Annual Membership Meeting 2019

Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Board Members

Sunday, November 3, 2019 • In the CommUnity Room

Lunch at 1:00 pm • Meeting at 1:30 - 3:30 pm


Connect with the vision and share your input in the management of our community. After a nourishing lunch, members will discuss, learn about and vote on the 2020 Board of Trustees candidates. The 2020 budget will also be presented - download a copy here

Also to be discussed at the gathering: finances, facilities and updating your membership information. This is an important meeting. Please come and bring your gratitude, comments, questions and insights.


Absentee Ballots

Active members who are unable to attend the Nov. 3rd Annual Meeting due to illness or injury, pre-planned travel, or family emergencies may request an absentee ballot to vote on Board of Trustee candidates. Other reasons for using an absentee ballot may be considered by the Nominating Committee.  To request an absentee ballot, email Annie Love. Requests may be submitted beginning Oct. 18.


2020 Board of Trustees Nominees

This year, there are three 3-year terms. The following are the candidates for the 2020 Board of Trustees:

Dimitry Doronkin

Alexandra DeAvalon

I started my spiritual search for God, Truth, and Meaning in my early twenties right after I finished college. I felt that something important was missing in my life. I went through many churches and religious organizations.


Twenty years later, that search brought me to Unity of Walnut Creek. My wife and I felt like we finally had found our spiritual home. We applied to become members soon after. That was nearly five years ago.


Two years later, my curiosity and the desire to be more involved in the life of our community motivated me to become a member of the Board of Trustees. I was involved in the process of choosing our new minister, installation of the lift, and the search for a solar company.


I would like to continue serving as a member of the Board for another three-year term.



Denae Leigon

Lisa Nichols

I first came to Unity of Walnut Creek on May 16, 2010. I loved that it was at Heather Farms, and signed up for 4 classes and a river cruise on the spot. I was looking for community and found it immediately. I have continued to attend many classes and book studies and have broadened my spiritual growth immensely.


Since my arrival, I have worked all the fundraisers, stage managed services several times a month, (which is why you see me running around in the back from time to time), sung in the choir, worked with outreach programs, and served on the Board of Trustees.


I think one of the gifts I can bring to Unity is that I am a creative thinker and learned long ago that if something seems difficult or improbable, it really means it’s just not yet the right time.


In my “other life” I worked in the fashion industry in New York City, the film industry at MGM, and the wine business in New York City and Napa. Somewhere along the way, 1986 to be exact, I found my true spiritual path and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I retired after 20 years at Napa County Children's Mental Health, where I supervised programs, meetings and interventions with families in crisis. Through this experience at the county, I learned mediation and compromise skills that were highly valued for problem solving in what seemed like impossible situations. 


I’ve continued to have a small private practice and recently became a contracted therapist with an on-line counseling service. It is awesome and very fulfilling...and the spiritual journey continues.

Mark Paulson

Carl Janson

25 years ago I came to a crossroads in my life, to continue on a self destructive path or to follow a spiritual path. I chose the spiritual path.


I started working with youth as a mentor and realized how much joy there is in working with others. I have been blessed to have been an instrument in others' growth and have grown by that experience. I love

meeting new people and discovering how interconnected we all are. I look for the good in each person I meet. I have found that I am continuing to grow every day and looking forward to more growth as I continue along this path.


My path led me to meet my wonderful wife, Becky, who is a longtime Unity member. 10 years ago I started attending Unity with her and found home. I became involved in service, first as a greeter. Being the first one a new person meets coming to Unity is a wonderful opportunity, something I enjoy and look forward to.


I am also advisor to the Board of Trustees, which has given me a chance to see what it takes to run our community. I believe I can add to it with my support and experience. I feel this is my calling to serve Unity and support our community.


I would be honored to be a member of the Board of Trustees.