|Rev. Ed Kosak||Minister|
|Elizabeth Cain||Ministry Coordinator|
|Brad Henty||Music Ministry|
|Cynthia Murov||Office Clerk & bookstore Manager|
|Rev. Lynn Holland||Teacher & Platform Director|
|Rev. Mary Ann Finch||Founder / Emerita|
BOARD of TRUSTEES
I have been a member of Unity of Charleston since 2002. After just 3 Sundays, I knew I had found my spiritual home.
Since attending Unity of Charleston, besides enjoying the Sunday messages, fabulous music (getting better and better), classes, special events and finding like-minded friends.
I am a Registered Nurse of more than 40 years working in a local hospital. In addition, I enjoy volunteer work at Unity, specifically the Bookstore and food pantry. Previous service included the Compassion Council and the Angel Food Ministry and Crisis Ministries down town. I am excited about all of the wonderful energy evident in our church community and to serve on the Board of Trustees to move our beloved church forward into whatever is yet to be accomplished. I look forward to working with this dedicated Board and envision so many good things in our future. Together we can truly be that beacon of light that is Unity.
I'm honored to have been asked to serve on the Board of Trustees. I have lived in Charleston for the past 25 years, having moved here from Connecticut. I have been a member of Unity of Charleston for 5 years now and am happy to say that I've found my spiritual home. My checkered career has included a 10-year stint in publishing, teaching ESOL, being a yoga instructor and a Shiatsu massage therapist, and renovating older homes. Currently, my partner Jane and I have a wonderful 'niche' nursery selling southeastern native plants from our backyard.
I'm excited about working to help manage and build the future of this congregation. Community is important to me and I enjoy working to bring the best out of everyone involved, and it is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow. I have worked on several boards over the years: the American Organization of Bodywork Therapists of Asia (AOBTA) in the early 1990's and later on the board of the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) here in Charleston. Good communication is the key, as is a willingness to listen. Let me know how you would like us to evolve. Let's co-create together!
|Cindy Weaks |
Cindy Weaks, energy healer, seeker, pilgrim and lover of sound is a native of Charleston, SC.
She has been blessed by mantra teachers such as Namadeva Acharya (Thomas Ashley-Farand) and his wife Satyabhama, and more recently through Yogic Mystery School with Anirud JaiDev, (Russill Paul). In 2009 when invited to sit in with Sangita Devi at a kirtan event, her passion for kirtan was ignited. In 2010 she completed kirtan college with David and Mira Newman. Cindy travelled to India in 2011 and 2012 on pilgrimage with Russill and Asha Paul. She was honored to lead chants in the Shiva temple, Uchhi Pillayar, Rock Fort Temple in Tirruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.
Cindy is a true light worker. Balancing her work career as an Accounting Director with Rogers & Brown Custom Brokers for over 28 years, she is also a Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Reconnective Healing Practitioner and student of Sanskrit and Yoga of Sound.
II am so very delighted to serve ib the Board if Trustees, I am a native of Charleston and attended Charleston county School district (CCSD) public schools. Upon graduation, I attended Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. My educational career began teaching pre-school students in a New York City Head Start origran, After two years, I was appointed as the Education director where my responsibilities included supervising teachers at two Head Start centers. During my tenure as Education director, I saw the importance of reaching children at a ytoung age, especially those in low-income households, so they tooo could be as successful as their morre affluent counterparts. While working with the Learning Centers, I was also able to earn my Masters of Arts in Early Childhood.
In 1987, I relocated to Charleston and began working as an Early Childhood Teacher in CCSD. Over the years, I have immensely enjoyed teaching my Kindergarten - Third grade students. I have been able to see my students become prosperous and productive members of society.
Returning to Charleston, I found myself searching for a church where I could feel a connection to God and a congregation that shared peace, harnmony and love. In 2010, I finally found that church - UNITY and have been an active member for six years. Throughout that tinme, I have also served as an Usher. In June 2014, I retired from CCSD and now am able to spend more time with my children and my two lovely granddaughters.
|Debra Whitfield |
Debra grew up in Monmouth County, NJ and studied business and computer science at The College of New Jersey and started her career on Wall Street in the early 80s. She relocated to the Charleston area in 1989 to continue her career as a financial investment advisor. After spending over 20 years in the financial industry, she realized that she could better apply her financial expertise in advising and counseling the 55Plus community in making key life decisions in the real estate market with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors. She found that she has a passion to help her clients who are searching for solutions to their challenges in the next stage of life.
Debra has served on several advisory committees linked to the aging population. She is involved in the Low country Seniors Network, a professional business referral group and speaks to groups on behalf of the National Aging in Place Coalition (NAIPC) about senior housing issues where she is a Charter Member. Also is past chapter President for AARP in Mt. Pleasant.
She is married to John Ptolemy and has one son, Kensie Whitfield, who is married to Jeanna and owns Coastal Climbing.
Charleston has been my home with the exception of two glorious years living in Hawaii where my brother resides. I received a public school education here in the Lowcountry and completed both undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education) and graduate (Masters in Early Childhood Education) degrees at the College of Charleston. Having retired from years of teaching, I am enjoying quality time with my husband, Charles, as well as a number of hobbies and interests.
In Unity of Charleston, I have truly found my spiritual home. I've been an active member for six years and have volunteered in a number of areas most joyfully as a member of Voices of Unity. In Unity of Charleston, I have enjoyed continuous spiritual growth, It is great to be a part of this community which practices the spiritual lowas of love and spreads peace throughout the world.
I am honored to accept the nomination to serve on the Board of Trustees. If elected, I will bring my skills and talents along with an open mind and heart, as well as the willingness to work as a team toward the positive growth smooth operations of our beloved church community.
|Elizabeth Franchini |
I have been attending Unity Church since the mid 90s. I began right after graduate school where I had earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling and eventually a School Guidance certification. The Unity principles seemed to fit well into where I was going with my career. Unity has been the only church that has ever made sense to me. I attended until around 2000 and then attended sporadically over the next several years. I found that as Mary Ann Finch used to say, “If Unity does its job, you don’t need to go to church to have a spiritual life.” I continued with my career in school guidance and mental health and many other volunteer positions. In January 2014 I felt the need to return to be an active member of Unity because of the positive energy here and the direction Rev. Ed was taking the church.Prior to graduate school, the positions I have held were as a para legal in a governmental environmental agency (PA), a juvenile probation officer (PA), program coordinator for high risk youth and also for the disabled, a certified adoptions investigator, and case manager for retraining of displaced shipyard workers. My life has been multi-faceted with many interests including the arts, traveling and the environment. The volunteer work I have done is as important to me as my professional life. I have volunteered with the arts community as an usher for Dock Street, Spoleto and Piccolo for many years. Charleston County Parks and Recreation has provided me with a variety of volunteer opportunities, but in particular environmental education. The traveling is an interest that is very dear to my heart. It has been my pleasure to visit six continents many of which have included volunteer programs. My most recent trip to Peru in July included working at a home for teen moms ages 11 – 16. I continue to work for support of their program as these children have no where else to go if it closes. My leadership with the People to People program took me to Western Canada, Australia and Japan with American students to teach them how to be ambassadors. My trip to Africa with the Friendship Forces put me on a mission to send discarded school books to children in the rural areas of Ghana. The Hat Ladies of Charleston has also provided me with many opportunities to be of service to the Charleston community.