Board of Trustees Candidates

Susan Patterson


Unity was suggested to me in 1986 by my sister who thought it would be a good match.  I was looking for a church where I could bring my children for a Sunday School program that would expose them to other spiritually guided children.  Having been raised Catholic, I did not want them taught that they were sinner, to carry guilt, or to fear God.

As divine order goes, they announced they were looking for Youth Education teachers for the program, and I was a teacher at Head Start.  I spend most of my Sundays with the children teaching and learning Unity concepts with them.  During my service with Youth Ed, I pulled off an intergenerational dance with music from the “Big Band” era, through “Music of the 80s.”  Fun was had by all.  I also stepped in as Director while Nancy Sundal took maternity leave.

I left Unity for some time when Rev. Eunice Chagnon left.  I returned when I ran into Ken Ring (at the time Marshall Norman was serving as minister) and have attended pretty regularly since.

I don’t come with big credentials, yet I do come with many life experiences, and have been with this community through 5 ministers.  I am currently an usher and help with the Garden Team when I can.  I have also been a facilitator for 2 book study groups.

I recently retired from 17 years of being a homecare provider for clients who I brought to Unity regularly as they much enjoyed the services.  I am kind-hearted and caring.  I work well with most people of all ages.  I am a problem solver, and I give my all when I commit.

Thank you for your consideration of my appointment to the Board of Trustees.  If I am selected for this role, it will truly be an honor to serve our Unity community who I have come to consider an extension of my own family.


Kathy Womble


I am applying for a position on the Board of Trustees. Because I have been a member for only two years, many of you know me by appearances only. My husband Jim and I have been attending services at Unity for almost five years. We were here while the search for a pastor was happening before Pastor Evan came to Unity. We became members at the end of Pastor Evan's tenure.

I was approached recently and asked to apply for a board position which leads me to this description of my biography and previous employment. I am 76 years old and retired from a career as a flight attendant for United Airlines. I am a mother of two sons, Ross (54) and Jason (50) and have been married to my husband Jim for 55 years. We moved to Cambridge, Wisconsin from Rockford, Illinois 23 years ago.

In this phase of my life, I am actively concentrating on spiritual connection and transformation although I have always had a curiosity about the interaction of the mind, body, and spirit.

Earlier In life I taught Sunday School and volunteered for nursing home and hospital visitation and spent two years after retirement volunteering for Rainbow Hospice in Jefferson Wisconsin. I studied Jungian Psychology and earned a two-year certificate from the Jung Institute of Chicago Illinois. I also took some very interesting courses at DePaul University in Chicago.

I am the secretary for a group called Families Anonymous in Madison and have seen transformation in my family due to involvement in this 12 -step program. Going to church at Unity provides me with much needed re-enforcement for traveling a spiritual path. I consider myself to be a work in progress and am so grateful to be surrounded by my fellow travelers at Unity.


Michelle Honoré


My introduction to Unity took place over 20 years ago, when my dear mother (Jeanne DePrey) took me to my first Unity Women’s Retreat.  Such warm, welcoming and wise women were there and I was hooked!  That life-changing and life-affirming experience is what led me to Unity of Madison.  Since that time, I have grown spiritually and developed many deep and lasting connections through Unity that continue to nurture my spirit, every day.

I have been inspired to support this community through a variety of ways, including going on to be Team leader for the Unity Women’s Retreat Planning Committee for a number of years.

Other programs I have been involved in include:

  • Current team leader for the Unity Floating Tithe Committee
  • Unity Health Ministry Volunteer
  • Social Justice Team Volunteer
  • Porchlight Team Volunteer
  • Usher Team Volunteer
  • Christmas in July/DAIS Volunteer

On the home front, I have been happily married to my sweet husband, Bill Robbins, for over 30 years.  Together we have enjoyed life with our son Dan, daughter Joanna, and a very bright and beautiful grandson, Quinn.  Interests include (but are not limited to) being in nature, travel, good books, great food and going to our cabin in Door County.

My Unity friends and family are the greatest gifts in my life and I feel so blesses by it all.  It would be an honor to serve on the board as a trustee of the future for this precious community.


Louie Phillips


Unity of Madison has been my spiritual home since the mid 1980’s.  I have served this community in many capacities over the years:  usher team, ministerial search committee, youth ed volunteer, talent show coordinator, musician, board of trustees, celebration assistant, etc.


I grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (“Yooper”), but I have lived in the Madison area for most of my life.  I received an undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


I have been retired since December 31, 2015.  Most of my working career (31 years) was spent as a probate paralegal for two large Madison law firms.  Prior to that, I was a public school teacher.


In my younger adult years, I was actively involved with musical theater.  More recently, I sang with an all-male chorus.


I have past experience in serving on boards.  I spent six years on the New Harvest Foundation Board and around 20 years on the Carpenter-Ridgeway Neighborhood Association Board.  I also served several years on a community theater board.


I have a passion for reading, I love to travel, and I enjoy the many cultural offerings Madison has to offer.  Growing up in a very athletic family, I like to work out, and I am a big sports fan,