Janice Lamont - President
Janet Glenn - Vice President
Joe Davidson - Treasurer
LaDawn Davis - Secretary
Rachel Rodriguez - Trustee
Mamie Page - Trustee
Nancy Johnson - Alternate Trustee
Janice Lamont, President
Janice, whose father was a student of religion, grew up experimenting with churches, Catholic, Baptist, Unitarian, Science of Mind and Buddhist. With the Long Beach Hotline (a suicide prevention telephone service) she taught Facilitative Listening to other hotline staff around the western United States. Later, she spent time living in a spiritual community called I AM. After retiring from civil service in Los Angeles, she moved to the Central Coast and found the loving community at Unity-Five Cities. Janice has two daughters, two granddaughters and enjoys singing in the choir, playing her ukulele, ballroom dancing and writing poetry which can sometimes turn into a nice little song. She has not been a board member before but is ready to put her lifetime skills to work to serve the Unity-Five Cities congregation for the next two years.
Janet Glenn - Vice President
Janet grew up in Nipomo and is a 7th generation Californian.
Her 6 times great grandfather was an altar boy for Father Junipero Serra. For generations the family was Catholic.
Her grandfather, Ralph “Jocko” Knotts, owned a bar in Nipomo and after his death, his sons, George (Janet’s dad) and Fred opened a BBQ restaurant on that site. Jocko’s is very successful to this day.
Janet was a stay at home mom of two children, daughter Tamara and son Jeffrey Glenn. After the empty nest she went to work as a bookkeeper until her retirement.
Janet and her partner, Jim, after leaving Catholicism, went on a spiritual quest. Any Whole Life Expo, metaphysical class, past life regression, or Buddhist retreat was part of the adventure. They eventually started A Course in Miracles class in their home that continued for a few years.
Janet settled at Unity-Five Cities and served on the board. She is an artist and one of her watercolor paintings hangs in The Victorian where Unity meets.
She is happy to again serve on the board.
Joe Davidson, Treasurer
Joe grew up in Oklahoma City attending Putnam City United Methodist Church. He received a Master's Degree in Geology from Oklahoma State University and began work in Tulsa. From there, he went to Houston, then Bakersfield, and then to Santa Maria, where he retired after a 38-year career working for numerous oil companies. While in Bakersfield, he was married and raised a son and stepson. He performed with a theatrical non-profit in melodrama for eight years to raise money for the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. He was active at the Center for Spiritual Living, Bakersfield, where he was head of grounds and maintenance, served on the Board, and sang in the choir. Joe is blessed with loving family and friends, including those at Unity Five Cities, where he serves on the Board, helps with the audio/visual, and sings in the choir. Hobbies include gardening, music, ballroom dancing, and antique cars.
LaDawn Davis, Secretary
LaDawn grew up in Provo Utah and moved to Lompoc California in 2002. With three daughters, she was actively involved in the PTA where she served a Vice President (aka Jog-a-thon lady) then as President of the Lompoc Council PTA. Their family attended Unity of Santa Maria where LaDawn served as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Education Director, YOU Sponsor and on the Board of Trustees. After moving to Oceano in 2012, we started attending Unity Five Cities. Now living in Nipomo, LaDawn currently works from home for Ultimate Software as a Data Conversion Specialist. You'll often find her at dog beach on Sunday afternoons with Camille's dog, Jello Biafra. She enjoys writing fiction, reading, long walks and learning new things.
Rachel Rodriguez grew up attending Unity Church of San Luis Obispo and was happiest sitting with her mother during service, though a very close second was enjoying Martha Aivaz's company in Sunday School helping entertain fellow children. She now serves on the board of trustees along side Martha and has been a member of Unity Five Cities for 3 years. Her specialty is making coffee & setting-up refreshments in the fellowship hall for post service enjoyment. She finds great joy in serving her congregation and in hugging as many people as possible each Sunday. Half way through her first term on the board, she looks forward to serving the Five Cities Unity community for many years to come.
Mamie was born and raised in Washington DC. Her Great Grandfather, William Tyler Page, wrote The American’s Creed. It was written in 1917 as an entry into a patriotic contest and was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives on April 3, 1918. After a few years on Capitol Hill herself, working for George McGovern for four years as well as other legislative committees and the Treasury Department, she moved from Washington DC to Venice Beach CA in November 1978. She got married and raised two daughters in the San Fernando Valley while working mostly full-time for large Los Angeles law firms. When her girls were out of school, she moved to Portland and worked as a Family Law paralegal. In November 2010 she moved to the Five Cities area looking for sunshine and spiritual healing. She served on the Board in 2013-14 and is happy to serve the community once again. She is very proud of her heritage as well as our great country and hopes to bring more awareness to the community. “We’re All in this Together.”
I was introduced to New Thought at the age of 5. My grandparents were attending the Founder’s Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles, CA under the leadership of Earnest Holmes. Subsequently, my mother was called to the movement and went on to become an ordained Religious Science minister. I am so grateful to be a part of the Unity/5 Cities community, I both treasure and thoroughly appreciate all of our members and the leadership of Rev. Brian Walker! I followed Rev. Joyce Zorger to Unity 5/Cities from The Spiritual Center for Creative Thought, (Grover Beach, CA) where she led services and maintained a leadership role.
My volunteer service has included working with the SLO Homeless Coalition, C.C. Senior Center, SLO Food Bank, Boy Scouts of America, A.G. Robotics, Al-Anon, Domestic Violence Prevention and most recently, as an alternate member of Unity/5 Cities Board of Directors. It is my commitment to myself and Unity/5 Cities to uphold this position with dedication, integrity and as always, gratitude, for the opportunity to “be of service”!
What does the Board of Trustees do?
The Board of Trustees directs the business portion of our organization through the development of goals and policies that are in line with our Unity teachings and vision and mission statements.
The Board duties include:
- Visioning the future and implementing our vision and mission statements
- Receiving a wide range of input
- Providing leadership and allowing the staff to handle administrative detail
- Decision making by consensus
- Actively looking for and implementing new ideas and concepts
Regular Board meetings are at least one a month, more if needed. A notice of the time and place of each Board meeting appears in the Sunday bulletin and is normally the third Sunday of the month after the Sunday Celebration. All Board meetings are open to the congregation except during Executive Sessions, which are solely for discussion of confidential issues.
The Board of Trustees consists of five to seven members serving two-year terms and are elected by the Congregation.