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At Unity on the River, we’re blessed with an outstanding
team of dedicated Ministers and Speakers, Board of Trustees,

Volunteers, and Staff Members who conduct services,
organize events and keep our community thriving.

UOTR abides by a set of By-Laws that are available to anyone to read.

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Rev. Shipley Allinson

Unity on the River began in May 1994 as a prayer and study group.  Shipley Allinson was called to become a minister, and she had a vision of bringing Unity to her community. From the first small study group in Shipley’s home, the group increased for three more years before deciding to hold services once a month in the basement of a bank. 

Shipley and her team worked ceaselessly to build a community of Unity members. Within a few years Unity on the River made its home in a beautiful center in Amesbury. 

Rev. Allinson retired as full-time minister after 18 years of service.


Jackie Woodside

Jackie Woodside is a USA TODAY and four-time Amazon bestselling author, TEDx speaker, international trainer, expert guest on television and radio, and professional coach. She is the founder of the Curriculum for Conscious Living and the Conscious Living Summit, and trains coaches around the world to deliver this life changing work. Jackie is a certified professional coach and licensed psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience in both fields.  She has authored three best-selling books and 25 training curriculums. 

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Lesley Ann Smith

Lesley Ann Smith is a joy ambassador, here to uplift the world, by empowering individuals and audiences in a life of love, peace and healing.


She serves clients across the globe with private readings and energy healing, while providing online and in-person classes that support transformation in the areas of health, abundance, career and relationships.


Lesley has toured as a New England Foundation for the Arts transformational entertainer, conflict resolution expert, singer/songwriter and world-class ventriloquist.


Her longtime association in Unity and spiritual healing began as a founding member of Unity on the River, workshop leader, lead vocalist, while serving on the Board and as an Interim Music Director. She is committed to living the Unity Principles and loves to support UOTR as a speaker on the speakers rotation team.


She is also having fun as a founding member, vocalist, and workshop leader at New Thought commUnity of Gulfport Florida and in her healing and performance work across the country.


She is thrilled to show-up as a healing artist, mother, wife, friend and sister in this lifetime.

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Martine Bernard

Martine is a Science of Mind Licensed Practitioner, Unity Prayer Chaplain, as well as a Reiki Healer. She has performed in Europe as a professional singer and was co-host of an educational television show. Martine has used New Thought principles in her daily life to be reborn by the renewing of her mind. She has shared her lovely voice, meditations, and moving prayers for years at Unity Brookline and Unity in The City. And since June of 2019, many have been blessed to hear Martine share her wisdom on a monthly basis! Martine is now in her third year studying to be a Science of Mind Minister at the Holmes Institute. Her passion is sharing New Thought-Ancient Wisdom Spiritual Principles with others! "For God Has Not Given Us A Spirit Of Fear, But Of Power And Of Love And Of Power And Of A Sound Mind" 2 Timothy 1:7

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Stephanie Roy

For over 25 years Stephanie has been happily associated with Unity on the River as a congregant, volunteer, teacher, and occasional stand-up comic. With a rich lifelong interest in all things spiritual she delivers a powerful message. Stephanie practices as a transpersonal psychotherapist and provides workshops and retreats designed to explore and navigate the inner landscapes.

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Denise DeSimone

Rev. Denise DeSimone an interfaith minister and Denise is one of the original members of UOTR. Having survived Stage IV throat cancer in 2005, a journey which led her to author a book "From Stage IV to Center Stage". Denise’s work has inspired many people to turn challenges into opportunities of transformation. 

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Board of Trustees

The Unity on the River board of trustees is an organized body of committed individuals who strive to insure a clear focus of our mission, growth, values, and fiscal stability. Board members are elected at our annual meeting in January and serve three-year terms.

Staff Members

Meg Rayne

Music Director

Meg Rayne has been a member with UOTR since 1997. She is an extraordinary singer/songwriter, and gifted music director and spiritual leader.  

Stan Wrobel

Director of Operations

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Stan brings 40+ years of IT and Management experience to this new position and is glad to serve the Unity on the River community!   Stan has been associated with Unity since 1978, having attended Unity of Oak Park in Illinois, Unity of Ann Arbor in Michigan in the 1980's, and several other Unity congregations in Massachusetts, starting in 1996.   Stan has been a member of Unity on the River since 2015 and has served on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer and remains chairman of the UOTR Endowment Fund committee.

Mark Rosen
Director of Communications

Mark has been a member of Unity on the River since 1997. He served as choir director, sound system engineer, and now as Communications Director he employs his background in business marketing and communications to good use.

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