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 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.


Patricia Bass
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Rev. Patricia T. Bass brings with her a unique combination of ministry leadership, executive management, and spiritual consciousness. Prior to accepting this position, Patricia had served as senior associate minister of Unity of Houston, Texas; senior minister of Unity Church of Overland Park, Kansas; vice chair of the board for Unity World Headquarters; and interim vice president for Silent Unity.

Prior to her ordination and graduation from Unity School of Religious Studies in 1998, Rev. Patricia was senior vice president for a major banking consortium in Houston, Texas, where she managed 65 branch banks.

Patricia is especially known for her loving leadership and passion for prayer. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband Brian. They have two grown daughters, Amanda who lives in Kansas City, and Teresa who lives in New Zealand with her husband James.

Denise Boehm
Administrative Assistant

Denise is serving as a part-time administrative assistant in the Member Services area. Due to our commitment to a team approach, she provides support to all areas of Member Services, but her primary focus will be Credentialing. Denise is also responsible for recording Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Unity ministers and licensed teachers.



Cathy Christy
Executive Board of Trustees Coordinator

Cathy works as the UWM Board of Trustees coordinator and in service to the President/CEO. She also works with the following ministry teams: Leadership Recruitment and Development Team, Standards, Bylaws, ERS Chairs, Judicatory Reps, Regional Advisory Council, and various task teams. Some of her other duties include updating, revising, and consulting with field constituents regarding bylaws, church policies, and the Ethics Review System (ERS) process; and also maintaining the UWM policy manual and bylaws.

Julie Core
IYOU Event Agent

Julie is contracted as our IYOU Event Agent, focusing on the annual IYOU (International Youth of Unity) Event held each summer for our teens. She has served as a YOU sponsor for 20 years at Unity Northwest Church, Des Plaines, Ill., and at Unity in Chicago, Ill. Her experiences include working closely with YOUers in planning and organizing many YOU retreats, where she encourages and supports the teens in developing their leadership skills. She has served as a Head Sponsor at more than 25 international, regional, and sub-regional YOU events, rallies, and retreats.

Doug Duerr
Ministry Leadership Coordinator

Rev. Doug is a ministry companion. He assists communities as they navigate the many facets of healthy organizational change and transition; a much-needed specialty area for communities today. Doug is a Certified Transition Specialist, SQ Coach and leader for more than 20 years; he has extensive experience in organizational development, education, mediating agreements, and process consulting.

Rev. Doug serves our movement by establishing and maintaining healthy connections and communication with ministers, spiritual leaders, boards, and ministries through personalized consulting and pastoral support. He is also a faculty member for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute and teaches Discerning Your Purpose which he created after years as a personal coach, trainer, and mentor to many on the path of self-discovery and empowerment.

Suzy Forrester
Admin. & Finance Coodinator

Suzy takes your merchandise orders and handles the accounts payable, supports human resources, payroll and the retirement plan.  



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, leadership development, and worldwide support. Deborah is responsible for the development of UWM's Leadership Guides.



Rachel Gaither

Assistant Registrar
As the part-time assistant registrar, Rachel assists the registrar of Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute in the entering of course and grade information for both online and Unity field courses. She also supports students and instructors with user names and passwords.


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.


Office Manager

Celia handles accounts receivable and human resources support. She also organizes office processes to create efficiencies and solutions.



Diana Kennedy
Data and Development Coordinator

Diana, ordained in 2013, supports the UWM database and financial development including grants. She coordinates the award process for the Templeton Audio Video Podcasting and Social Media Management Grant and maintains an online training library for Audio Video podcasting. Diana is a member of the Focusing Forward Task Team, the Health and Wholeness Team and the Admissions Team. She is also a member of the Unity Arts Ministry leadership team, which offers an annual Creative Renewal Retreat and other programming throughout the year. Diana is dedicated to supporting Unity in shining its light in the world!

Carrie Kenyon
Member Services Coordinator

Carrie, an ordained Unity minister (2009) and licensed Unity teacher, coordinates all aspects of the employment process for credentialed leaders, spiritual leaders and ministries as well as providing support on questions regarding compensation, church governance and operations, (bylaws, ministry policies, code of ethics). She also provides 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 a number of related ministry teams including Colleague Connect, Ministry Consulting and Transition, Credentialing and Standards. Her focus is to create connections with and between ministers/spiritual leaders/ministries and Unity Worldwide Ministries’ central office.

Janet Langmeier
Learner Engagement Coordinator

Janet coordinates with the Executive Director of Education and the Executive Director of Marketing regarding marketing and recruitment efforts for spiritual education programs for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. She also provides guidance and support for those participating in Spiritual Explorers and Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) programs.

Claudia Maltos-Young
Administrative Assistant

Claudia will provide support to all areas of Member Services with a primary focus on our Spanish-speaking members and worldwide services. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.



Ray Nelson
M&RS Student and Internship Facilitator

Rev Ray Nelson is the M&RS (Ministerial & Religious Studies) Student and Internship Facilitator for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute (UWSI). Ray is a 2011 graduate of the Unity Institute. He is currently the senior minister at Unity of Louisville, Ky, and president of the Great Lakes region. Ray is also a faculty member with UWSI and a certified coach.


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.




Michael Perrie

Michael is an ordained Unity minister serving as receptionist at UWM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.




Diane Pletcher
Member Services Specialist

Diane has a broad skill set and dedication to Unity teachings. She assists the Member Services area including doing all background checks. She owns Natural Accents Lighting Design with her husband and has served in many capacities including accounting support, marketing and web editing. Diane attends Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.


Scott Ready
Learning Management System Administrator

Scott provides consultation on strategic and effective use of the Blackboard Learning Management System for UWSI, maintaining and updating the Blackboard Learning Management System, and troubleshooting system issues.



Connie Savage
Operations Director

Connie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and ensures the smooth day-to-day operations of Unity Worldwide Ministries’ central office. She supervises administrative, finance, technology, human resources, and operational staff, and is a liaison to our contract CFO firm.



Lisa Schroeder
Executive Assistant, Education

Lisa supports Executive Director of Education Deborah Frownfelter and the Education department.




Bernadette Swanson
Communications Coordinator

Bernadette, licensed Unity teacher (2006), writes, edits, and publishes Unity Worldwide Ministries' publications, including The Path, Important Communications, brochures, and the website. She also oversees social media and the Unity Branding Program.



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

Rev Diane Venzera works with the Member Services area as the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator (DianeV@unity.org). She continues to assist with the development of the online courses for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute (dvenzera@gmail.com) as a consultant. Please note the different emails for each position.


Cynthia Vermillion-Foster
Executive Director of Member Services

Rev Cynthia was ordained in 1997. As Executive Director of Member Services  she oversees all services supporting our members. This includes employment services, the development of new ministries, embracing new forms of ministry, consulting and transitional services, credentialing services for ministers and LUTs, youth and family ministry, conflict transformation, Spanish-speaking services, international services, and questions about ministry governance, administration and finances.