LEADERSHIP

Minister & Staff

Rev. Geo Downer

Spiritual Leader

Every day of his life, Reverend Geo celebrates the teachings of Unity, and rejoices in a deepening experience of the Master Teacher, Jesus. During the most challenging time of his adult life, the teachings of Unity became a welcome breath of fresh air! Equipped with the power of affirmative prayer, he experienced a compelling transformation, and a newfound sense of freedom. Unity is his passion and his comfort, and he encountered a healing through these teachings to surpass shame-based ideas of belief. Through Unity, he now lives in a refreshed flexibility of organized religion, centered in a spirituality of the Christ within. Reverend Geo is our minister at Center of Unity in Grapevine, and he hailed from Texas years ago. Before returning to Texas, he served as minister at Unity Windward in Kaneohe, HI where he was ordained through Unity National School Pacific Rim. Rev Geo was called to ministry in his teens, and then later in life entered the ministerial internship program at Unity Church of Hawaii in 2010. Originally from Mississippi, Rev Geo first encountered Unity in NM where he served in the food and beverage industry. Geo is dedicated to service, and demonstrates this through his joy, and passion for life itself.

Mary Salerno

Administrator

A Chicago native, Mary moved to Texas over 35 years ago, settling first in Southlake, then in Grapevine, where she’s lived for about 30 years.  She worked in corporate America as a business analyst and manager for most of her career before coming to Center of Unity as the Administrator.

Mary began attending Center of Unity at her daughter’s request in February of 2001 and, like so many, immediately found “home”; she says she came for her daughter and stayed for herself.  She has served on the Board of Directors as the President, has held many volunteer positions, and currently coordinates the Care Team, the Center of Unity Prayer Chaplain group.

Outside of the office, Mary enjoys preparing vegan meals, reading, working in clay, and writing.  She lives in Grapevine with her cat, Preeda.  Her son and daughter-in-law live in Roanoke, TX, and her granddaughter and great-grandson live in Chicago.

Amber Holland

Media Director

Amber first began working in the bookstore and office at Center of Unity in 1999.  She soon became the Administrative Assistant until she left to pursue another career opportunity in 2005.  In 2014 she received a call to returned to COU.  Amber started back as the Administrative Assistant but quickly became the Media & Youth Ed Director.  
Amber, her husband, Jeff, and their children enjoy preparing and participating in a wide variety of activities at the church, such as the monthly church luncheons, patio parties, birthday banquets and much more.  

Karen Sanders

Office Assistant

Born and raised in Texas, Karen has lived in Bedford for 14 years.  She graduated from Tarleton State University in 1989 and worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she retired in 2015, as a Security Specialist for 25 years.  Her sister found Center of Unity in 2013 and began bringing her family here.  The people and philosophy of Center of Unity clicked with Karen and when the Office Administrative Assistant position opened, she accepted it and has worked in the office for 4 years.
Karen has held a number of volunteer positions and is currently a member of the Safety Team, ensuring the well-being of our congregants.  She also serves on the Finance Committee.
Outside of the office, Karen enjoys time with her nieces and nephews and the rest of her family.  She also enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, and casinos.  A passionate advocate for animals, she lives with her rescued pup, Jericho.

Volunteer Leadership

Board of Directors

Kenny Green

President
As a retired physician, Kenny brings precision, determination and structure to all that he touches.  His extraordinary listening ability affords him the gift of diving deeply beneath the words to understand what one is attempting to express and get to the core point. His vision for COU is to be, "A tremendous spiritual force and to increase our presence in the community."  Kenny says, “Unity has become my rock; the place I have committed to as my spiritual home.” 

Jeff Holland

Vice-President
Jeff has over 25 years of experience in marketing and is the father of five children.   Jeff enjoys cooking at our patio parties because he can engage with congregants on a personal level.  His vision for COU is to be,:  “A full house of like-minded friends and family that want to better their lives and the lives of their community with God.  We are a light on the hill.”  Jeff believes, “Unity is the core essence of Jesus, accepting all, loving all and providing a home for every faith to experience God.” 

Juneria Berges, Ed.D.

Secretary
Juneria has been coming to COU for over 19 years and has served in many capacities.  She is a retired educator and has served as a Principal of two middle schools and as an Assistant Superintendent of a school district.  She finds that volunteering , "...enhances my spiritual wholeness.  Our Father Mother God has provided me with an abundance of gifts and surrounds me with unconditional love. God has greatly blessed me with these wonderful opportunities to SERVE in diverse ways so, I, too, can reach out and spread joy, love, enthusiasm, support, kindness, caring, etc.” 

Harry Lantvit

Treasurer
Harry began attending COU with his wife, Phyllis, in 2013 and became a member six months later.  Harry loves the outdoors and not only maintains the building but also the grounds. In addition, he also serves as an usher.  He worked for twenty-eight years in the printing business.  This experience afforded him the advantage of analyzing all of the facts before a decision was made.  Harry’s vision for COU is for our spiritual center to be a hub where the “values of Unity teachings are upheld”.  Harry holds the value of accepting and treating everybody as an individual.

Craig Reyenga

Member
Craig has been a member of COU since 2015.  Craig has volunteered in several areas, particularly rewarding is leading and assisting Yoga and Meditation.  Craig has HOA board experience and experience in developing and growing sales and distribution networks.  He feels that his business and board experience will be valuable in helping our ministry move forward.

Sharon Crowder

Member
Sharon has been a member of COU since 1986.  She has volunteered in many capacities.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is experienced in public speaking.  She spent the last 10 years of her career with the Veterans Administration assisting and implementing organizational change.  Sharon describes herself as a “people person.”  Sharon and her husband,  Wes, have a vacation home in New Mexico where they spend the summers.  Sharon has experience in “telecommuting” and working remotely.  She is confident that she could participate in meetings and serve effectively at all times.