Board of Directors
Consisting of 8 members – seven voting Directors plus the Management Committee Chair – the Board of Directors is expected to be “ultimately accountable for the ongoing business affairs of the Camp UniStar Foundation, and the overall health and success of Camp UniStar.” The by-laws also call out fiduciary oversight, strategic and long-term planning, and policy development, especially with respect to the health and safety of campers, as Board expectations. The Board is required to annually evaluate the Management Committee’s operation of the camp. The Board commits to an inclusive approach, building a strong and collaborative working relationship with the Management Committee, and connecting with all stakeholders to ensure that CUF is achieving its mission.
Current Board of Directors
Kristin has enjoyed connecting with Camp UniStar in various capacities throughout her lifetime having first visited the island as Unistar’s youngest Youth Weeker at two months old. Growing up, Kristen spent Memorial and Labor Days volunteering to set up and winterize the camp and learning how to care for its land and structures during Work Weeks.
Eventually, Kristin become a Youth Week camper and official UniStar fanatic and regarded those six weeks of her life as my most formative and favorite memories from adolescence. In later years, Kristin served two summers as a staff member and two weeks as a Youth Week counselor. Kristin is currently serving her second term as a Camp UniStar Foundation Board Member and is the current President.
At home, Kristin is the Senior Customer Experience Designer at Be The Match helping patients in need of blood stem cell marrow transplants find their genetic cure by matching them with marrow donors who help save lives. Kristin and her husband reside in the Longfellow neighbourhood of South Minneapolis with their cat, Ernesto. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, gardening and playing disc golf near Minnehaha Falls.
Fred has been attending Camp since the summer of 1997, when his wife Karen and their young children Katie and Eric visited for the first time. Fred got more involved with the Camp while on the Prairie Star District Board, chairing the committee that established the Camp UniStar Foundation. A six-year member of the UniStar Board of Directors, he is completing his final term this September.
With a background in statistics and computer science, Fred manages a worldwide Knowledge Services and Analytics group for the R&D function at General Mills. Fred is a past president of the UU Church of Minnetonka (UUCM), and recently led the fundraising and finances for UUCM’s new building. He is also an active volunteer with the American Statistical Association.
Fred and Karen are taking advantage of being recent empty-nesters, spending more time traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and attending Twins games.
Bernadine Joselyn has been to camp almost every summer since she was eight. She’s now 62… so that’s a lot of summers! She remembers camp before the Dining Hall was built, when UniFir was still thriving, tall swings were still on the beach, and staff’s “Happy Trails” fete featured mooning from the dock.
Bernadine joined the Management Committee in 2006, serving as a member of the Personnel and Program sub-committees, Secretary, and now Chair. Bernadine is a life-long member of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. She works full-time as Director of Public Policy & Engagement for Blandin Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, where she lives with her husband, Denys Goychuk.
Bernadine loves dancing, singing and hiking – especially at camp – and in her spare time plants and tends trees at her family cabin near Pine River.
Steven first visited Camp in 2010 with his daughter, Amanda, and discovered what all the fuss was about and has been attending every year since. Steven is a UUA representative on the UniStar Board, serves on its finance committee, and is a past chair and vice chair of the Management Committee.
Steven is a semi-retired commercial broker, developer, facilities manager and contractor; past president, Minnesota Shopping Center Association; past vice president, Caring Tree Foundation; past board executive, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis; past board member, MN Commercial Property Exchange; 6-1/2 years of European Community experience; burn survivor and member of Phoenix Society and spokesman for Memorial Blood Centers.
In addition, Steven is a well-traveled adventurer and photographer and enjoys biking, running, climbing, and road tripping around the country to watch his daughter compete.
Heidi first attended Unistar with her family in 1986. Heidi attended Youth Week, was on Staff in 1994 and 1995, and returned as a UniCorp volunteer, Youth Week Counselor and Camper starting in 2010 to present. Heidi has served on the CUF Board the last two years and her love for Unistar (and its dishroom) run deep.
Heidi is a mother, activist, educator, community organizer and writer. After living, teaching and becoming a mother in Costa Rica (2000-2014), Heidi returned to Minneapolis to attend the Humphrey School. She is active in the immigrant rights and housing justice struggles and works as a Spanish Medical Community interpreter and translator. She is part of the Sanctuary and Resistance team at First Universalist.
In her free time, Heidi enjoys singing, walking the river, writing poetry, and sharing in the growth of day to day life with Emilia, her 11-year-old daughter.
Kristin has been coming to Camp UniStar for 15 years with her family. The first year they made pottery and danced around the woman kiln as the pots were fired on the beach. Kristin thought nothing could be more fun or more inclusive, but determined she was wrong - every week has been just as fun. Kristin is now on the CUF board supporting what she loves.
At home Kristin is a former Legal Aid lawyer and now judge in Hennepin County.
Kristin likes to bike, dance as much as she can, and sing whenever someone pulls out a guitar.
Meredith enjoyed attending Camp UniStar nearly every year when her children were growing and has renewed that experience several times in the last few years. Meredith is serving a second term working on the UniStar Board as Treasurer.
Meredith is a retired CPA with a 34-year career in accounting. She began her career in public accounting performing audits of many non-profit organizations and later as a tax accountant. In 1994, Meredith made a career change and began working as the primary financial person at several non-profit organizations and finished up her full-time career in 2011 as Director of Financial Operations for Community Involvement Programs, a non-profit social service agency that supports people with developmental disabilities and severe and persistent mental illness.
Meredith and her family joined First Universalist Church in the early 1980s where she continues to be a member. Since her retirement, Meredith has walked the “Camino” to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, has enjoyed taking many Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes through the University of Minnesota, and worked part-time as financial consultant.
Selection of Directors
The selection of the seven voting Directors is outlined in the By-Laws. Directors serve three-year terms, so each year two or three positions become available. All Directors must be at least 18 years old, have a demonstrated commitment to the camp and its vision, and have attended, worked at, or volunteered at Camp UniStar.
Three positions on the Board are appointed by the MidAmerica UUA Board. Recommendations are made by the MidAmerica Nominating Committee, after consultation with the CUF Nominating Committee. These positions require that the candidate is a Member of a MidAmerica UU congregation.
The four (4) remaining voting Directors shall be chosen from a slate presented by the Nominating Committee. They are approved by a majority of eligible voters. Any camper at least 16 years old who has attended, worked at, or volunteered at Camp UniStar in either the current or previous year, is eligible to vote.
If you are interested in being considered for the Board of Directors, please reach out to one of the Board members listed above