Unity Leaders

Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village serves spiritual seekers and Unity constituents through prayer support, publications, education, retreats and events, and online resources. Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) serves Unity ministers and leaders, Unity spiritual communities, and other ministries, providing program materials, resources, and educational initiatives.

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. Patricia Bass

Rev. Patricia Bass

Interim Vice President-Silent Unity

Ordained as a Unity minister in 1998, Reverend Patricia Bass has served churches in Houston, Texas and Overland Park, Kansas. She has been a member of multiple teams and boards throughout the Unity movement. Before becoming a minister, Patricia worked in the financial industry, where she managed 65 branch banks as well as the marketing and training departments. She holds a master's degree in interpersonal communication and bachelor's degrees in journalism and speech communication.

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.

Chad Linzy

Chad Linzy

Vice President, Development

Chad joined Unity World Headquarters as vice president of Development in 2015. He has more than 20 years of development experience with both local and national organizations in higher education, healthcare, and the arts. He has designed and implemented sophisticated annual fund programs, major giving, corporate giving, stewardship, and capital campaigns. He has counseled on the implementation of data-driven prospect management, analytics, and predictive modeling systems to create robust donor pipelines. Chad is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has a B.S. in political science and telecommunications from the University of Evansville, Indiana.

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.