Candidates for Board of Trustees-2012
(Three Trustees will be elected. Order below selected by random lot)
Danny Lucey has lived in Hawaii for 47 years. He was a member of Windward Unity for over 20 years and served on the board there for seven years. He began attending Unity Church of Hawaii in 2005 and became a member that same year. He is married and has three children and nine grandchildren. He worked for Pan American World Airways and after leaving there, began a career in construction. He worked in this capacity for the Gentry Companies for 10 years and then started his own construction business in 1996. He is a licensed and insured General Contractor. Danny has been an asset to the church by offering his expertise in many completed and ongoing construction projects that have surfaced both before and during his board tenure including sanctuary renovation, plumbing issues, lanai iron gates, room 201 renovation, education building stairway and others. He would be honored to serve another term on the Board of Trustees.
My name is Mari Reid. I was born and raised in Michigan. I moved to Hawaii in 1977 to escape the Michigan winters. For the past 25 years I’ve been a caregiver specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I do private in-home care and I am a LMT (licensed massage therapist) and Reiki practitioner. In 1994, because of our mutual concerns, I joined with other parents and we established the first clearinghouse for missing children in Hawaii, now known as the Hawaii State Clearinghouse for Missing Children. Since 1994, hundreds of children have been reunited with their families because of this organization. Around 1980, I discovered Unity Church of Diamond Head and became a member. Pacific Health Ministry offered a class through Unity to qualify as a chaplain. I was certified in February 2008. In addition, twice weekly, I volunteer at the Waiawa and Halawa men’s prisons for the Unity Rap Group. I’ve taken numerous classes at Unity which have profoundly influenced my life. My life is full and rich, and for that I’m truly grateful. I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for Unity’s Board of Trustees.
Ralph Whittaker III was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in October of 1960 and began elementary school at Pearl City Elementary School here in Hawai‘i. Ralph performed with the Raleigh Little Theater in the broadway musical" Pippin" and also played a part in "A Rasin' In The Sun". He was selected as a singer in the North Carolina All-State Chorus & sang in church choirs as well as school ensembles. In 1978, Ralph graduated from William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh and joined the United States Army in 1980. He worked as a Patient Administration Specialist for 9 years and enjoyed a 1 year tour of duty with the United States Army Chorus in Europe as a singer and choreographer. In 1994, Ralph obtained a job with Science Applications International Corporation as an Implementation Specialist teach a health care computer system. He went on to become a database administrator, training coordinator, and system specialist with the same company. In 2001, Ralph became the Site Manager for the U.S. Capitol, the Navy Hospital Ship, USNS Comfort and the White House as well as other important sites in the National Capital Area. In 2007, Ralph took a job here in Honolulu as the Senior Site Manager at Tripler Army Medical Center, managing a team of health care information specialists. In 2008, Ralph was elected as District Council Representative, and 2010 was elected to be the District Vice Chair and in 2011 was appointed as the Region 2 Chair for the Democratic Party in Honolulu. Ralph also currently serves Unity Church of Hawai‘i as a member of Zamar and part-time as an event coordinator for parades.
Carmelo Cruz-Diaz was born and raised in a small town, San Lorenzo, in Puerto Rico. When I turned 18 in search of my own fortune and adventure, I joined the Army. I have been fortunate to travel with the Army and my current job to places like Korea, Egypt, and Guam and all over the U. S. mainland. My spiritual path has not been easy. I had been resisting and opposing to almost every idea or concept of God until in 2008, my friend invited me to Unity. Unity had me at hello. I like and enjoy the metaphysical approach that we take in Unity. I am no longer going to hell, because I am an imperfect human being striving to be better in all aspects of my life. I have been a volunteer in the past for the kitchen Sunday breakfast service and Connection Central. If I am given the opportunity to serve as a board member, I would like to bring to church members and the board my full support and services. To me, the greatest honor is to be of service to others. I am in service to God, our country and others. I am blessed to have found Unity.
Michelle Hubbard was born and raised in Glendale, CA. She is a law school graduate and worked in law firms in LA and Beverly Hills before moving to Hawai‘i in 1989 where she has been a realtor associate and professional writer. Michelle became a member of Unity Church of Hawai‘i over three years ago, and volunteers as an usher, counter, Rev. Sky’s assistant, and currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees. She was profoundly impacted by completing her first week of Leadership at Unity Village last November, and is honored and excited to be become a Licensed Unity Teacher. Her life has changed in awesomely amazing ways thanks to learning and living the principles of Unity, and it is her desire to bring these gifts to others so that they may transform their lives.
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