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Board of Trustees

Trustees, 2018-19

Gail Riley, President (2016-2019)
Peggy Jackson, President-Elect (2017-2020)
Ellen Kelley, Treasurer (2017-2019)
Joe Merenda, Assistant Treasurer (2018-2020)
Rebecca Nachtrieb, Secretary (2017-2019)
Anne Turner, Assistant Secretary (2018-2020)
Tod Chernikoff, At-Large (2018-19)
Linda Gianessi, At-Large (2016-19)
Suzanne Pineau, At-Large (2017-20)
Raj Rajendran, At-Large (2017-20)
Rod Braña, At-Large (2018-21)
Wangari Kamau, At-Large (2018-21)
Joan Riggs, At-Large (2018-21)

To connect with the Board of Trustees, please email the Board President at

Minutes from Monthly Meetings

View all of the meeting minutes from the 2018-19 church year here.

View all of the meeting minutes from the 2017-18 church year here

Archived Meeting Minutes

View the Board's archived meeting minutes here.

Board of Trustees Covenant

As Trustees, we covenant to keep the best interests of the Congregation at heart and to carry out the trust placed in us as guardians of our Vision/Mission and as stewards of Cedar Lane’s resources. We will exchange ideas thoughtfully, honestly, and respectfully as we seek to understand different perspectives and strive to reach a position we can all support.​ When the inevitable challenges occur in our interactions, we will stay in community and reaffirm the values that brought us together. We will hear all voices, commit to the decision of the group, and communicate frequently with the Congregation. representatives of the Congregation, we will be generous in support of our Vision/Mission and mindful that our example influences the community as a whole.

Board Policy Manual

This Board of Trustee's policy manual includes a collection of documents that define Cedar Lane's rules, policies, and procedures, and guides staff and lay-leadership in in their work.

Covenant of Right Relations

Cedar Lane adopted a Covenant of Right Relations in October 2017, as an important step in clarifying expectations and creating a safe environment for the congregation.

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are held usually on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in Room 1-2 downstairs. Board meetings are open to all Cedar Lane members. To request time on the agenda or learn more about a current topic of Board discussion, email Board President Gail Riley at or leave her a note in the church office.  Minutes are recorded at each of these meetings.

News from the Board

All Board news and announcements may be found on the News & Publications page.