Board of Trustees

 

President - Andrea DeBell

My spiritual journey started during my teens when I began meditating and practicing yoga.  Since then, I have attended various spiritual retreats, including three in India, and have read a wealth of spiritual books.  I discovered Unity for the first time in Houston over a decade ago.  When my husband and I moved to San Francisco in 2015, I was lucky to find a warm and loving community at Unity San Francisco, and it instantly became our spiritual home.

Being a member of the Board seems to bring my life full circle, as I am able to combine my corporate work experience with my spiritual beliefs.  I have worked in the non-profit, private, and corporate sectors, in the education and software industry, and have served in high-level administrative and managerial positions.  Along with my diverse work experience, my BA and MA in education have also been great assets in helping me to work effectively on the board.

I feel greatly blessed to be a part of Unity San Francisco -- where we have a loving, vibrant, and welcomning community infused with clear purpose and deep spiritual principles.

 

 

Vice President - Carole Dolighan

Carole grew up in Western Canada, not far from the Canadian Rockies.  Always interested in design, color, and textiles, she studied at the New York School of Design, after which she traveled to Australia, where she opened a shop selling original garments that she created to feature dyeing techniques on natural fabrics.  The creative process and entrepreneurial aspect of developing a wholesale business was thrilling, but the pull of family brought her back to San Francisco, where she continued to develop her dyeing techniques and sell her wares to boutiques and specialty stores across the country.

Spiritually, Carole's interest was sparked with reading the works of Joseph Campbell.  Very much a seeker, her spiritual path eventually lead her to Unity San Francisco, where she instantly felt at home and enrolled in each new class that was offered.  Through learning the Core Values of the community, along with the Five Principles of Unity, she knew it was a place where she could learn, grow, and serve.  Today, she is a member of the Prayer Chaplains, along with the governing board and hospitality team.  Being a part of Unity has enriched her life and helped her to become more comfortable with who she is as she happily creates the life she wishes based on Unity Principles.  She enjoys painting, gardening, working with mosaics, and, of course, serving passionately as a member of the Unity community.

 

Co-Treasurer - Susan Ives

My New Thought journey began in 1986 when my son was born.  His birth was a life changing experience and I was overwhelmed by emotion.  I had many questions which my traditional religious beliefs could not answer.  These questions led me on a metaphysical journey for and I soon discovered I needed a supportive spiritual community to help me along the way.  

I am most grateful for the wonderful classes and people I’ve met at the Divine Science Church in Washington, D.C.  and in Unity.  These people and lessons have influenced my relationships and my work as a healthcare designer. 

I moved to the Bay Area from Maryland where I attended Unity of Gaithersburg.  Finding a supportive community at Unity of San Francisco eased my transition.  Becoming a Board member allows me to serve as and inspire this vibrant spiritual community and to join others who share my journey.

 

 

 

Co-Treasurer - Elaine Bostwick Smith

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I have been attending Unity for over 20 years.  I spent 35 years as a research associate, and the last 8 years as an Executive Assistant at Fresh Livelines for Youth, a non-profit serving youth in three Bay Area counties.

I am now retired, and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, serving on the board at Unity San Francisco, and singing with the Silicon Valley Diversity Choir and Sounds of Unity Choir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member at Large - Frank Burgoyne

I grew up in Wisconsin in a large Catholic family attending both Catholic grade school and high schools, but no longer resonated with my religion of origin after going away to college.  I moved to San Francisco in 1979 and embarked on a new spiritual journey via the teachings of Louise Hay, and A Course in Miracles.  After a close friend passed away in 1995, I discovered the Metropolitan Community Church and attended services there for 22 years.

In 2017, I started attending services weekly at Unity San Francisco, taking many classes and involving myself with service to the community.  In Unity, I've found a spiritual home that fits my eclectic spirituality and need for a nondogmatic, inclusive congregation.  Being on the Board allows me to give back to this community where I am so well fed spiritually.

 

 

 

Senior Minister - Rev. Ken Daigle

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