Board of Directors


Barbara Gurtner - President 
Barbara became a member of Unity in Rockport in 2012.  She previously served as as Vice President, Secretary and Board Member-at-Large.  Barbara also sits on Council for the City of Rockport, the Government Affairs Council with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Rockport Little Theatre and Aransas County Historical Commission, volunteers for Rockport Center for the Arts, and participates with several local non-profit organizations.
Unity in Rockport is the spiritual home she searched for and life on the Texas Coast is a truly joyful experience.



Joy Hyde - Vice President 
Joy Hyde is a native born Californian who was introduced to New Thought Spirituality, 64 years ago. She moved to Missouri in 1977, and it was there she became a member of the Springfield Missouri Unity Church.
Joy moved to  Rockport Texas, in 2011 and began attending Unity in Rockport.  Joy has served on this Board in the past.  She is now serving as vice president on the Unity Board In Rockport. 




Cindy Leonard - Treasurer


Cindy returned to Texas in early 2018 and was thrilled to find Unity in Rockport.  She began her new thought journey 45 years ago -- at 16 -- when her parents enrolled her in a six week class on the Silva Method for self-help and meditation.  She attended New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living in Aurora, Colorado for six years where she studied Foundations in New Thought, Affirmative Prayer, Spiritual Economics, and The Power of Your Word.


Cindy spent 29+ years in advertising operations for a national media company -- weathering six mergers/acquisitions. She is currently enrolled in Natural Healing classes.        



Vallarie Fisher - Secretary


Vallarie has studied and practiced New Thought since 1963.  She's lived in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, California, and finally Texas.  Her business career led her from elementary, middle school, and high school teacher to office manager of a rehabilitation center and then to CEO of a large church which eventually led to interim minister for a year. 


She purchased and renovated (after Harvey) her retirement home in Rockport where she found her new spiritual home at Unity in Rockport. 





Winnie Ovenden - Trustee


Seeking truth began for Winnie with a prayer circle of friends in a Rockport flower shop in 1965 with Edgar Cayce books.  The journey continued in 1987 with Unity Church as Youth Director for Sunday School. 


She continues to lead the Prayers and Meditation Circle each Sunday and has for the past 35 years!  This year, Winnie started Energizing Healing classes and joined the Board of Directors at Unity in Rockport as Trustee at Large.