Unity Leaders

Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village (UWH) serves spiritual seekers and Unity constituents through prayer support, publications, retreats and events, and online resources. Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) supports Unity ministers, leaders, and Unity spiritual communities with leading-edge education, consultation, and resources.

Jim Blake Unity CEO

Jim Blake

Chief Executive Officer

Jim Blake rejoined Unity World Headquarters as CEO in 2016, having previously served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Operations from 2006 to 2011. Prior to being named CEO, he was vice president of product development at Rhythm Engineering in Lenexa, Kansas. Jim has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience with some of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in North America, including information technology, operations, and product development in the legal, financial, nonprofit, utility, and manufacturing industries.

Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science from Central Methodist University and intends to finish his Master of Divinity from Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.

Mary Earls

Mary Earls

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Mary joined Unity in 2007, serving various roles in communications, marketing, and publishing. She has more than 25 years of experience in organizational and marketing communications. Before coming to Unity she was the communications director for NovaStar Mortgage, Inc. She has also held leadership and management roles at American Century Investments, William M. Mercer, and The Principal Financial Group. As a community volunteer, she has served on the board of Foundation Workshop, Inc. (now JobOne) in Kansas City. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English from Drake University.

Rev. Linda Martella Whitsett

Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett

Vice President-Silent Unity

Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett joined Unity World Headquarters in 2017 as Vice President of Silent Unity®. An author (How to Pray Without Talking to God and Divine Audacity) and ordained Unity minister, she also served on the Unity Board of Directors and is a licensed Unity teacher. She was senior minister at Unity Church of San Antonio, Texas, for 13 years and served in various roles at the Unity Church of Omaha for more than 17 years. Linda has a Bachelor of Arts in leadership from Bellevue University.

Kim Ames HR Director

Kimberly Ames

Director, Human Resources

Kim joined Unity in 1987 serving in various roles in the Human Resources Department including recruiting, compensation, HRIS, and employee relations. Kim is responsible for employee relations, training and development, policy administration, compensation, retention, talent acquisition, benefits, workers' compensation, and HRIS administration. Kim received her bachelor's degree in management human resources from Park University. She also earned her M.B.A. from the University of Central Missouri.

Guy Swanson

Guy Swanson

President/Chief Operating Officer

Guy joined Unity World Headquarters in 2014 as CFO/COO, having previously served as vice president of Finance and Administration at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He has also held various audit roles at Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and The Kansas City Board of Trade. Guy is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Kansas State University and an Executive Fellows MBA from Rockhurst University.

Rev Mark Fuss Unity

Rev. Mark Fuss

Director of Outreach and Engagement

Ordained a Unity minister in 2009, Rev. Mark Fuss has served Unity for more than a decade in several different roles. Mark started his Unity career at the Unity Village Bookstore and Coffee Shop while also being enrolled in school at Unity Institute® and Seminary. After his graduation he became Director of Admissions and Continuing Education for Unity Institute, and then moved into the Development Department in 2016. He also served as senior minister of Unity Spiritual Center in Springfield, Missouri, from 2010–2011. Before coming to Unity, Mark spent more than 20 years in retail management at the district and regional level.
Mark has a Diploma in Unity Ministry from Unity Institute and Seminary and is completing an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising through the Lake Institute for Philanthropy and Duke Divinity School.

Gae Lennan

Gae L. Lennan

Director, Information Technology

Gae’s responsibilities include Network and Telecommunications Services, as well as Application Services. She began her career as an application developer and has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology field. Gae received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Missouri where she studied computer information systems. She also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas.

David Vest

David Vest

Chief Financial Officer

David Vest joined Unity World Headquarters in October 2001 as controller. Vest is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining Unity, Vest was vice president of finance at BeyondNow Technologies in Overland Park, Kansas. Vest lives in Unity Village, Missouri, where he has served as mayor since 2014, with his wife Julie, and their two children.