Central Office Staff Profiles

Debbie Allen
Global Assistance Specialist

Debbie Allen is a licensed Unity teacher (2003) and coordinates ministries wishing to join the Unity Identity Program (branding). She works in various circles here at the central office in such areas as education, development, Unity Leaders Journal, Unity People’s Convention and accounting.She has been serving at the central office since 1997 and loves working with the field. Debbie is also trained by Edwene Gaines as a Master Prosperity Teacher.



Deb Ball

Event Planning Coordinator
 
Debbie is responsible for planning all aspects of the annual convention. She also works very closely with various departments coordinating their meeting space, audiovisual needs as well as food and beverage needs with Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village. She also coordinates our home office volunteer program and the Unity Movement Calendar. Deb is a past president of Meeting Professionals International.

 

Laura Carl
Marketing and Communications Specialist

Laura is a primarily self-taught graphic designer from the Kansas City area. She graduated from the University of Kansas and works with several mediums including charcoal, mixed media and digital art. Her work supports Unity Worldwide Ministries’ marketing initiatives. Laura also designs print materials and online media.

 

Joanna Carrell
Graphic Designer
 
Joanna designs printed materials for Unity Worldwide Ministries including brochures, curriculum and newsletters.

 

 


Cathy Christy

Executive Board of Trustees Coordinator
 
Cathy is the executive assistant to Cynthia Vermillion Foster, Member Services Director. She also works closely with the board of trustees and the Leadership Recruitment Development Team. She assists the Ministry Employment Coordinator and the Ministry Skills and Transition Ministry Support Coordinator. Some of her current duties include updating, revising and consultation with field constituents regarding bylaws, church policies, ministry skills and the Ethics Review System (ERS) process; assisting with the employment process for credentialed leaders, and maintaining employment policy manuals; logistical aspects and working with Standards Ministry Team, Judicatory Reps, Bylaws Ministry Team, Spiritual Social Action Team, ERS Team, ERS Training, and Ministry Skills Institute Training.

Kevin Forrester
Facility Coordinator
 
Kevin is responsible for managing inventory, shipments and the building. Kevin is also responsible for moving convention equipment and supplies.

 

 

Suzy Forrester
Accounting Coordinator

Suzy takes your merchandise orders and handles the accounts receivable and payable.

 

 

Deborah Frownfelter
Executive Director of Education
 
Deborah is an ordained Unity minister (2006) and licensed Unity teacher. She oversees programs and services involving spiritual education for all ages, including Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, credentialing services, leadership development, and worldwide support. Deborah is responsible for the development of UWM's Leadership Guides.

 

Jim Gaither
Director of Academic & Student Affairs
 
Jim is an ordained Unity minister (1979) with 12 years in field ministries. He has been a faculty member of Unity School of Christianity/Unity Institute for over 20 years and is the former  President of Holos University Graduate Seminary where he taught theology and ethics. Jim now supports the students and staff of Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.


Chris Gannan
Registrar, Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute
 
Chris supports Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute's students and faculty in both the SEE and Ministerial & Religious Studies programs. She supports student's enrolling in UWSI, registering them for courses, providing transcripts and graduation documents. Chris also supports instructors (online and in the field) with registering their classes, collecting grades, etc.

 


Marti Hayes

Senior Executive Assistant, Education
 
Marti supports Executive Director Deborah Frownfelter, Director of Academic & Student Affairs, Jim Gaither and the Education department. She is also responsible for recording Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Unity ministers and licensed teachers.

 

Celia Holman
Accounting Coordinator


Celia handles accounts receivable, all background checks and human resources support.

 

 

Donna Johnson
President/CEO

Donna, ordained in 1996, served 16 successful years as a field minister including the past 13 years as the senior minister at Unity of Fairfax in Northern Virginia which has been a participant in the Transformation Experience Pilot Program and the Unity Identity Program (branding). She was a Unity Worldwide Ministries Board member for five (5) years and a member of the joint Integration Team with Unity School representatives.
She has served on the Admissions Team, Church Growth and Development Team, Credential Leaders and Ministry Review Team (CLMRT), Gifts and Grants Team and the Future Trends Team. Donna is pleased and honored to be serving our Unity movement and has great hope for a stronger Unity.

Diana Kennedy
Data and Technology Coordinator

Diana, an ordained Unity Minister (2013), served at Unity of Tallahassee for four years prior to moving to the Lee's Summit area. As a member of the Communications, Marketing and Technology circle, Diana serves UWM by supporting the Responsive Website Grant and the Audio Video Podcasting Grant. Her duties include hosting training webinars, creating an online training library for audio/video podcasting and establishing systems for financial development. Diana is a member of the Health and Wholeness Ministry Team.

 

Carrie Kenyon
Member Services Coordinator

Carrie, an ordained Unity Minister (2009), coordinates all aspects of the employment process for credentialed leaders, spiritual leaders and ministries as well as providing support on questions regarding church governance and operations, (bylaws, ministry policies, code of ethics). She also provides expansion assistance (USA including Puerto Rico, Canada only) to those who are interested in starting a new church or alternative ministry, or who want to know more about what support is available. Carrie works closely with the Chaplain Ministry Team, regional representatives, and a number of related ministry teams including Ministry Skills and Transition, Credentialing, Standards, and Ethics Review. Her focus is to create connections with and between ministers/spiritual leaders/ministries and Unity Worldwide Ministries’ home office.

 

Christina Lawrence
Executive Assistant, Education

Christina provides clerical and logistical support for the Education Coordinator, licensed Unity teacher and ministerial candidates and the related ministry teams.

 

 

Jacquie Lenati
Media Production Coordinator

Jacquie, ordained Unity Minister (2015), manages our multi-media materials and our social media presence. Her focus is to use digital spaces to build real-life relationships. Jacquie is also the staff liaison to the Music Ministry Team.

 

Xiomara Malagon
Worldwide Support Specialist
 
Xiomara, ordained Unity minister (1999), is currently under contract to work with emerging Unity ministries outside the United States.

 

Lynn O'Dell
Credentialing Coordinator
 
Lynn, ordained Unity minister (2003), works directly with applicants wishing to become credentialed as an ordained Unity minister, as well as the related ministry teams and liaisons with Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, Unity Urban Ministerial School and the Field Licensing program. She also assists applicants in becoming a licensed Unity teacher and facilitates the Skills Demonstration Seminar program that each candidate must complete before licensing. She continues to support teachers after they are licensed, as well as supporting ministers and teachers to create healthy minister-teacher relationships within our spiritual communities.

Pamela Parker
Instructional Designer (consultant)

Pami Parker is assisting with the development of the online courses for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.

 

 

Diane Pletcher
Receptionist

Diane has a broad skill set and dedication to Unity teachings. She owns Natural Accents Lighting Design with her husband and has served in many capacities including accounting support, marketing and web editing. She works mornings on our switchboard and Connie Waitley works afternoons. Diane attends Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

 

Kristen Preud'homme
Executive Director, Communications and Technology
 
Kristen, ordained Unity minister (2013), is responsible for overseeing IT, graphics, printed and media communications of all kinds as well as directing the Unity Identity Program. Her focus is to create greater connection and communication among ministers/ministries and Unity Worldwide Ministries’ central office.

 

Bernadette Swanson
Editor
 
Bernadette, licensed Unity teacher (2006), writes for and edits Unity Worldwide Ministries' publications, including The Path, Unity Leaders Journal, Important Communications, and the website.


 

Diane Venzera
Instructional Designer (consultant)
Youth and Family Ministry Consultant

Rev Diane Venzera is assisting with the development of the online courses for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute (dvenzera@gmail.com). As of Oct 1, 2016, she is also the Youth and Family Ministry Consultant (DianeV@unity.org) in the Member Services area. Please note the different emails for each position.

 

Bruce Verkruyse
COO/CFO/Vice President Administration and Finance

Rev Bruce Verkruyse (ordained 2013) is responsible for oversight of the fiscal affairs of UWM, including benefit offerings for members, the physical plant, inventory management, and hosting events. Bruce offers consulting to spiritual communities and ministers regarding a wide range of financial considerations.


 

Cynthia Vermillion-Foster
Member Services Director

Rev Cynthia is responsible for overseeing ministry employment services; development of new and alternative ministries; ministry skills consulting and trainings; youth and family ministry consulting; transitional ministry support and consulting; questions and support with regards to bylaws, policies, procedures, and ministry development; conflict transformation; ethical questions, concerns and complaints.

Andrew Waggoner
Media Development Specialist

Andy’s position is part of our Templeton Foundation grant that is assisting UWM in setting up a media house. His area of expertise is video and he is working with Rev Jacquie Lenati. He is a movie lover and has managed to transfer his love for film and photography into his daily passion.

 

Connie Waitley
Communications Specialist
 
Connie directs hundreds of calls a day to the appropriate desks while on our switchboard. She greets you in the afternoon while Diane Pletcher works in the morning.