Board of Trustees

Chair

JEFF LEATHE

Jeff became a member of South Church in 1987 and became its Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Trustees in rapid succession. Along with the late Jeannette Hopkins, he refurbished the South Church Endowment Committee and By-laws and served as its first Chair. Jeff’s maternal grandparents, George Coffin and Marion Gates were married at South Church in 1928. Jeff owns a wealth advisory practice in Portsmouth and resides in Eliot with his wife Martha and their four children.

Vice Chair

CINDY BROWN

Cindy and her husband Chris were married in the UU Church in Groton, Mass. in 1982. They moved to Portsmouth with their daughter Molly in 1989 and became members of South Church at that time. Cindy has served on the Pocket Garden Tour, was co-chair for a few years, has been an usher and been a visiting steward for several years. She was a Social Justice Associate and has taught in the RE Program. She is a member of the Property Committee and enjoys spending time in the church gardens. She looks forward to serving on the board in this vibrant time in our church community. 

Treasurer

PETER HAMBLETT

Peter previously served on the South Church Board for six years and as treasurer for one or two of those years. It is important to him to be able to give support back to a worthwhile group/place which has been helpful to him and his family. Peter is honored and looking forward in the coming months to being more closely involved as a member of the Board of South Church once again.

Secretary

JANET POLASKY

Janet has been a member of South Church since the early 1980’s when she moved to Portsmouth with her husband, Bill Lyons. Bill and Janet are both life-long UU’s. Their own children, David (29) and Marta (25) grew up at South Church, Janet taught in the RE program for more than 12 years and served on the RE Council. Most recently, she has ushered and served on the Transition Team for Reverend Elaine. She is deeply honored to have been nominated for the board, and excited to serve as South Church flourishes with Reverends Lauren and Chris.

Board Members

JOHN BUSH

John is a lifelong Unitarian. He and his wife, Irene, have together belonged to six UU churches over the course of their 40 plus years of marriage. They are also devoted to Star Island and have both served on its board. They joined South Church shortly after buying a house in New Castle in 2001. John recently retired after a career as a tax attorney and CPA. He is looking forward to serving on the board of South Church.

CJ COGSWELL

CJ attended South Church for over 20 years before becoming a member in January of 2010. CJ and Stephen were married in the church on February 4, 2010, immediately after the Stare of New Hampshire legalized same gender marriage. They experienced the love and support of South Church during Stephen's 2 1/2 year battle with cancer, and his death in 2011. CJ has served on a number of fund raising committee over the years, including the auction and Pocket Garden Tour, of which he was co-chair for three years. Most recently he has become the chair of the Property Committee. Star Island comtinues to be a special place and an important part of his life. He has a passion for travel, history, books and working with glass. CJ has served on a number of Portsmouth based non-profit boards including AIDS Response Seacoast and the Prescott Park Arts Festival. He is the owner of a Portsmouth business that has been in his family for almost 50 years. 

DAVE DRUCKER

Interest 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 of The Gundalow Company, which allows him some great sailing time as well as the opportunity to meet the general public. A singer from birth, Dave has found many Seacoast musical homes in the Marine Docent Chantey Singers, the Community Chorus of South Berwick and the South Church Choir. Dave has taught Social and Cultural Anthropology, been a classical music announcer, processed and analyzed radiocarbon samples , and been a museum director for a tribal and local history museum. Most recently, Dave has served as a Social Justice Associate, a convenor 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. 

JACKIE ELLIS

Jackie has been a member of South Church since 1979. Shortly after becoming involved she joined the RE Committee and soon became RE Director for several years. Since then she has served on various South Church committees and even the BoT in the ‘80’s. Her most recent involvement at South Church was on the Search Committee. When the church voted to call Revs Lauren and Chris she turned her attention to funding our annual budget and has co-chaired the Stewardship Committee for the past three years. She is pleased to be joining the Board at this optimistic and energetic time in the life of South Church

CONNIE FREIERMUTH

Connie has attended South Church for 5 years, and has been a member for 3 ½ years. She has served on the Small Group Ministry and continues to serve on the Pocket Garden Committee. She has been involved with Adult Education and facilitated a Women’s Writing Group through AE. She also serves as a greeter for Sunday services. She is looking forward to contributing to South Church in a different way through serving on the Board of Trustees.

KEVIN LEAHY

Kevin has been a member of South Church since the fall of 2011. During that time he has participated in the Building Committee, Green Sanctuary Committee, and Pastoral Associates. He has belonged to a Covenant group and helped with running the Sunday Social hour. By joining the Board he hopes to make a further contribution to the community that hosts so many meaningful activities.

BRIAN MURPHY

Brian is honored to be on the Board of Trustees at South Church and proud to serve this great community. He and his wife, Alyssa, and their daughters Eden and Amelia, have been active at South Church since 2010. Brian has served on the Music Committee as well as in the Religious Education program as a Senior Youth Adviser and as an OWL Facilitator. When not at South Church, he and Alyssa run their own architectural practice here in Portsmouth and are always on the lookout for their next awesome adventure with their kids, most involving the outdoors, travel, and/or performing arts, and usually great food is a central focus. 

ANDREW McGEORGE

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