- Jan Choti, Alternate
- Rev Sheryl Padgett, Senior Minister (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sue McKenzie, Treasurer
- Myrna Eshelman, Secretary
- Doug Barningham, President (Email: email@example.com
- Mike Campbell, Member at Large
- Bill Crull, Vice President
- Barbara Courtright, Member at Large and Music Director
Board of Trustees Officers and Members, effective July 21, 2019
Doug Barningham, Board President
I spent the first 25 years of life in Michigan. I graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Community Planning and spent 6 years working at Penn State University in that field. I next moved to State College in Pennsylvania for 20 years, running a Day Care facility and creating a construction and remodeling business. About 13 years ago, I moved to Arizona and purchased a small manufacturing business, which I sold after 12 years. I credit Unity teachings for my business success.
Ten years ago, I found Unity and a spiritual home. I spent 6 years on the board, 5 years as president. I am looking forward to more spiritual growth and governing opportunities at Unity of the White Mountains.
Sue McKenzie, Board Treasurer
Being raised on my grandfather's ranch in the mountains southeast of Bakersfield, Ca. I enjoyed a wonderful life filled with fresh air, ranch livestock, a five-acre orchard and wonderful parents. We had no electricity, radio or phone, and outside plumbing. We moved to town when I was 13-year-old. After Bakersfield Junior College, I married and moved to the Los Angeles area where I worked in a hospital setting for 10 years before starting my career in Human Resources (HR) with Goodwill Industries. While at Goodwill, I served five years on the Board of the "Personnel Association of Sonoma County" (PASCO), including one year as president. The PASCO monthly meetings included topics in HR and staff development, communication skills and legal issues pertaining to the HR professional responsibilities. Before retiring from Goodwill, for two years I managed seven retail stores. Retirement found me in Florida for nine years and then in Arizona since 2010. My spiritual path to a greater awareness of our Radiant One (God) started in 1976 and has continued through different groups/venues until on August 20, 2017 I found Unity of the White Mountains and I KNEW I was home. I feel honored to be serve on the Board of Trustees.
Barbara Courtright, Member at Large and Music Director
I arrived ready to serve, and did so as an usher for several months before finding my place in the music team with the John Darst Trio. For several years I was the lead vocalist and song leader as well as taking on the job of choosing music for the services. Now with the departure of the band, I am continuing to serve by taking on the position of Music Director. I work closely with Reverend Sheryl to make sure that the music and message complement
each other. I am also ready to step up and take a more active role in our church by serving on the Board and assisting us in “Transforming Together”. One of the qualities I feel I bring to whatever position I am in, is flexibility. I am not easily shaken by the winds of change, and am very devoted to whatever I take on. I am so blessed by my association with this church, and all of you. I hope to serve here in whatever capacity Spirit calls me to for a long time to come.
Michael Campbell, Member at Large
Mike comes to Unity of the White Mountains with a rich Unity legacy. His aunt, Bernice Biggers, lead the Unity Church in Rockford, Illinois, and became the minister of Unity Church in Sun City leaving her associate minister position with Unity of Phoenix in 1969. His aunt, Eleanor Campbell was also ordained as a Unity Minister. Mike and his wife, Jill, took Unity classes together starting in 2006, when they started attending the same church, now known as Unity Spiritual Center in Sun City. They also traveled back to Unity Village for SEE classes. Mike is one Unity class away from becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher. He also licensed a Prayer Chaplain Trainer with Unity Love and Light Ministries. In the summer of 2015, after relocating from Litchfield Park, Arizona, to his new home in Lakeside, Arizona, Mike became a voting member of Unity of the White Mountains. Mike has an extensive professional and retail background and will be celebrating ten years with Lowes this August.
Jan Choti, Alternate
Several years ago a member suggested that I visit Unity of the White Mountains. She was hopeful that I would like it. As I remember, she told me it had great music and lots of singing. She was correct and soon I couldn’t see myself needing to go elsewhere. I became a member in 2012 when Michael was pastor. I felt safe and welcomed here. Professionally my strengths lie in the solving of problems that come up in our daily lives. I also have a knack for logistics, especially larger events -- knowing and implementing the what, where, who and how of the event. My joy is in seeing others being successful too. As I feel more comfortable here, I am willing to give more of myself to help Unity progress. I hope to help others share that feeling and become more involved as well. I have been in a long term relationship for 18 years and happily married for almost five years. My birthplace is in Connecticut. I arrived in Arizona via a wonderful 23 year stint in Colorado. I expect this to be my forever home.