Board of Trustees

You are encouraged and invited to seek out a Board Trustee to present any of your questions, observations, ideas, recommendations and/or compliments concerning your church.

Larry Hinkle, PresidentLarry Hinkle

Larry was born and reared in Dayton, Ohio.  He is the father of twin sons Sean & Shane (Sean now transitioned) and four wonderful Grandchildren; three boys and a girl.

Larry graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Sociology and has a MBA degree from the University in Phoenix.

He worked for General Motors for ten years. Is currently employed in the banking industry and has worked for the same bank for over 25 years in the Retirement Programs sector. He is also a part-time Weight Watchers leader.

He enjoys playing basketball and swimming.

Larry was raised Baptist, loved Sunday school and went an entire year without missing a Sunday. He then dropped out of organized religion for over 30 years.

In 1984 he moved to California and lived in San Francisco for 21 years. He came to Unity in Marin in 2005 and became a member in 2006. He was guided to Unity by his partner Caroline; she was looking for a new Spiritual home and Unity was a natural fit for them.

Larry serves as an Usher team leader, is on the count team and belongs to the Unity in Marin Men’s Group. He is the Co-leader of the Unity in Marin Chaplain Program along with Caroline McKinnon and an associated member on the Board of Trustees.

Larry feels nourished by Unity in Marin spiritually, intellectually and emotionally.  His life has been enriched beyond measure by his experiences at Unity; through the people he has met and the activities in which he has participated.

Gabe PaulsonGabe Paulson, Vice President

Gabe Paulson has been a member of Unity since 2004 and Unity in Marin since 2007.
He has served as a prayer chaplain since 2009 and as a worship assistant since 2015.
His spiritual beginnings we in the Russian Orthodox Church and spent many years in the Buddhist tradition (largely at Spirit Rock).
He has sought to grow and deepen spiritually through travel (47 countries) and the formal study of religion, psychology and philosophy.
Originally trained in physics at Princeton and UC Berkeley, he taught at UCB and Mills College.
As the current owner of a software business and former real estate broker and contractor, he would like to strengthen Unity's business, facility and technology practices while growing our uniquely tolerant and intimate community.

DCG for the BOT Clare Grinsell,  Secretary

Diane “Clare” Grinsell was raised under the redwoods and near the beaches of Humboldt County, and graduated from local Humboldt State University during the political ‘60s.  Her first work experiences after college, as a primary educator, involved initiating programs for underserved youngsters of minority families.  She moved on to sales, administration, event planning, human resource development, business ownership and state-wide trainer, supervisor and manager.  She retired from the State of California’s Employment Development Dept (EDD) in 2005, where she managed the San Francisco Job Service Office, budget, and a diverse staff of 60, offering job search skills in 10 locations to over 8000 job seekers and unemployment insurance claimants each month; she collaborated with officials of 4 other agencies and staff in so doing.  Since retirement she has become a certified alchemical hypnotherapist.

Clare’s spiritual search has been eclectic as well.  She rejected the directives of traditional religion while a teenager and after 20 years began a serious inner journey via the Human Potential Movement, ultimately facilitating many workshops then support groups utilizing the principles of attitudinal healing, and meditation.  Around the year 2000 she found Unity:  she found home, found faith, found family, and  trust, freedom and joy.

Clare is touched by the community consciousness at Unity In Marin and loves giving back for what she receives:  her sense of Self from the inside out, her connection to Spirit.   She connects and grows through service.  Her volunteer activities at Unity In Marin currently include:

  • Singing with the Unity Choir since 2002
  • Connecting, growing and serving as a prayer chaplain since 2007 (her commitment and joy)
  • Planning events, such as the visit and workshops of Silent Unity head Lynne Brown, SEE registrations, the Sacred Service Fete honoring all Unity In Marin volunteers, and the Interfaith Ceremony of Oneness that commenced the Birth 2012 activities locally
  • Organizing and directing the Loving Kindness Initiative with 2 former prayer chaplains since 2009, to help congregants needing assistance
  • Hosting and facilitating the Fall Book Study for North Bay congregants since 2009
  • Serving as member of the Charitable Contributions Committee, which allocates financial support to service organizations and offers Unity beyond our campus since 2009
  • Loved praying/playing/working as part of the Vision 2020 team and community that commenced in 2010, and continues to advocate for the dreams and ideas the community envisioned during that process
  • Serving on the Board of Trustees as an Associate beginning April, 2012

Clare and husband Dennis Hardle currently live in Petaluma where she devotes her time to 3 areas of spiritual passion: Unity In Marin, the Center for Attitudinal Healing, and (for Mother Earth) Daily Acts, a local organization for environmental sustainability where “every choice matters.”

pamellaPamella Cavanna, Prosperity Officer

Pamella comes to the Board of Trustees recently retired from a 51 year career in Nursing. As a Registered Nurse she worked in many settings but more than half of her career was in Women’s Health as a Labor and Delivery RN, High Risk OB Case Manager and as an Advice Nurse in a Women’s Clinic.

Since 1978 she assisted her husband in his Oriental Carpet Business, becoming the CEO after his Transition in 2006. This business, currently managed by their son, is moving to San Anselmo after enjoying 33 years in the Jackson Square location of San Francisco.

As a young woman Pamella joined the Peace Corps serving in Iran for two years, then moving to India for a year where she studied Tibetan Buddhism meeting and having Darshan with the Dalai Lama. She and her husband were students of Goenka, trained in Vipassana Meditation during many 10 day courses while in India and then in America.

In 1974 she took her first Yoga course with Rama Jyoti Vernon, a student of B. K. S. Iyengar and eventually studied with Mr. Iyengar personally. Her intrest in and study of Yoga continues to this day. She has been teaching and supporting the growing Yoga Program at Unity for the past 8 years.  She and her late husband were founding members of a Fourth Way School focusing on creating Presence under the ordinary circumstances of life. She continues to be an active member of that community as well as our Unity community.

IMG_4089 - Version 2Sarah McArthur LeValley, Board Member

I joined Unity in Marin in September 2011.  I quickly gravitated to the Youth and Family Ministry group volunteering to lead all the kids in holiday projects, first making ornament for the Narthex Christmas tree then making gingerbread houses.  It was a great fit and I began teaching Uniteens twice a month in January 2012.

I was very drawn to become involved in many aspects of Unity in Marin.  I took the Unity Way of life class as well as many other classes and workshops and went on a transformational trip to Unity village.  Unity was an amazing spiritual fit for me.  I had found my spiritual home.  In the spring of 2014 I joined the Unity in Marin Board of Trustees ready to deepen my connection and commitment to Unity in Marin.

I have spent my professional career in entertainment production management first in theatre and then in making feature animation films.   In my 20 years in the animation film industry and I have had the privilege of working for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar Animation Studios and Lucasfilm Animation.  I have been involved in the making of many wonderful animated feature films including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Inc., Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles.

Prior to my animation career I had a wonderful time working in theatre as a production manager.  I graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Theatre and did one year of graduate studies in theatre set design at Carnegie-Mellon.

robertRobert Moorehead, Member

I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. My dad retired as a general in the air force and my mother has not yet retired as an awesome mother and wife. I began having spiritual openings at the age of 8, which culminated at 14 and again at 25, when I first opened to and experienced nonduality and unity consciousness.  Spiritually and Divine Being has always been the center of my life.

I was married for nine years. Eleanor, my beloved wife died in 2008. Shortly after her parting this life I visited Unity In Marin, where I met so many wonderful souls, and soon after became a member and volunteer.

Since 2009, I’ve counted Sunday service money, ushered, headed up the Gala silent auction, helped with Loving Kindness and in so many other areas for shorter periods.

Currently I’m an usher, gala volunteer, associate board member, heading up the Board’s strategic planning committee and the leadership development initiative, member of the marketing and communications committee, and facilitating a leadership inquiry group.

I have a BA in marketing administration. I’ve taken many graduate courses including: leadership and organizational development, marketing, strategic planning, world religions, transpersonal psychology, and consciousness studies.

My first meaningful work after school was being alcohol and drug counselor. After that I worked with The Salvation Army Senior Services for 23 years as a  volunteer coordinator, then director of planning and program development, and then director their national emergency preparedness program.

I love dancing at least twice a week, hiking, taking graduate classes at Saybrook University in leadership and organizational transformation, and soul diving with my dearest friends into the immediate unfoldment of presence.

sam-engleSam Engle, Associate

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al-gaspariAl Gaspari, Associate

(his bio will be available soon)