Board of Trustees
President of Unity of Tampa Board of Trustees: Margaret Kubilin
Margaret discovered Unity in 2003. She was a Sunday School teacher at Unity Fellowship in southeast Virginia before moving to Florida in 2016. Margaret is the mother of three children, all of whom were brought up following Unity principles.
Margaret is a professional civil engineer, specializing in pedestrian and bicycle safety. In her practice of over 30 years, she is involved in planning, design, and operations of multimodal transportation systems. She is also an instructor for the Federal Highway Administration for pedestrian safety and complete streets. She came to Florida in July 2016 to help increase traffic safety and to assist communities in achieving Vision Zero – zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Treasurer: Walt Neuman
Walt is retired after completing a 35-year career in information technology. He owns Night Moves Photography.
Walt has attended Unity of Tampa since 1997 and has been a member of the church since 2001. As a volunteer at Unity of Tampa, he has been serving on our counter team for the past four years. This capacity includes assisting in preparing the church’s weekly bank deposit and providing basic information for the treasurer and our bookkeeper concerning the church’s income stream.
Walt’s other past leadership roles include various positions on the board of directors with the Junior Chamber (Jaycees) in Syracuse, NY over a 10-year period. He served as director, executive vice president and secretary.
At-Large: Deborah Nielsen
Deborah has worked for the Florida Department of Revenue for the past 10 years. Before that, she worked for Xerox and USAA in customer service, insurance sales, and real estate.
Deborah discovered Unity in 1994 and became a member in 1996. She has served as team leader for the greeters, on the share program when we were a host site, and as a member of the Social-Light team
At-Large: Pat (Robin) Mirk
Patrick has been attending Unity of Tampa since 1995. He has been a member for many years. His wife Vivian and he were married in the church in 1996. He has taken and attended numerous Spiritual Education & Enrichment classes, and he and Vivian have visited the Unity seminary in Kansas City.
Patrick and Vivian visit Unity churches around the country as they travel. Patrick is a college professor and a retired attorney who specialized in commercial law. He is on the board of directors of another company.
At-Large: Mario Zuniga
Mario discovered Unity in 2006. After retiring from the Air Force after a 20-year career, Mario Zuniga has sent specialist, and grant manager.
Mario has a wealth of experience as a state and federal grant administrator and manager in Adult Education, Family Literacy, GED, Adult High School, and English Language Learner programs. Most recently, he effectively served apent more than 15 years working at both the state and local educational agency levels as a teacher, educational administrator, assessms the State Director for Florida’s National Farmworker Jobs Program.
Mario has a Master’s Degree in Management and extensive experience in the use of process improvement methods, data-driven problem-solving, and the facilitation of multi-agency collaboration in the optimization of programs dealing with at-risk and drop-out students, disenfranchised adults, and unemployed and underemployed farmworkers and their dependents.
Mario has retired from state service but is working part-time with the local workforce board in Tampa to manage a special federal grant that is funding the establishment of a pre-apprenticeship program in the building trades for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Hillsborough County.
At-Large: Linda Reed
Rev. Carla Golden, Director of Lay Ministries
Rev. Carla Golden was graduated and ordained in 2002 from Unity School of Religious Studies. She and her husband Rev. Bob Uhlar have served three Unity congregations — in Hollywood, FL; Indianapolis, IN; and now Tampa, FL.
In addition, Carla has a background in Human Resource Management, having worked for four different accounting and consulting firms in Chicago. She also has worked in non-profits, serving as a Program Coordinator at Catholic Charities and as a Volunteer Coordinator at Catholic Community Hospice in Kansas City.
Carla’s graduate and undergraduate work was done at Loyola University of Chicago, where she majored in Communications and Human Resource Management. While attending seminary at Unity Village, she also completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.
Mary Johnson, Office Administrator
Mary Johnson has over 20 years of experience working in churches and non-profits. She previously worked with Kids on the Block/Child Abuse Council (Now Champions for Children), at WEDU, and at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
Mary is the author of five books and a prolific blogger on film, food, and politics.
Emma Silbert, Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Emma has been attending Unity of Tampa since she was two years old. She spends her days teaching first grade in Hillsborough County. She is grateful to be able to serve the youth and family of Unity.