Unity South Central Region’s Leadership Team — Front row from left: Rev. Janet Lang; Rev. Kyra Baer; Rev. Becky Whitehead; Rev. Toni Boehm. Back row: John Choplin; Susan Gallagher; Rev. Janie Kelly; Rev. Scott Schell; Dr. Nancy Little; Rev. Cynthia Leveque; Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor; Rev. Sondra von Gyllenband; and Rev. David Howard.
USCR 2016-17 BOARD MEMBERS
Rev. Becky Whitehead
President, Peer Resource Project Liaison, and
Administrative Assistant Supervisor (2018)
Rev. Becky Whitehead is serving as senior minister for Unity of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Becky was ordained in 2014 through the Field Licensing Program of Unity World Wide Ministries. She moved to Omaha in 2009 from Nashville, TN, where she invested many years in board service with Unity of Music City, to begin her life with the Omaha community as the associate minister and she stepped into the senior role in 2013. She brought her talents in Leadership & Organizational Development and established the Enlightened and Empowered Leadership Academy. Her passions around seeing others step into all they are here to be has created a dynamic opportunity for growth and empowerment at Unity of Omaha. Prior to ministry Becky worked as director of operations for a regional healthcare provider in the southeast, all in all, she served in management, marketing and operational roles in the healthcare industry for 30 years. Becky serves as a mentor in the Field Licensing Program and continues to support the entire movement as her skills are requested. Becky has become one of the gifted presenters for the Spirit at Sea New Thought cruise program The Art of Being is at the core of many of her teachings as she supports the demonstration of our Divine being in this life experience. Becky believes in the power of joy and laughter and brings the energy of love to those around her.
David Howard is the Senior Minister at Unity Spiritual Center Denver. Prior to moving to Denver in 2014, he was Spiritual Leader at Unity of Arlington, TX for six years. He received his Unity ordination in January 2017. He has been a student of Unity and New Thought since 1995, when he began attending Unity of Dallas. David’s first career was in the insurance industry, where he worked as a commercial property and casualty insurance broker and manager for 26 years.
Rev. Janet Lang has served as the senior minister of Unity of Littleton since November 2004. She graduated from the Ministerial Program at Unity School and received her ordination in 1995, and has been a student of Unity since 1986.
Janet graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in accounting and worked for the federal government for 18 years prior to entering the ministry. She has three children and five grandchildren. Her passion lies in doing all she can to people to understand the joy, peace, and wise, valuable guidance that comes from consciously connecting with that divine spirit within us all. The teachings of Unity totally changed her life in a profoundly wonderful way, and she knows it can do the same for others.
Rev. Janie was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2007, and has served as Lead Minister at Unity of San Angelo in San Angelo, Texas since September 2007. She has been a student of Unity teachings since the mid-1980’s. She has been trained in Peacemaking Skills at UWM, and was trained by Rev. Lei Lanni Burt as a Prayer Chaplain Trainer. Janie is currently serving on the Licensing and Ordination Team. She is a certified Dream Builder Coach and a Peace Ambassador of West Texas. Prior to ministry, Rev. Janie owned 2 businesses simultaneously for more than 23 years. Over the years she expanded those businesses and moved to larger locations until they had quadrupled in size. She has written a book, Living Full-Tilt, in support of her workshop by the same name. Her interests are writing, oil painting, yoga, reading, traveling with her husband, Danny and her rescue dogs: Freckles and BoBo. Janie believes that everyone has a calling and a gift to give to the world. An important part of living a fulfilling life is bringing forth these gifts in a spirit of joy.
Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor, M.A., LPC, has served as Senior Minister of Unity Santa Fe, New Mexico since December 1994. She was ordained in February 2000 through the Field Licensing Program. She has a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s in General Studies from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Prior to ministry, Brendalyn worked as an Employee Assistance Counselor, Health Case Manager, and Employee Relations Specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has extensive federal service human resources and related investigative experience which uniquely qualified her to serve for 7 years as the Chair of the Credentialed Leader/Ministry Review Team for Unity Worldwide Ministries.
Rev. Cynthia Leveque has been the minister at Unity of Des Moines since 2011. She was ordained and graduated from Unity Institute in 2009 with a Masters of Divinity and has a B.A. in Art from the University of Washington.
Previously, she enjoyed being Assistant Minister at Unity of Fort Myers in Florida for a few years and spent eleven years as Assistant Minister and Church Administrator at Unity of Boulder in Colorado. Out in the wide world she has worked in social services and recreation administration.
Cynthia is married to Roland Leveque, who loves to travel the world, so she goes along with that. Together they have six children and 7 grandchildren who live everywhere but Iowa. Cynthia loves riding on the bike paths in Des Moines and creating all kinds of art.
Dr. Nancy Little began her Unity journey at Unity of Dallas in 1993, serving consistently in leadership roles such as Board Member, Prayer Chaplain Coordinator, Platform Assistant; and Education Design Team. In 2012, Nancy served Unity Church of Hawaii during an eight-month internship, fueling her passion to share the Aloha message.
In 2014, Nancy conceived Unity Spirit of Aloha and received formal approval from Unity Worldwide Ministries to operate as an Alternative Unity Ministry. Drawing from the ancient wisdom teachings of Hawai’i, Nancy shares the Spirit of Aloha by offering Sunday messages, workshops, and training events at spiritual communities in the United States and Canada.
During Nancy’s 25-year career in higher education, she envisioned her role as supporting others to achieve their dreams. Whether developing a new campus, writing grants, serving as a trained mediator, leading programs as a diversity leader, teaching master’s level counseling classes, offering grief and loss workshops or working one on one with at-risk students, Nancy excelled due to her deep connection with others.
Nancy has a deep desire to serve our regional and international Unity movement. She was elected to the Unity Worldwide Leadership Recruitment and Development Team (LRDT) in 2015.
Kyra is a bridge-builder between the seen and the unseen. She has spanned the decades bringing the spiritual, nonprofit and corporate worlds together. Her gifts assist others to live in awareness of their own Divinity and access their true spiritual gifts in everyday practical ways.
Kyra was ordained in 1997 after finding her Unity roots and wings at Unity of Houston. She is in her 20th year as a Unity minister, 6 years nonprofit leadership (United Way of Houston), and 10 years in leadership in the corporate world. She ministered in Mesa, Arizona for three years before pioneering Unity of Divine Love Spiritual Center in Chandler, Arizona in 2000. While building Unity of Divine Love, she spent more than 10 years on the board of Arizona InterFaith Movement; contributed to a daily devotional publication, Interfaith Inspirations for a Globalized World; presented workshops at two Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain and Melbourne, Australia; and presented the opening Worship Celebration Service for the Unity People’s Convention in 2008.
Kyra co-hosted a radio program on World Puja Network called Church with No Walls throughout 2009; created and led a Unity Women’s Ministry in Arizona for 12 years; and received the Outstanding Youth Service Award for 10 years of service to the Youth Education Advisory Team (YEA Team!) for the Southwest Region of Unity Churches. She is a Oneness Trainer and is dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to experience God and ignite a passion for the realization of their own inner Divinity or Christ/God Consciousness and interconnectedness with all.
Kyra is Minister at Unity Bay Area Houston in League City, Texas, where she has served since May 2013. She spent 2010 to 2013 in Houston and the surrounding area sharing her gifts through teaching, speaking, spiritual coaching, women’s circles, and leading workshops and Oneness activities. She also taught and served as a Staff Minister at Unity of Houston as well as serving other Unity ministries in the area.
Currently, Kyra is on the Unity People’s Convention Planning Team (since 2013) and on the Unity South Central Conference Planning Team (since 2015).
Kyra is recognized as a passionate visionary leader known for “walking her talk” and speaking with a contagious enthusiasm and a flow of Presence.
USCR REGIONAL STAFF
Rev. Sondra von Gyllenband
Keeper of the Flame and Judicatory Representative
Rev. Sondra began her Unity journey in the Virgin Islands where she studied with a few other members of a book group. Later moving to Texas, Sondra became involved at Unity of Austin. She became a Licensed Unity Teacher in 1990. She taught classes at Unity of Austin and spoke at small churches around Texas.
Sondra became the Spiritual Leader of Unity of San Marcos where she served for about 13 years. While there Sondra entered and completed the Field Licensing Program. She was ordained in 2004. Called to Beaumont in 2007, she is now Minister Emeritus at Unity of Southeast Texas. She has served on the USC Regional Board, Field Licensing Policy Team, and as a FLP mentor. Her studies include Be Peace, Peacekeeping, Being Coach, and You and Money.
Rev. Toni G. Boehm, comes to us a 25 year member of our region through her alternative ministry, Awakening Awareness Ministry, and as one who has been involved in Unity for nearly 40 years. Her commitment and passion to sacred service in Unity, is unquestioned, and she continues in this consciousness as she brings her skills and talents to USCR. For over 20 years Toni served as the dean, Unity School of Religious Studies and then Vice President, Unity Institute. The richness of Unity culture is embedded in her “soul,” along with the realities of future possibilities.
Rev. Scott Schell is the minister of Unity Columbine Spiritual Center in Boulder, Colorado. Scott was ordained in 1994 but his history with Unity began in 1968 when his family started attending Unity of Des Moines. Scott is a CPA and has worked in both accounting and management positions. Scott has been involved with the finances of our region for the last 14 years serving first as treasurer and now as accountant.
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