutive terms.  She and her husband and two teenaged children live in Fremont.  She loves to read, cook, bake sourdough bread and take morning runs along the Alameda Creek Trail.

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.

Secretary: Annette Breingan

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.