Board of Trustees

Candace Vancko


Candace joined UUR in 2016 when she retired after forty-two years in higher education and moved to Maine to be closer to her younger daughter’s family. She served as President of The State University of New York at Delhi from 1999-2016. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Speech from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. She has three children and eight grandchildren, is an avid reader and enjoys cooking, walking and gardening.

Judy Powers


Judy has been a member of UUR since 1984. Although they lived and worked elsewhere on the east coast as of 2005, Judy and her wife always returned to their former home in Rockport each year. Joyfully, they have “come home to stay,” recently retiring to a new home they built on their same laneway. Professionally, Judy worked for years in education, ranging from public school elementary, to Hurricane Island Outward Bound to Montessori. She served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives and was Director of Mid Coast Children’s Services. She has served on canvass committees and occasionally helped with RE at UUR.

Kim Gallagher

Past President

Kim is originally from New Jersey and moved to Maine in 2002. She has two sons, Sam and Max, who were adopted from S. Korea as babies and are now 16 and 17. She is a physical therapist and co-owner of a local PT clinic. Kim joined UUR 13 years ago when searching for her spiritual community, which she did not find in the Catholic church in which she was raised. Kim has been active in this church on the board of trustees, RE committee and teaching Spirit Play. Kim also has participated in this church’s social justice work on climate change and food ministries (Loaves & Fishes, The Landing Place and AIO). Outside of church Kim enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping, reading and spending time with friends and her boys.

Jennifer Temple


Jennifer has been attending UUR since 2004. She lives in Lincolnville Beach with the rest of Team Temple - husband Broo, daughters, Liefe and Haydee, three dogs, a parrot and a fish. She works from home as a bookkeeper and a crafter. She enjoys walking with friends, knitting, sewing and listening to James Taylor.

Susan Solman


Susan Solman lived in Caribou, Maine for 42 years, working as an RN in Home Health, as a Clinical Instructor at NMCC, and as a Med-Surg nurse. After her husband died in 2007, she continued there for a few years attending the UU Church in Caribou until it closed its doors. She moved to Rockport in 2013 to be closer to her daughter, Julie Rogers, and family where she attended the UUR with Julie and her children and became a member in 2014. She currently works at the Grasshopper Shop in Rockland, is on the Board of the condo community where she lives, and was chair of the 2020 Canvass Committee at the UUR. She has a son, Aaron, who lives in Florida with his family.

Dick Tomeo


Dick Tomeo relocated to Maine with his wife Barbara in 2010 and shortly thereafter became a member of UUR. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and during his working career was a practicing lawyer for 41 years with a law firm in Hartford, specializing in tax law. He has five children spread out from Alaska to Berlin, Germany, and 12 grandchildren.

Zac Cornish


Zac is a former attorney making his way through the mid coast Maine experience. He has been volunteering with the children's program since 2016. He firmly believes the challenges we constantly face in life are the opportunities we need to learn new skills.