Our Board & Staff

Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is committed to serving from the Christ standard of love and wisdom and seeking God’s will of good for Unity of Austin in all matters. 

Steven Fisher, Vice President
Steven Fisher
Marlowe Nichols
Marlowe Nichols
Vice President
Gail Hay
Pat Ivy, Treasurer
Pat Ivy
Gayla Harris
Sara Stewart

Our Staff

Our Staff is dedicated to expressing and expanding the Christ Light in every aspect of Unity of Austin’s ministry.

Genevieve Saenz

Genevieve Saenz, MA, LMFT-A, Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator

Genevieve has been a member of Unity of Austin since 2012 and grew up in the Unity movement. After studying teaching at UT Austin, she moved to New York and San Francisco where she developed a professional background in arts education and received her masters in counseling psychology with a focus on the expressive arts. In Austin she has built a private practice as a marriage and family therapist and celebrant as well as becoming the mother to two totally wonderful kids. She is grateful to be working in her beloved church community with the volunteer teachers of our YFM program.

Sharon Bourbonnais
Sharon Bourbonnais

Sharon Bourbonnais, Music Director
Sharon brings the Austin music sound to Unity of Austin with heart and soul. Her amazing piano talent and heart-strong vocals get everybody singin’ and swingin’! Sharon holds a degree from UT-Austin in Music Education and continues to open the world of music to young keyboardists. You’ll find her in Austin and on tour with her group Tres Bourbonnais. Sharon has been Unity of Austin’s Music Director twice—from 1995-2001 and then after a fun change of scenery in Hawaii, returned to bless this ministry in 2012.

Janice Goodsell, Bookstore Manager
Janice has taken on the role of Bookstore Manager when our beloved Frances Meiser retired.  She will continue the good work that Frances started in our bookstore.

David Patterson
David Patterson

David Patterson, Audio-Visual Director
David ensures the excellence of our sound and visuals on Sundays and for special services and performances.  His professional producing and editing skills shine Unity of Austin’s Christ light through our social media podcasts.  David is a classically trained violinist, who started playing violin at age 4. He is a self-trained engineer who started recording in 2000. David has been a working musician who has played with many central Texas bands and is the owner of Buda Treehouse Studios where he enjoys  producing audio and visual recordings for many of Austin’s amazing musical artists.

Deana Ricks

Deana Ricks, Administrative Assistant
Deana keeps us organized! With her efficiency, excellent communication skills, and clarity she proactively develops office procedures to maximize Unity of Austin’s operations and keep the church growing forward!

Shannon O’Conner

Shannon O’Connor, Bookkeeper


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