Our board of trustees meets at 6:30 pm on the third Monday of each month in the Fireside Room. This is where the business of our spiritual center is managed, and members of the congregation are welcome.
If you have an issue or idea you would like to present at our next meeting, please contact a board member to be added to the agenda.
2018 Board of Trustees
Jan Gauvain, president
Jan has studied New Thought for nearly 30 years, practicing and living the principles. She started at the Creative Life Center for Spiritual Living in Spring, Texas, and became licensed prayer practitioner. Jan moved to Wimberley after her first husband died and has been an artist, teacher of young children, leader of women's workshops, teacher of Science of Mind classes, and study group leader. She and husband Stanley Tartakov have four children and four grandchildren between them. Email Jan.
Jason Jones, vice-president
Jason and Charis Jones have attended Unity of Wimberley since mid-2013. Since then, Unity has meant more than they can express to them and their children Mirabel, Porter, and Thayer. Jason said he wishes to help this special tribe continue to thrive and to be a place where individuals and families can unfold. They live up the road in Driftwood.
Jason is an entrepreneur and executive with a passion for changing industries for the better. He is co-founder of Austin-based Vital Farms Inc, and serves as advisor to several companies in the food, green tech, and hospitality areas. He earned his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and is an avid outdoorsman.
John Criswell, treasurer
John spent 45 years in Information Technology, with 35 years in management, giving him extensive experience in budgeting and project initiatives. He also served on a homeowners’ association board and worked closely with a large charter school. John has volunteered with Howling Moon, highway pickup and the annual church cleanup. He and his wife, Sharon, discovered Unity about 15 years ago in Dallas when Rev. Ellen was a minister there, and rediscovered her in Wimberley after they retired here in 2013. They have two boys and four grandchildren. John says, “I am honored to serve using my talents on the church board.”
Marianne Calvanese, secretary
Marianne is a naturopathic physician who has practiced for 27 years. She lived previously in Colorado, where she was a founder of a Waldorf School in Pagosa Springs and served as its board president. She also led the PTA at Casey Elementary in Austin. Her twin girls, Faith and Grace, are 13 and her son Nick, 22, is serving in the military. Marianne and the girls have attended Unity of Wimberley since May 2013. Email Marianne.
Tommy Potts, community engagement
Tommy was born and raised in the Dallas area, served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, then completed a degree in marketing at North Texas State University. His career was mainly in information systems. Taking early retirement, Tommy and wife Betty bought a bed and breakfast in Granbury, Texas, and ran it for three years. When they moved back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, they became active participants and volunteers at Unity of Grapevine. They transferred their membership when they moved to Wimberley in 2013. Email Tommy.
Jean Newsum grew up and attended college in Arkansas, moving to Houston to teach after graduation. There she met her husband, Richard, and he introduced her to Unity. The message resonated with her and she joined Unity of Houston, where they were married. They raised their family in the Houston and Cypress area. She went back to school and obtained her Master's degree in Educational Counseling, later teaching and counseling in her community for years. In 2003, they moved to Wimberley to be closer to family. The Newsum's were active in the founding of Unity of Wimberley and treasure their years here. Email Jean.
Myla Rosebaugh, volunteer coordinator
Myla Rosebaugh says she has spent her adult life seeking spirit and truth. In her quest, she’s served in support and leadership roles with personal growth organizations, spiritual meditation groups and other Unity churches. Myla started and ran her own business for 17 years. In that role, Myla served on the board for a local business networking organization, always focusing on growing membership and value for the members.
After attending three other Unity Churches in Austin, Myla and her husband DJ have found their church home and community at Unity of Wimberley. Both have been active in various volunteer positions, including wildlife workday, potluck teams, and the welcoming team. Myla is currently our volunteer coordinator.
Chip Slade was born in Longview and is a life-long Texan. He is a graduate of TCU and is now retired from a life in corporate real estate. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Spring Branch where they are active in their subdivision's H.O.A. and spend their time outdoors as much as possible. They have been married for nine years and enjoy a blended family that includes their two daughters' families, with seven grandchildren ranging from 13 months to 20 years in age. In their search for a new church home, the welcoming atmosphere of Unity of Wimberley and the love delivered by all spoke volumes. Participating in Molly Steel's Grief Class held a message meant for them and they became regular Sunday attendees and became voting members last year. Email Chip.
Rev. Jill Carey, Senior Minister
Rev. Jill Carey began as our Senior Minister on April 1, 2018. Jill became Reverend Jill in 1992 when she graduated from Unity Ministerial School. After her ordination she served in a wide variety of Texas Unity churches ranging from start-ups to long-established holding many positions including senior minister. Over her 26 year ministerial career Jill has taken several breaks from being a full-time minister, but she frequently answered our calls over the years to take a Sunday now again as a guest speaker, much to our delight. We are beyond delighted now to call her our senior minister.