Sunday, April 26, 2015

Board of Trustees


The Unity on the River (UOTR) board of trustees is a nine-member body of committed individuals who strive to insure a clear focus on UOTR’s mission, growth, values, and fiscal stability. Board members are elected into at annual meeting each February and serve a term of three years.

Paula Jorgenson, President
A lifelong student of metaphysics, Paula first visited UOTR to participate in the SEE Class, “Wholeness and Healing,” facilitated by Rev. Shipley after being ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2010.
An accomplished artist and teacher in many media, she is now blessed to be co-creating in the medium of spiritual Substance as a UOTR Chaplain, as well as in her own metaphysical artistry as a Spiritual Advisor. After the powerful effect of Holy Spirit Regeneration class, she felt called to serve during this time of transition and is happy to tithe her professional graphic communications experience to create the weekly e-newsletter, Conscious Connections, in support of expanding and prospering the resonating field of Good of UOTR. Paula served on the board as Vice-President in 2014 and is fully prepared for her new role as President.
Elaine Gaffny, Member Elaine Gaffney started coming to Unity on the River in the fall of 2012. Unity’s message is the framework for the beliefs she has always held, so it felt like coming home. Elaine has volunteered in many ways at UOTR—decorating, fundraising, cleaning team and the bookstore. She was honored to be considered to serve on the Board of Trustees. Elaine is a social worker in the area of child welfare and is the Director of My Joy Enterprises, LLC. Elaine has and continues to serve as an inspiring and creative Fundraising leader.
Peter Stringham, Treasurer
Peter (Scott) Stringham has been a congregant at Unity on the River since 2004. He led a well attended Law of Attraction group at church that met for over four years. Certified as a Law of Attraction facilitator, he leads Mastermind groups, provides one-on-one Law of Attraction coaching and brings a positive, uplifting message to corporate clients. With his wife, Carol he operates Grist Mill Mentors out of their New Castle, New Hampshire home, producing prosperity workshops as well as goal setting, women’s and men’s groups. Peter served on the board of Unity on the River from 2005-2010 and has returned to the board in 2014, serving as Treasurer. Peter is also an accomplished singer, currently performing with Portsmouth(NH) Pro Musica, The Overtones (an a capella group) and as a solo performer.
John Maier, Secretary John has been coming to UOTR since 2010, and before that attended Unity Somerville for 2 years.  During his first service at UOTR, he felt he had come home.  The energy, the commitment, the friendly outreach was very moving.  Soon John got involved, first volunteering in the bookstore, and for the past year and a half in hospitality.  He has taken prosperity and prayer classes and many workshops and all are part of his evolving spiritual quest which really came into focus with his first pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in 1995 (He has repeated this twice, most recently in Fall, 2012). Offering himself in service on the Board is yet another way in to grow spiritually, and help to grow a community that has great meaning to him. John has spent his entire professional career in education, teaching at both the college and high school level, directed the Spanish department for five years, coached any number of sports, and organized and led study abroad programs.
Elaine FalveyElaine L Falvey, Member  Elaine is a business leader and spiritual coach of transformation and healing. She has been personally transformed from codependency to inspired leader through joy and sound. She is an Artist, Massage Therapist and Sound Healing Practitioner. She is a Minister of The Teachers of God Foundation. She owns and runs a green cleaning business. A mother of three boys, Elaine embodies compassionate leadership and is co-founder of a Woman’s Empowerment Program based upon the principles of enlightened thought. Elaine is a Chaplain at UOTR and manages the book store.  She also sings in the choir and had been an active member of the church since 2010. Elaine is inspired to serve on the Board of Trustees at UOTR as she is grateful to be involved in such a loving community and wants to help to Rise in Spiritual Excellence as we begin a brand new chapter at UOTR.
Tina Michaud Gray PhotoTina M. Michaud-Gray, Member Tina is the proud mom of two amazing young adults, Isabella and Alexander, and lives in Barrington, New Hampshire with her daughter. Tina has been attending Unity on the River since 1999, was in the first chaplain program in 2001, is a life coach through the Tony Robbins –Cloe Madanes training, RN, Licensed Massage Therapist, and a skilled health care professional with over twenty years of clinical experience in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). As a trailblazer in pain relief and recovery from injuries and surgery, she is the founder of the New England Rapid Recovery Center, located in both Dover, NH and North Andover, MA, and developer of a unique combination of healing technologies including the non-invasive, state-of-the-art Rapid Recovery system. Also using the knowledge from all her fields of study, Tina is able to assist chronic pain patients to regain quality of life.
Mark W. Schneider, Member Mark found Unity on the River through his wife-to-be, Renee, in 2005 and immediately knew that he had found his spiritual home. The principles of Unity completely express the philosophies of living that he was searching for and now aspires to be.  Becoming a member in 2006, he has served in Greeting, Food/Hospitality, Music, and Technical teams.  Excited to serve on the Board of Trustees, he is inspired to see and celebrate the presence in every person he meets and to help Unity continue its mission to awaken all of humanity to its Divinity. Mark is a hands-on manager in technology to support his hobby, playing trombone with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, area swing bands and musical productions. In 2012 he achieved a lifetime dream when he played with the PSO at Carnegie Hall.
John Wernsdorfer, Member John has been attending UOTR since August 2009 and became a member in February 2010. He cherishes the fellowship and community of UOTR. His world has expanded and grown from listening to the message and applying the Unity principles. He is deeply grateful to know he can ask for what he wants and expect to receive it. He knows that love is the medicine and grace is the messenger. John is the father of three and grandfather of two. He has worn many career hats including contractor, handyman, landlord, and engineer. He is currently a realtor and is a teacher and practicing Martial Artist. Born into a military family, John and his four brothers and sisters have lived in many places and experienced many blessings and hardships. Grateful to be involved in such a loving community, UOTR brings him much peace, gratitude and eagerness to serve this community.