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, President
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.
Randy Stemmer, Vice President
Randy Stemmer is a Chaplain Emeritus at Unity In Marin. He teaches several Prosperity classes, Co-Chairs the Education Prosperity Committee and serves on the Education Steering Committee. He has taught classes at Unity In Marin since 2008.
Randy is also the Unity In Marin Webmaster. He is very well-versed in Internet technologies and business management. He is the founder and owner of MarinMarket.com, a full service Internet company providing complete Web Site Development, Web Site and Email Hosting, Databases, Ecommerce (online credit card processing) and Search Engine Optimization services since 1997.
Prior to founding MarinMarket.com, Randy worked for the global consulting firm KPMG International (www.kpmg.com) in their San Francisco office. He has been working in many different facets of the computer industry for over thirty years and has a degree in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley. While at Cal, Randy studied artificial intelligence which is now used by search engine robots to determine Web site relevance and rankings.
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.”
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.
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.
Gabe Paulson, Associate
Gabe Paulson has been a member of Unity since 2004 and Unity in Marin since 2007. He has served as a prayer chaplain for 6.5 years and currently started as an associate member of the Board of Trustees. His spiritual beginnings we in the Russian Orthodox Church with many years spent in the Buddhist tradition (largely at Spirit Rock). Some alternative spiritual explorations have been through travel (47 countries) and music. As the owner of a software business and a former real estate broker and contractor, his vision for Unity in Marin is implementing a wise balance between Unity as a sanctuary and Unity as a business.
Robert Moorhead, Member
(his bio will be available soon)