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 Rev. Ellen Debenport or a board member to be added to the agenda.
2017 Board of Trustees
Jason Jones, treasurer
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.
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 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.
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.
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 would be honored to serve using my talents on the church board.”
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.
Rev. Ellen Debenport, minister
Ellen has been the minister at Unity of Wimberley since 2009 and is a voting member of the board. She was ordained as a Unity minister in 1999 and served as associate, then senior minister at Unity of Dallas. She also served six years on the board at Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village. In a previous career, she was a reporter for United Press International and political editor for the Tampa Bay Times. She was working as a reported in Washington, D.C., when she felt the call to ministry. Email Ellen.