Board of Trustees

2016-2017 Board

The First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for managing the affairs and property of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. The Board of Trustees consists of nine members, three of whom are elected each year at the Annual Meeting and who hold office for three years, or until their successors are elected. The Board meets monthly during the church year to conduct the business of the church and occasionally calls special meetings to discuss important issues. Board meetings are always open to members. Each church committee is assigned a Board Liaison whom the leaders of that committee should contact with any questions or concerns about church policies and practices, or about the budget.


Julie Bock(200x250)Julie Bock, President

(Term expires 2018)


Julie Bockhas been a member at First Unitarian Society since 2001. She has served on and chaired the Interweave, the Winter WomanSpirit 2010 and the Children’s RE Committees. She has taught both Adult RE (Cakes for the Queen of Heaven), as well as Children’s RE, including over 13 years of OWL. She believes that the world (and our church) is run by those who show up. She is honored to serve.

Michelle Naples, Vice President

Michelle Naples (200x250)

(Term expires 2019)


Michelle Naples and her husband, Tom LeBel, have been members of First Church since 2012.  Michelle joined a Chalice Circle right away and also serves on the Chalice Circle Steering Committee, which she has chaired the last two years.  Michelle is one of the planning members of the 40s/50s UU Network. Michelle has been selected to serve as a delegate representing First Church at the UU MidAmerica Regional Assembly this spring.  She works for Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services where she serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives.  For her, First Church is a place that grounds her in her values and inspires her to try to be her best self.

Jeremy Koenen, Secretary

Jeremy Koenen(Term expires 2020)

Jeremy Koenen has been a member of First Church since 2009, when he fell in love with the institution and its support for both personal and communal growth.  Through the church, he met his wife Stacy, and was married at the church in 2012.  Their son Riley has been a regular face in the nursery and early childhood room since he arrived in 2013.  Jeremy has been involved in numerous committees, including Marketing, Stewardship, as well as chairing YANKS and Dena’s Committee on Ministry.  He has also been an active participant in chalice circles, circle suppers, and teaching RE as well as Our Whole Lives.  Outside of church, Jeremy leads a team of application developers as a technical lead.  He is excited to help keep the church thriving for future generations.

Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop(Term expires 2020)

Mark Bishop has been a member of First Church since 2008 and has served on the Finance Committee and as Assistant Treasurer since 2010. He joyfully served as a member of the 175th Anniversary Lead Gifts team. Hosting many Feast for Funds and Stewardship events has been a gratifying way of contributing to the community.  Mark is married to Jo Ann and has two adult daughters, Lianna and Natalie. He is a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner and works for Northwestern Mutual in their Home Office. Mark has been active in the Milwaukee arts community having served on the Milwaukee Art Museum Friends of Art Board for several years as well as serving as Finance Director and Corporate Development Director for the Lakefront Festival of Art. He volunteers for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Marcus Center for the Arts and is a fervent Milwaukee Film Festival goer. Mark is grateful to have found a welcoming community that nurtures personal and spiritual growth.

Omega Burckhardt

Omega Burckhardt

(Term expires 2020)

Omega Burckhardt and her husband, Eric Heilig, became members of First Church in 2009. Omega has participated in Chalice Circles and served on the Chalice Circle Steering Committee. She and her husband enjoyed meeting other congregation members in Circle Suppers, and have hosted multiple events for the Feast for Funds. Omega participated with the Immigration Issues Action Group, and later served as Chair of the Social Justice Committee. In 2015, Omega attended the Midwest Leadership School of the UUA, and is currently fulfilling a three-year commitment as staff at MWLS. Omega previously worked at Marquette University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultures after earning her PhD in 2009. Having changed careers, she now owns her own business with another First Church member. She also leads technical brewery tours and beer education classes at one of Milwaukee’s largest craft breweries. Omega and Eric share their home with their two children, two dogs, one cat, and a frog.

Maria Dorsey

Maria Dorsey (200x250)

(Term expires 2019)


Maria Dorsey and her husband Damon joined First Church in December 2010. Currently Maria is a member of the Interim Transition Team, the Pulpit Guest Committee and serves as a Worship Associate. In the past, Maria has been an assistant CRE teacher in the 5th– 6th grade class and has served on the Chalice Circle Steering Committee. She chaired the Chalice Circle Steering Committee in 2013-2014. Maria is a lawyer and the Presiding Court Commissioner of Milwaukee County. First Church has been instrumental in helping Maria create a sense of life balance and she feels fortunate to call First Church her spiritual home.

Joyce Harms

Joyce Harms

(Term expires 2019)

More details coming soon

Pete Koneazny

Pete Koneazny(200x250)(Term expires 2018)


Pete Koneaznyhas been a member of First Church since approximately 1996 and has served a prior term on the Board of Trustees, in the early 2000s. He has taught middle school and high school RE, and he served on the search committee that hired our first Assistant Minister and on both Drew’s and Dena’s Committees on Ministry. Since joining the church, Pete’s primary focus has been on social justice issues, including chairing the Racial Justice (aka “Open Door”) Committee, starting the Community Justice action group (on racial disparity in criminal justice) and serving on the Social Justice Council (including two years as co-chair). Pete currently serves (since 2010) on MICAH’s Board of Trustee’s as First Church’s representative. Pete is married to Lisa Koneazny and has two adult children, Paul & Maggie. In his “day job” Pete is Litigation Director of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. For fun, he plays bad golf and watches college basketball with a harmless gang of UUs that takes an annual NCAA tournament road trip together.

Holly Patzer

Holly Patzer(200x250)(Term expires 2018)


Holly Patzerhas been a member of First Church since 2011 and has served as an usher, a member of the Stewardship Committee and as a Worship Associate. In her work life she is the executive of a nonprofit social service agency, and in her spare time she enjoys flower gardening, walking and hiking, movies and has a passion for all types of live music. Holly is grateful to be part of this spiritual community that promotes the worth and dignity of every person and that seeks to move beyond being just a place of tolerance to one of grace and deep appreciation.


Emails of new members coming soon.