The Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica is run by a democratically elected Board of Trustees, who takes on the task of policy and decision making within the Church. The congregation selects the Board of Trustees members, who are governed by the Bylaws of the Church.

Board Of Trustees


Matt Cavalieri

Matthew Cavalieri has been a Unitarian Universalist since 2017 while living in his hometown in Michigan. He moved to Utica in 2020 where he is an elementary teacher.
Often you can see his dog, Moe at services. He has two teenage children that always seem to be doing stuff around the state. He enjoys any type of outside activities and traveling near and far.



Katie Spires

Katie Spires is a transplant to the area, having grown up in Kentucky and worked abroad for several years before moving to Utica in 2016 to be a librarian at Utica College. She joined UU Utica in 2018 and is a member of the Board and on the Inclusion Team. As indicated by her international experience, Katie is a bit of a language geek who can speak/read/write Japanese, Russian, French, and Spanish at varying levels and enjoys traveling. She also enjoys reading, writing, knitting, and hiking.


Stephanie Markham

Stephanie Markham is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who grew up in UU Utica. She has spent the last decade heavily involved in UU Utica’s Religious Education program, including several years as the Children’s Religious Education Coordinator. Stephanie also served on the 2016 UUU Ministerial Search Committee. She currently works as the Teen Services Librarian in nearby Rome, NY. Stephanie lives in Yorkville, where she and her spouse are raising their third-generation Unitarian Universalist. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys audiobooks, loose leaf tea, hiking, tabletop and video games, and arguing about the Dewey Decimal System (she’s opposed).

Paul Tenerowicz

I have been a member of UU Utica since 2014 and have identified as a Unitarian Universalist since that time. I was president of The Board at one time. I have also been on The Nominating Committee, organized the annual picnic, hosted coffee hour many times, and always like to help our anywhere I can as needed.
I have been married to my wife Tammy since 1984 and we both enjoy the fellowship and opportunities for service at UU Utica. I am 1980 graduate of The Rochester Institute of Technology and am employed as a part owner of a small distribution company, handling our sales and marketing for our Northeast territory.
Some of my passions include listening to live and recorded music, hiking and kayaking in the Adirondack mountains, as well as bird and animal watching. We also have two cats, whose company we enjoy very much. I have resided in Utica, NY since 2002 and enjoy the diverse nature of the community.

Governance Committees

Committee On Ministry
Finance Committee
Nominating and Leadership Development
Safe Congregation

Ministry Teams

Climate Action
Emergency Preparedness

Task Forces

Caring Crew
Inclusion Team
Social Action/Green Sanctuary
UUSC/Equal Exchange Coffee