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.
Our Staff is dedicated to expressing and expanding the Christ Light in every aspect of Unity of Austin’s ministry.
Laurel Francel, Office Manager
Laurel 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! Laurel is a long-time member of Unity of Austin and dedicated to helping our church grow in Love and Light.
Genevieve Saenz, Youth and Family Ministry Director
Genevieve is a facilitator of the growth of God’s good in the world. She holds a BFA in Theater Education and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in the Expressive Arts. Genevieve brings a rich background as an artist, teacher, creator of life passage rituals, and deep heart listening. She blesses our youth with her insightful spirituality and playful soul. And she loves producing fun community building events!
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, 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.
Lisa Chaffin, Bookkeeper
Lisa blesses us with her ability to ensure that our financial records are in order and with her calm, cheerful presence. She is an independent bookkeeper who does books for small businesses in the Austin and Dripping Springs areas. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and has been working with Unity of Austin since July 2009. She is married and has two teenaged boys who are the joys of her life. Lisa’s hobbies include traveling, photography, participating in living history events and driving classic cars.