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.
He is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in finance and has a juris doctorate degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Tom has actively practiced law in Colorado for more than forty years and for ten years in Michigan. He has also been licensed to practice in California. He began work as a legal services attorney with Pikes Peak Legal Services in Colorado Springs. He has tried many cases in state and federal courts and worked with small businesses and boards of directors.
Tom lives in the mountains near Evergreen, Colorado, with Julie and their dogs, Biju and Bonnie Blue.
Rev Doris Hoskins (ordained 1994) is a believer in collaborative ministry. She began her ministry by co-founding a church, High Country Unity, in Littleton, Colo., (now Unity of Littleton) with Rev Scott Schell, where she served for five years. Called in 2000 by New Thought Unity in Cincinnati, Ohio, to become the co-senior minister with Rev Pat Williamson, she served at New Thought for eleven years. In March of 2012, she accepted the call to serve a new start-up group as the founding minister of Unity of Northern Kentucky, Fort Thomas, Ky. Doris is the designer of the Harmony Pendant and the creator of An Integral Approach to Sustainable Prosperity, a twelve-week prosperity program. She is the mother of three, and the grandmother of three beautiful granddaughters.
She first walked into a Unity church in Fayetteville, Ark., in November of 1987 and Unity has been her spiritual path ever since. She is grateful to Rev Gary Simmons, her first minister, and Unity of Fayetteville for the important part they have played in her spiritual journey. She has been active on a national and regional level during her years of ministry serving as the President of SCUCA (the South Central region, now USCR) 1999-2000. She completed her master’s degree at Fielding University in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2012 with a degree in Organizational Management and Development with an emphasis in Integral Studies.
Myra McFadden is a compassionate, joy-filled and energetic Unity Minister who readily expresses a 20-year passion and appreciation for Unity and its teachings. She graduated from the first three-year class of ordained ministers in 2009 and she has served Unity of Kansas City North, Mo., first as an associate minister and now as senior minister for the past four years. Her joy in creating and fostering empowered leadership in true spiritual community has resulted in a highly engaged, diverse ministry with many leaders, unique teams and volunteers. In addition, Myra has enjoyed mentoring numerous ministerial students and she has been active in the Unity Worldwide Ministry teams of Licensing and Ordination, Admissions and Prayer Chaplaincy.
Prior to ministry, Myra was a very successful psychotherapist in the mental health field in Wisconsin for over 30 years. She has a special appreciation for teachings on diversity and finds great satisfaction in bringing people together in authentic ways that are mutually respectful, compassionate, creative and wise. Her honor in joining the UWM Board of Trustees includes the vision of serving with others to do meaningful, powerful work together with extraordinary love, wisdom, inclusiveness and faith.
On a personal level, Myra is happily married to her sweet and talented husband, Lonnie. She has three grown children, April, Danielle and Gabe, and she proudly admits to being a grandmother of five.
John brings a wealth of administrative and board experience to our movement. He has served on the board of directors or worked for several not-for-profit organizations over the past 30 years. These organizations include Hope Care Center, a skilled nursing facility for people with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City, the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ryan White Planning Council. He retired as full-time administrator of a Home Health Agency in Kansas City in 2010 to move to Bay City, Mich., to be with his husband, Rev Greg Coles, senior minister of Unity of Bay City.
John holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Public Administration, Non-Profit Management, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Since moving to Michigan, John has immersed himself in volunteer activities at Unity of Bay City, serving on the finance team, two separate capital campaigns, and numerous other teams in support of their Unity ministry. He also serves on the finance team for the Great Lakes Unity Regional Conference.
John currently works part-time for a substance abuse treatment agency in Bay City, working with people new to the recovery process.
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.
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 late wife, Rev Bonny Gilbert Ashe, he co-founded Unity in the Foothills, Litchfield, Conn., which they took to full-church status and owning its own building in eighteen months. Chris is now providing consulting, training and mediation services to churches under his 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."
Sharon Ketchum is the senior minister of Unity Kitchener, Canada, where she has served for 15 years since being ordained in 1999. Sharon has been involved with Unity for over 20 years and served on 3 Unity Worldwide Ministries ministry teams: marketing, education, and church growth, and on 2 Unity Canada ministry teams: education and branding. She also served as a member of the Unity Canada board of directors for 12 years including 6 years as treasurer. She is passionate about education and was instrumental in creating the new “Canadian Path to Ordination” in conjunction with Unity Canada and UWM.
Member, Emeritus Board Chair
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.
Keeper of the Flame