Sibyl McNulty, President (term concludes May 2019)

Sibyl McNulty has been a member of Sunnyhill since 1994, when she relocated from the east side of the city to Mt. Lebanon with her husband Paul, her two teenagers and a young adult son. Prior to that move, she had served as the Vice President, and then President, of the East Suburban Unitarian Universalist Church. Just as she arrived in Mt. Lebanon, she began her first term on the Ohio-Meadville District Summer Institute Planning Committee, where she served until 1996 and then again from 2005 until 2006. From 1998 until 2002 she was the President of the Ohio Meadville District of the UUA having served on the board as Vice President for the preceding two years.

At Sunnyhill, Sibyl has served on the Board of Trustees, on one of the ministerial search committees, and on the first Welcoming Congregation committee. She is delighted that her adult children all identify as Unitarian Universalists. One of them is currently the president of his congregation, and all of her grandchildren attend Unitarian Universalist churches. Two of them came of age in this congregation and one just completed her first OWL program (as a six year old!) Sibyl is very excited to have an opportunity to serve Sunnyhill again at this exciting time in our history.

Jay Thornton, Vice President (term concludes May 2018)
Jay, his wife Bethany, and their four children, Stella, Aiden, Henry, and Finn, began attending Sunnyhill in the fall of 2012. Within that time, Jay and Bethany have become involved in RE and children’s programming. Bethany is now Membership/Outreach Coordinator, and Jay has served on the Ministerial Search Committee for a year and has been a board member for two terms. Jay and his family have become highly invested in the family that is Sunnyhill!

In his professional life, Jay is a psychologist for a local school district, and he has worked in a variety of mental health settings with children and adolescents prior working in public education.

Janie Elliott, Secretary (term concludes May 2018)
Janie discovered Sunnyhill in 2003. She has taught RE and been a mentor in the Coming of Age program. She has helped organize and execute various cook-offs, soup sales, service auction dinners, and pancake breakfasts. Janie is a former editor of the Drummer and assisted with the creation of the Sunnyhill Facebook page, The Beat!, and the website. Janie joined the Board in May 2014 as a member-at-large.

Janie and her husband, John, own Elliott Marketing Group, Inc., a database marketing company whose clients are arts and culture organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. They live with four cats in Sewickley. They have four children: Becky, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Jack; two sons-in-law, Howard and Jason; and four grandchildren (Kate, Ben, Alice, and Stella).

Regina Yankie (appointed by Board of Trustees), Treasurer and Accounts Payable

Regina Yankie has been a member of Sunnyhill since 2014, when she moved to Pittsburgh from Morgantown, WV. She has been serving as Treasurer by appointment since February 2016.

Regina graduated from West Virginia University in 2009 with degrees in Accounting and Women’s Studies. She is employed as a Commercial Credit Analyst with Huntington National Bank.

Regina lives in Castle Shannon with her wife, Megan Smarr, and their four cats, Mr. Fuzzybritches, Princess, the Gremlin, and Grey.

Josh Broaded, Member-at-large (term concludes May 2019)

Josh and his wife Tanya joined Sunnyhill in 2015. Josh grew up without a religious affiliation, and when Tanya said she wanted to go check out that little church with the rainbow flag, he didn’t think much of it. Tanya kept bringing home notes and stories about Rev. Jim’s sermons, and it quickly became clear to Josh that Sunnyhill was the place to be.

Josh is a member of the Adult Religious Education Committee, and is participating in Rev. Jim’s Sermon Writing Seminar. He is excited to see this little church with the rainbow flag become a bigger church, and he is committed to helping Sunnyhill continue to thrive.

Josh graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in finance. He and Tanya spent much of their twenties in Los Angeles and Chicago before moving back to Pittsburgh to start a family. Their kids, Wyatt and Lyla, are frequent participants in the RE program. Josh works as a partner of a regulatory consulting firm, and founded their Pittsburgh office just down the street from Sunnyhill.

Lynne Heltman, Member-at-large (term concludes May 2018)

Lynne has been a member of a Unitarian Universalist Church for 35 years. She and her husband Jim, first joined Cedar Lane Church in Bethesda MD, where Lynne served as a Board member, a survey administrator (twice) for the Long Range Planning Committee, an RE parent, and a delegate to GA in 1996.

In 2001, she and Jim moved to All Souls Church in DC, where Lynne was the volunteer Membership Director for three years and then served as Membership Secretary on the Board of Trustees from 2007-09. Lynne and Jim joined Sunnyhill in 2015.

Professionally, Lynne was employed as a demographer, statistician and survey director for 30 years, serving in multiple federal agencies.  Locally, Jim and Lynne have a daughter, Liz Dell (active at Allegheny UU Church), a son-in law, Paul, and a granddaughter Pauline. Their son John and daughter-in-law Maggie dedicated their son James at the Baltimore UU church.

Kavita Iyengar, Member-at-large (term concludes May 2019)
Kavita has been a member of Sunnyhill since 2010.

She and her husband, Matthai, came across the Unitarian Church when visiting Matthai’s brother in Seattle. And in a few years, after the kids came, they signed up because they wanted their kids to be raised in an open and accepting community that had a broad worldview. And Sunnyhill it was!

She feels incredibly honored and humbled to be part of the board and the Sunnyhill choir. She has volunteered in many cook-offs, soup sales and other events. She feels that this is a truly exciting time for Sunnyhill with the new building and a whole lot of new members!

Kavita lives in Upper St Clair with her husband Matthai and two kids, Anoushka and Aadi and their dog, George. She is an engineer by education and has over 15 years of management experience.

Mark Mortimer, Member-at-large (term concludes May 2019)

Mark and his wife Elizabeth came to Sunnyhill in 1997 and are raising their three children (Madeleine/Simon/Lucinda) to be UU’s. Mark has volunteered much of his time over the years in various roles including Canvas Committee, RE Teacher, OWL Instructor, COA Mentor, Snow Removal Team and recently as the Sunnyhill Hill Santa during One World.

Mark has worked in many sales leadership roles over the past 20+ years and is currently employed by Citigroup. In his free time he enjoys gardening and gathering eggs from the dozen or so hens that reside at Ordale Farms.

Sarah Yourd, Member-at-large (term concludes May 2019)

Sarah Yourd joined Sunnyhill in 2000 with her family. Sunnyhill helped raise her children and has supported her almost two decades. Sarah has served on the Caring Committee – including Chair; taught RE; served as Worship Associate; was active in bringing the Watershed series and Rain Barrel initiative to Sunnyhill, served as Chair of the Ministerial Search Committee and on the Committee on Ministry. She looks forward to the possibility of helping adjust to our new building and furthering our commitment to Social Justice.

Sarah is a Nurse Practitioner in the South Hills in a primary care practice. Her children both live out of state at this point, but there is hope one might boomerang to Pittsburgh. She loves to travel, go for walks, enjoy Pittsburgh events (free is best!). Most importantly, she enjoys the warmth and deep fellowship of her Sunnyhill community.


The Board of Trustees also appoints an Assistant Treasurer who manages all receivables. Barb McCracken has volunteered as the Assistant Treasurer for 15 years, and she will be retiring at the end of April 2018.