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The Nominating Committee of the Central Midwest District has proposed the following individuals for election to the positions indicated at the 2012 District Assembly.

Jeff Reed, Vice President

Jeff Reed

Jeffrey “Jeff” Reed is Past President and Past Vice President of the Board of Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Fond du Lac, WI, and a past member of its Service Planning Committee. A 2008 attendee of MidWest Leadership School (MWLS), he has served as MWLS Group Facilitator, MWLS Treasurer, and MWLS Registrar.

Jeff is Dean and Professor of Management in the School of Business at Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. A college professor for over 15 years, he earned his PhD in Psychology from Kansas State University. He also spent 15 years in industry, as a program evaluation and human resources consultant and as a product development engineer, project manager and planner at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY.

He has served in leadership roles as a President of the Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club, President of the Fond du Lac Area Human Resources Association, Region IV Secretary of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and State Diversity Director for the Wisconsin State Council of SHRM. He has chaired a variety of leadership and diversity conferences, and served on several non-profit organization boards.

Nancy Armstrong, Treasurer


My husband Joe and I joined the UU Church of Bloomington-Normal in 1983 after years of searching for the right fit for both of us. Over the years I have been actively involved in Religious Education, Caring, Finance, Fund Raising, Fellowship and Board Leadership. I am currently serving my ninth year as congregation treasurer (and still like it!) and (most fun of all) I sing in the choir. I have also been serving as a Trustee on the CMWD Board. I am employed full-time as a financial planner and have no plans to retire any time soon. In our spare time, my husband and I garden, cook and travel. We have one daughter, Larissa, who is a dedicated UU as well.  Nancy was formerly the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of CMwD.

Rob Zimmerman, Trustee-at-Large

Rob Zimmerman

My wife, Karen, and I have lived in Wauwatosa for 20 years, and in Southeast Wisconsin for 24 years. We have two children, Madalina (17) and Alex (16). I am a sustainability advocate for Kohler Co., and focus on water conservation issues and green building projects nationally, as well as support development and execution of Kohler’s global sustainability strategies. I currently serve on the board of directors of the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments, and co-chair a committee for the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

My family attends Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and we have been members there since 1999. We are proud of how our church has grown, both as a spiritual community and as a force for change in the Milwaukee area. Some of my contributions include:

  • Current member of Nominating and Campus Committees
  • Board of Trustee member from May, 2007 to May, 2010
  • President of the congregation from May, 2008 to May, 2009
  • Delegate to GA in 2009
  • Religious education teacher for four years
  • Co-facilitator of the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program twice
  • Member of the Adult Enrichment Committee for several years
  • Member of Long Range Planning Committee for several years
  • Usher for five years

I recognize the value of UU churches working together to affect change. CMWD provides resources and networks to facilitate that, and I would be honored to bring my experience and energy to help further that mission.

Vera Dowell, Trustee-at-Large


Vera Dowell has been a UU for 40 years, the last five at Unity Temple UU CongregationVera Dowell has been a UU for 40 years, the last five at Unity Temple UU Congregation in Oak Park. Presently serving as co-chair of the religious education committee she also was a member of the search committee which called Emily Gage to be Minister of Faith Development. During the 19 years she and her husband were members at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, she served in various positions in RE, capital campaigns, on the board including being president, and as chair of the search committee which called Laurel Hallman. Vera was a board member of the Southwest District and served as a member of the staff of the SW Leadership School for several years. Now retired, Vera loved being an elementary school teacher of the academically gifted.

Rev. Dottie Mathews, Nominating Committee


After nearly 30 years of experience in the business world, Dottie heard the call to ministry in 2002 and entered seminary to begin a second vocational phase.  She was joyfully ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2006.  Dottie is currently serving as the full-time Organizational Chaplain for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and, in that capacity, she provides compassionate care for nearly 1400 team members (known as employees in other organizations), with a wide range of abilities and challenges, in 24 sites across the state. 

Prior to joining Goodwill, Dottie served as the Associate Minister of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin, for five years.    There, she was primarily responsible for providing pastoral care and counseling for the Members (+/660 adults and 225 children) and Friends of this vibrant faith community.

Dottie resides in Appleton, Wisconsin, with her partner of over 12 years, Rosie Geiser.  Together, they provide copious amounts of love and emotional support for her three adult children, one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Jamie Boyce, Nominating Committee


Jamie Boyce is currently Membership Director at Third Unitarian Church-Chicago, where she has served for three years.  Prior to that Position, Jamie was Membership Coordinator for two years at North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, Illinois.  In addition, Jamie works in  compliance and grants management at AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for Suburban Cook County.  Prior to that, she worked at implementing after school programs in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.

She received her B.A. from Michigan State University and studied for 4 years at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.  In her free time, Jamie loves to travel, explore Chicago's restaurant scene, and attend Kickboxing classes.