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.
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. He is a member of Unity of Venice, Florida.
First Vice-Chair and Emerita Board Chair
Sharon Ketchum is currently the minister at Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, Michigan. Ordained in 1999, she previously served as minister of Unity Kitchener, Canada, for 16 years. Under her leadership, Unity Kitchener received the first Website of Excellence award and was the first Unity congregation in the world to become a certified Earthcare Congregation. Sharon is passionate about education and was privileged to chair the task teams that work to create Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.
Sharon is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She has degrees in communications and psychology, a master’s in religious studies, and training in Peace Skills and Healthy Congregations. Before entering ministry, Sharon was successful in the entertainment industry, business, and sales. She is married to Maxine Thome (2017) and has two adult children and three grandchildren.
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, Colorado, (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, Kentucky. 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, Arkansas, in November of 1987, and Unity has been her spiritual path ever since. She is grateful to Rev. Dr. 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, California, in 2012 with a degree in organizational management and development with an emphasis in integral studies.
Since 2002 Rev. Valerie Mansfield (ordained 2013) has served as youth and family ministry director and associate minister at Unity of Louisville, Kentucky.
Additionally Valerie is ministry consultant at Unity of East Louisville, Kentucky. That includes assisting in the reorganization of the ministry; conducting 1–2 worships monthly, board trainings, and healing circles, plus overseeing church staff and volunteers.
She is adjunct facility at Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, teaching Basic Ministry Financial Management. She has experience in good business practices in administration, mapping organizational policies and procedures, and financial management. Her strengths are in training, managing, finances, and networking computer systems.
Valerie currently is a member of UWM’s Financial Team and is chairperson for the Great Lakes Regional (GLURC) conference. She is active in The Resilient Parenting Program offering presentations relating to homelessness and developing compassion in families and communities.
Rev. Shad Groverland was born and raised in Unity under the loving wisdom and guidance of Rev. Jack and Norma Groverland, ministers at Unity of Boulder, Colorado. Though he grew up in church, his first passion was music production, which led him to earn a bachelor of science degree in sound engineering from the University of Colorado and start a 25-year career in sound. He went on to use this degree in Los Angeles, mixing sound for television and feature films before moving on to Las Vegas to mix live concerts and theatrical productions, primarily for the MGM Resorts chain of hotels and venues. After a series of life events in 2012, Rev. Shad received his own call to ministry. In 2015 he graduated from the Unity Urban Ministerial School and was ordained in 2016. While in school, he was hired at Unity of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he served for five years, before answering the call to return home to Unity of Boulder, to cominister with his sister, Syntysche, and father, Jack, where he is today. Rev. Shad is also currently serving as chair of the UWM HUG Fund committee, and Unity People's Convention Ministry Team.
Member and Emeritus Board Chair
Tim Alderman has served on the board since 2013. He was the first lay leader board president of the UWM board. Tim has served in various roles at several Unity churches including Washington, DC; Texas, Va., and Wash. Tim is currently a member at Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, Texas. As treasurer in Wimberly, Tim worked with the board to shift the consciousness to tithing on what we wanted to receive, instead of tithing on what we had received.
Professionally Tim was a human relations director in Washington, DC, and Belgium. His experiences have taught him the importance of listening to all sides of a situation in addition to listening to his inner voice. Currently program manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, Tim works with staff located throughout the US. He has rebuilt teams and trained six of the Army’s top interns. For this work Tim was awarded the highest Civilian Service Award and other awards.
Member and Emeritus Board Chair
Rev. Richard Bunch was ordained in 2006 and currently serves as minister at Unity of Richmond, Va. He has served on the Unity Worldwide Ministries Eastern Region Board as president, vice-president and treasurer. His service to Unity Worldwide Ministries includes being a member of the Prosperity Team, the Finance Team and the Alternative Ordination Team. He has been a member of Unity since 1997 and served in his home church, Unity of El Paso, Texas, as spiritual leader for five years.
Richard’s mission is “Transformed Lives, Transforming the World.” Richard has a master’s degree in Financial Services and was a licensed Unity teacher. He was the founder and president of a multi-corporate financial consulting and sales company, served on numerous nonprofit boards, and was active in local interfaith councils.
Member and Emerita Board Chair
Rev. Toni Fish is the senior minister of Unity in Frederick, Maryland, where she has served for the last 18 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 UWM Board of Trustees since 2012, 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 many 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.
Rev. Tim Lytle is an ordained Unity minister serving as senior minister at Unity in Marin, Novato, California. He was the minister in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Wichita, Kansas, prior to that. He serves on various leadership teams in UWM including teams that support, plan and work with the international work of Unity (a passion of his).
Tim graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University (B.A. in Religion and in Speech Communications) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.), both in Kansas City, Mo. He was a pastor for 9 years in that denomination. Tim is a board-certified chaplain and has served as a hospital chaplain (and at times coordinator/developer of programs) for over 28 years. Concurrent with his work, he was deeply involved in volunteer prison ministry for over 12 years. Tim has been involved in and studied various forms of meditation and spiritual practices from traditions all over the world.
His mission is the spiritual awakening of individuals through experiencing and realizing Oneness. He loves speaking, storytelling (with humor), social action, and teaching as a means to help us to remember who we really are! Tim and his wife Olga Lucia love exercise, music, dancing, movies, reading, meditation, and meeting with people of many different cultures and traveling.
Paul has been a Realtor in residential real estate (RE/MAX) since 2001 and involved in the Unity movement since 2004. He has been a member of Unity of Kansas City North, Missouri, since 2007, served as a chaplain for seven years, and on the board of trustees for six years (two of those years as president). He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1990 and from Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute as a licensed Unity teacher in November 2019. He is also serving as chairman of the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce.
Rev. Sylvia E Sumter has served as the senior minister of Unity of Washington, DC, since 1991. Prior to this, she served as the Chairperson of Communication Studies and Skills Department at Unity School of Religious Studies, Unity Village, Missouri. She has a master’s in education, a bachelor’s in psychology, and an associate’s in business administration.
She is a gifted spiritual teacher, a dynamic and energetic speaker, yet she has an unassuming manner. Rev. Sumter is noted for incorporating the most fundamental teachings, the principles of spirituality, and many of life's experiences into her messages. Her call is to inspire individuals to transform their lives through an awareness of their innate divine potential.
Rev. Sandie Vanik has served as minister at Unity of Michiana (formerly Unity Church of Peace) in South Bend, Indiana, since she was ordained in 2007. The ministry sold its building and is currently renovating its new location (2019).
Prior to that Sandie had served at Unity Church of South Bay in Torrance, California, for 25+ years, serving in many capacities including president of the board of trustees.
Sandie served on the Great Lakes Region board of trustees (2011–2016) as executive ministry team liaison to the regional conference planning team. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, she helped with fundraising projects and Special Olympics events.
Keeper of the Flame
Rev. Paulette Pipe is dedicated to prayer and meditation, which inspired her to pioneer Touching the Stillness Ministries as a way to make meditation and spiritual practice both engaging and accessible. You can listen to Paulette on Touching the Stillness, a lively and popular prayer and meditation radio program, which was initially featured on Unity Online Radio from 2008 to 2018 (podcasts archived), but is now independently produced and available on most podcast platforms.
As Keeper of the Flame, she maintains a sacred prayer space—generally doing so in silence—during the board’s deliberations and decision-making process at all of its board meetings; and is the liturgist for the assembly during the organization’s annual business meeting. She is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundation, where she also serves as Keeper of the Flame during its online meetings and events.
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, Missouri. Paulette is a sought-after presenter who leads prayer-based retreats, workshops, and Sunday worship services in the United States and abroad.