I have served on the board numerous times in the past and successfully served in all officer positions! I add to and bring a strong history of selfless service to our community. I had the honor of working with our teen group, Youth of Unity, for 21 years, many of whom are dear friends today. I also facilitated a study/support group for 7 years and worked with Rev Leavitt on a Friday Night service for 2 years. Steeped in Unity Principles, I fulfilled enough SEE credits to be accepted into Unity School for Religious Studies in 1997. My journey took off from there and instead of entering the seminary, I chose to take what I had learned about Practical Christianity and apply it to business in Hawaii. Having served in the past provides some history – but this is a new board, a new minister, a new staff, and a new time. My desire is to be as aware and open as my heart can be, query and represent the church membership as they express their desires, support the minister as he administers the church and staff, and work with my fellow board members in developing policy direction for the long-term benefit of the church. These are exciting times as we continue to heal and learn to grow together. I look forward to sharing in our church’s exciting evolution.
The greatest gift of my life has to be my relationship with God. I experience God’s love in every aspect of my life. Unity continues to provide me with the necessary tools to reinforce my relationship with the omnipresent God.
Professionally I hold Mediation Certification from the Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc,. I currently sit as the Unity Church of Hawaii Board of Trustees, Secretary. I recently finished a term as President of the Toastmaster International Club: Winners Circle II. I am currently the operations manager for Olivebless LLC. I am a current student in the University of Hawaii Educational System. I am a certificate holder of the University of the Ryukyus Online Intensive: Global Leadership for the Islands: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I also hold three certificates for the Hawaii Arts Alliance: National Endowment for the Arts, state foundation on culture and the arts and the Hawaii Association for independent schools: Hawaii WOLF TRAP : Institute for Early Learning through the art: “Finding Drama Everywhere: Bringing Nonfiction to Life; Looking for Musical Clues: Uncovering the hidden Music in favorite stories; and Math in Motion.
It is truly an honor and a pleasure to serve God through Unity Church of Hawaii.
Jan FitzGerald (formally, Dr. Janet R. FitzGerald) has attended Unity Church of Hawaii for most of the past 30 years, and has been a member for 18 years. In this time, she has married, raised two children, obtained a doctorate in psychology, developed a private practice specializing in autism, and experienced her husband’s transition. She attributes her successes in these endeavours to Unity Principles and is happy to now be able to give back to the church that has supported her so long. She brings to the Board her psychological understanding, skills in interpersonal problem solving, an ability to understand and provide intelligent feedback in most administrative areas, and an ability to organize and make sense of large amounts of information. In addition to her current profession, she has been a writer and editor of a management psychology newsletter and a high school English teacher and librarian. She hopes to work on moving away from a focus on leaders and toward a greater focus on our mission: manifesting our oneness.
I started attending Unity in 1996, drawn to the church by John Strickland. Many of his sermons spoke to me and the church’s teachings aligned with my own spiritual beliefs. I became a member in 1997 after completing member classes.
I was a civil service employee for over 32 years starting my career as a file clerk at the Dental Clinic in Schofield Barracks and finishing my career as Technical Director for the Pacific Region Network Operations Center located in the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station in Wahiawa. Our mission in the PRNOC was to provide internet services for the Pacific Fleet and allied countries participating in the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS), a collection of classified coalition networks.
Once retired, I began helping Susan and Dillard Faulk in the kitchen on Sundays. A chance opportunity made it possible for me to work with the Minister Search Team this past year which I found to be especially rewarding. I applied to run for the Board because of that experience. As I continue to be called to service, I wish to do so with integrity, offering my years of experience to enhance our extraordinary spiritual community, Unity Church of Hawaii.
I have lived in Hawaii since 1972 and have been an active member of Unity Church of Hawaii for 6 years. I love Unity church and New Thought teachings. I am convinced that if used in ones’ life, they can transform anyone. My desire now is to share my years of expertise in business and New Thought training with our Board and community.
I have owned two successful Hawaii businesses and am still active in the business community as CEO of Callaway Cooling Skylight manufacturing company. I owned and operated the Security One alarm company for 25 years and was very active in the local and national security industry. I have always operated my businesses utilizing New Thought Principles.
My Spiritual credentials (so to speak) for my Board service are my prayer practice as a former licensed Religious Science Prayer Practitioner for 10 years and currently as an active Unity Prayer Chaplain. I was on the Board of the Religious Science Church (CSL) of Honolulu as Treasurer for 10 years. I am a Licensed Q Process (now Quantum Process) Coach. I have served on the Grounds and Safety Committee, the last Minister Search Team and have consulted and served on the teams developing our new church policies and standards. I have a library overflowing with spiritual and life affirming books (and I read them!) I love our new Spirit Groups, book studies and live streamed classes. We have so much to offer a Spiritual Seeker! I have been practicing meditation since 1972 when I was initiated into Transcendental Meditation on the Big Island.
I am delighted to have participated in the progress and profound healing path Unity Church of Hawaii is taking. My life mission is Expanding New Thought through Unity across the World while having a good time.
Hinano has a diverse background in business development, natural resource management, cultural resource management, sustainability, community based management and finance.
She is alumni of UH Manoa where she earned her B.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management, Marine Option Certificate and Certificate in Tahitian Language. In addition, she holds a masters of science in sustainable management.
Hinano maintains strong connections with her grandfather’s land of origin, Tahiti in the South Pacific, through language, (Reo Tahiti) and culture. In addition to consulting, she conducts citizen science training in the community for both educators and youth, teaching them to investigate and collect scientific data to address issues around water quality at the watershed scale.
Hinano has worked on Environmental Policy issues at the local level for various organizations, Conservation Council for Hawaii, Hawaii Reef Ocean Coalition, and Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. She was also a participant in host committee for the IUCN Congress in 2016.