Board of Trustees

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.

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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

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

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. 


Jan McGowan

Jan moved to Wimberley in 1999.  Soon thereafter she joined a Master Mind group of seven women who planted the seed for what officially became Unity Church of Wimberley in 2004. She holds a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of North Texas and a masters degree in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University. She taught in the Richardson, Texas ISD for twenty years and the Dripping Springs ISD for five years. Upon retirement she received her advanced Yoga Teacher training with Sacred Art Studio in Houston. She continues teaching at the Orange Moon Studio in Wimberley and the Transcendental Meditation Dome of Austin. 
Jan’s #1 priority is lifelong learning and spiritual development through study, her daily personal physical practice, and prayer and meditation. She has been a member of a Unity congregation since 1985 and serves as a Prayer Chaplain at Unity of Wimberley.

Beverly Millwee

In 1971 Beverly dropped out of high school, jumped on the back of Billy’s motorcycle and left Big Spring, Texas to run off to Mexico and get married.  They haven’t looked back since and have enjoyed a life of adventure.  Billy and Beverly have been together for 47 years, raised three successful children, and are proud grandparents of one granddaughter and two grandsons.  Beverly had a 20+ year career as a registered nurse specializing in HIV/AIDS care and retired in 2011.  She and Billy have been attending Unity of Wimberley since 2014.
Bevery attributes any success she and Billy have had in their lives to their exposure to New Thought.  They credit their involvement with the Church of Religious Science in 1978 for providing them a spiritual pathway that eventually led them to Unity of Wimberley.  
Beverly loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren.  She looks forward to advancing her spiritual growth and offering a greater level of contribution to this wonderful spiritual community.


Karen Stocki

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.