Board of Trustees
Josh Broaded: President
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 has been a mentor for the Coming of Age program and participated 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 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.
Jeanne Lofgren: Vice President
Jeanne first came to Sunnyhill in May of 2014 and became a member about a year later. She finds services here meaningful, providing an anchor as she navigates through life. She assisted Sunnyhill with some of its grant writing during the capital campaign and with the loan and mortgage documents involved in financing the new home project. She also typically teaches one RE session per year. Jeanne is a business and commercial restructuring lawyer at Stonecipher Law Firm. She also provides impact assessment consulting services for the B Impact Assessment and certified B Corporations through BEntities, LLC. She lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband and two kids.
Melissa Hill: Treasurer
Melissa first visited Sunnyhill in October 2017 and became a member of the church later that month. She was happy to find a religious community that not only reflected her values, but also offered a place for self-reflection. Eager to become involved, Melissa volunteered to take on the role of Treasurer in early 2018. She has enjoyed the learning experience of being Treasurer and is happy to be giving back to the church.
Melissa attended law school at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. In addition to her law degree, she also has a Master’s degree in Forensic and Fraud Examination. After graduating law school, she and her husband relocated back home to Western Pennsylvania. She currently works as an E-Discovery Attorney at Reed Smith.
Sarah Yourd: Secretary
Sarah Yourd joined Sunnyhill in 2000 with her family. Sunnyhill helped raise her children and has supported her for 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 helping the Sunnyhill community continue to thrive and to furthering our commitment to Social Justice. Sarah is a Nurse Practitioner in the South Hills in a primary care practice. 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.
Nathan Chaffin: Member-At-Large
Nathan grew up in suburban Kansas City, the youngest of three brothers. He has always loved science and got his B.S. in Chemistry at Kansas State and went on to get his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Univ. of Idaho. Our family (my wife, Mary Alice Hodgson, and our son) loves cheering on our PGH Pirates and flea market shopping and personally, Nathan enjoys fishing, metal detecting, and playing guitar. Nathan loves Sunnyhill, its people and its purpose. He looks forward to continued service on the Board of Trustees and to helping our church serve our members and our community.
Chetan Chothani: Member-At-Large
Chetan Chothani has been a member of Sunnyhill for over 10 years. He has been involved with the RE program, the capital campaign, a ministerial search committee, ministerial committee, financial oversight committee and, most recently, has served as the stewardship chair. His personal spiritual journey started with Hinduism in his birth country in India and ended with Humanism. He and his wife Tanya have been married for 20 years and have two kids.
Mark Mortimer: Member-At-Large
Mark and his wife Elizabeth came to Sunnyhill in 1997 and are raising their three children 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.
Erin Russell-Story: Member-At-Large
Erin and her husband Dan Story have lived in South Park Township for almost 10 years after moving to the area from Vermont. They have been coming to Sunnyhill for 9 years and have been members for 8. Erin joined the Board in 2018. She is a Project Officer at the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory where she supports the DOE’s Clean Cities program and efforts to deploy alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. She recently received a graduate certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities and completed Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Training. Erin spends her free time singing in the Sunnyhill choir, painting rocks, cultivating a bird-friendly backyard, enjoying the outdoors and being active in environmental, political and social justice activities.
Brad Convis: Member-At-Large
Brad has been a member of Sunnyhill since the fall of 2017. He works full time as Director of Training for a national franchise. In his spare time he rides his bicycle, enjoys live music, does volunteer work and acts as a Worship Associate for Sunnyhill. He is a life-long UU and is the son of UU parents. He was raised in the Unitarian Church of Rockville, MD and signed the member book at 18 years old. After many work related moves, Brad has finally settled down and bought a house in Brentwood that he shares with his boyfriend. Brad is proud to talk about how similar this church community is to the UU church he grew up with – the common denominator being an emphasis on truly living UU’s Seven Principles with lots of fun activities for families and friends. He looks forward to helping maintain the warm, welcoming quality of the spiritual experience at Sunnyhill as we grow.