Minister and Staff


Associate Minister of Education: Reverend Valorie Kay

Reverend Valorie is a Unity Minister. She develops the curriculum for those seeking a greater understanding of Unity principles, as well as classes that support exploration of the inner Self.

Valorie is also a musician and a Music Minister who leads song and drum circles and other workshops using her music, Native American flute, and other transformational tools. For more about Valorie's music, go to Valorie's email address is

Communications Coordinator: Cheryl Fare, Licensed Unity Teacher

Cheryl Fare is a Licensed Unity Teacher, inspirational speaker, published playwright, actor, producer, director, singer/songwriter, organizational consultant, and heart-centered metaphysician.  At Unity of Bon Air, Cheryl teaches classes, is a Prayer Chaplain and leads the Prayer Team, and serves on the Ministry Team as Communications Coordinator.  Cheryl has a passion for Unity Principles, and shares openly how using these real and practical Truth teachings have guided her through several exceptional life challenges.  Cheryl holds an MFA in Theatre administration and management from VA Tech, and is pleased to bring her 30+ years of experience in performing arts to her work in Unity. Cheryl lives with her husband of more than 30 years, Patrick Tormey, with whom she has 2 adult children.

For more about Cheryl, go to  Cheryl's email address is

Music Director: Claudia Carawan

Claudia leads our music program which is a dynamic, creative force that supports and reflects the Unity principles using the language of music. The mission of our music program is to provide music that is spiritually enriching and inspiring. We feature a diverse variety of musical styles ranging from pop, inspirational, jazz, rock, new age, and classical, but the overall format is contemporary.

Claudia has been Music Director at Unity of Bon Air for several years and has been a professional musician most of her life. She is an award-winning songwriter, an international recording artist, and a powerful vocalist who plays many instruments (piano, guitar and alto sax). Claudia has recorded four CDs of "positively soulful" music (Out of the Blue, Fearless, Joy Rising and Magic In The Air, her first Christmas CD), which have received rave reviews. Her voice has been featured on radio and television in national advertising campaigns.

For more about Claudia go to Claudia's e-mail address is:

Life Events Coordinator: Janie Van Ostern

Weddings, Memorials, Anniversaries

Janie's e-mail is

Bookkeeper: Kara Bickett

Richmond has been Kara’s home for 17 years.  She grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. She loves traveling back to Roanoke to see family and the beautiful mountains.  Kara has associate degrees from Virginia Western Community College in Business Management, Banking & Finance and Merchandise Management.  She is happily married with 2 boys, 2 dogs and a cat that keep her busy.  Kara enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Kara's email addres, is

Facilities Coordinator: William Patterson