Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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.

 

Nancy Sinacori, Vice President - 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.
 

John Valentine, Treasurer -  John has been actively and intentionally involved with his spiritual journey from a very young age.   From serving as an altar boy in his first church to becoming a youth leadership trainee at twelve in his next church.  Almost immediately, he was appointed as the administrator of the “Teens and Twenties” youth ministry before even reaching high school. From there his spiritual commitments evolved into many different roles including head sound and lighting technical director, Worship Team backup singer and small group leader. In adulthood he took on roles such as: Youth Retreat coordinator, topical speaker and individual prayer worker/counselor and ultimately youth minister.

Today, John is the pioneer of Foresite Appraisal Services LLC based in Norwalk, CT, as well as a successful real estate broker.   

Best of all, his son Joshua has just entered his teens.

 

John Liszewski, Secretary - Johnny was blessed with a Jesuit secondary education and the Jesuits were very supportive and encouraged him to be true to himself. He credits them with saving his relationship with God.

Johnny has combined a profession in the health-care field and theater.  For 13 years Johnny worked at Four Winds Hospital, a private psychiatric facility, performing multiple roles including mental health worker, admissions coordinator and in the marketing department as a Community Liaison.

At that time Johnny also served on the Board of Directors of Center Stage Community Playhouse in the Bronx.  Over the course of 10 years he produced, directed, stage managed and acted in dozens of shows.

Johnny has served Unity Center of Norwalk well as a volunteer and leader in many of our volunteer ministries.

 

Deb Antari, Trustee at Large - Deb found Unity Center of Norwalk in 2013 as a result of Steve B. inviting her to the very first Open Mic – she was delighted that such a church existed that combined her love of singing, songwriting and performing with spirit.

Starting in 1976 she worked in various schools for Autistic Children as a Behavior Therapist.

After receiving  her Masters in Counseling she worked as a Psychotherapist for Developmentally Disabled Adults in Carmel, NY for 15 years.

Subsequently, she has studied EMDR and Internal Family Systems  and Developmental Needs Meeting  Strategy  and Brainspotting and began working for various agencies as a psychotherapist for adults before moving into private practice.

She is certified in Brain spotting and also is a Brainspotting Consultant (which means she helps teach other therapists Brainspotting.) Also trained as a re-birther, a past life regressionist (with Brian Weise) and has taken various other hypnotherapy courses.

Presently, Deb is doing Psychotherapy with adults via telet-herapy via a virtual on-line office (since Covid).  Before Covid, Deb made her NYC Cabaret debut at Don’t Tell Mama with her solo show featuring many of her original songs.

Betsy Woods-Brooks, Trustee at Large - Betsy has been attending Unity Center since 2012.  She and her husband, Jeff, live in Stamford.

Betsy is a Principal and New York Market Leader with Buck, a global Human Resources consulting firm.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in internal employee communication and organizational change management. She has implemented campaigns using a variety of media and methods, including print communications, instructor-led and online training and presentations, audiovisual media, and Web-based communication tools for both domestic and international programs for large global organizations.

Her clients have included corporate, not-for-profit and government entities including Boston Scientific, Carlson, Comcast-NBCUniversal, Hasbro, Honeywell, Sony, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Xerox.

She holds a B.S. degree in Marketing and Management from Sacred Heart University, is certified in video production from Fairfield University, holds a Six Sigma green belt and completed her Reiki III certification through the New York Open Center.

Betsy has received numerous local and national awards on behalf of her clients.  She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Business Group on Health (BGH).