UUMH Chatham Leadership
Elected by the Congregation
Board of Trustees
Edgar (Ed) Mangiafico, President
Ed was born in Lynchburg, VA (1932) of parents who were Sicilian immigrants. Ed graduated from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and had military experience as an infantry officer (Korea). Jean and Ed have been married 68 years have two children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Ed spent 45 years in the department store business and retired as chairman of May Company California. He later spent time in the watch business.
As an Italian, Ed grew up Catholic then Episcopalian. With his interest in philosophy, he made efforts to understand the attachment to other orthodoxies by being involved in many.
Ed became a Unitarian (before the merger) in Atlanta in 1958 after hearing Henry Steele Commenger preach (Commenger had written Ed's American history textbooks).
Ed became a member or friend of UU congregations wherever he lived: GA, CT, DC, CA, NY, MA
Ed is an existentialist/humanist. His UU and humanist mentor from 1961 was Eugene Pickett. He joined UUMH shortly after the move to the new building and he looks forward to being a part of its continued growth as an inclusive community
Mary Parsons, Vice President & Designated Secretary
Since moving to the Cape, she has been active with The Chatham Walker’s, Hospital Auxiliary, The Chatham Turkey Trot, and the Unitarian Universalists Meeting House. In addition to being Vice President of the Board of Trustees, she is part of the Pastoral Care Team, Social Activities, and the Fundraising committee.
Joe Zahka, Treasurer
Joe Zahka has been a UU for over forty years. Early in their marriage, Joe and Debbie searched for a religion that was consistent with their values of peace and social justice. Joe appreciates that Unitarian Universalism is both logical and compassionate. As an added benefit, all of the UU churches he has attended are fairly old buildings and require a lot of maintenance, something he has enjoyed doing since he was a kid.
Jeffrey S. Dykens, CPA, grew up outside Boston in Sherborn, Massachusetts, attended Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, and Amherst College. He has lived in Chatham since 1976, where he first worked as a commercial fisherman and seafood wholesaler from 1976-1988. In 1986 he married Julie Eldredge and attended Northeastern University from 1988-1990, where he earned an M.A. in accounting. His first accounting job was with Deloitte and Touche Ross accountants in Boston, where he became a CPA. In 1992, Jeff joined the staff of Cape Cod Hospital, and still serves Cape Cod Healthcare today, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Falmouth Hospital. In 1999, he earned an MBA from Northeastern University and a Certificate in Public Health from Harvard. Jeff and Julie have three children: Andrew, Abigail, and Joshua. Jeff is active in the Chatham and Monomoy Regional schools and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Chatham.
Program Council Chair
Endowment Board Chair
Dave Van Wye
Liz Van Wye
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