Meet Our Leadership

Karen Gravino

Karen Gravino

President

Hometown: Cheshire, Connecticut

Karen belongs to the First Congregational Church of Cheshire. Along with other church members, she has served Communion to her church family as a Deacon, taken care of the children in Sunday School, and been to Leadership Training to help start the Stephen Ministry program. Karen and her husband were blessed with 3 beautiful children now adults and 2 wonderful grandchildren. She love crafts and is always looking for new ideas. In her spare time, she restores her 1732 home with her husband.

 

Julie Evans

Vice-President

It is both an honor and a pleasure to serve as co-vice president of CT Women of the UCC; I have enjoyed serving for 5 years as a member of the service committee, and before that I was active in Eastern District.

I graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina (a UCC affiliate),   and am a member of North Stonington Congregational Church where I served as Stewardship Chair for over 20 years.   I serve the Mystic Area Ecumenical Council as a church rep and currently am their President.   I chair the church Fundraising Committee, serve on Women’s Fellowship and Publicity, Mission Committee, CWS CROP WALK and other special events.

I am married to Richard B. Evans who is semi-retired and a mathematician.

Their 3 children are Everett, who recently passed away after a long respiratory illness, Helen (41) who still lives at home and attends a work program and  Tom (38) is an engineer, married to Maya Bhat,  with our 2 grandchildren, Naveen (5) and Priya (3).

Currently in North Stonington I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT on the Faith Engagement Committee; and have been a Girl Scout leader for 30 years, organizing and starting new troops and programs. I was formerly the Area Girl Scout Service Unit Manager for 10 years, and worked at Camp Pattagansett in East Lyme for 13 years.  She is generally busy with church work: stewardship, fundraising and volunteer driving.

Jeanne Grandy

Vice-President

Born in Pennsylvania, Jeanne grew up in Collingswood, NJ. She moved to CT with husband Peter and worked in multiple settings, specializing in Urology nursing.

Jeanne was raised in the Methodist Church tradition, with its love for music and Bible study, but joined the UCC in CT, quickly becoming involved in the activities of the Women’s Fellowship at Asylum Hill Congregational Church and became familiar with statewide women’s work through activities with the State Board as a member of the Service Committee.

Having experienced the wonderful foundation of community at church, Jeanne continued her spiritual development by participation in various courses including Community Bible Study, the Quest, The Course in Miracles, Bethel Bible Study, the Artist’s Way, Women’s Leadership Institute, and Manna and Mercy, to name a few.

Retirement has given Jeanne time to participate in various groups at Asylum Hill Congregational Church and become a more involved citizen on behalf of supporting public education, access to healthcare for all, efforts to reduce violence in all its forms, and the Conference initiative to eliminate racism. When not doing these things, she enjoys time in the garden and with the children and grandchildren, as well as travel with Peter to see cousins and friends.

Megan Miller

Megan Miller

CWS Representative

Megan Miller joined CWS in March 2016 as a Community and Congregational Engagement Specialist, and is delighted to be working alongside congregations and CROP Hunger Walks throughout the New England area in this new role. Prior to her time with CWS, Megan served in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she spent three years working in community outreach and development with the Methodist East Belfast Mission and a fourth year serving with the Irish Council of Churches. Megan holds a B.A. in Sociology from Manchester University, in her native state of Indiana, and a Master of Philosophy in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin.

In her free time, Megan loves reading, traveling, getting outside for walks (and the very occasional jog!), and sharing ideas about politics and peace with her family, friends and fiancé. Passionate about peace and social justice, Megan is proud to be working with so many individuals and groups- including the Connecticut Women of the UCC- who are deeply committed to building a more just world. 

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