Board of Trustees

Jasmine Sassack ~ President

Jasmine Sassack was previously employed as Director of Youth and Family Ministry, first at Unity Northwest in Des Plaines, and then at Unity on the North Shore.  She now owns a thriving holistic wellness practice with her husband, Michael, where she practices Reiki, teaches childbirth classes, and acts as a Doula.  Jasmine and Michael are also licensed foster parents who have welcomed over twenty children into their home.  They currently have six children, and Jasmine volunteers widely within the fostering community.  Jasmine currently teaches Unikids in UNS' Soul School.  She is passionate about serving others, building healing connections, and finding calm in the middle of chaos.    



John Lindner – Secretary

John has spent his career in human resources, organization development, talent acquisition, and leadership development.  John grew up with a heavy influence of New Thought from his grandparents.  He attended Unity Indianapolis as a young adult with his mother, and explored other non-denominational centers while working in New York.  After moving to Chicago in 1990, he eventually found a home at Unity Chicago, becoming a member in 1994.  As an Evanston resident, John and his two sons discovered that Unity on the North Shore felt like such a natural fit for the whole family.  His sons, Evan and Clay have been active and regular participants in Soul School since they were very young.  John has served as a member of the Right and Perfect Home Team, in addition to supporting various fundraisers for the teens.  John has enjoyed the deeper interpersonal connections made and personal growth experienced since becoming more active at UNS over the past few years.  

Cathy Mathis - Treasurer

Cathy’s deep understanding and appreciation of Unity Teachings has been cultivated over 20 years — first here at Unity on the North Shore in the ’90s, then at Unity in Chicago. She returned to UNS two years ago, and became a voting member a year ago, stepping up to serve on the Finance and Platform Assistant Teams. While at Unity in Chicago she was a Prayer Chaplain in addition to working with the Finance Team and served as Platform Assistant on Sundays, roles she found rewarding because of their importance in engaging people in the community. She has business and finance expertise, enthusiasm and works well in teams. Cathy fully supports the mission to help people live their deepest truths and would love to see the community actively engaging and challenging people to take their “right” next steps. Her desire to serve as Trustee arises out of a belief that the next chapter for UNS holds tremendous opportunity for both UNS as a community and for each individual and she looks forward to participating in efforts to bring those opportunities to life.

Elissa Foster - Board Member

Elissa Foster is a tenured professor and director of the College of Communication’s graduate programs in health communication . She is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner who works with health care professionals to improve the quality of communication in contexts of direct patient care.





Jan Beladi - Board Member

Unity on the North has been Jan Beladi's spiritual home for over 25 years.  She has raised her three sons in Unity.  UNS has been a place of community and spiritual rock for her.  Jan has volunteered in many areas, including food preparation and service during our Garden Chat fellowship.  Jan has also lent her skills as a professional photographer to capture our large fundraising events on camera.  Jan says, "By using Unity's spiritual tools, I am able to live a life with awareness of all I have to be grateful for and knowing how abundant I truly am."





Susanne Lam - Board Member

Susanne has attended UNS since 1997 and became a member three years ago. Having previously served as a Trustee appointed to complete a vacated term in 2019-2020, she has also served as Director of Volunteers and helped with numerous fund raisers and outreach efforts, including annual galas and Ten Thousand Villages Christmas Sales. Her vision for serving this term includes building on ways to share our Unity Principles both for online and in-person participants, listening to the needs and desires of our congregants, and applying her strong business background to support fiscal responsibility and money management. Now retired, she was a category & Product Manager for Kellogg’s and Heinz with strong analytical skills and  keen understanding of human behavior borne of experience.

Evan Lindner - Youth Representative

Evan Lindner is a student at Evanston Township High School.  He is on the ETHS swim team, and is active in community outreach projects.  Evan has been raised in New Thought beginning as a toddler in the Unitots program at Unity in Chicago.  In 2015, he and his family switched to Unity on the North Shore, where he has found his spiritual home.  He has attended regional and local Unity teen events, and has been a leader in UNS' Soul School program.  Evan has been a valued and indispensible member of the UNS Livestream Team and the Right and Perfect Home Team.