Board of Trustees: Rev. Baine, Jan, Alan, Greg, Ritu, Phil, Jan

Thanks for stopping by UBB’s website! If you’re new to our church, we say “Welcome!” As you can tell from our website, we are a friendly, welcoming, Spirit-centered church community, created by loving and compassionate truth seekers just like you. We are a diverse group of people, and we delight in the richness of the tapestry we weave together. We hope you’ll come to one of our Sunday services or visit one of our many classes or special events to see how our church feels to you. You just might find the church home you’ve been looking for! If you’re someone who knows UBB well, we say “Thank you!” for bringing your energy and unique

style to our church family. Because of your commitment and presence, UBB is deepening in our Christ Consciousness and expanding in our Prosperity Consciousness.

We have received many miracles and we open our hearts to those that are on the way. As we enjoy our light-filled and spacious New Church Home on Pointless Forest Trail, we say YES to the bounty that is ours and to the bright future that is before us. We are truly blessed and so very grateful! It is an honor and a pleasure to serve Unity by the Bay as members of the Board of Trustees at this exciting time in the journey of our church. UBB has enriched our lives and we are happy to have this opportunity to give our time and energy in return. The board works hand-in-hand with our Spiritual Leader, Rev. Baine Palmer, on administrative and business matters that arise as a matter of course in church operations. With every discussion and decision, we acknowledge the Christ Presence within and among us, and we dedicate ourselves to achieving the Greater Good that serves everyone who enters our sanctuary. If you have a question or an idea you would like to share, please write to us at We would be very happy to hear from you.

Jan Hice-Smith
Jan became acquainted with Unity by the Bay after relocating to the area in 2017. She became a member in 2019 and later began serving as a prayer chaplain and as the facilitator of Spiritual Discernment at Unity by the Bay. This is her first term serving on the Board of Trustees.

Jan brings executive skills and a passion for joy and well-being to her board service. She is an intuitive artist and an award-winning relationship management and business development professional. Jan leads self-care programs and retreats through her company, Heart’s Joy Consulting, LLC.

After spending more than a decade representing a multinational technology firm in the Caribbean and Latin America, Jan now brings value to organizations by helping them take care of their most valuable asset―their people. She has worked with a variety of clients, from small businesses to government officials to Fortune 500 companies, over the past 10 years, all with the goal of helping professionals experience more ease and joy in their daily lives.

Jan is the author and photographer of the inspirational book Soul Work: Excerpts From My Journey.

Phil Beauchamp
Vice President
Phil was born and raised in Rochester, New York, in a devout Roman Catholic family, with six siblings and 56 first cousins. The family was “tight” with the priests of the parish and the nuns in the local Catholic elementary school. In addition, there were multiple priests and nuns on both sides of his family.

Professionally, Phil has worked in the transportation industry for more than 40 years. He has managed international transportation projects (in NYC, Sacramento, Newark, Denver, Dallas, Macedonia, South Korea, Mainland China, and Taiwan) from offices in Rochester, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Baltimore.

When Phil was five years old, he told his mother that he had seen Jesus the night before while he was asleep. She didn’t care to discuss his vision, but he believes it was the beginning of his belief that there was more to learn.

When Phil was in Kansas City, he joined a Unity church and embraced a new spiritual belief. When he moved to Columbia, Maryland, he visited UBB in Severna Park and joined the Science of Mind congregation, took a variety of courses, and enjoyed the course content. When he and his wife, Idalia Romero, visited UBB in our current location, they knew it was their spiritual home! In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Phil coordinates UBB’s team of ushers.

Ritu Sharma
Ritu serves as UBB’s treasurer and brings 30 years of experience in non-profit management and organizational development. She founded and ran the international advocacy coalition, Women Thrive Worldwide, which influenced numerous U.S. government international policies and programs to benefit women and families who live on less than a dollar a day. Ritu has also served on the boards of national and international organizations as a chair, vice chair and treasurer. Ritu is author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.

Greg Martins
Greg has been with UBB 25 years and on the Board of Trustees for over five years. He found his niche as the board secretary. Greg has performed as Sunday soloist at UBB many times, and he has two CDs out of original music – Live Your Passion and Stargazer. Greg’s passion is in the stars, and he recently retired from NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center having done Mechanical Engineering there for 35+ years.  Greg is a middle child from a family of six. For fitness, Greg enjoys swimming with a local Masters swim team and doing Tai Chi. He is also active in Native American spiritual ways, energy healing work, and intuitive development.

Alan Krissoff
Member At-Large
Alan Krissoff and his wife, Kristin Schrecker, have been members of Unity by the Bay since 2010. Alan is in his second 3-year term as an at-large member of the Board of Trustees. UBB relies on Alan’s facilities maintenance skills to keep our spiritual center running smoothly. He is our dependable and generous “Fixer of Things”!

Jan Dineen
Member At-Large
As a child, Jan walked with her sister to the nearby Lutheran church to attend Sunday School. Their family attended the Methodist church on holidays and when her dad ushered.

At Catawba College, where she majored in Elementary Education, Jan discovered Transcendental Meditation, which began a daily practice that continues to this day. After receiving a master’s degree, she became a school counselor. She recently retired from Anne Arundel County public school system.

Early in her career, a fellow teacher and school counselor, Cindy, told Jan about the Unity church that was meeting at the Y in Severna Park. She found a “match” in that spiritual community and has been spiritually nourished at Unity by the Bay ever since. Her husband attends the “Church of Perch,” located on the Severn River. One of UBB’s former ministers, Reverend Judy Elia, married them aboard a boat on that river.

Over the years, Jan has donated her time, talent, and treasures by volunteering in numerous ways: hosting Relax by the River for chaplains and the prayer team, chairing the Hospitality Team, greeting on Sunday mornings, and serving as board secretary. Currently, she serves as a member of the Hospitality Team as well as the Board of Trustees.

Our Twelve Divine Powers

Power for July: Understanding
Apostle: Thomas
Area of Body: Front of the Brain
Color: Gold
Understanding: The ability to know, perceive, comprehend and apprehend.
Affirmation: My understanding of Truth deepens and directs my life.