Rev John M McLean is Unity of Verde Valley's MOR (Minister of Record). He retired from full time ministry in 2021 and now serves in this special capacity of MOR at UVV. He has earned a BA in Art History from George Washington University, Washington, DC and an MA in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University/University of Creation Spirituality, Oakland, California. He was ordained in June 2003 after completing the MinisterialEducation Program at Unity School, Unity Village, Missouri and is also an Ordained Minister with the International Centers for Spiritual Living.
Eleanor came to Cottonwood after living in Flagstaff for 23 years. In Flagstaff she worked for Rio Salado College for 17 years managing a local non-profit radio station called Sun Sounds of Arizona that serves people who are blind and print disabled. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration at Northern Arizona University and has been a Cottonwood resident for 11 years.
Eleanor sees membership on the Unity of Verde Valley Board as an opportunity to be of service to others and to bring energy and enthusiasm to Unity projects and purposes. One of Eleanor’s responsibilities is to help bring classes and workshops to Unity for the benefit of the congregation and members of the community.
Robert Trustman is a clinical psychologist who was in private practice and managed a small mental health practice in Santa Ana, CA from 1980 to 1987. He then participated in the development of intern training and supervision at Shasta County Mental Health in Redding CA until 2015. Bob has extensive experience with report writing and topic research and is interested in finance and investing. For Unity of Verde Valley he coordinates our special music artists and music selections for Sunday service among other things.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Julie attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and graduated from the University of Florida in Orlando with a BA in psychology. She worked in the mental health department for the State of Florida in the Department of Corrections as an institutional counselor. As a licensed massage therapist with training in hypnotherapy, crystal therapy and sound therapy, she worked for several years at ‘HealthQuest Wellness Center’ on the Space Coast of Florida, where she taught classes as a Reiki Master. Upon becoming an ordained minister for the worldwide interfaith organization of Alliance of Divine Love, she accompanies spiritual counseling with Emotional Freedom Technique and Flower Essences. Julie moved to Cottonwood AZ in 2012 and was employed in Sedona at ‘Amara Spa’ for 9 years, as well as ‘Peace Place’, as a practitioner for the ‘International Center for Reiki’. In 2021 Julie started her own business ‘Holistic Healing of Sedona’ from her home studio in Cottonwood. For over 15 years, Julie has been building sweat lodges in Florida and is a drummer/singer for annual Native American ceremonies in Kansas. On her days off, Julie is most usually swimming her 2 labrador retrievers in creeks and rivers or hunting petrified lightening in the Sedona sands.
In 2007 TJ began attending different Unity Churches in South Carolina, Mississippi, Prescott AZ, Hemet, Long Beach and Vista CA.
In 2011 she assisted the Office Manager at the Unity Church in Hemet. TJ has continuously volunteered in various positions in other Unity Churches and feels no job is ever too much to take on. She has also submitted personal poetry to Unity Village with the hope they will someday publish it in the Daily Word.
At Unity of Verde Valley, TJ takes on the responsibility as the AV and Sound Technician for Sunday Services.
The friendships and support she has found here have allowed her to expand her experiences and ideas in developing strong communication, leadership skills, continued positive self confidence and personal growth and she is honored to be of service as a Board Member.
Grace began attending Unity of Sedona in approximately 2008, and then moved her membership to the Cottonwood Unity Center of the Valley started by Rev. Bruce Kellogg in 2009. When Grace walked into Unity Center of the Valley and was so warmly welcomed there, she definitely felt acknowledged. She loved the community feel of greeting each other and the after-church gatherings.
Grace feels her long history as a legal secretary and good office skills prepared her for being of service on the Board of Trustees of Unity of Verde Valley. Grace enjoys being helpful and being a part of something important that brings people together.