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Board Members

Volunteers provide leadership to Project Harvest Hope and its activities.

Left: Board member Ann Swardlick with Rev. Adel Nagy, minister of Recsenyéd and Rozália Csáki, Executive Director of SzKA at dedication of Recsenyéd’s renovated Community House
Right: Székelymuzsna thanks PHH and SzKA for help with its community hall renovations, including a new stove.

Ann Swardlick, President | Portland, ME

Ann Swardlick joined the PHH Board in 2010. A long-time member of the Partner Church committee in Yarmouth, Maine, Ann has visited her partner church in Gyepes many times and helps organize a summer camp for neighboring villages. She is excited about continuing the work of Project Harvest Hope and supporting the community-building efforts of Unitarian villages in Transylvania.

Ann is a marketing communications writer with many years of experience writing for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and the food and nutrition sector. Ann received her BA from Colby College and her MA in Communications from Northwestern University. She sings world folk music with a women’s vocal ensemble, Zemya

Jennifer Emrich, Vice President | Yarmouth, ME

Rev. Jennifer Emrich has been Minister of the First Universalist Church in Yarmouth, Maine since 2007. She attended UC, Boulder and earned her theological degree from Bangor Theological School.

Jennifer joined the PHH Board in 2014. She serves on the Board of the Partner Church Council and is active in her congregation’s partner church program. She has served as an Interim Minister for the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Castine, Maine, and as Youth Ministry consultant for the Northern New England District, UUA.

Marge Titcomb, Treasurer | Yarmouth, ME

Marge Titcomb has been an active member of the First Universalist Church in Yarmouth, Maine since 2005. She chairs the Stewardship Committee and the social justice committee, Faith-in-Action, which includes the Partner Church Committee. She has traveled to her partner church (Gyepes) several times and joined the PHH Board in 2014.

Upon graduating from Macalester College, Marge managed finance and administration for small businesses, then owned and managed a specialty coffee store. She has served on corporate boards, and currently serves as financial advisor to Center for Wildlife, a Maine non-profit.

Project Harvest Hope booth at General Assembly 2010

Former Board Members (in alphabetical order)

Will Saunders, Immediate Past President | Portland, ME

Rev. Will Saunders served as President of PHH from 2006 to 2014. His interest in and involvement with Transylvania began with his 1968 trip to the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the Diet of Torda. Will served congregations in New England and the Midwest and was a member of the UUA Board of Trustees from 1982-85 and 2003-11.

Terre Balof | Clemson, SC

Rev. Terre Balof served two years on the PHH Board following a pilgrimage to Transylvania. She has served congregations in the southeast United States.

Gary DeCramer | Formerly of St. Paul, MN

Gary DeCramer's service on the PHH Board was highlighted by his expertise in rural and cooperative development as the Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program, the Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota. He was active at Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, MN. Gary passed away in 2012.

Sherman Eagles | St. Paul, MN

Sherman Eagles was PHH Treasurer for many years. He is a member of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, MN and worked professionally at Medtronic, Inc. as a Technical Fellow.

Rob Eller-Isaacs | St. Paul, MN

Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs co-founded PHH while minister of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, California (partner church with Okland, Transylvania) and served as President of PHH for many years until 2006. Rob is Co-Minister of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota and serves on the UUA Board of Trustees.

Linda Friedman | Rochester, NY

Linda joined the PHH Board after participating in the Grand Symposium PHH pilgrimage and served for several years. She is active in the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York and has served on several UUA committees including the GA Planning Committee.

Anne Greenwood | San Pablo, CA

Anne has been active in partner church programs at the UU Church in Berkeley, California, served as a PCC networker and as a member of the Balazs Scholars Committee. She served several years on the PHH Board.

Fred Howard | Valdosta, GA

Fred was a PHH Board member for several years following his participation in a PHH pilgrimage in 2005. He works as minister to the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Valdosta and part-time as an emergency room physician.

Eva Kelemen | Okland, Transylvania

In 1995, Eva Kelemen, Transylvanian native and wife of the Unitarian minister in Okland, helped found Project Harvest Hope and was its in- country pilgrimage coordinator and principal contact person from 1995 - 2012. Professionally, she teaches English and is a licensed translator.

David Keyes | Arlington, VA

Rev. David Keyes, author of Most Like An Arch: Building Global Church Partnerships (Center for Free Religion Press, 1999) was founding president of Project Harvest Hope and led pilgrimages for PHH for many years. He is also past president of the UU Partner Church Council and has served many UU congregations as interim minister around the United States.

Naomi King | Waterford, ME

Rev. Naomi King served on the PHH Board for several years, offering her skills in online research. She has served a minister of congregations in the eastern United States. Today she is the founder and inspiration behind Pietree Orchard, a unique farm collaborative in rural Maine.

Tom Merritt | White Bear Lake, MN

Tom served as Treasurer of PHH from 2006 to 2014 and is active in the partner church program at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, MN. He retired in 2004 from a management career with the Upjohn Company and its successors, including overseas assignments in Spain and South Korea.

Cecilia Kingman Miller | Portland, OR

Rev. Cecilia Kingman Miller led PHH pilgrimages and served as development, coordinator and Vice President of the PHH Board for many years until 2009. She has served several congregations in the Pacific Northwest as an interim minister.

Beverly Smrha | Oakland, CA

Bev was a founding board member of PHH in 1995, and served in several roles until 2012. She is an active member of the UU Church in Oakland, California, partner church with Okland, Transylvania and serves on the Balazs Scholars Committee. Professionally, Bev was District Executive of the Pacific Central District of the UUA.

Katalin Voros | Orinda, CA

Katalin Voros has been an active member of the Hungarian-American community since she came to the United States in 1960. She offered her unique background and perspective to the PHH Board for several years. Professionally, Katalin was Operations Manager of the University of California at Berkeley's Microfabrication Laboratory.

Olga Zoltai | St. Paul, MN

lga, born Unitarian in Hungary, came to the United States as a refugee and worked in refugee resettlement and immigration counseling. She served on the PHH Board for many years and is active in the partner church program of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota.