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A Positive, Uplifting

Spiritual Community

Board of Directors

Andy Anderson - Member at Large


Andy has served on two Unity boards, one for two terms as treasurer and he helped start Windward Unity in Hawaii. He has been involved with Unity for over 42 years and he ran the junior church in Hawaii for eight years. Andy is the co-chair of the SSAT committee; he is on the usher team; the fund raising committee; building committee and sings with the choir. His focus for UCR in the coming year is to build membership; to outreach into the community; and have the young people more involved in services.


Andy and Pat have been married for 52 years and have two daughters and two granddaughters. His favorite pastimes are reading, wood working and helping his daughters and granddaughters.


Andy was instrumental, along with Sharon and Lin Shehdan, in getting us into our church home.




Nancy Davison - President


Nancy moved to Raleigh from Albany, New York when she was 11 years old and has been here most of her life. She has two adult children and two grandchildren, all living in Raleigh. When she attended a service at UCR for the first time in 1991, she knew she had found her spiritual home. She admires the spirit of the congregation and its commitment to renew the leadership role of UCR in NC.  Nancy’s Unity experience led her to embrace many aspects of Eastern medicine, philosophy and spirituality and ultimately led her to a career in Acupuncture.


She looks forward to working with the UCR Board to support the positive direction UCR is going. Her commitments are to maintain the right leadership for UCR, to welcome old (former) and new members and to expand and update programs.


Sharon Shehdan - Treasurer


My earliest memory of my faith journey is of my grandmother reading to me from the Bible when I was just a toddler.  Since then my spiritual road hasn't always been straight and level but God has faithfully walked with me even when I wasn't paying attention. I am proud and humbled to serve my Unity church family through participation and leadership on various teams, by running sound, and now on the Board. Thanks to Unity I know that I can accompish anything through the Christ spirit working in and through me if I will just make time to listen to it.

Erin Knight - Secretary


Erin has been attending Unity Church of Raleigh for several years.  After her first visit, she knew she found the kind of church home she had been looking for.  She has grown spiritually a great deal since joining UCR and looks forward to continued growth, as she puts Unity principles to work in her life and watches the beautiful results unfold.


Erin has been married to her wonderful husband, Will, for 23 years and they have 2 terrific daughters.  Erin manages a science library in RTP, and in her down time likes to hang out with her family and pets.


Mary Butler - Member at Large


Mary moved to Raleigh from Oakland, CA after retiring at the end of December 2012.  Born and raised in Clinton, NC, Mary is the third oldest of ten siblings.  Her loving parents wanted better lives for all of their kids and made it possible for each to attend NC colleges and universities.  Mary received a bachelor of science in Business from NC Central University.  She worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in RTP before heading to Washington, DC and San Francisco to work at HQ and their regional office.

Mary first introduced to Unity in 1977 when she attended a service at Lakeside Temple of Practical Christianity in Oakland.  As a member she served several terms on its board of trustees, and she was an usher, chancel assistant, hostess committee member, and bookkeeper.    Mary is very grateful for finding like-minded truth seekers here at UCR where she serves as a member of our Usher team, volunteer for Hearts in Unity, Landscape Committee, and Bulletin Board.  She looks forward to strengthening her spiritual practice, as well as finding new ways of being present in the world and recognizing the beauty and peace that come with an open mind and an open heart.

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Dianne Evans - Vice President


Dianne is the Program Director/Manager, for Early Brain Development Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a strong and successful business and marketing background. Diane is a licensed psychotherapist focusing on marriage, family and children. Diane is a part of our prayer ministry; she is a Oneness blessing giver; she sings with the choir; she is an usher; and is part of the hospitality team. Her focus for UCR in the coming year is to build membership; grow our children and teens programs; and community outreach.


Hobbies include photography, oil painting, travel, reading, and studying the world’s great religions. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and has given presentations on spirituality and other topics for groups such as the Triangle Area Astrologers, and IONS to mention a few.


Diane has been a wonderful addition to our UCR family.


Mary Butler