Unity of Palmyra Staff
We are so grateful for the commitment and enthusiasm of our staff!
Lisa Bechtel, Office Manager
I am honored to be serving the Unity of Palmyra community as its Office Manager. In Unity of Palmyra, I have found a warm and caring group of people who are actively working to bring love and light to each other and the world.
My journey to this position began long ago when I first decided become a religion major, and then attended divinity school for a year. I wended my way through careers as an attorney and as a licensed professional counselor and play therapist before ending up serving this church. As Office Manager, I have found the perfect ease-into-retirement position that brings together my detail-oriented organizational skills, my interpersonal skills, and my long-held desire to serve a spiritual community.
When I am not at the church, I spend my time with my wife and our two dogs doing all things outdoors. I particularly love kayaking and spending time at the beach.
Janie Womack, Music Director
Born into a musical family in small-town Texas, singer/songwriter Janie Womack is a self-taught guitarist, but her first love is singing. She’s participated in a wide variety of musical projects over the years, including musical comedy, choral and ensemble work, and many different acoustic projects. Her style is acoustic, and her delivery is straight & true. In 2012, she released her first full-length CD of original music, “Songs in the Key of J.” Janie donates her time and talent to fund-raising efforts for non-profit agencies, including the American Cancer Society. After many musical adventures, Janie has settled into a duo with percussionist and vocalist Jody Echterling, who’s an amazingly talented, self-taught musician in her own right. They both feel they were born to perform together! Janie and Jody perform at various venues around the Central PA area. Their repertoire includes “music of many colors” including originals, blues, country, ballads, folk, Americana, and even old standards.
“Music is a powerful element – it touches people at such a deep level. It never ceases to amaze me how intensely gratifying it is to experience the energy exchange between performer and audience, and it’s true no matter what side of the footlights you’re on. It’s my heart and soul.”
Meghann Skipper, Youth Director
Meghann Skipper was raised in Palmyra, and spent some time living and working in Lancaster and Dauphin Counties before feeling called to journey across the country. She moved to California, spent some time in Nevada, then back to California where she met her husband. They moved to Michigan then to Pennsylvania adding to the census in each state. Her professional journey has been in leadership roles in different industries. It was in these roles that she discovered her passion for learning and teaching.
From a faith perspective, Meghann states, “I was raised Catholic but always felt like there was more to know.” It was this feeling that led her on a spiritual journey. On this journey she discovered the New thought movement and it resonated with what she had both learned and felt along the way. Now with her family she is back in Palmyra and excited to be part of the Unity of Palmyra Community. As a parent of 3 beautiful spirits Meghann knew having a spiritual base was important for them. She joined Unity as the Youth and Family Director to help grow the community and share in the light, love, and glory felt when teaching children/teens about their own divinity.
“Everyday I deepen my understanding of God.”