Unity of Delray Beach
Rev. Laurie Durgan
Board of Directors
President, Charlene Wilkinson
Vice President, Anthony H. Holliday, Jr.
Secretary, Rev. Hallie Hopper
Treasurer, Terry Horowitz
Director, Liz Shaw
BOARD MEMBERS & STAFF
Charlene was introduced to Unity as a child through a television segment called “The Word” and later through the Daily Word and other Unity publications. She first began attending Unity of Delray Beach in 1988 and became a member in 1990. She relocated to Washington D.C. in 1995 and continued her participation at Unity of Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia. She returned to live in South Florida in 2003 and considers Unity of Delray Beach to be her spiritual home. She has served as an usher/greeter, platform speaker and occasional guest speaker. She currently leads the weekly Prosperity Coffee. She has been a long-time meditation and yoga teacher and has led popular meditation workshops and women’s retreats at the church. Charlene has a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Kansas and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1990. She has held various positions in the technology industry for the last 24 years and currently is commercial counsel for a large technology company.
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.
REV. HALLIE DELAY-HOPPER
Hallie’s mother discovered Unity of Santa Monica when Hallie was 4. As an adult, Hallie found a Unity church where she lived at the time in Oregon and has now attended Unity of Delray Beach for about 30 years.
Here in our church, Hallie has served as an usher, worked in the audio-visual room, and was on the church staff as Logistics Coordinator for many years. She was known for the delicious weekly dinners she created for the congregation, plus she often organized pot luck meals. Her pre-Thanksgiving and pre- Christmas holiday group meals were a huge hit with the congregation. Hallie also organized and led treasure mapping classes and a monthly creative craft class.
Hallie taught middle and high school in Oregon and New Hampshire. For Broward County Schools, Hallie taught all math levels. She was Department Head for Northeast High School and IB Coordinator and teacher at Boyd Anderson High School. She was named Math Teacher of the Year for all of Broward County.
Prior to her retirement from teaching, Hallie studied at New York’s One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and she was ordained there as an Interfaith Minister.
Hallie and her husband, now retired, enjoy traveling in their RV with their three dogs. She smiles, “My life is good.”
Terry Horowitz first came to Unity of Delray Beach in 1990 and immediately knew he was home. Within the first year he made a commitment and became a member of the church and began a journey many of us are familiar with. He served in many areas of the church, but he was led to one area in particular and that was with the Youth of Unity. He served the Y.O.U. for about 14 years and not just with our church, but for the regional and international Y.O.U. as well. In 1999 he was awarded the Distinguished Youth Service Award for his service to the youth. He has also served the Church as a prior Board member for 4 years. He has attended numerous classes as well as retreats with Unity Church. Terry has spent a lot of his time in the financial industry but for the past 10 years is a self-employed business owner. He lives in Coral Springs and enjoys doing a variety of activities, most of them outdoors.
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.
REV. LAURIE DURGAN
Youth Education Director
Laurie has grown up in Unity. At 15, she visited her first Unity church- in Naples and became a member of Youth of Unity there, later attending rallies and conferences. She remembers Unity Village and the magic of “knowing you’re in your right place.” She felt, for the first time, at one with the power and presence of God.
Laurie became a member of Unity of Delray Beach in 1985, and during her first visit to the church, she volunteered to be a Sunday school teacher!
“When I came to Unity of Delray Beach, I felt like I’d come home. At that time I wanted so much to serve God and give back all that had been given to me! Ever since I was a small girl, I’d wanted to be a teacher… a teacher of Truth.”
Laurie believes we teach what we need to learn, and she has learned so much from the children.
Laurie and her husband Jeff have two sons, Ben and John, both Unity School graduates.
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,
Newsletter and eBlast Editor
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 the late 1990s. 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 one married daughter, Kelly, an editor in Seattle.
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.