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 New Thought Unity Center 

  Board of Trustees 2018 


Brenda Zechmeister has been coming to New Thought Unity for just over 20 years.  "I knew from the first time I came here that this was where I belonged.  Over the years, I have enjoyed so many services, classes and book discussion groups.  I especially loved opening my home to host the book discussion groups and getting to know many new friends through the intimate sharing in those groups.  I also grew through a number of other volunteer activities, like assisting in the Sunday school classes and singing in the choir.

I am honored to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Over the years, I have worn many hats in various jobs and learned administrative, creative and relationship building skills that I believe will be helpful in my time on the board.  I currently teach yoga and have led retreats with various mindfulness and meditation exercises that have helped others.  Everyday I practice to develop these skills to deepen my spiritual growth and share those experiences with others.

I currently reside with my mother in Price Hill.  I love animals and like to pet sit, so sometimes I'm staying in other people's houses.  My sweetie lives in Youngstown, NY, so I am sometimes up there as well.  I love to travel, spend time in nature and participate in drum circles and other creative endeavors.  I am grateful for this opportunity and hope to be part of the team that leads others in growing together in Spirit".




Susan Cooney is a supervisor at the University of Cincinnati in the School of Education. She works with the students, supporting, observing and guiding them on their path to becoming educators. She herself has been an educator for over 12 years. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in social work from UVM, a master’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU and has studied art at Parsons School of Design. She went to culinary school and became a Raw Vegan Chef and Educator and is a Certified Detoxification Specialist.
Susan moved to Cincinnati in 2015 and first walked into New Thought Unity Center shortly afterward. She immediately felt the love and connection in the community and readily shares her skills, enthusiasm, love of the spiritual journey and her desire to be of service to a larger vision. As a Board member at New Thought Unity Center, Susan is honored to be connected to such a joy filled community!







Betty Cowgill first attended NTUC in September, 1977 and became a member in March, 1978
Betty will tell you she had never heard of the Unity Movement before that time, but on her very first
visit she heard answers to questions she didn't even know she had.

Since then, Betty continues to read and try everything so she can learn more.  She enjoys attending the many workshops and study groups, stating that even though NTUC has been her support system and spiritual home for almost 40 years, she is excited to say, “I am still growing spiritually!”

Betty previously served on the Board of Trustees 1987 -1989.








Joe Fox - "My wife, Peg, and I first attended a Unity service in the mid 1970's in Lexington, Kentucky and instantly felt that the teachings of Unity were exactly what we were searching for, for ourselves and our family. From that moment on, Unity has been central to our personal spiritual development and an inspiration in our efforts to be what we believe in our professional and personal interactions with others. Last year we moved from Lexington to Cincinnati to be close to our three children and seven grandchildren. We could not have been more thrilled to find that New Thought Unity Center felt like home again. We've loved everyone we've met, the terrific music, and the dynamic ministerial team of Michael and Meghan. It's an honor to serve on the board with the goal of helping make our Center's vision and mission statements living realities in the hearts and lives of all who participate in this special fellowship."


Alex Toth