Central Office Staff Profiles

Luchien (Lue) Blountt
Marketing Manager
LBlountt@unity.org 816-434-6823

Lue passionately manages our marketing and communication needs by drawing upon his vast array of past experiences. Lue’s education includes a degree in Black studies and community management, and training in online marketing. His professional experience includes leadership positions with several local Fortune 500 companies. In his spare time, Lue enjoys helping others with promotional consulting and lifestyle branding.

Denise Boehm
Administrative Assistant
DBoehm@unity.org 816-434-6895 (Mon–Thurs, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Denise provides administrative support for the ministry paths and LUT credentialing process.
She communicates with applicants as they navigate from application preparation and submission through the final steps of licensing or ordination. This includes receiving and processing applications and supporting documentation, preparing review packets for credentialing teams, and coordinating and scheduling events. Denise prepares and organizes files and prepares licensing and ordination certificates for the newly credentialed leaders. Denise brings 40 years of business and office management working in finance and public education.

Cathy Christy
Managing Director
CChristy@unity.org 816-434-6841

Cathy works with and oversees each department as well as manages the day-to-day functions of UWM. She works closely with the executive director to ensure the organization is healthy, efficient, relevant, and focused on its purpose of serving Unity leadership and ministries.


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
Member Services Manager
DDuerr@unity.org 816-875-9750

Rev Doug is an ordained Unity minister and supports our movement by providing oversight of key areas connected to ministry leadership development including; consultant education & certification, conflict transformation, visioning/planning, field employment readiness and ethics. Each area is to develop and equip healthy community connections based in Unity principles.

His vulnerability-based style of leadership has equipped teams and organizations for more than 25 years as they navigate the facets of healthy organizational change, transition and innovative leadership development. He is a Certified Transition Specialist, author, and is Dare to Lead ™ trained from Brené Brown. He is also a faculty member for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. Rev. Doug represents Unity on the Board of Directors for the Interim Ministry Network, an organization dedicated to "strengthen the spiritual and organizational health of faith communities by equipping and supporting those who lead during times of transition."

Deborah Frownfelter
Director of Education
DFrownfelter@unity.org 816-434-6860

Rev. Deborah provides vision, leadership, planning, and administration of education programs and services provided by Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. She also supports Unity National Schools.

Deborah is an ordained Unity minister (2006) and licensed Unity teacher with over 40 years experience in various forms of education and management including teaching in public schools, college, Unity SEE and ministerial programs, youth and family education, and business and professional settings. Throughout her career she has engaged in educational research, particularly focused on innovative teaching methods including brain-friendly teaching and learning, methods she has shared with Unity leaders.

Rachel Gaither

Assistant Registrar
RGaither@unity.org 816-434-6867 (Part-time, mornings)
In this part-time position, Rachel assists the registrar of Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute with data entry regarding courses, grades, and correspondence, including assisting students with user names and passwords. Rachel was born and raised in Unity, as the daughter of Unity minister and teacher Rev. Dr. James Gaither. She has served in various positions over the years with Unity since 2001, with over 20 years of administrative experience. As a musician, she also maintains her own music teaching studio, and her teaching experience of 20+ years lends its own unique talents to UWSI’s customer service experience.

Suzi Goldt
SGoldt@unity.org 816-434-6817 (Mon-Thurs, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. CT)

Suzi processes accounts payable and maintains primary responsibility for the general ledger and monthly closing process.


Dana Grissom
Director of Operations
DGrissom@unity.org, 816.434.6811

Dana ensures the smooth day-to-day support operations of Unity Worldwide Ministries' central office. She is responsible for supervising administrative, finance, technology, and operational staff, and is the liaison to our contract CFO/HR firm.


Shad Groverland
Executive Director
SGroverland@unity.org 816-434-6820

Rev. Shad Groverland was born and raised in Unity, learning Unity’s principles from his parents Rev. Jack and Norma Groverland. His first passion was music production, which led him to a 25-year career in sound production and management. He was then called to ministry, graduated from the Unity Urban Ministerial School, and was ordained in 2016. He served Unity of Las Vegas, Nevada, for five years before returning home to Unity of Boulder, Colorado, to co-minister with his sister, Syntysche, and father, Jack.

Rev. Shad’s Unity experience is vast and long-term. He has served as youth director, board trustee, youth camp counselor, youth and family team leader, and NGU (Next Generation Unity) minister advisor. In 2018, he was appointed to the UWM Board of Trustees, and the convention body confirmed the appointment in 2019. He was elected secretary of the Board in 2019 and 2020. While on the board, Shad served on the Focusing Forward Core Team and Technology Team, the Convention Planning Team, Interim CEO and Consultant Interview Teams, as well as the HUG (Help Unity Grow) Team.

Christina Highsmith

Member Services Assistant
CHighsmith@unity.org  816-434-6866
Christina supports our ministers and ministries in the field employment process and provides administrative support for the many services offered by Member Services. She has great communication and organizational skills, with a knack for simplifying complex processes and creating grace, ease, and efficiency.


Celia Holman

Administrative Assistant
CHolman@unity.org 816-434-6813

Celia provides administrative support and oversees office facilities. She also provides accounting support and acts as staff liaison on a number of special program committees.


Indira Huerta
Registrar, Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute
IHuerta@unity.org or registrar@unity.org 816-434-6861

Indira 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. Indira assists instructors (online and in the field) with registering their classes, collecting grades, etc.


Diana Kennedy
Development and Engagement Coordinator
DKennedy@unity.org 816-434-6814

Rev. Diana (ordained in 2013) has been in Unity since 1991, began at Unity of Tallahassee as a congregant, and eventually joined staff in 2003. Diana's interests include philanthropy, leadership development, and applying the wisdom of Spiral Dynamics. Diana's work focuses on donor engagement, grant writing, fund development, and "Care and Connection" outreach to Unity ministries and leaders. She also manages the Templeton Audio Video Grant and maintains an online training library for grant recipients. She is passionate about supporting our ministries in sharing the Unity message with the world.  Diana is a member of UWM's Credentialing Team, Integral Christianity Team, and the Staff Culture Committee.

Joni Lorraine
Spiritual Direction Program Coordinator

As part-time Spiritual Direction Program Coordinator, Joni works on promoting the program, enrolling and advising students, hiring and coordinating faculty and mentors, and program administration. She is a real asset as we start our Unity Spiritual Direction program in the fall of 2021.

Claudia Maltos-Young
Administrative Assistant
CYoung@unity.org 816-434-6869

Claudia is the connection point for our Spanish-Speaking members, both in the US and internationally. She apprises them of UWM resources and practices, translates communications and UWM resources, and manages our Spanish webpage. Claudia also provides administrative support for our international services. A professionally-trained translator with extensive experience, Claudia brings excellence and quality to this work.

Ray Nelson
Ministerial & Religious Studies Student Advisor & Internship Facilitator

Rev. Ray supports Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute ministerial students as advisor, internship facilitator, and faculty member. Ray is a 2011 graduate of Unity Institute and a 2008 graduate of United Theological Seminary with a concentration in pastoral care, grief, and loss. Rev. Ray is the part-time spiritual leader for Unity in the Heart of the Twin Cities located in St Paul, Minnesota.


Lynn O'Dell
Credentialing Coordinator
LODell@unity.org 816-434-6843

Rev. Lynn is and ordained Unity minister who oversees UWM’s credentialing process for ministers and licensed Unity teachers. She works  directly with applicants interested in becoming an ordained Unity ministerr, and liaisons with Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, Unity Urban Ministerial School and the Field Ministerial 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. Lynn also trains and coordinates the work done by our Credentialing teams. Lynn is also a licensed Unity teacher and served on the L & O Team and Education Services Team prior to being hired by UWM.

Pamela Parker
Instructional Designer (consultant)

Pami Parker is assisting with the development of the online courses for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.



Joy Perrie
Project Leader
JPerrie@unity.org 816-434-6834

As project leader, Joy brings with her a beautiful combination of business expertise and spiritual devotion. She is a dedicated leader for projects across all business units at Unity Worldwide Ministries. As the webinar production assistant, Joy assists with the production of our webinars by managing the behind the scenes details, as well as serving as a webinar moderator. Joy holds an M.A. in business management from Webster University and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Missouri. Joy is also certified as a Martha Beck Life Coach and as a Q Effect Coach.

Michael Perrie
Communications Leader
MPerrie@unity.org 816-434-6801

Rev. Michael supports our movement by fostering high-touch communications and ensuring quality service. Over the years he has served his deep spiritual calling as a founding board member of two New Thought churches, a certified chaplain, a licensed Religious Science Practitioner, and as a Unity minister in the field. Rev. Michael utilizes his prior entrepreneurial business expertise from the financial and jewelry industries in his servant leadership role today.


James Pycior
Technology Manager
JPycior@unity.org 816-434-6812

James oversees technology and helps drive solutions that are innovative and cutting-edge. James has over 20 years of IT experience, including managing and deploying cloud technologies, project management, training, upgrades, and design.


Scott Ready
Learning Management System Administrator (contractor)

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.



Bernadette Swanson
Communications Coordinator
BSwanson@unity.org 816-434-6868

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


Diane Venzera
Director of Virtual Experiences
DVenzera@unity.org 816-434-6837

Rev. Diane provides leadership over the planning execution of our online trainings, virtual events, and digital resources. In order to keep our offerings fresh, relevant, and cutting edge, she keeps abreast of national trends and best practices related to distance and online education. She is also responsible for the continued growth and develop of youth and family ministry (YFM) programs. Diane holds a master's degree in education focusing on instruction design and technology and is a Certified Spiritual Educator who has over 25 years of experiencing working in YFM programs.

Cynthia Vermillion-Foster
Director of Member Services
CFoster@unity.org  816-434-6840

Rev Cynthia is an ordained Unity minister who oversees the Member Service Team. Cynthia and the Member Services Team are committed to cultivating relationships with our members and teaming with them in the creation of healthy, vibrant, and innovative approaches to ministry. Key areas of Member Services are: ministry development, the evolution of new ministries, care and connection with our members, credentialing, international ministries, and Spanish-speaking services.

Rev. Cynthia is a recipient of the Myrtle Fillmore Award. She served as Regional Representative for Canada and chair of UWM’s Ethics Review System. She has extensive experience consulting with ministries, is a Certified Transitional Specialist and has been trained as a Peace Ambassador by James O’Dea. Cynthia holds a B.A. in psychology.

Glenda Walden
Evolving Ministry Coordinator
evolve@unity.org 816-282-0225

Rev. Glenda Walden is part of the Member Services team and serves as our part-time Evolving Ministry Coordinator (effective August 16, 2021). She supports the growth and development of new ministries and the exploration of new and creative ways to engage ministry for the future.


Paul Wiltz
eLearning Technologist
PWiltz@unity.org 816-434-6838

As the eLearning Technologist, Paul ensures the quality production of our webinars and trainings, assists with virtual events, and provides video editing and graphic design support. Paul’s experience includes online game design, video editing, graphic design, as well as technical expertise.