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Recruitment Process

SLC Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, May 22

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time

In-Person and via Zoom

Board Trustee Recruitment Process Overview

Nominees fo Board

At SLC's February 2022 Community Meeting, 2 Governing Members were elected to serve on the 2022 Trustee Recruitment Committee. This Committee forms each year and is tasked with recruiting and interviewing Trustee Applicants on behalf of SLC's Board. The Trustee Recruitment Committee then recommends nominees for the Board to approve and present as nominees for Board Trustee positions at the Annual Meeting. SLC Bylaws require a minimum of 7 and maximum of 10 Trustees on the Board. 


Board Trustee Rev. Penelope Clement was Chair of the 2022 Trustee Recruitment Committee that included Governing Members Paul Sanchez and Carol Manson, SLC's Senior Minister Rev. James Trapp, and Board Trustee George Piper.

Since our 2021 Annual Meeting, the Board appointed three trustees to fill positions that became vacant. Although SLC's current Bylaws approved in May 2020, state that appointed Trustees can complete the remaining term of a board position if a majority of the Board approves, SLC's current Board recommends the membership to elect the eligible appointees to full terms on the Board. 


Therefore, Josie Johnson, Claudia Norton-Tolbert, and Carole Mercer who were appointed in 2021 to fill vacant board positions, also submitted their 2022 Board Application and will be presented to membership for election to the Board at this upcoming Annual Meeting. 

Board Trustees George Piper and Kim McLaughlin will be going off the Board at the end of May.  Continuing on the Board are Rev. James Trapp, Sally Scion, Deborah Moskovitz, and Jg Gonsalves.


The Board unanimously voted to approve the Trustee Recruitment Committee's new nominees Patrick Furlong, Tracie Stafford, and Donna Sturla for the Board of Trustees. Bios are provided below for six all nominees. Governing members will have the opportunity to cast in-person ballots and online Zoom poll votes to elect nominees to the 2022 Board of Trustees. Each individual must receive a majority vote of the eligible voting Governing Members present at the Annual Meeting to be elected to the 2022 Board of Trustees.   


Please join us at the May 22nd Annual Meeting at 1 pm when Governing Members will elect the 2022 Board Trustees.

Meet the 2022 Board Trustee Nominees 

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Josie Latiker Johnson has attended SLC for 20 years and currently serves as the Board of Trustees Vice President, Welcome Committee Chair, as a Heart-to-Heart Conversation Facilitator, Sunday Greeter, and part of SLC's Ambassador program. In her career life, Josie worked for Sacramento County as an Information Technology Manager directing over 30 employees and keeping a network up for over a thousand users. Josie's leadership style is to make rules and mission known, and then help people achieve what is theirs to do. She believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect. Josie is retired and lives in Sacramento and loves reading, traveling, and walking in the park with her husband Tom. 

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Claudia Norton-Tolbert is a founding board member of Spiritual Life Center and has served on numerous volunteer positions over the past 24 years. She was appointed to serve on the Board again in 2021 and is currently the Facilities Committee Chair, Board Liaison to the Evolutionary Council Steering Committee, facilitator for SLC's Wellness Calls, Lead Sunday Usher and a Welcome Committee member. Claudia is a full-time real estate agent and interior home designer/stager. Her love of making spaces beautiful bleeds into her designs to make beautiful from things from her own closet. Claudia met her husband Dallas, who rebuilds classic cars, at SLC over 20 years ago. They live in Elk Grove and are quite active in their car club.


Carole Mercer has attended SLC since 2000 and is currently the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Co-Chair. Carole has served on SLC's Finance Committee for 3 years. Her career includes over 20 years with CalPers first as a Senior Investment Accounting Officer and later as an Accounts Payable Officer. Carole currently serves on SLC's Women of Spirit Leadership Council, the Welcome Committee, is a Heart-to-Heart Conversation Facilitator, and a Mid-Week Soup and Salad volunteer. Carol has volunteered in the community as Healing Journey Administrative Assistant, Elk Grove Friends of the Library Board, and as Cosumnes River College Patron Club Board President, Treasurer, and Fundraising Chair. Carol currently lives in Rocklin with her husband Rick.

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Patrick Furlong has attended SLC since 2018 and has been a Sunday Usher for several years and a speaker for Men of Spirit. Patrick still works in investment real estate and has strong finance, marketing, communication, and organizational skills. He is currently on the board for the Fair Oaks Rotary and teaches a healthy aging class. Patrick has also been a board member of multiple Rotary Clubs for over 20 years, and was Treasurer for the USC Fresno Alumni Club. Patrick seeks to understand, listen, and compromise in working environments, and uses his experience in consultation to create better working dynamics. He is single and has 4 adult children, 3 who also live in the Sacramento area.  

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Tracie Stafford is founder and CEO of Stafford Consulting Group. A Social Sustainability Scientist by trade, she draws from lived experience with poverty, abuse and discrimination coupled with a graduate degree in sustainability leadership to develop inclusive business cultures that thrive long term. Tracie has served on 29 boards of charity and state organizations, including the SMUD Advisory Committee, and the California Partnership to end domestic violence. She also is chair of the board for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County. Tracie wants to give back to SLC after having been an on and off member since 2004, and a permanent member for 3 years. She believes in creating fun, collaborative, and strategically minded workspaces. She lives in Elk Grove with Bryan her husband of 26 years.

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Donna Sturla has been a Unity student since 1983, when she first attended services at Christ Unity in Sacramento. In 1998, Donna was a founding member of Spiritual Life Center present at the first SLC service at the Radisson Hotel with Rev. Michael and Rev. Faith Moran. Donna's biggest contribution to SLC has been in Music Ministry as a member of SLC's Choir. She has also participated in numerous events, dances, and Cabarets to fundraise for SLC. In her career, Donna was the Educational Audiologist for the Special Education Department of Sacramento City Unified School District. After retiring from the School District she sold Real Estate for ten years. Donna has been fully retired the past four years and looks forward to being a more active member of SLC.

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