Board of Trustees
President: Margaret Kubilins
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: Gail Gibson
Vice-President: 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: 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.
Secretary: Linda Reed
Linda began attending Unity when Ross Goodman was minister! She tells us she loves the diversity and acceptance in our congregation. Linda & her husband Dave have been married over 40 years and they have a son, Kevin who lives in Tampa and a daughter, Shannon, who lives in Cheyenne Wy. In the past , Linda worked as a social worker for the state of Florida. She worked for Hillsborough County in finance and later returned to school to study Massage Therapy. Linda worked as a Massage Therapist until she retired in 2015. She then volunteered for Hospice. Linda is thankful for the opportunity to serve Unity of Tampa.
Wendy Leigh, Interim CEO
Wendy has been a member of Unity of Tampa for 22 years. She joined during the interim year when the church underwent its search for Reverend Allen Moss. We welcome her to facilitate leadership on our journey to shape ourselves into a thriving spiritual community.
Wendy comes to us with a unique and successful career trajectory: in education, entertainment, the arts, community engagement, marketing, public relations and development and as an executive on a leadership team. This will mark her third faith-based organization in her career. She holds degrees in both education (Columbia College, Missouri) and theater (University of South Florida). In 1999, she won the USF Distinguished Alumna Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts – marking the first time it had been given to a theater major. Two of her greatest accomplishments were being instrumental in launching both the Shimberg Playhouse and the Patel Conservatory from ground-up, totaling over twenty years of service at the Straz Center. While serving on the executive team as Vice President of Education there, she was proud to have brought the organization to full accreditation with SACS CASI in 2012 as well as spearheading the Center-wide Diversity Initiative. During that time, she honed her skills in filling rooms with vibrant activities, events and productions, as well as providing meaningful outreaches and partnerships (30 across the area) to worthy organizations throughout the community. She recently served as the CEO/Executive Director for the Franciscan Center and prior to that was the Director of Development and Community Relations at Hillel Academy. Her forte is creativity, “placemaking”, connecting people, creating systems and significantly raising awareness to the organizations. These are all skills that she will naturally transfer to her work at Unity of Tampa. She is known for being wholeheartedly committed to her work, the team and the mission.
Rev. Nancy Mercurio, Core Transition Minister
Rev. Nancy Mercurio is an ordained interfaith minister with a doctorate in ministry, and co-founder of Together In Peace Inc., (TIP) a global non-profit mission focused on peace, tolerance and acceptance since 2013. Together with her husband Jeffrey King, they have built a following of 8000+ social media followers with Sunday messages viewed by thousands bi-weekly.
Nancy is also the founder of Leadership Training Systems Inc. and has spent 25 years as a global executive coach and behavioral specialist guiding leaders and organizations to successful outcomes. As a member of Unity of Tampa, Nancy’s efforts included serving 13 years in the choir, leading the Vision Teams, and serving as a substitute speaker for Reverends Allen and Debbie Moss.
In May 2020, Reverend Nancy was featured in a global online magazine for her efforts to help resolve the homeless crises.
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.