UUMH Chatham Leadership
Elected by the Congregation

Board of Trustees 

Margaret Tompsett outdoors near waterway wearing an aqua blouse

Margaret Tompsett, President

Margaret Tompsett is the President of the Board of Trustees this year. She was born and grew up in England, one of five children, daughter of two physicians, and granddaughter of a woman physician. After completing medical school and graduating from the University of Cambridge she came to America to do one year of her training as a psychiatrist here. Her husband, Mike, worked at Bell Labs and enjoyed his research so much that he did not want to leave. They stayed and have brought up their 4 children here. Margaret worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist for many years in New Jersey and continues voluntary work here doing Disaster Mental Health with the Red Cross. When she and her husband retired in 2012 they came to Chatham where Margaret joined the UUMH, becoming a Unitarian for the first time. She grew up in an Agnostic home but was attracted to her grandmother’s Quaker spirituality and was a member of a UCC church in England and in New Jersey. She was attracted to the UUMH because of the focus on Social and Environmental Justice. She is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren and hopes to work with others to make this a better world for them.​

Mary Parsons holding a cluster of bright red poinsettias

Mary Parsons, Vice President

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.

Joan Caputo standing at the front entrance to the meeting house

Joan Caputo, Secretary 

Joan Caputo became a member of UUMH the day it opened.  She is a 50 year UU and has been active in church governance and especially Social Justice,  finding friends and ​community in ​this place. She graduated from Upsala College and has a Masters Degree from the New School in New York City.  Her working career was spent in Criminal Justice in Essex County, Newark, NJ.  Joan is married to Joe Caputo and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She has been in Chatham since 1996. She and Joe are active Democrats. She enjoys gardening, dogs, and cooking.

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

Sue Bauer


Endowment Board Chair

Dave Van Wye


Nominating Committee 

Beth Avery

Bonnie Brydges 

Joan Caputo  

Jane Eccles 

Debbie Zahka

At-Large Members

Robin Hubbard 

Joan Konopka  

Liz Van Wye


Please see Committees Page for Committee Chairs' Names

​Unitarian Universalist

Meeting House of Chatham
Sunday Services  10:30 AM

819 Main Street
PO Box 18​​
Chatham, MA 02633

(508) 945-2075

Celebrating 25 Years: Rising on the Hill 1996-2021