Board of Trustees
Left to right: Rev Shawn Moninger, Thersa Crisci, Diane Bustamante, Brian Dorais,
Millie Benitez, Maria Corsaro and Robert Kahn
Robert Kahn, Board President Unity has been an important part of Bob's life for over 30 years and he has been a member of Unity Center of Norwalk since 2012 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015.
Previously, Bob attended the Unity Church of Marin County in Northern California and is proud of the fact that he was married to his wife Linda by her uncle Phil, who has been a long time Unity Minister.
In business, Bob is the founder of Kahn Consulting, Inc., an 11 year old marketing and branding consultancy that helps clients create and manage brands. He is perhaps best known as one of the founders of FutureBrand, the global brand consultancy owned by McCann-Erikson/IPG. Bob also ran two strategic consultancies at Ogilvy & Mather in New York and was the Chief Marketing Officer of NetJets, the private aviation company owned by Warren Buffet. Currently Bob is President of the American Marketing Association, New York. Bob's wife Linda is also an active member of Unity Center of Norwalk.
Maria Corsaro, Vice President She has been a member of UCN since 2000 and currently serves as a Sunday service platform assistant and as a member of the Joyful Noise choir.
Maria is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Midwifery Program at Columbia University School of Nursing. She earned her BA in theatre from SUNY Buffalo, her BS from SUNY Downstate her MS, MPH and DNP from Columbia University. During her career as a midwife she served as the treasure of the local midwifery chapter of ACNM, worked as a full scope midwife in a Bronx city hospital, a community health center where she was the practice director and a birth center. She was the founder and co-owner of the first midwifery practice office in Westchester County NY from 1985 to the early 1990s.
Thanks to UCN recently Maria has returned to her first “love” – singing. She made her cabaret debut this past year in a duo show with her singing pal Linda Kahn at the Laurie Beechman theatre in NYC.
Brian Dorais, Secretary - Brian is the newest member of the Unity Center of Norwalk Board of Trustees. An avid singer, Brian found his way to Unity Center of Norwalk through the monthly Open Mic. After attending a few of these events, Brian decided to give the Sunday service a try and has never looked back. In addition to his role as Secretary on the Board of Trustees, Brian can be seen volunteering as a greeter and works with the management of the sound and audio recording of the weekly service. When not at his day job as a Compliance Officer, Brian can often be found on tennis courts across Fairfield and Westchester County. Brian and his wife Patricia are originally from Canada and have 2 grown children, who are both currently pursuing careers in Europe.
Michael Stimma, Treasurer - Michael is a Freelance Dreamer, Artist and Problem Solver that is still asking the age-old question “what will I be when I grow up?” At almost 40, the answer is finally clear. “Connect with your heart; be who you are; and make no apologies for it.” Michael is the youngest son to Italian immigrants. After high school he went to school for interior design but instead of pursuing work in that field at that time he worked in his family’s restaurant in Stamford. There he learned business management and service to the public. Recently, he cut back on his time at the restaurant to go back to school to pursue his creative life.
Michael’s interests include Interior design, furniture, real estate, thrift shops & tag sales, skiing, and travel to name a few. His personal mantra is “Live, Laugh, Love” and “We are too blessed to be stressed.”
He is grateful for Unity because he feels that he is being pulled like a magnet instead of being pushed. This is the first place that he felt the unity of his Mind, Body and Spirit. He likes that Unity is all-inclusive and always has a positive message of Love and Self-compassion. He tries to take the Unity message into his upcoming week. He feels that serving on the board is a blessing because he has the opportunity to connect more with fellow Unity members and he can use his problem solving and creative skills for a higher use.
Diane Wicks Bustamante, Member at Large has always lived in CT. She grew up in Danbury, and over the years resided in East Haven, Hamden, and Granby. In 2005, she found Unity by listening to an early Sunday morning radio show called “Morning Has Broken”. Guided by spirit, she sought out and joined Unity of Greater Hartford, where she joined the choir as an alto. In 2006, she met her husband Steve through the choir; they married on Valentine’s Day of 2009. Shortly after, they left Unity of GH and began attending Unity Center of Norwalk. Diane has been on the board for two terms, serving her first year as secretary; she is currently serving as president. Diane also sings with Joyful Noise, the UCN choir, and with the Good News Gospel Choir of Weston. She lives in Monroe, where she enjoys her family, nature, music, singing, knitting/crocheting, reading, and writing with Spirit. She loves spending time with her husband and step-children, Antonio and Maya, and their mom, Nanci. Diane has a master’s degree in Allied Health Sciences, a specialist certification in Clinical Microbiology, and an Epic Beaker Analyst certification. She worked in the Bridgeport Hospital Microbiology Lab for 30 years before transferring in 2013 to the IT department, where she currently works.
Nancy Sinacori, Member at Large, Nancy is a 40 yr. resident of North Stamford. She has served on the Boards of The Mead School and The North Stamford Congregational Church, as Head Deacon. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in Psychology.
She has been an HR Manager with ITT Corporate, a Home Furnishing Textile Colorist & Stylist, a graphic designer, the owner of ‘Mother’s Helpers’ (an agency supplying Mormon girls for Nanny positions, an antique dealer in NYC & CT, the owner of Details Interior Design, and, a 20+ years actress in theater & film in CT & NYC.
What a blessing to have found a Community that honors Source as its centerboard and is open to acceptance of all human experience. Unity is my Spiritual Home and has presented itself as the ‘Teacher’ for the Student ready to learn. I have been attending for several years and continue to expand and incorporate into my life the understanding of its principle that the source of Good is God Within and the limitless education offered here.
PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERS
Milagros (Millie) Benitez, Member at Large began her Unity journey in the 1990’s in Oak Park, Illinois and since 2006 calls Unity Center of Norwalk her spiritual home. A researcher and program evaluator, Millie currently serves as an independent consultant. Her former professional affiliations include CUNY’s Bronx Institute at Lehman College, the Girl Scout Research Institute, and the University of Illinois’ Center for Prevention Research and Development. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University and a B.A. in Psychology from InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. Millie served for three years on the board of the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester, NY.
Diane Wicks Bustamante, Board President has always lived in CT. She grew up in Danbury, and over the years resided in East Haven, Hamden, and Granby. In 2005, she found Unity by listening to an early Sunday morning radio show called “Morning Has Broken”. Guided by spirit, she sought out and joined Unity of Greater Hartford, where she joined the choir as an alto. In 2006, she met her husband Steve through the choir; they married on Valentine’s Day of 2009. Shortly after, they left Unity of GH and began attending Unity Center of Norwalk. Diane has been on the board for two terms, serving her first year as secretary; she is currently serving as president. Diane also sings with Joyful Noise, the UCN choir, and with the Good News Gospel Choir of Weston. She lives in Monroe, where she enjoys her family, nature, music, singing, knitting/crocheting, reading, and writing with Spirit. She loves spending time with her husband and step-children, Antonio and Maya, and their mom, Nanci. Diane has a master’s degree in Allied Health Sciences, a specialist certification in Clinical Microbiology, and an Epic Beaker Analyst certification. She worked in the Bridgeport Hospital Microbiology Lab for 30 years before transferring in 2013 to the IT department, where she currently works.
Theresa Crisci, Treasurer started her own company over 20 years ago. She was a pioneer in bringing stress reduction and wellness to the workplace. Her formal education is a BA in Business, Minor in Math and MBA in Marketing. Being self-employed for over 20 years, Theresa is an “out of the box” thinker. She has a knack for numbers, as indicated by her undergraduate minor in math, as well as her business experience, both which will all come in handy as Treasurer.
Theresa began her journey of being a truth seeker when she was in college. She was raised catholic, but from the first time she was able to go to church on her own, she began looking for something more fulfilling and uplifting. Massage school opened Theresa’s eyes to other spiritual practices, such as Unitarianism, Buddhism, Ala-Non and eventually to, Hope Church in Amherst, MA. She considered herself a “member” of Hope Church by her mere commitment to driving over an hour to get there on Sunday mornings and it was the only church she attended for over 10 years.
This May, it will be 4 years since she found her way to Unity of Norwalk. She knew within minutes of the service beginning, this was her new spiritual home. The music touched her heart and brought back fond memories of her minister’s singing back at Hope Church. Since then, Theresa has taken several Unity classes, has facilitated classes, has been Greeter, Book Store Cashier, currently is Platform Assistant, Prayer Chaplin and sings in the choir, Joyful Noise. She feels ”it is a privilege and an honor to serve this community”.
Theresa is passionate and excited about being in service, sharing the teachings of Unity and being an integral part of the leadership team for this thriving community we know of as, Unity of Norwalk.