The Spiritual Leadership Council of Unity North Tampa is a group of members voted into leadership based on their personal and professional skills and united in their love of Unity North Tampa. Their purpose is to oversee the strategic plan and the financial state of the spiritual center. They are committed to Unity Principles and the spiritual growth of the congregation. Their goal is to hold their heads in the clouds, while keeping their feet well grounded.
We are so blessed to have this dedicated, loving group of members willing to give their time and talent to Unity North Tampa.
Their varied duties include:
- Upholding the spiritual purpose of the Ministry
- Holding the highest interest of the Membership in conducting the business of the Ministry
- Determining policies and procedures related to Unity North Tampa’s tithes and stewardship programs
- Determining business needs of the Ministry & authorize payment of moneys for these purposes
- Managing the assets of Unity north Tampa
- Establishing and overseeing committees to expand the effectiveness of the board & to create a community effort
If you would like to speak with a member of the Board, look for one of these friendly faces after a Sunday service. They are always happy to speak with you.
Donna Stevens, President – Donna came to our Unity congregation in July 2018 and became a member in February 2019. She has served as an Usher, a Worship Assistant, sings with the Sounds of Light, served on special events, and served on the Leadership Council as Secretary before becoming President. Professionally, Donna has previously worked in banking as a teller manager and a banker, and most recently worked for a leadership development and human resources consulting firm as a system specialist. She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 42 years, and has two sons that are both married, and one grandson.
~ What does Unity mean/represent to you? I have come to know Unity as my spiritual home where I share my spiritual energy with like-minded individuals.
~ What drew you to Unity North Tampa? I had been searching for a long time to find a place where I felt connected with others like me. I knew I was being guided here when I found UNT’s website and read, “A positive path for spiritual living.” I felt like I found my spiritual home the very first time I walked through the doors.
~ Why do you serve? I serve because I feel the need to give back all that I have been doubly blessed with from the enlightening, inspirational, motivating and uplifting energy I feel from my spiritual home and each individual congregant.
~ What excites you about the future of Unity North Tampa? Based on the consciousness of our congregation, I know we will manifest our perfect minister very soon. My vision is that our congregation will grow and prosper better than ever before. Our property and facility has so many possibilities for expanding and developing new things as well. What’s not to get excited about?
Bill Leach, Co-Treasurer – Bill has followed Unity teachings for over 30 years. He is a retired attorney who assisted people with rare genetic disorders through a free national legal services program. Bill is also one of the founders of Rainbow Recovery Club, a local charity that provides meeting facilities for various recovery groups. He currently serves on our Minister Search Team.
~ What does Unity mean/represent to you? When I first learned of Unity’s Five Principals, I recognized them as a clear expression of what I had already come to believe.
~ What drew you to Unity North Tampa? My first experience at Unity North Tampa in 2017 was very reminiscent of what I felt when I attended my first Unity service in 1986: I had come home.
~ Why do you serve? “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9
~ What excites you about the future of Unity North Tampa? A genuine sense of community and shared commitment. Every being has come as a light into this world to illuminate Wholeness, each of us in our own unique fashion and in harmony with one another. Let there be Light!
Vicki Procinsky, Co-Treasurer – Vicki is retired from a career in Training, Instructional Design, Technical Writing and as a Performance Technology consultant. She has been a Member of UNT since 2009, and in addition to serving on the Leadership Council for several years has served with the Youth Ministry, the Homeless Outreach Team, Hospitality and Special Events.
~ What does Unity mean/represent to you? To me, Unity is a community of like-minded people who strive to apply the Unity Principles in our lives.
~ What drew you to Unity North Tampa? The Course in Miracles drew me here. The positive energy and wonderful people keep me here.
~ Why do you serve? I serve because it takes a lot of energy to keep our community thriving. I look around and ask, “What needs to be done?” Then, I do that.
~ What excites you about the future of Unity North Tampa? I am excited to see many new visitors. I think we have the potential to draw many more from communities around our new location.
Linda Sletten, Secretary – Linda retired from Bank of America’s Mortgage Lending division in 2019 and now works as an independent mortgage loan processor. She began attending UNT in 2009 and previously served on our Leadership Council for 2 terms during the Manifesting the Vision fundraising and purchasing our property. Linda has been a UNT Prayer Chaplain for 8 years, and is co-leader of the Prayer Chaplains, an Usher and Worship Assistant.
~ What does Unity mean/represent to you? Unity is a way to live on a spiritual level.
~ What drew you to Unity North Tampa? An unseen force drew me to Unity. There is no other explanation.
~ Why do you serve? I serve to give back.
~ What excites you about the future of Unity North Tampa? We have a great group of people to build on the foundation that Rev. Virginia established. Our possibilities are unlimited.
Bobbie LeRoy, L C Member at Large – After earning a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders, Bobbie worked for most of her 30 year career with disabled students in public schools in Illinois and in Florida. She attended two other Unity Centers, before coming to UNT in 2007. She has volunteered as an Usher, a Worship Assistant, with Hospitality and Outreach. Bobbie recognizes that this is an important time in the life of our Unity ministry and she is honored to serve.
~ What does Unity mean/represent to you? Unity is meaningful to me because it is a progressive, loving and nonjudgmental spiritual community.
~ What drew you to Unity North Tampa? Reverend Virginia’s message encouraged me to return to Unity North Tampa. After attending several times, I liked the people and what UNT offered in the way of classes and activities.
~ Why do you serve? I serve on the Leadership Team because this transition time is very important in the life and future of our spiritual community. I want to be a part of our continued operation and growth.
~ What excites you about the future of Unity North Tampa? Unity North Tampa’s new location with the beautiful grounds and larger Center offer great potential for growth. Presently we are maintaining our congregation, so when our new leader arrives, we will have new ideas and programs to enhance future growth.
Patty Quinby, L C Member at Large – Patty was a hospital pharmacist for 35 years and has been in Unity for many years. She joined UNT in 2015. She has been an active volunteer in the Youth Ministry and the Grounds Team. When Barbara Kramer recently resigned from the Council due to a temporary health challenge, the Leadership Council elected Patty to complete her term.
~ What does Unity mean/represent to you? Unity is my spiritual home.
~ What drew you to Unity North Tampa? I first attended Unity of Tampa with Rev Ross Goodman at the helm. I had been affiliated with the Catholic church but was looking for something more. When Ross Goodman retired, I began looking at other Unity churches and found one in north Tampa where I was living. After a bit with Unity of Today, which disbanded, I found my way to Unity North Tampa.
~ Why do you serve? I serve in the Youth Ministry as a helper, on the Leadership Council and on the Grounds Team because I feel the need is there and I feel like I am supporting my Unity family.
~ What excites you about the future of Unity North Tampa? I am excited about the future of Unity North Tampa because of the potential it has for attracting more members with its beautiful facility and grounds and welcoming community. I think the future is very bright.