You will be amazed by how much gets done by our small, dedicated staff. For contact information, see the Directory page.
Charlene Balderston, Facilities Manager and Wedding Coordinator
From parking lots to planters, roofs to floors, Charlene juggles the innumerable tasks needed to keep Unity of Walnut Creek’s facilities looking fabulous. She also coordinates the many details of holding events such as weddings, memorials and christenings. Charlene began attending Unity of Walnut Creek in 1974 and joined the staff in 1993.
Chanda Williams and Ann Goode, Bookstore Sales
Every Sunday, you will see either Chanda or Ann behind the cash register in the Bookstore. On Mondays, you’ll find Chanda behind the ministerial assistant’s computer, updating the Unity Connects database and handling phone calls and emails. Chanda began working in the bookstore as a volunteer and became a staff member in 2016. A long time member, Ann stepped into sharing the bookstore sales position in 2013.
Patricia DeMichele, Ministerial Assistant
Like the hub in a wheel, Patricia is at the center of the swirl of activity at Unity of Walnut Creek. Coordinating more than 1,000 classes, workshops and meetings that happen every year in our facilities, organizing volunteer receptionists at the Welcome Center, and supporting a busy minister, Patricia keeps the place running smoothly. She has attended and worked at Unity of Walnut Creek since 2006.
Lani Lee, Youth Education Director
With a heart full of love, Lani enfolds our children and teens and gives them a safe, loving environment where they are treasured. Teaching the children Unity principles and planning enriching experiences such as campouts are all in a day’s work for Lani. Her beautiful artwork can often be found in the Bookstore. Lani has been loving our Unity children since 2003.
Mike McGarvey, Sunday Services Coordinator
Mike’s focus is on making sure all the pieces that make up the Sunday services come together seamlessly. Coordinating the greeters, counting attendance, bringing the children in to be blessed and making sure the minister gets a snack between services all fall under Mike’s eagle eye. A Unity of Walnut Creek member since the 1970s, Mike has volunteered in many positions, including teaching adult education classes and the Youth of Unity (YOU); he became the Sunday Services Coordinator in 2005.