Laura Barrett Bennett
Tim Alderman has been a Unity Student for over 30 years–and served in leadership roles including Youth of Unity sponsor, prayer chaplain, and past president of the board of three Unity spiritual communities: First Unity Temple in El Paso, Texas; Unity Center of El Paso; and Unity of Washington DC. Currently, Tim serves as the president for the Board of Trustees in Unity of Wimberley, Texas. Tim contributes a wealth of knowledge gleaned from serving as a human resources advisor for 37 years with the United States Army, The US Public Health Service and the Department of Defense. Currently, Tim serves as the project manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Management Division, deploying retired employees to temporary duty at national disaster sites and for special assignments throughout the United States. He is also a trained mediator. Tim’s daughter (raised in Unity) and family attend and are active in Unity of Wimberley, as does his partner of twenty-five years, Baxter Lawrence, a retired architect, who currently manages the community’s bookstore.
Christopher O'Brien AsheMember
Chris has served on the boards of directors for a number of not-for-profit organizations including: The Albert Schweitzer Friendship House, Connecticut Stage, The Sherman Players, The Animal Rights Network, The New Milford and The Litchfield County Board of Realtors (Conn.), The Connecticut Association of Realtors and Wildlife Umbrella. He has considerable experience in small business management and provides business leaders with consultation and training. In addition, Chris has been a whole life coach providing personal and business coaching services to people from all walks of life. He has been trained as a mediator by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and was a mediator for the National Association of Realtors. Chris is also active in Unity on the national level where he served on the Convention Team for ten years. He served on the Peace Team for six years under Rev Dr Gary Simmons and has recently returned to serve with this team. With his wife he co-founded Unity in the Foothills, Litchfield, Conn., which they took to full-church status and owning its own building in eighteen months. They are now providing consulting, training and mediation services to churches under their alternative ministry called Wisdom Quest Ministries. He is a gifted speaker and conversant with contemporary technology. Chris says, "I believe that Unity has a big role to play in shaping the world of tomorrow and I want to be part of making that happen."
Having been active in Unity for a decade, including leadership positions and service as a chaplain, Jack was appointed to the UWM Board in 2009 and then elected in 2012. His career as an attorney has involved service at the federal, state and local government levels for over 35 years. Although he has worked as a health care lawyer for almost 30 years, earlier he practiced civil rights law with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for 11 years and has advised numerous governmental and non-profit boards. Starting in 2010, Jack and his wife, Rev. Johannys Jiménez-Hartog, a Unity minister, pioneered Misión Unity, a Spanish-language Unity church presently in Weston, Florida.
Diane is a Unity minister with more than 18 years dedicated service to churches and youth and family ministry programs. She began her service at Unity of Oak Park, Ill., and currently serves as the Youth & Family Minister at Unity Northwest in Des Plaines, Ill. She has a passion for creating programs and experiences that call forth the Divine in each individual. She has written 19 curricula for Unity youth and family ministry programs and has three more currently in development. Diane has served on Unity Worldwide Ministries Education Services Team and is currently the chair of the Visionary Spiritual Education Ministry Team. This team creates opportunities for individuals to share their gifts and talents in support of multigenerational ministry. Diane is also the youth and family ministry consultant for both the Great Lakes Region and the Eastern Region, supporting over one hundred ministries in their desire to create enriching programs for children, teens and families. Diane is a certified spiritual educator, a licensed Unity teacher, and an ordained Unity minister through the Field Licensing Program. She is a visionary leader with not only the skills to see the big picture but the drive to bring it into being.
Member, Emeritus Board Chair
Rev Steve Cordry was ordained in June 2000 and recently retired after 12 years of service as the minister of Unity on Cape Cod, Hyannis, Mass. Along with co-founder Jeanne Reilly Burgess, Steve recently established Shine Spiritual Center and School in Sandwich, Mass.
Rev Toni Fish is the minister of Unity in Frederick, Md., where she has served for the last 12 years. Toni was ordained through Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Field Licensing Program and continues to serve as a mentor in that program. She has been active in Unity Worldwide Ministries at the national and regional level, serving on the Education Services Ministry Team from 2004 to 2009 and chaired that team from 2006 to 2008. Toni also served on the Eastern Region YEA (Youth Education Advisory) Team in 2010-11. Toni is actively involved in interfaith activities within her community, serving as task force leader for the Season for Nonviolence for the past nine years and as the co-coordinator for the Frederick Area Ministerial Association, assisting in the expansion of that group to include ministers of all faith traditions. From 2009–2011, she served as the president for Habitat for Humanity in Frederick County. Toni believes that translating the Unity principles into the language of the emerging new worldview is vital to her community and our movement. In an earlier chapter of her life, Toni spent 22 years in the corporate arena as an international information security and continuity planning consultant.
Keeper of the Flame
Rev Paulette Pipe is dedicated to prayer and meditation which inspired her pioneering Touching the Stillness Ministries, a prayer and meditation ministry. You can listen to Paulette on Touching the Stillness,a lively and popular prayer and meditation radio program on Unity Online Radio that airs live on Tuesdays. Born and raised in the UK, Paulette is the former spiritual director of the United Kingdom (UK) Unity headquarters and former manager of the retreats department at Unity Village, Mo. Rev Paulette is a writer and sought-after speaker who leads prayer-based retreats, workshops, and Sunday worship services in the United States and abroad. She holds a BA in Ministerial Studies.