About the Braveheart Circle Leaders:
I have been active in Unitarian Universalism for more than 20 years and am currently a member of Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston. In congregations I have served in worship planning and facilitation, board work and small group ministry. I also serve as a congregational consultant for the Southern Region, staff at Dwight Brown Leadership Experience and President's Convocation. I look forward to this journey of spiritual deepening with you!
Kathy Elaine Consueala Charles was born in the shady Greek Isle of Crete in 1998. She had a string of successful royal suitors, but decided instead to marry an Astronaut who says he's not an astronaut. She has won four Nobel Prizes, including "Putting Up with the Most Bullshit," which was invented by President Obama in 2010. She currently runs a lucrative blog in which she only writes love letters to herself and her adorable baby dog Nixie.
Rita Chamblin has been a Unitarian Universalist since 2008 and has served in leadership positions since she joined. Her roles included Board member and Treasurer for three years and co-chairing the Sunday Services Committee for five years, both in a local lay led congregation. She is active in, and enjoys, lay preaching and teaching. She also enjoys attending UU gatherings for fellowship and learning. Rita is recently retired, having worked in the financial services industry and small business management.
Christine came to the Southern Region when we asked her to change a tire on the broken cart of regional programming, and instead she used her cosmic powers to flip turn the whole thing upside down. She is a quiet quanderer and a wild wanderer who “does the twitter” with flair. She has most recently been actively recruited by both The Avengers and the X-Men, but she has preferred to continue hanging out with the chumps at the UUA for some unknown reason.
Nina Stein has been a member of and active in the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since 1981, holding her first position as Vice President and Worship Chair in the 1981-82 year. Since then she has continued to be active in the congregation, serving on the board and holding committee chair positions, and active in the Southern Region. Attended Dwight Brown Leadership Experience in 2008, she facilitated in 2014 and 2015. Helping lead the congregation from a nominating committee model to a leadership development model of creating leaders for the congregation has been one of the most important of her accomplishments.
She trained as a Spiritual Director with the Rich in Mercy Center. She was part of a Course in Miracles study group for many years. She has been a member of a women’s spirituality group for over 20 years. Meditating daily for 30 years, she taught meditation and has led workshops and retreats on various spiritual issues.
She was in private practice as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years. During this time, she lead personal development workshops and seminars and provided luncheon speeches on communication skills.
Prior to becoming a counselor, she was a human resources manager. She has Master’s degrees in Sociology and in Professional Counseling.
Since retirement, she has taken classes in art. She paints in acrylic and alcohol ink. She had her first public showing in July, 2016. She uses art as a spiritual practice.
Gail Sphar is a Healthy Congregations consultant with the Southern Region of the UUA. She has facilitated board retreats, staff start-ups, organizational structuring sessions and new congregational president convocations. She has served as a facilitator for the Southern UU Leadership Experience at the Mountain. She currently serves on the board of The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center. Her professional career was spent in Human Resources and Administration.
She and her husband live in Franklin, TN. They are members of First UU Church of Nashville, where Gail serves as chair of the Leadership Development Committee (a function she helped establish), member of the Committee for the Larger Faith, and a worship associate. She was recently honored by her congregation with the Joe and Joan Moore Award, recognizing years of service to the congregation, to the denomination and to the community in the name of First UU
Margie Manning found Unitarian Universalism in 1987, when she and her husband Mike Manning joined Eliot Unitarian Chapel in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. They thought they were taking steps to provide religious education for their two daughters, Samantha and Rebecca, but realized they had discovered their own spiritual calling in becoming UU’s.
After relocating to Florida in 2003, they joined Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, where Margie served at various times as board president, trustee, treasurer and worship committee chair. At UU St. Pete, she received the President’s Award for Leadership in 2011, and the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Shared Ministry in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Margie and Mike joined Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater in 2013, and Margie now serves on the worship committee and on the board of the UU Church of Clearwater Foundation. Margie is a journalist, a news reporter for Tampa Bay Business Journal, and much of her time when she is not working professionally is spent on volunteer work for the UUA Southern Region. She is a past president of the now-dissolved Florida District of the UUA, and a member of the Southern Region Elder Development Team. She is a graduate of the 2015 Southern UU Leadership Experience, was a facilitator for the Florida District President’s Convocations in
2014, 2015 and 2016 and was head teller at the UUA General Assembly in 2016.