Central Office Staff

Our Purpose

Develop, equip, and support Unity leaders and communities to grow in innovative, sustainable, and cutting-edge ways

The central office staff works to be your partners in ministry and to provide valuable resources to keep Unity’s spiritual communities focused and growing.
Questions? Contact Michael Perrie, Communications Leader, for assistance at 816-524-7414, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT.

Photo, top row: Deborah Frownfelter, Lue Blountt, Claudia Maltos-Young
Bottom row: Celia Holman, Doug Duerr, Cathy Christy

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day management of the central office and works to create an inspiring team environment with open communication.

Shad Groverland, Executive Director
Cathy Christy, Managing Director
Diane Venzera, Director of Virtual Experiences
Lue Blountt, Marketing Manager
Dana Grissom, Director of Operations

Click on names below to see team member profiles


The Education team supports education that stimulates personal and collective spiritual growth and development and prepares current and future Unity leaders. Areas of responsibility include Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute (UWSI), Ministerial and Religious Studies, Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE), and the Spiritual Direction program. In addition, this team supports credentialed Unity leaders teaching SEE courses for credit.

Deborah Frownfelter, Director of Education 
Indira Huerta, Registrar
Rachel Gaither, Assistant Registrar
Scott Ready, Learning Management System Administrator (contractor)
Pamela Parker, Instructional Designer (consultant)
Diane Venzera, Instructional Designer (consultant)
Ray Nelson, M&RS Student and Internship Facilitator
Joni Lorraine, Spiritual Direction Program Coordinator
*For Youth & Family Ministry, see Virtual Experiences below.


The Operations team works together to provide a solid internal infrastructure that supports the central office staff and UWM’s purpose. Areas of responsibility include finance, technology, administration, and human resources. If you live in the Kansas City area, we welcome your volunteer assistance in the office. Please contact Celia Holman, 816.434.6813.

Dana Grissom, Director of Operations
James Pycior, Technology Manager
Celia Holman, Administrative Assistant
Suzi Goldt, Bookkeeper

Member Services

Areas of responsibility include ministry employment services; Unity credentialing of ministers and licensed teachers; development of new and alternative ministries; ministry 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. (Note: Send info for announcements, milestones, death notices, change of address, etc. to info@unity.org.)

Cynthia Vermillion-Foster, Director of Member Services
Doug Duerr, Member Services Manager
Lynn O'Dell, Credentialing Coordinator
Glenda Walden, Evolving Ministry Coordinator
Denise Boehm, Administrative Assistant
Claudia Maltos-Young, Spanish-Speaking Assistant
Christina Highsmith, Member Services Assistant


Virtual Experiences

Areas of responsibility include creating online webinars, trainings, microlearnings, and digital resources that provide professional development opportunities for our membership; hosting both virtual and hybrid events, such as the annual convention and summit, focusing on providing a stellar viewing and participation experience that includes the personal connections that are so much a part of our events. This department also supports the growth and development of Youth & Family Ministry programs through the use of print, digital, and online resources.

Diane Venzera, Director of Virtual Experiences
Paul Wiltz, eLearning Technologist
Joy Perrie, Project Leader
Julie Core, IYOU Event Agent

Communications & Marketing

Areas of responsibility include communications among central office staff and with the UWM members at large via e-newsletters and our website; producing high-quality marketing products for our member communities; and managing the Unity brand.

Luchien (Lue) Blountt, Marketing Manager
Bernadette Swanson, Communications Coordinator
Michael Perrie, Communications Leader

Executive Office

Areas of responsibility include the overall directional leadership of the central office staff to accomplish the mission of our association in coordination with the Board of Trustees, ministry teams and the association membership at large and the cultivation of alliances and relationships with other organizations and individuals who support the mission and vision of Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Shad Groverland, Executive Director
Cathy Christy, Managing Director

Diana Kennedy, Development and Engagement Coordinator