Meet Our Staff

Rev. Heidi Alfrey

Senior Minister
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Rev. Heidi Alfrey was hired as our Senior Minister in March 2014.

Heidi has been with Unity for 30 years. She became a Licensed UnityTeacher in 1997, and served at Unity ministries in Ft. Lauderdale, Maui and Kansas City. She was ordained as a Unity minister in 2011. Heidi also holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Heidi sees Unity principles as a way of life, a way to celebrate the Divinity within. She sees our spiritual community as a place where people can be loved as they learn to love themselves…and then go out in the world and let their light shine!!

Tammy Bridges

Worship Coordinator
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If you’ve come looking for a traditional church (and your typical worship coordinator)… well, you’ve come to the wrong place. I am NOT that kind of Church Lady! I hope my colorful personality comes through in the service materials (Powerpoint, bulletin, flyers) as well as my interactions with those I serve. I love Grumpy Cat, a good spreadsheet, and speaking Spanish whenever possible. #ComeToTheVortex

Micki Selander

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‘Micki is an all around organized efficient administrative supporter. She works in the Unity front office helping Tammy prepare everything needed for the Sunday service, classes and events. Micki also creates and updates the bulletin boards, class rosters, event sign ups and flyers.  When she’s not at Unity she is teaching ballet to 8 year olds at Chicago Ballet Arts and in Naperville at the School of Performing Arts.’

Rolinda Stevenson

Sacred Service Coordinator

Lyn Williams

Youth Program Coordinator
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I almost can’t remember a time when being with, teaching and learning from children wasn’t part of my life.  We took in foster kids as I was growing up, and my sister and I always felt we were part of a large family…a “coming and going” large family!

Have done loads of volunteer work over the years.  Found Unity 7 years ago when I moved back to Chicago.  I am so very excited to be a contribution to this wondrous place.  As a mom and grandmom, I know how precious our kids are.  My goal is that they feel this every time they walk in the door here and are enfolded with safety and love.

Gabriela Rivero

Gabriela Rivero came from South America and arrived on a very frigid day in February planning to stay for one year… that was 25 years ago!

Gabriela has served as a prayer chaplain at Unity in Chicago since 2013, served as co-coordinator from 2015-2016 with Eva Jackson, and is now a Unity ministerial student!

Gabriela is a Life Coach and a Passion Test Facilitator.

Her passion and dream is to focus on female leadership grounded in social issues and spirituality.

She is one of the coauthors along with other 14 authors of the book “I still Rise – A Book Compilation.”

She has two beautiful daughters and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Peter Polzak

Music Director

I have been a full-time professional musician here in Chicago for over 30 years. In the relatively short time I’ve been here, since March 2007, I have met and worked with an extraordinary staff and I feel like I’ve found a new home. I just love it here!

I look forward to expressing my passion for music and humanity in new forms, and to continually bringing in top-level talent to entertain and inspire all who attend. What a beautiful place to be!

Dan Paterno

Media & Communications Coordinator
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Dan’s been a creative for as long as he can remember. Starting in grammar school and extending throughout college, he’s always been drawing or designing something in a variety of mediums — paper, canvas, flowers, digital art, hair. These days, whether he’s in FRONT of a computer monitor or in BACK of a styling chair, he’s always helping his clients present the best image possible. Currently, he’s thrilled to be able to add his variety of talents and experience to the collaborative marketing efforts of Unity Chicago.