Meet our Staff

Introducing our Youth Ed Staff

We are proud of our diverse, caring staff.  Each of them bring their own special gifts and talents which they freely share with the children.   All staff and volunteers at the Family and Youth Ministry must have current background checks. If you want to volunteer or have any questions please contact us by email at

Denny Balish, Youth & Family Ministry Director

Denny has been associated with Unity for over 20 years, serving in a variety of roles, including as the Assistant Director of Youth Education at Unity of Oak Park. Since becoming a member of Unity of Madison in 2020, she has volunteered in our Youth Education Program and has supported our Board as an alternate Trustee and Committee Chair. Denny anticipates completing her CSE, Certified Spiritual Educator program (Unity Worldwide Ministries) in 2021. 

Denny is a writer, facilitator, and coach, holding her credential as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) and has presented webinars and classes for Unity Worldwide Ministries on the topic of Energy Leadership. 

Denny has a B.A. in Theater & Dance Performance and an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy. For several years, she worked as a clinical therapist with children and adults. She is also a former Waldorf parent and classroom teacher. Denny is certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED, and is a Mandated Reporter in the state of Wisconsin. 

Denny brings to her role a love of children, devotion to personal and spiritual growth, and a commitment to support, nurture and empower our youth and their families to embrace and live their truth.