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.

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.

Rev Ellen Debenport

Rev. Ellen Debenport

Vice President of Content and Media Strategy

Rev. Ellen Debenport is a journalist turned Unity minister, who is now combining both areas of expertise as vice president of Content and Media Strategy. She is the author of two books: The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality and Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door about the spiritual path through change and transition. She served as senior minister at Unity churches in Dallas and Wimberley, Texas. In her previous career, she reported for United Press International, became political editor for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida, then was assigned to the Times’ bureau in Washington, D.C. Her bachelor’s degree in journalism is from Baylor University.

Bobby Kyser

Bobby Kyser

Vice President of Hospitality

Bobby began his hospitality career producing renowned events for the Kentucky Derby and later opened his first design studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has created thousands of captivating events and worked with major organizations including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Allstate Insurance, Volkswagen, Royal Caribbean International, Mercedes-Benz, The Ritz Carlton, and countless others. From intimate events for 20 people to large festivals for 25,000, Bobby’s company was known for its passion, excellence, and innovative design.

Bobby majored in business administration and has a Master of Divinity from Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.

Terrill Petri Director of Development Unity

Terrill Petri

Director of Development

Terrill joined the Development staff at Unity in 2006. She has worked as a consultant and managed more than 20 capital campaigns, many with Unity churches in the U.S. and Canada. In 1993 Terrill cofounded Women Vision International (WVI), an organization dedicated to helping women in developing countries be economically self-sufficient. She served as CEO for the nonprofit for a decade before joining Unity World Headquarters. Terrill graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies.

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.

Kim Ames HR Director

Kimberly Ames

Director of 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.

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.

Rev. Linda Martella Whitsett

Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett

Vice President of 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.