Some are full-time, some are part-time, and some are some-time.
But all are 100% dedicated to our message and movement!
Board of Directors
Yanni Maniates, MS, CMI
UNITY EARTH Board Chairperson
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Yanni is an author, mentor and intuitive and a consciousness pioneer who has been teaching meditation, intuitive development, Hermetic wisdom, and Ancient Mystery School subjects for the past 35 years. He has trained thousands of people to attune their souls to Love, develop their intuition, deepen their meditation and discover who they really are.
He is the author of six Kindle books on Meditation and Intuition, three Meditation CDs, numerous courses and co-editor with Lama Doboom Tulku and Dr. M. Darrol Bryant of “Practices of Compassion.” As well, he has been doing “Soul Readings” for decades. The primary focus of his work is to help people experience the “still, small voice within,” or as he prefers to call it, “The Embrace,” and then to help them live a fulfilling life that is bursting with real passion and grounded in true integrity.
As well as being the Chair of UNITY EARTH’s 501(c)(3) Board, he is a core founding member of the online contemplative practice community Transformation 365 .
Prior to all the above he was a Rare Book Librarian at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. As well, he built, from scratch, a 100,000-volume interfaith seminary library. In addition, he led a large international, interfaith, ecumenical organization from 1979-1986. As well, for 5 years, he headed up an 80-100 book a year medium sized publishing company in Manhattan.
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In 2010, Ben launched Muslim for a Month in Turkey offering guests a first-hand experience of Turkish Islam and Sufism, underneath the spiritually inclusive banner of Rumi. A year later, he launched World Weavers, offering spiritual immersion programs in Tibetan India, Nepal, Cambodia and Ethiopia.
In October 2015, at the Parliament of World’ Religions, Ben launched 1GOD.com, an online platform aimed at countering religious fundamentalism, relativism and western materialism. Since then he has worked to build UNITY EARTH into a global platform that can support and empower the many grassroots movements working towards unity and peace in the world.
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Emanuel Kuntzelman is a social entrepreneur, writer, motivational speaker and an activist for purpose. Among his business activities, he founded the Chicago-based non-profit Greenheart International in 1985 and continues as Chief Advisor to the organization. He is also the co-founder of Fundación por el Futuro in Madrid, Spain, and has served as its president since its inception in 1995.
He is a founding co-creator of the Global Purpose Movement, which has merged with Unity Earth, and this partnership has now launched Purpose Earth, of which Emanuel is the volunteer Director. Purpose Earth is the sponsor and fundraiser for World Unity Week and other events that promote the evolution of consciousness. His most current project is developing the theory of the Holomovement as a chaotic attractor for a shift in consciousness.
Emanuel is a board member and/or advisor to the following organizations: Greenheart International, Humanity’s Team, Integral Transformative Practice International, the Laszlo Institute for New Paradigm Research, and Unity Earth. Emanuel is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle. He is a contributor to the book Intelligence of the Cosmos as well as Ervin Laszlo’s latest book My Journey: A Life in Quest of the Purpose of Life. Emanuel is co-editor of the publications Purpose Rising and Purpose to the People: a guide to radical transformation.
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Laura Rose is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Greenheart International, a nonprofit organization that has facilitated the cultural exchange experiences of more than 150,000 participants from 85 countries while also supporting fair trade artisans from numerous developing nations through the Greenheart Shop.
Laura’s personal mission is to create global leaders through providing opportunities to young people from around the world to recognize their ability to positively impact the world through leadership training, empowering them to be change-makers within society.
Under Laura’s leadership, service-learning grants at Greenheart have been provided to more than 100 young people from more than 25 countries to help overcome daunting challenges in their home countries. Grant recipients learn to recognize the positive impact that they as individuals can have on their on their home communities undertaking projects from providing drinking water to school children in rural Colombia, to building playgrounds for toddlers in Jamaica, to the creation of literacy programs in Georgia, and computer training for children in Uganda.
To help young people to articulate the scope of their experiences, Laura provides public speaking workshops to international students and assists them in preparing presentations on the impact of their cultural exchange experiences to members of the Department of State in Washington, DC.
Laura has worked extensively in a voluntary capacity with members of the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, community leaders and international representatives to further the causes of public diplomacy and mutual understanding
She has served on numerous boards in Spain, the U.S. and the UK, recently completing a three year term as Vice Chair of the board of the Council on Standards for International Education and Travel in Alexandria, VA. She also recently served two terms as Vice Chair for the board of the Alliance for International Exchange based in Washington, DC. Both associations are dedicated to promoting and preserving the value of cultural exchange as a tool for public diplomacy.
As an experienced public speaker, Laura facilitates public speaking workshops and has been a panelist and speaker in numerous forums. In fall of 2018, she moderated a panel on the #MeToo Movement at an Alliance Conference in Washington DC. In November 2018, she was a panelist on Privilege and Purpose: Healing Our Collective Conscience at the Purpose Summit in San Francisco.
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Victoria Friedman, a pioneer in collective consciousness, a visionary and artist, is a Co-Founder of Vistar Foundation (1994), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to self- discovery, collective Consciousness and spontaneous creativity.
Meeting with small groups for over 18 years, Victoria and Dr. Ron Friedman, developed the Vistar Method, a spiritual meeting technology for evolutionary co-creative meetings. Their upcoming book on The Vistar Method launches in 2022. Victoria co-creates large and small events that inspire and involve people in new creative forms of spiritual expression, with a focus on connectivity and conscious culture.
Victoria is on the Board of Directors of FIONS NYC (Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences) and Unity Earth. She serve on the Advisory Board of The Source of Synergy Foundation and is a founding members of The Good of the Whole and The Co-Creators Convergence. Victoria is the author of SPIRIT DOODLING: The Effortless Expression of No-Mind, and the children’s book, Florissa The Fish.
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Founding Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts in Washington D.C. in 1973 led to understanding of the crucial role creative communities play in this expanding reality to which we’ve been introduced. Laurence’s many decades of activities in the entertainment and media industries, at the grass roots, local levels, encompasses roles in production, and as an experienced entertainment and intellectual property lawyer. The Purpose Earth Production Team focuses on storytelling of grass roots activists making immediate, real-world impact in their communities.
Founded by Dharma Master Hsin Tao, Laurence represents Global Family for Love and Peace at the United Nations for 20 years. Working in the areas of interfaith dialogue and the Culture of Peace, GFLP has collaborated with many like-minded organizations. Laurence is the creator, producer, and director of GFLP’s annual Poetry Slam for Peace, now in its fifth year.
He is the founder of record companies and the entertainment company Rhythms of the Globe, Evolving Lifestyles of the 21st Century, producing content reaching beyond geographical boundaries and cultural identities.
Rev. Deborah Moldow
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Deborah is Director of the Evolutionary Leaders circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundationthat brings together visionaries committed to the acceleration of the conscious evolution of humanity. She is a Vision Keeper at Unity.Earth and a co-facilitator of the Conscious Business Synergy Circle.
She served for more than 20 years as the Representative to the United Nations of May Peace Prevail on Earth International, with a special focus on the U.N. International Day of Peace, and has traveled the globe to conduct Peace Pole dedications and World Peace Flag Ceremonies sending peace to every nation. At the United Nations, she co-chaired the International Day of Peace NGO Committee and the Values Caucus, and founded the United Religions Initiative multi-faith cooperation circle. Rev. Deborah also led monthly Interfaith Sundays at the Chapel at Croton Falls in northern Westchester, NY.
She currently makes her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Dr. Kurt Johnson
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Kurt has served on the faculty of New York’s Interfaith Seminary for 12 years and, for 25 years was associated there with the American Museum of Natural History. In 2016 he became host for Unity.Earth’s Convergence radio series at VoiceAmerica, a series featuring global change-makers.
Kurt has a PhD in Evolution and Ecology and is author of over 200 scientific articles and seven books, along with further articles at Kosmos Journal, The Contemplative Journal, Evolution Institute, Integral Life with Ken Wilber and peace studies with Philip Hellmich of the SHIFT Network.
Kurt, a former monastic, is a member or founder of The Evolutionary Leaders, the international Contemplative Alliance, the Gaiafield and Subtle Activism Networks, the Self Care to Earth Care network, the UN NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, the NGO Forum 21 Institute, and the UN Committee for International Yoga Day, and is President of the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
VP. UNITY EARTH Australia
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In 2014, Irina hung her designer suits in the back of her wardrobe and replaced them with Yoga Pants! Her passion for yoga became her career. As well as running her own classes, she collaborates with physiotherapists, chiropractors, wellness and fitness centres. Implementing her skills of counselling and business management alongside yoga, she successfully runs yoga retreats for relaxation and rejuvenation of both, body and mind.
Irina holds a Yoga Teacher Diploma (HH Dip. Y.T.), Diploma in Professional Counselling and Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
She joins UNITY EARTH’s team with an open heart, to assist in bringing a vision of Oneness into reality.
Marketing & Public Relations
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Antoinette has become very proactive in Global Outreach Ministry, which includes The Urantia Movement, U-Day Thailand, Parliament of the World’s Religions, 1GOD.com, Harvard Divinity School and recently, a presentation for the Convergence Gathering at the United Nations Chapel in New York. Antoinette’s Facebook spiritual communities also include, Minister Pato Banton, Urantia Aspirations, Ministers For Christ Michael, Urantia 101 for New Readers, and COEXIST! Her current musical works include “Thoughts of Paradise” Meditation CD, “The Words Of Christ”, “Words of Rastafari” and “Joyful and Happy”, the soundtrack featured in the spiritually motivated documentary “Return to Happiness”.
Her guest appearances include the Desmond Tutu’s Foundation celebrating his 85th birthday, LA Talk radio, Spiritual Unity and Diversity, International Women’s Day in Canada, and various worldwide Urantian gatherings and conferences.
Her most recently launched virtual community is Daughters of The Divine Mother, a rapidly growing group of international women united to share experiences, resources, information and sisterhood. Antoinette is an inspirational public speaker focused on uplifting women and enhancing their relationship to our Divine Mother throughout all cultures and religions.