Board of Trustees
Janis Wolak - Chair
Janis Wolak worked for almost 20 years as a Senior Researcher at the Crimes against Children Research Center at UNH and is now enjoying retirement. She lives in Kittery and is happiest when her hands are in garden soil. She joined South Church in 2006, has served with the Pastoral and Fellowship Associates and as registrar of the Star Island retreat, and she often participates in choir and small group ministry groups. She also serves South Church as a member of the Seacoast Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition. She loves and is inspired by the South Church community and appreciates the opportunity to serve South Church as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Chris Redmond - Treasurer
Chris joined South Church in 2012 with his wife, Pilar, and two daughters, Magnolia and Sahalie. He was drawn to the church for many reasons, but the biggest reason was the religious education program. He knew his girls would love the RE programs and was excited for them to be a part of such a loving, welcoming community. After joining the church, he felt like the best place he could volunteer his time was in that same RE program and has since been a Senior Youth advisor, an OWL facilitator, and a mentor in the Coming of Age program. More recently, Chris was on the Planning & Implementation Committee (PIC) during the basement renovation project. Outside of church, he loves to spend time with his girls, hiking, bike riding, camping and just enjoying the great outdoors. Chris is honored to be on the Board of Trustees and to serve the great community of people here at South Church.
Donna Borg - Secretary
Donna Borg has been attending South Church since 2010 after she and her family moved to the seacoast from the midwest. She initially scouted out South Church, looking for a welcoming community and inspirational sermons. Not only did she find those things, she also learned that to truly "plug in" meant exploring a few of the South Church offerings. After joining a Small Group Ministry and making a few friends, Donna signed up for the Tuesday evening South Church choir practices. From 2013 to 2016 she served on the Pastoral Associates Committee, the last year in the capacity of a convener. She is now excited to serve as one of the new Board of Trustee members and hopes to get to know the church on an even deeper level.
R. David Drucker
The peripatetic Dave was born in Ithaca, NY and has been on the move ever since – Chicago and Oak Park, IL; the Bronx, NY; Johnston, Cranston and Providence, RI; London, UK; Rochester, NY; Teotihuacan, MX; Salem, MA; Utica, NY; and, finally Dover, NH. Interested in maritime history, ships and the sea since he was 10, Dave is an active member of the UNH Marine Docent program, and volunteers on the crew for The Gundalow Company which allows him some sailing time as well as the opportunity to meet the general public. As a singer almost from birth (his first cries were rumored to be pentatonic and loud), Dave has found Seacoast musical homes in the Marine Docent Chantey Singers, the Community Chorus of South Berwick, and the South Church choir. Professionally, Dave has taught Social and Cultural Anthropology, been a classical music announcer and program manager on commercial and public broadcast stations, processed and analyzed radiocarbon samples, and been a museum director for a tribal museum and a local history museum. Currently retired, Dave has been writing poetry full time instead of in the haphazard way he had treated that obsession for over five decades previously. From a very early age, Dave has been involved in the struggle for social justice. He was a participant in the March on Montgomery in 1965, worked to establish the Hospital Workers’ Union 1199 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and, most recently, served as a South Church Social Justice Associate. Still a seeker in spiritual matters, Dave is a convener of a Small Group Ministry gathering and is on the Small Group Ministry Steering Committee. He is eager to immerse himself in the business of being a Board Member at a time when South Church is thriving and striving ever more mindfully to be of service to our congregation and the larger Seacoast community.
Tom is a resident of Eliot, where he lives with his wife Mariah, daughters Josie and Ella, and a 95 pound German Shepherd named Emmet. Born and raised in Portsmouth NH, Tom's grandparents were lifelong members of South Church. That early exposure to our congregation is part of the reason he has continued with his family and children to be dedicated South Church members. Having graduated from UNH with a BS in Hospitality Management, he now finds himself co-owner with his wife Mariah, of Beach Pea Baking Co. A small local bakery and cafe located in Kittery, Maine. When he is not working or raising a family, you can find him at the seashore enjoying our incredible area, tending to his gardens, or here at South Church!