• UNITY TEMPLE IS CLOSED in compliance with the Kansas City Emergency Order
  • All Sunday Services have been cancelled
  • Join us via LIVE STREAM Sunday at 10:30am for the Unity Service
  • Join us via LIVE STREAM Sunday at 9am for the Temple Buddhist Service
  • Read a letter from Duke. Go to "Services & Meditations" tab and click on "Schedule"
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

We are a diverse, interspiritual community of truth seekers who come together for personal and collective transformation. Through practicing our core values of connection, service, and growth, we are transforming the world--starting with ourselves.

We believe that everyone is worthy of love, peace, and joy. However, most of us need the support of community and transformative education to help us to realize our highest good.

Join us!


 Ray Roberts

Ray is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors and has held that role for the past two years.  Over the years, he and his wife Jamie have taken part in the Sunday services, Temple Buddhist retreats and meditations, and various classes. Both their children have been baptized in Unity and are regulars at the children’s meditations, Sunday school and Unity Summer Camp. Ray says the Unity themes and teachings made perfect sense and fit into his concept of spirituality. The practices and opportunities at Unity paved the way for a long-term relationship.


Taryn Kelly, RMT, CTA, C.MI

​Taryn​ ​is​ ​the​ ​current​ ​Vice President​ ​of​ ​the Board​ ​of​ ​Directors. She  ​has​ ​been​ ​an​ ​official​ ​member​ ​of​ ​Unity​ ​Temple​ ​on​ ​the Plaza​ ​and​ ​Temple​ ​Buddhist​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​7​ ​years,​ ​but​ ​has been​ ​attending​ ​classes,​ ​retreats,​ ​events​ ​and​ ​services​ ​at​ ​Unity for​ ​over​ ​a​ ​decade.​ ​Proud​ ​to​ ​call​ ​Unity​ ​Temple​ ​her​ ​spiritual​ ​home, she​ ​donates​ ​her​ ​time,​ ​talents​ ​and​ ​treasures​ ​to​ ​Unity​ ​and​ ​its congregation​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​ways.​


Bruce Maxwell

Bruce is currently the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He assisted in the project management of the Unity Temple 2010 Campaign and considers it a miracle to have been of service. He was a sponsor in the Youth of Unity group, and also sponsored and organized Art Weekends in Temple Space. Bruce says the last part of his morning prayer is “God, I can hardly wait to see what happens next!”


Fred Schoell

Fred serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors and is a member of the Building Committee. He and his wife Barb started attending Unity around 1995. Fred has been photographing Unity’s Valentine Day wedding tradition for several years and has also had several art shows in Gallery Hall. The diversity, inclusiveness, spirituality, acceptance, and Unity principles resonate with them. Fred is excited to assist this wonderful, spiritual home in positive ways as a Unity Board member.


David Adams

David and his husband, Warren Teachout, have been members of Unity Temple for over a decade. Upon hearing the message Unity had to offer, he immediately considered Unity Temple on the Plaza his spiritual home. David has played an active role in the Music Department. He currently is serving his second year as a Prayer Chaplain and co-facilitates the music for the Wednesday Evening Service.  David is in the process of becoming a Unity Minister through the Unity Urban Ministerial School


John Greenleaf Maple

John first began attending Unity through the Temple Buddhist Center in 2004. After discovering U-Nite services in July of 2016, John has been an enthusiastic participant and contributor to Unity. John and Macha attend every spiritual enrichment class offered and have been participants in a Contemplative Practices and the Enneagram group. His favorite quote is from Michael Singer's Untethered Soul: "God’s nature is eternal, conscious bliss. No matter what you’ve done, you’re not going to be the one thing that ruins it." 


Billy LaBerge

Billy has called Unity Temple on the Plaza his spiritual home since 1995. He enjoys devoting time to many pursuits at Unity including leading Serenity Pause meditations, aiding and leading classes for Youth Education, and attending U-Thrive classes and workshops. He has also been greatly inspired by the teachings of “The Course in Miracles” and continues to grow through daily practice and lessons, along with living the teachings of the Unity Principles. Billy aspires to be a conduit of change for people seeking connection of their truth and the Highest Truth.


 Lisa Kopp

Lisa has been attending Unity Temple since 2009.  She has attended several classes at the Temple, countless events and has volunteered every Valentine's Day for the free weddings. In 2015 Lisa chaired the Activities Committee for the REVIVE campaign, and in 2017 co-chaired the Gala and Auction. She and her husband Pat were married by Duke and Janet in 2013. Lisa looks forward to continuing to help Unity Temple as a Board Member.


Willis (Bill) Theis

Bill has been a member of Unity Temple since 2003. Feeling he’d found God around the tables of A.A., he started “browsing” for a church. After sampling 10 or 12, he realized he felt most comfortable at Unity. Bill says he’s constantly trying to figure out not only what God is, but whether God is, and critiquing everything Duke, Sandra, and Nhien try to teach us. Bill is happy to be on the Board and reminds us every church board needs a closet agnostic.