Faculty

UWSI Faculty 

Rev Dr Dalia Adams Dalia was ordained in 2011 and is currently the Senior Minister at Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center in Vacaville, CA. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s degrees in Psychology and Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her career began in biology research. She changed direction to teaching, then counseling, and finally ministry. She has been a teacher/instructor in secondary school, university, corporate, and ministry settings throughout her career. She has a passion for counseling, ministry, and the transformative power within each person. 
 

Rev Jill Andrews, MAJill was ordained in 2004 and began her ministry as a retreat minister and adjunct faculty member with Unity Institute and now with Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. She served two congregations as senior minster and continues to teach and share her love of Unity teachings. Prior to ministry, Jill served as a management trainer and an adjunct professor in management and applied technology.


Rev Dan Beckett, MDiv –
Dan earned his M.Div. from Unity Institute and was ordained a Unity Minister in 2016. He has 30 years of experience in the software industry including employee and customer training. He has a passion for understanding and teaching Scriptures and at Unity Institute was an exceptional student in Scriptural Studies.

 

Rev Laura Bennett, MA – Laura is a third generation Unity minister, well known to Unity students as faculty member for 13 years at Unity School and as a popular speaker and minister. She is a dedicated Bible scholar and teacher. She has a M.A. in Religious Studies from Graceland University. She was an effective Minister at Unity Churches for 15 years in Flint, Michigan and Chesapeake, Virginia.

Dr Rima E. Bonario, MA, ThD  Rima is an author, speaker, teacher, and Self-Sovereignty Coach who is passionate about personal and planetary transformation. She holds a doctorate in Transformational Psychology and works with individuals and groups to surface and heal unresolved wounds and reclaim wholeness. She is also a co-founder of The Q Effect and co-creator of The Q Process, a 21-day Shadow Work Practice, and co-author of Who Have you Come Here to BE? 101 Possibilities for Contemplation

 

Rev Robert J. Brumet, MS – Robert is widely known in the Unity movement as author of 4 popular books and many articles, as faculty member at Unity Institute since 1989, as a seminar leader and as teacher of Insight Meditation. Robert also served ministries in Indiana and Kansas. He was ordained in 1980 and has an M.S. degree from University of Toledo. He teaches courses in the areas of pastoral care, spiritual development and transpersonal studies. In 2012 he received the UWM Light of God Expressing Award for outstanding service to Unity.
 

Rev Richard Bunch, MSFS Richard was ordained in 2006 after serving five years at Unity of El Paso as Spiritual Leader. He currently is Co-Sr. Minister at Unity of Richmond in Richmond, VA. Richard has experience in corporate training, was President of a multi-corporate organization and developed a grant program for elderly citizens named “Growing Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser” with over 300 participants while at Unity of El Paso.


Rev Martha Creek, PhD  Widely known in New Thought, Martha’s trainings approach deep inner work as an adventure with a sense of curiosity and wonder. A master of the art of right questioning, she calls forth the most stubborn and self-defeating patterns to create a new way of being. Ordained in Religious Science and Divine Science, Martha has served as Great Lakes Unity Consultant, a member of Unity Institute faculty, and is on the board for Affiliated New Thought Network. She has attended Emerson Theological Seminary (Masters and PhD), and Hoffman Institute. She is a Healthy Congregations Facilitator and Trainer. See more at www.MarthaCreek.com
 

Rev Ellen Debenport Ellen is the minister at Unity of Wimberley, Texas, and author of Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door, about the spiritual path through change and transition. She speaks frequently at churches and conferences; leads classes, workshops and retreats, and has hosted nearly 200 shows for Unity Online Radio. Her first book, The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality, is read and studied all over the world. Read more at EllenDebenport.com.
 

Bonnie DeMartini LUT, M.Ed    Bonnie has served Abundant Life Spiritual Center, Deerfield, Illinois since 2011. She became a Licensed Unity Teacher in 2014. Her Master’s in Adult Education has afforded her over thirty years of facilitating leadership groups in the areas of personal and spiritual development. Bonnie is a speaker, writer and teacher with expertise in communications and dialogue.
 


Rev Douglas Duerr
- Doug is an ordained Unity minister, certified Life Coach, Yoga instructor and best-selling author. He serves as co-minister of Unity Bay Area Houston in Leadership, Education and Pastoral Care. As a trainer in the corporate sector of 20 years, his teaching proficiencies and passion for creative programs speak to the hearts and minds of a variety of learners. His inherent use of imagination brings spiritual wisdom into practical life experiences. Doug’s dedication is demonstrated through the individual learners and communities who commit to personal and spiritual development.
 

Rev Karen Epps - Karen was ordained in 2005, she holds a Masters Degree in Integral Theory and is an SQ21 certified coach. Karen is passionate about Unity teachings, 12-Step, Integral Theory, the Evolution of Consciousness, and Progressive Spirituality. She is heart centered and intentional about co-creating an environment that encourages people to delve deeply into their innate wisdom. Her background includes visioning, spiritual leadership, and retreat ministry. She is Minister at Unity of Pasadena in California and serves on the Unity Southwest Region Board.
 

Rev Leona Evans, M.A. - Ordained in 1985, Leona holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding from the US Institute of Peace. From 1986-91, she was chair of the Metaphysics Department of Unity School of Religious Studies. Leona recently authored The Evloving Peacemaker: A commitment to Nonviolence which received the 2017 Living Now Evergreen Medal for World Peace. She has been a minister at Unity of San Luis Obispo, CA for the past 24 years.
 


Rev Nickie Golden, PhD Nickie in weaving together spiritual and psychological principles inviting us to live from the fullness of our divinity. A Unity minister, licensed psychologist, and certified Life Coach with the Hendricks Institute, Nickie has taught a full range of students from first grade to graduate level utilizing teaching methods that promote living from inner guidance. She loves singing bowls, piano, reading books, playing in the ocean, cats and having fun as she can imagine in life.

 

Rev Paul Hasselbeck, DD – Paul is author of Heart-Centered Metaphysics, the primary text for Metaphysics in SEE. He has taught at Unity Institute since 2013, when he was also appointed Dean of the SEE program. Previous to his work on SEE faculty, Paul has been a Retreat Minister for Unity Village, Director of a Center for Attitudinal Healing, a Dentist and a U.S. Navy Lieutenant.
 

Rev Doris Hoskins, MA Doris was ordained 1994 and she has an additional Masters in Organizational Management and Development with an emphasis in Integral Studies 2012. She is the author of An Integral Approach to Creating Sustainable Prosperity and designer of the Harmony Pendant. Doris was the Founder of Unity of Northern Kentucky and the Co-Founding minister of High Country Unity (Currently Unity of Littleton). She served as a Senior Minister at New Thought Unity Center, Cincinnati, OH for eleven years.

 

Rev Kelly Isola, MDiv  – Kelly is a consultant, teacher and author, who shares her passion for living an engaged spiritual life – embracing the inner path of healing, and the outer path of compassionate service. She holds several certifications in leading edge models of human and organizational development – focusing on how we relate to ourselves and the world – as well as her specialty: the spiritual practice of conflict transformation through embodying paradox. She is the co-author of the bestselling book, "Who Have You Come Here To Be: 101 Possibilities for Contemplation." www.kellyisola.com
 

Rev Donna Kopitsky, MA - Donna is a Licensed Unidty Teacher and an ordained Interfaith minister via the New Seminary in NYC. Earning two Masters degrees in Special Education and Social Work, she brings her expertise to the online classroom. Her gift and passion is teaching spiritual principles and she is always ready to explore new opportunities for spiritual and personal growth. Her classes are engaging, insightful and inspirational.

 

Rev Jacquie Lenati, MDivJacquie was ordained in 2015 with an M.Div from Unity Institute & Seminary. She currently serves as the Media Production Coordinator of Unity Worldwide Ministries, providing digital media resources to Unity leaders through UnityWorldwide.media. Jacquie is an exciting, interactive guest speaker at a variety of churches and retreats. Learn more at JacquieLenati.com.
 

Nancy Little, Licensed Unity Teacher (2012), PhD, LPC  A licensed professional counselor since 1980, Nancy enjoyed a 25-year university career, supporting others to achieve their dreams in her roles as faculty member, diversity leader, student services director and counselor. As Spiritual Leader of the alternative Unity ministry, Unity Spirit of Aloha, Nancy offers a unique synthesis of Hawai’ian wisdom teachings and spiritual principles in her Sunday messages and workshops. Nancy holds the distinction of professional membership in National Speakers Association and serves Unity regionally and nationally.


Rev Elizabeth Longo - Elizabeth is the senior at Unity of Fort Lauderdale and was ordained in 2009 through Unity Worldwide Ministries' Field Licensing Program, while serving at Unity on the Bay as their associate minister. She currently serves as a mentor in the ministerial program and is a certified Ministry Skills team consultant. Elizabeth is an inspirational speaker, teacher and life coach trained in Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), mediation skills and non-violent communication.
 

Rev Betty Martin-Lewis, PhD  Betty is the founding minister of Unity SouthShore in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. She has served her current ministry since 2007 and was ordained through Unity Worldwide Ministries' Field Licensing Program in 2016. Her doctoral studies were in the field of organizational development at the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. She has a background in management and training with various corporations and has taught online courses for two universities. Her joy has always been helping others to find the power and potential within themselves.

Rev Patrick McAndrew, DRS – Patrick was ordained in 1997 and served as an Associate Minister in Columbus, Ohio before becoming Senior Minister at Unity Spiritual Life Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2000. Patrick has served on Unity’s Field Licensing Program and the Licensing and Ordination Team. He has a passion for education and has led dynamic SEE programs in Unity ministries. He is also a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. Patrick earned a Doctorate in Religious Studies in 2017 through Emerson University, In Oakland Ca. 
 

Rev David McClureOrdained in 1963, David has had a long and distinguished career as a Unity Minister. In his over half a century as a Minister, David has served ministries in Vancouver, Canada; Sydney, Australia; Des Moines, Iowa; San Francisco, California; Honolulu and Kailua, Hawaii; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas and Spokane, Washington where he is Minister Emeritus. He was President of the Association of Unity Churches in 1980 and has served on numerous Teams. In 2016 he received the Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Charles Fillmore Award for Visionary Leadership.
 

Rev Valerie Mansfield - Valerie is an ordained Unity minister and serves Unity of Louisville as their associate minister. She oversees Administrative, Youth and Family Ministry, Adult Education and Volunteer Ministries. Valerie is a lifelong student of Unity. She is the Co-Director of the Resilient Family Program which serves homeless families and women in recovery creating space for individuals to shift their consciousness and transform their lives.  
 

Rev Mary Elita Masters, MS – Since being ordained in 2002, Mary has served as the senior minister at Unity of Buffalo and provided leadership for the Unity movement as President of the Eastern Region and Chair of the Unity Worldwide Ministries Board of Trustees.  Her career prior to ministry was in college athletics as Assistant Commissioner for the Big Ten Conference.  Mary has a Master’s Degree in Managerial Communications from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. 
 

Rev Ray Nelson, MBA and MDiv Ray is a 2011 graduate of the Unity Institute. He was the associate minister at Unity of Minneapolis from 2011-2013 and is currently the senior minister at Unity of Louisville in Louisville Kentucky. Ray is a member of the National Speakers Association and has spoken at Unity churches and community groups throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes Region. He is currently an alternate member of the Great lakes Unity Regional Board and on the Board of Directors for the House of Ruth a social service agency serving HIV/AIDS homeless men and woman in Louisville Kentucky.

 

Rev Aliza Bloom RobinsonSince her ordination in 2000, Aliza has been actively involved in both Church and Alternative Ministry. She has served as Minister in Austin and Dallas, Texas, and Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She was a retreat Minister and SEE teacher at Unity Village. Aliza’s alternative ministry “Divine Awakening” is dedicated to “the transformation of the planet, one soul awakening at a time.” She has written articles, a book, coached churches in transition, and taught ministers how to teach in live online classrooms. 


Rev Ginny Roll Ginny began her journey towards ministry as a licensed Unity teacher 2001-2005 and later became an ordained minister in 2007. She is currently serving Unity Church of Tidewater in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During her time in ministerial school, she facilitated phone SEE classes, eventually SEE classes on line and currently session C classes at Unity Village as an adjunct faculty member. Her passion for Unity continues to inspire her and others.

 

Rev Karren Scapple, PhD Karren was ordained in 2005 has two Master’s Degrees and a PhD from Ohio State U. For the past decade she has been a faculty member at Unity Institute. She taught courses in Death and Dying and the Psychology of Aging at Missouri State University. In addition, Karren has contributed to text books on political science and been published in both scholarly journals and mainstream magazines.
 

Rev Gary Simmons, ThD - Gary was ordained in 1980. He is author of The I of the Storm, The Soul's Conspiracy, and co-author of The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You. He is also co-founder of the Q Effect, The Q Process, and currently coaches New Thought leaders in transitioning to a mission-centric model of ministry. His formulation of an integral model of ministry has won him personal praise from world renowned philosopher and integral theorist, Ken Wilber. Gary services as co-minister with his wife, Rev. Dr. Jane Simmons, at Unity Spiritual Center Spokane.
 

Rev Jane Simmons, ThD - Jane is an ordained Unity minister, and holds a Th.D. in Theology from Holos University. Jane served in four Unity centers and as Teen Ministry Coordinator for UWM. She authored I of the Storm for Teens; You Can’t Sleep Through Your Awakening and co-authored, Who Have You Come Here to Be? Jane has served as SEE adjunct faculty at UI, and associate professor at Holos. She is a Certified HeartMath Instructor and the co-minister at Unity Spiritual Center in Spokane, WA with her husband, Rev. Dr. Gary Simmons.   
 

Rev Mindy TuckerOrdained in 2013, Mindy is also a licensed Unity teacher, who has been teaching SEE courses since 2008. Her holy purpose is to coalesce ideas of spiritual truth and communicate them in a way that inspires people to take positive action. Mindy’s ministerial experience reaches from her church of origin (Unity Church of Hawaii) to include Unity of Greater Hartford and Unity of Wilmington. Mindy also serves the Unity movement by consulting with church boards and individuals as a resource for Church Finance.


Rev Pat Veenema, M.Div. - Pat is a dynamic minister and facilitator. She founded UWM Alternative Ministry, Unity New Vista Learning Center, a virtual classroom for Unity education. Rev Pat earned a M.Div. and was ordained at Unity Institute & Seminary in 2012, and served as senior minister in the Asheville, NC area before returning home to Durham, NC in 2014. As a professional teacher, she invites students to participate, process, and apply. She likes to remind us: “Transformation takes more than a couple of Sunday sermons per month.”  www.newvistalearningcenter.com
 

Rev Shawn Ann Wegner, MDiv – Shawn is an ordained Unity minister and currently serves as adjunct faculty at UWSI. She has over 25 years of experience within the Unity movement. A broadcasting graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Shawn began her career as a CBS journalist in Illinois. Her entrepreneurial spiritual and creativity eventually led to the development of two successful businesses in video production and real estate renovation. Shawn is also a Certified Breathwork Facilitator.

 

Bruce E. Woodruff, PhD Bruce is from Kansas City, Missouri and grew up attending Unity Temple on the Plaza. His professional career was spent teaching theatre and directing plays at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. He holds Master’s Degrees in Theatre and Speech Communication from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph. D. in Theatre from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln . He most recently taught Homiletics and served as Chapel Service Coach at Unity Institute.