Meet Our Board of Directors
Ellen Barron, M.Div. / Spiritual and Wellness Center Director
Ellen Barron is a dedicated, high energy, enthusiastic spiritual leader who is committed to prayer and spiritual growth with a passion for learning and teaching Truth principles. A strong communicator with excellent listening skills, she is dedicated to inclusivity and multi-generational ministry.
Ellen graduated June, 2020 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained by Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. A native New Yorker, she lived in Florida for a number of years before relocating to Raleigh, NC to serve as minister at Unity Church of Raleigh. In this capacity, Ellen has focused on solidifying a hybrid ministry for weekly services, workshops, and prayer and meditation. She has also assisted in upgrading technology and social media to help garner a stronger online viewership.
Before coming to UCR, she served as Director of Youth Ministry at Unity of Fort Myers, creating and providing community outreach programs for foster and under-served families and youth. A Licensed Unity Teacher since 2015, Ellen worked as a Chaplain at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, and taught adult SEE classes for credit at various churches in Florida and online via Zoom. Rev. Ellen was a regular speaker and workshop presenter at several Unity churches in Florida and the Keys.
Mary Butler, Administrator
Having retired in 2013, Mary has over 35+ years in public accounting and management consulting. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from N.C. Central University in Durham. Noteworthy are her strong management and organizational skills, where she always explores new and innovative ways to improve business operations through technology, and her ability to provide a structure that others can follow. Mary continually stays connected with wellness center practitioners, she listens carefully and works to deliver a positive, informative, and enriching event. Mary feels passionate about the need to see things differently when you're in this role, to see things broadly, and to be willing to grow and change.
Nancy Smith, Operations & Promotions Support
Nancy holds a B.A. degree from NC State University in Business Management. Retired now, Nancy’s professional background is in commercial real estate appraisal, collateral analysis, and mortgage loan placement privately and with several National Banks. Nancy has a vital role in all aspects of our wellness center from workshop/class conceptualization to event coordination, on-site registration, technology assistance, and administrative support. She also assists in budget and financial reporting, including month-end closings, bank reconciliation, publicity, and promotions support.
Clara Davis, Life / Wellness Coach
Clara is certified in Life Coaching and is nearing completion of her studies as a Licensed Nutritionist. Her talents and skills include providing a calming presence, heart listening, organization, team-building, teaching, creating/facilitating seminars and workshops, public speaking, small business development, spiritual guidance/coaching/mentoring, and more.
Clara has been a member of the Unity family since 1979 and a member of UCR since the mid-80s. These teachings have served as a lifeline, particularly in learning that she can really be the change that she wishes to see, and learning how she might be of service to the world. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Prayer Ministry Team, along with leading Sunday Morning Meditations. Prior Unity experiences included serving as Prayer Chaplain, Usher, Choir Member, and Greeter.