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Transitional Minister

Reverend Monica (Rev Mo) Driscoll

Number of Years in Unity: More than 30 years.

Classes: Too many to list, began her quest after reading Prosperity by Charles Fillmore in 1983.

Leadership Experience: Senior Minister for Unity Church of Christ in South New Jersey; currently a Ministry Consultant with UWM; has served UWM as their "At Large Judicatory Representative" for the Ethics Review System, for more than five years; believes she has been called to help churches through transitions toward healthy spiritual relationships.

Work Experience: Author of States of Mind, a 2-cd interpretation of the Beatitudes. Rev Mo is near completion of her first of many books – Climb Out – a humorous retake of growing up in a large family and finding God in the dysfunction.

Her favorite bible quote is – "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 KJV

Unique Skills: Committed to Unity Principals and strives to live her life in accordance with Divine Guidance.

USC Committees: All of them.




President

Joan Peet

Number of years in Unity: Joined Unity in 2004,14 years participation.

Classes: Keys to the Kingdom, Prosperity Plus I and II, Emilie Cady, Be Heard Now, Living Originally, I of the Storm, Complaint Free World, Teachings of Jesus, Q Process, Reiki, Quantum Touch, Two Unity Conferences, Suzanne Giesemann, a week with Thich Nhat Hanh, and Transcendental Meditation

Leadership Experience: Chaplain and Board of Trustees in Maine 2005-2010, Unity Spiritual Center Board of Trustees 2013-16, Team Leader for multidisciplinary mental health team at outpatient health facility in Boston from 1996-2002.

Unique Skills: Experience in Board Membership and issues that arise around finances and the minister.

Participation in Unity Spiritual Center: I have participated as an usher, choir member, leader of meditation groups, prayer chaplain, alternate board member and board member.

Approximate Hours Per Week in Service: Varies weekly (examples: Office volunteer, Board of Trustees 2013-2016, counter of offering, Finance Committee, PAC Team, Hurricane Readiness Team)




Vice President

Renee Romero

Number of Years in Unity: More than 20 years.

Classes: Studied New Thought concepts since the 1960’s and attended the spiritualist Center in Hollywood, FL.

Leadership Experience: Director of the Lymphedema Institute in Miami as well as an instructor to teach other therapists about this modality.

Work Experience: Renee is a nurse by profession and one of the few Nurse Massage Therapists in Florida. She is currently still in practice.

Unique Skills: She specializes in lymphatic drainage, treating people with swelling in the arms, legs and after surgery.

USC Committees: Multiple.




Secretary

Claire Rahn

Years at Unity: In February of 2018 I walked into Unity Spiritual Center for a presentation by Suzanne Giesemann. I loved the architecture of the building: the high ceilings, the arched windows, the simplicity, the serenity. I was greeted by many friendly people who encouraged me to come to the Sunday service. The next Sunday I did, and I was so impressed that I rarely missed a service thereafter.

Classes: I signed up for all of the Spirit Groups as they were offered. I attended metaphysical classes and struggled because it was all new to me. I read many of the books suggested and appreciated that my endless questions were patiently answered. I even joined the choir for the Christmas service.

Leadership and Work Experience: I majored in political science in college. After I graduated, I was going to attend law school, but went to graduate school instead. Eventually I became a high school social studies teacher.

Unique Skills: I appreciate what Unity has offered me: a caring church that tries to develop the best in me and a philosophy which is positive and constructive. I am so thankful that I found a belief system that enriches my life. After so many years of searching, I am finally home at last.




Treasurer

Jon Buth

Why He Wanted To Serve: I enjoy working as a team. I am interested in exploring opportunities to increase USC in thought and size. I have previously been a member of our Board of Trustees.

Previous Leadership ExperienceBesides previous Board experience, I've been a member of the Finance Committee and the Relocation Committee.

Other Volunteer Activities: I have volunteered as a youth counselor, a softball coach and worked with social and community development.

Unique Skills: Financial planning, fund raising and problem solving. I directed Air Force pharmach assignments and policy in the Surgeon General's office.




Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT)

Norman Bogert

After taking 250 hours of classes on spiritual training and 100 hours of leadership training, Norm was licensed by the Association of Unity Churches in March 2007. He was appointed Unity of Ocala’s Licensed Unity Teacher upon receiving his license and spent most of 2007 teaching basic Unity courses. In August, the Association of Unity Churches granted a charter for a study group to be started in The Villages, and Norm was named the spiritual leader.

Prior to being licensed, Norm joined Unity of Ocala as a member in January of 2004. He was elected to the Board of Trustees that same year and served as vice president and president of the board for three years. Working closely with the minister, Norm was involved with many of the day-to-day decisions and became trained in accounting systems and records needed to run a successful church community. During his working years, Norm was a trainer and facilitator with New York Life Insurance for 23 years and was a member of the National Training Academy faculty for over ten years.

Norm is married and has two children and six grandchildren. He lives in The Villages, Florida.




Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT)

Deni Ralston

Deni Ralston is a Licensed Unity Teacher, serving our church by teaching classes and participating in classes and services as needed.  She was a member of Unity of Louisville for 25 years, serving as a Youth of Unity Sponsor for 12 years, and as a sponsor at regional events. During that time, she was awarded the Distinguished Youth Service Award. Deni received chaplaincy training from Reverend Lei Lanni Burt in 2005. She served as a chaplain at Unity of Louisville for five years before moving to Florida. At Unity Spiritual Center she served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Large, and as Board President. During the six years she has been a member at USC, she completed the 250 hours of LUT foundational classroom study, the additional work, practicum and testing to be licensed.  She is currently on sabbatical.




Licensed Unity Teacher (LUT)

Carla Carder Knack

Carla was certified as a Licensed Unity Teacher, with a focus on Pastoral Care, on July 26, 2018. Moving from Kentucky, she and her husband, Peter, live in The Villages (as of June 2019).  Carla began her Unity journey in 2010 in Louisville, Ky. and served at both Unity of East Louisville and Unity of Louisville (downtown). She served as LaGrange, Ky. satellite  small group co-leader, Prayer Chaplain trainer, Prayer Chaplain co-leader, Generosity Campaign Spiritual Director, platform assistant, meditation leader, World Day of Prayer co-leader, Welcome Team leader and member, Memorial Service co-leader, Good Friday service co-leader, and SEE course teacher and facilitator of additional classes.  Since joining Unity Spiritual Center in June 2019, Carla serves as the Prayer Chaplain leader and trainer, and is on the Sunday chaplain and meditation team.

Peter (originally from Ontario, Canada) and Carla have 5 children and 8 grandchildren between them, scattered from Ontario, Kentucky & Indiana,  to Florida. They enjoy being with family and friends, and playing outdoors, golfing, walking, biking, and swimming.

Carla’s spiritual passion is encouraging others in pursuing their unique spiritual journeys and praying with others. Her favorite quote is from Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”




 
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