Our board of trustees meets at 5:00 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.
You may email the board members with any issue or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Board of Trustees
Chip Slade, President
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.
Jan Gauvain, Vice-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.
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.”
Jean Newsum - Secretary
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.
Karen fell in love with the practical and loving teachings of Unity in 1998 and it was love at first site when she visited Unity of Wimberley in 2010. Karen and her husband, Jeff, retired to Wimberley in 2014 from Houston where she held various positions for DuPont over 34 years. Her most rewarding job was Site Training Manager. Karen was born in Pennsylvania but grew up as a teen in Buffalo, New York where she met Jeff. She graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in Social Work. She enjoys volunteering, yoga and walking with her dog on the Unity of Wimberley trails. Karen has a son and daughter in law in San Antonio and two adorable grand dogs.
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.