A Question and Answer Session with the Candidates for UUA Moderator
The Moderator is Chief Governance Officer of the UUA. The Moderator chairs the UUA Board of Trustees and the plenary (business) sessions at the annual General Assemblies. The Moderator also meets regularly with national committees, regional groups, and leaders of Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country. The Moderator is an elected, volunteer position.
The two candidates running for the position of Moderator this year are Jim Key and Tamra Payne-Alex.
Jim is the immediate past President of the Southeast District from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that, he was Vice President from April 2006 until June 30, 2008. Additionally, he is a candidate for Moderator of the UUA.
Jim is a member of the UU Fellowship of Beaufort which he helped to organize in 1999. He served as President of the fellowship for five years and Finance Committee chair for three years. Additionally, he has served on the Long Range Planning committee, Committee on Shared Ministry, Stewardship Committee, and currently chairs the Capital Campaign. In 2001 Jim was a student at the Mountain School for Congregational Leadership, joined the faculty of MSCL in 2002, and served as dean 2003-4. He has attended General Assembly since 2002. Additionally, he has served both as Secretary and Treasurer of the District Presidents’ Association. Currently, he serves as chair of the Audit Committee of the UUA Board of Trustees.
Jim is the principal partner of the Shenandoah Group, a consulting firm that focuses on governance, risk management, and compliance solutions for clients around the world. Formerly he worked for IBM, where he was Director–Internal Audit, North America and Asia Pacific, residing in Tokyo. He has consulted on governance, risk, and compliance issues; conducted training; and facilitated workshops for a wide variety of clients in business, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors.
Jim lives in Beaufort, SC, where he was an organizing director of Coastal Banking Company, a bank holding company for CBC National Bank. He serves on the Compliance and Governance committees and is chair of the Audit Committee. He shares his life with Liz, his partner of forty-eight years whom he met in Junior High School. They have two sons and one daughter, all partnered, and six grandchildren. He has a BA in Liberal Studies from Syracuse University and has done graduate work at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Tamara is a candidate for UUA Moderator and a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who began serving in leadership roles as a youth. She continued her service to the Association as a young adult with four years as a member of the Black Concerns Working Group and the Racial and Cultural Diversity Research Team. Tamara served six years on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the committee that assesses the readiness of our aspiring ministers to serve our congregations, and nine years as an At-Large Trustee on the UUA Board.
Outside her work with our Association, Tamara spent fifteen years as a consultant focusing on management training, executive coaching, and multicultural, inclusive environments. She is an active volunteer in her community as well, and has been recognized by her local school district for her advocacy work on behalf of African American children and their families.
Currently, Tamara is a manager for an large education company that provides on-site expanded learning programs for children. This position allows her to use her creative problem solving skill, love for learning, and passion for serving families and diverse communities.
Tamara lives with her family in San Jose, CA, and is Program Officer at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose.
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