Board of Trustees Bios
Deborah Caswell, President
It has been such a great honor to have served on the Board of Trustees of Unity Santa Fe for the past 3 years. I have had the privilege of serving on the Board with such wise and wonderful souls. I have learned through this experience, not only about these people with whom I serve, but also about the “behind the scenes” workings of our Center, about spiritual approach to conflict, about the importance of maintaining a consciousness of abundance in all things, and so much more.
In this last couple of years, it has become so obvious that our society is in great need of a deeper approach to our spirituality. I think our Center is well on the way to leading people to a higher conscious, a higher awareness of who we really are. I am very excited about the changes happening in Unity Santa Fe with the spirit groups, the wonderful and vital new youth program, and so much more to come. I look forward to continued participation on this journey with the Board and Unity Santa Fe.
A little about me . . . I am a Nurse Practitioner at the CHRISTUS St. Vincent's Wound and Hyperbaric Center. I live in Santa Fe with 5 dogs, 2 cats, a bird, and 2 fabulous horses. I have 2 handsome, intelligent, talented, incredible sons. And I love being in Santa Fe.
LESLIE DAVIDSON, Alternate/Assistant Secretary
I became a member of Unity Santa Fe in the spring of 1997 when we were still meeting at the Women's Club on Old Pecos Trail! I served on the Board of Trustees for three years starting in 2000 just after we moved into our present church building. I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for the past three years, and I am a candidate for the Board this year because I love serving the people of Unity Santa Fe and love the people I serve with! By serving in this capacity I am able to help Unity Santa Fe live out our first two core values of God First and the Awareness of the Spirit of God within us.
I am a retired Physical Therapist and also an artist. I am married to Dan Davidson, my husband of 30 years. We enjoy camping in New Mexico and Colorado in our RV. We also enjoy traveling to more far flung places like Japan, and this spring, we will be in Greece. My son and his wife and two grandchildren live in Austin, Texas.
Over the years I have been a part of many different classes and programs. I was a Prayer Chaplain for many years and presently serve on the Decor Team. Unity Santa Fe has enriched my life and continues to allow me to grow in the Christ Spirit.
BILL GLASER, Secretary
Bill Glaser and his wife Adele have been members of Unity Santa Fe for 15 years. Their daughter Emily lives in Santa Fe where she has an Ayurvedic Health Clinic, "Agni
Ayurveda”. Bill is a former Unity Santa Fe Board Member and a former Prayer Chaplain. After closing his construction business in 2006 he taught Math at Santa Fe High but is now retired from teaching also.
The community of Unity remains a rich and exciting experience for Bill and he feels that he would like to increase his connection and participation through board service. Unity’s teachings and the many relationships within this loving community are a continuing source of spiritual growth for this long time member.
RALPH HUBER, Assistant Treasurer
Ralph has been a member of Unity Santa Fe for fifteen years. He has served on the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2006; from 2011 to 2013 and is currently serving on the board. In addition, he has participated on various teams at Unity, most recently on our Home Free Fundraising Campaign. Ralph has also conducted classes at Unity and delivered Sunday messages.
Ralph’s attraction to serving on the board for an eleventh year (And he vows to keep on serving until he gets it right!) is in supporting Unity Santa Fe to live ever more powerfully its vision and mission. Also, Ralph comes to the board at this time with a much deeper appreciation for the mystical teachings of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore: Ralph hopes to bring more vividly alive at Unity the faith which the Fillmore’s held so passionately that God is our source and help in every need.
Ralph has been a teacher, corporate trainer and management consultant. He has a Ph.D. in Humanities Education from NYU. For the past seventeen years, Ralph has been a member of Hummingbird Community in Mora, NM, which aspires to be a living laboratory for the evolution of consciousness.
JOHN PROVOST, Treasurer
SURPRISED!!! This was the first word that came to my mind when asked to serve on the Unity Santa Fe Board of Trustees. I thank some of the members of the board and congregation at large for their trust and confidence in nominating me. I am a practicing CPA (Certified Public Accountant) with my own small firm here in Santa Fe. I have been in Santa Fe going on 26 years.
I have known about UNITY (nationally) for many years and have felt in alignment with their mission of the power of prayer, understanding, inclusiveness, and helping our fellow man. We are all remarkable divine beings all the time. Therefore, I decided to come and join the Unity Santa Fe community. I will continue to provide my contributions to this place called Earth by serving on the Board of Unity of Santa Fe.
CONNIE SALLES, Trustee at Large & Keeper of the Flame
As a member of Unity Santa Fe since 2001 and a devoted student of metaphysics, Connie has participated in many Unity classes and workshops and attributes enhancement and support of her spiritual growth to friends and teachers in this open and loving spiritual community. Enjoying a variety of service opportunities, including Bookstore and Events Team, she presently serves on Prayer Chaplain and Healing teams. Connie has had the honor of serving on the Board of Trustees for several terms, focusing on visioning and putting effort into making Unity Santa Fe a thriving center of inspiration, education, transformation and healing.
Formerly an R.N. and with an MS degree in adult education, she has worked in varied leadership positions, education and mentoring. She currently co-manages a local artists' co-op in Truchas, the mountain village where she lives.
MARK SIUREK, Vice-president
After my introduction to Unity in Houston beginning in the 1990's, I soon found Unity Santa Fe after my partner and I (together with our dogs) moved to Santa Fe in 2011. After officially joining Unity Santa Fe in 2013, I was elected to the Board in 2015 and am now up for re-election in 2016.
As many of you know, I am currently in residence approximately half-time (returning to Houston to my law practice) but have been fortunate to continue to meet a good many of you through my Board service and various activities at Unity Santa Fe. Most recently, I am co-facilitating a book study group entitled Animal Grace by Mary Lou Randour as part of the Guardians of Being Small Groups Ministry. I am particularly excited about continuing to integrate animal awareness and compassion into our Unity Santa Fe spiritual experience and specifically, to realizing our Unity Santa Fe statement to "celebrate the one and divinity of all creation."
Since my arrival on the Board of Trustees in 2015, I was nominated and elected to fill the vacant position of Vice President. As Vice President (as well as a practicing attorney), I take seriously my responsibility as a steward of Unity Santa Fe and am committed to maintaining a prosperity consciousness while overseeing our financial realities. My first year on the Board continues to remind me how integral Unity Santa Fe is to my personal growth and, in that spirit, I hope to continue on its Board of Trustees.