Board of Directors

Board of Directors

We are a diverse, interspiritual community of truth seekers who come together for personal and collective transformation. Through practicing our core values of connection, service, and growth, we are transforming the world--starting with ourselves.

We believe that everyone is worthy of love, peace, and joy. However, most of us need the support of community and transformative education to help us to realize our highest good.

Join us!


Taryn Kelly, RMT, CTA, C.MI 

​Taryn​ ​is​ ​the​ ​current​ President​ ​of​ ​the Board​ ​of​ ​Directors. She ​has​ ​been​ ​an​ ​official​ ​member​ ​of​ ​Unity​ ​Temple​ ​on​ ​the Plaza​ ​and​ ​Temple​ ​Buddhist​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​8 ​years,​ ​but​ ​has been​ ​attending​ ​classes,​ ​retreats,​ ​events​ ​and​ ​services​ ​at​ ​Unity for​ ​over​ ​a​ ​decade.​ ​Proud​ ​to​ ​call​ ​Unity​ ​Temple​ ​her​ ​spiritual​ ​home, she​ ​donates​ ​her​ ​time,​ ​talents​ ​and​ ​treasures​ ​to​ ​Unity​ ​and​ ​its congregation​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​ways.​


Marsha Riley

Marsha first attended Unity in 2014 after spending quite a few years looking for a spiritual home. She says she immediately fell in love with Unity on the Plaza because the people, the message, the feeling of belonging, the music, so many more reasons. But most of all – Unity feels like home – and now has become her home. Marsha has a desire to give back, to use skills and talents developed over her career to help others and says there is no better place to be of service.


Bruce Maxwell

Bruce is currently the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He assisted in the project management of the Unity Temple 2010 Campaign and considers it a miracle to have been of service. He was a sponsor in the Youth of Unity group and sponsored and organized Art Weekends in Temple Space. Bruce says the last part of his morning prayer is “God, I can hardly wait to see what happens next!”


Fred Schoell

Fred serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors and is a member of the Building Committee. He and his wife Barb started attending Unity around 1995. Fred has been photographing Unity’s Valentine Day wedding tradition for several years and has also had several art shows in Gallery Hall. The diversity, inclusiveness, spirituality, acceptance, and Unity principles resonate with them. Fred is excited to assist this wonderful, spiritual home in positive ways as a Unity Board member.


Peter Ebbers

Pete is a long-time Sunday morning Usher and a member of the Unity Temple Building Committee.


Rip Fernholz

I first heard of Unity Temple through the Kansas City Star. They had a religious section that would pose questions to various ministers and asked what their church’s viewpoints on the issues were. Several of Duke’s responses were published. I agreed with Unity’s positions and decided they were worth checking out. I attended a Sunday service and never looked back. Unity is exactly what I need in my spiritual life.  I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of Unity Temple.


Cedric Hurtt

I am a lifetime resident of Kansas City. I joined Unity Temple on the Plaza in 2010, when I felt I finally found my spiritual home. I have been a small business owner for over 40 years. My business, Tiki’s Auto Detailing, has been located on the Country Club Plaza for the last 30 years. I am happy to donate my time and talents to maintaining the vision of Unity Temple on the Plaza.


Billy LaBerge

Billy has called Unity Temple on the Plaza his spiritual home since 1995. He enjoys devoting time to many pursuits at Unity including leading Serenity Pause meditations, aiding and leading classes for Youth Education, and attending U-Thrive classes and workshops. He has also been greatly inspired by the teachings of “The Course in Miracles” and continues to grow through daily practice and lessons, along with living the teachings of the Unity Principles. Billy aspires to be a conduit of change for people seeking connection of their truth and the Highest Truth.


Lisa Kopp

Lisa has been attending Unity Temple since 2009.  She has attended several classes at the Temple, countless events and has volunteered every Valentine's Day for the free weddings. In 2015 Lisa chaired the Activities Committee for the REVIVE campaign, and in 2017 co-chaired the Gala and Auction. She and her husband Pat were married by Duke and Janet in 2013. Lisa looks forward to continuing to help Unity Temple as a Board Member.


Pat Parton

I have attended Unity churches since 1991 and began attending Unity Temple in 1995. I grew up in the Kansas City area and have called it home for most of my life. I have lived in the Plaza area since the early 1990s. I have been employed at Community Blood Center for 39 years and currently serve as the Director, Production and Distribution serving 62 local hospitals.I volunteer at Unity Temple every chance I get and serve regularly on a team of Socialites. I served on the Board of Directors at the Temple in the past and feel blessed to do so again. I feel Unity Temple is my spiritual home and will do everything possible to help it grow and thrive in the future. 


Ray Roberts

Over the years, Ray and his wife Jamie have taken part in the Sunday services, Temple Buddhist retreats and meditations, and various classes. Both their children have been baptized in Unity and are regulars at the children’s meditations, Sunday school and Unity Summer Camp. Ray says the Unity themes and teachings made perfect sense and fit into his concept of spirituality. The practices and opportunities at Unity paved the way for a long-term relationship.


Willis (Bill) Theis

Bill has been a member of Unity Temple since 2003. Feeling he’d found God around the tables of A.A., he started “browsing” for a church. After sampling 10 or 12, he realized he felt most comfortable at Unity. Bill says he’s constantly trying to figure out not only what God is, but whether God is, and critiquing everything Duke, Sandra, and Nhien try to teach us. Bill is happy to be on the Board and reminds us every church board needs a closet agnostic.


Ace Wagner

Unity became my spiritual home after attending classes on “A Course in Miracles” almost ten years ago. Today, I continue to attend classes as a co-facilitator of the “Course" and have met a host of amazing people in the process. My wife and I started to attend the Sunday services over five years ago and walk out inspired each week. I served as a member of the Revive team. As a member of the Unity Temple Board, I am happy to commit the time and energy as a steward of this institution's legacy for one’s spiritual development and to help craft the future for this Kansas City gem.