Unity of Delray Beach
Board of Directors
President, Harvey L. Brown, Jr.
Vice President, Anthony H. Holliday, Jr.
Secretary, Liz Shaw
Treasurer, R. Scott Cornelius
Director, Lynn VanDyke
BOARD MEMBERS & STAFF
HARVEY L. BROWN, JR.
Harvey was born in 1961 in Delray Beach to Harvey and Gayl Brown. He has two sisters, Susan and Anne. Harvey and his wife Marilyn are Delray Beach residents. Harvey is a lifetime member of Unity of Delray Beach and currently serves as a platform speaker and occasional guest speaker. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1983 with a B.A. in marketing. In late 1983, he joined the Harvey L. Brown Insurance Agency.
Harvey earned a law degree (J.D.) from Nova Southeastern University and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2002.
He is a former president and board member of the Delray Beach Public Library. He is also a former president of the board of the Delray Beach Playhouse. He has served as president of the Delray Beach Kiwanis and is a member of Delray Beach Rotary Club. He is the owner and president of the Harvey L. Brown Insurance Agency.
ANTHONY H. HOLLIDAY, JR.
Anthony has taught at Florida Atlantic University, Howard University, University of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, and Fielding Graduate University, where he served as dean of programming. As a consultant, he has advised on a wide range of services in, among others, conflict resolution, mediation, managing diversity and inclusion, equal employment opportunity practices and procedures, sexual harassment, regulatory compliance, and educational consulting. He is a past Unity of Delray Beach Board member. Anthony has a J.D. from the University of Miami and an L.L.M in Labor Law from Georgetown University.
Liz is originally from Northern Virginia. She began attending Unity of Delray Beach in 2004. Grateful to have found a spiritual home, she became a member in 2005. Since joining, she has volunteered as a greeter and then usher. She has served as the co-head usher of the 11a.m. team since 2007. Liz has worked as the Executive Coordinator at Delaire Country Club in Delray Beach since 2005. She holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and an MSSA from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She is currently a member of the Board of trustees of the Little Hill Foundation in conjunction with the Alina Lodge in New Jersey. Liz’s hobbies include fitness, antique collecting, traveling and spending time with her husband, dog and five cats.
R. SCOTT CORNELIUS
Scott moved to Florida in 1985 and shortly thereafter began attending Unity of Delray Beach. He soon became active in the church and was elected to the Board of Directors, eventually serving as President of the Board under three ministers: Richard Barnes, Greg Barrette, and Nancy Norman.
Scott attended Cornell University, graduated from Bowling Green State University, and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He had a career in banking and retired from Bank of America as Vice President in the Private Client Group. Scott has two daughters and three grandchildren. He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale.
Lynn is a long-time member of Delray Beach. She came to Unity after visiting several places of worship and felt that this was her spiritual home. She answered a call to volunteer as a Youth of Unity sponsor in 1992 and has remained throughout, bringing three children of her own through the program. In addition to serving at the church level she served as Head Sponsor for many regional Youth of Unity events; she was honored to receive in 2004 a Distinguished Youth Service Award. She was certified in 2004 as a Licensed Unity Teacher, a credentialed leadership path for those desiring to serve and support a Unity minister and ministry. Lynn holds a Master of Arts degree from Barry University. She works in the telecommunication industry and has been an adjunct Communication and Public Speaking instructor at local colleges since 2005.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul is from Charleston, West Virginia. He earned a Master of Science in Finance degree from Florida International University and two undergraduate degrees in Economics and Business Administration from West Virginia State University. Prior to joining Unity in November 2013, Paul spent most of his career in public accounting. He brings years of auditing and taxation experience, with an advanced focus on not-for-profit organizations.
D. SHAWN BERRY
Co-founder, artistic director and lead conductor for the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, under Shawn’s supervision the organization has grown to 6 choirs and over 350 singers ages 7-18. The choir has performed with the Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Pops, Dave Koz, the Three Tenors as well as toured nationally and internationally.
After earning his BA and MA in music education from Marshall University, Shawn worked in public schools for 24 years in grades K-12 vocal and instrumental music.
Shawn’s choruses have performed at several national choral directors’ conventions. He has conducted honor and all-county choirs in Florida, West Virginia and North Carolina. He served as program director at the Center for Creative Education, and Manager of Arts and Cultural Education for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. He is an active composer/arranger and arranger with his pieces at several publishing houses.
Shawn was pianist for the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches for 25 years before joining the staff at Unity of Delray Beach.
Kathleen Cronin was born in the “Big Apple” and relocated to Florida in 1978. Her spiritual journey began in NYC early in life and expanded as events and experiences led her closer and closer to God for strength, comfort, guidance and wisdom. This journey took a quantum leap on arriving in Florida when further learning and understanding about God’s Plan for her life took place.
Kathleen experienced a very special ‘moment in time’ in 1970 when she discovered a copy of Unity’s Daily Word in a stack of National Geographic magazines a Unity friend gave her. The uplifting Daily Word messages each seemed to be especially for her…of course!
Her journey here followed a long winding road and many different hats worn during her business career ⧿Real Estate, Facilitating ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Programs sponsored by the American Lung Association, Staff at Lappin Communications including start-up of the Palm Beach Pops Orchestra, Event Planning, and now, front desk office administrative duties here at our church.
Public Relations Director,
A Michigan native but four-decade Floridian, Brenda felt deeply blessed to find Unity in 1993 and has served as its public relations director and newsletter editor for many years. She co-founded and organized the Blessing of the Animals event here in 1999. She was an original member of the legendary Thursday morning 7 a.m. Prosperity Coffee.
Brenda hosted “Entertaining Your Spirit” film nights, screening more than 70 spirit-based movies, with popcorn and discussions, monthly at the church. For three summers she produced Old Time Rock ‘n Roll Concerts with professional entertainers (including several church members) for high-spirited events dancing and listening to 50s-80s tunes.
An avid Toastmaster, she won a “Toastmaster of the Year” award from her club, Bill Gove Golden Gavel, which is dedicated to strengthening public speaking skills. A former actress and improviser, she is a past board and founding member of Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop and Repertory Co. in W. Palm Beach.
Brenda and her writer/genealogist husband Dick have been married for 53 years.
Lynn is a Michigan native and attended Wayne County Community College. She was a bookkeeper and later had a 25-year career with a builder and developer, serving as their controller. She attended Renaissance Unity in Warren, Michigan where, after her daughter made her transition, was the Church Nursery volunteer for the “Littlest Angels,” children from a few months to 1 year old. Lynn has been caring for babies and toddlers in our church nursery for several years.