2021 Board Nominees
After receiving my BS degree from the University of Mississippi, I began my career as a high school teacher, and later worked as an insurance adjuster, a sales rep and a retail manager. I am also a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming.
The best experience I bring to the table is having served on the board of Unity of Charlotte in North Carolina during a transitional period similar to the one in Birmingham. Also, I have been a member of Unity of Birmingham since 2008, served as an usher, and on the ministerial search committee. I have served for the past two years on the Unity of Birmingham Board.
I have been practicing Unity principles for 24 years. Practicing the Law of Attraction, setting intentions and NLP has been life changing for me. I have learned to look at the facts, not just the emotions, when dealing with issues. I’m a bottom- line thinker and a “let’s get it done person!” I would be honored to continue serving on the Board of Unity of Birmingham.
Peggy Johnson (current board member, up for re-election)
Unity of Birmingham has been my spiritual home for over 23 years. I am blessed to have found a place of diversity, inclusivity, and unconditional love. As a professional writer, I have been leading the media team at Unity, creating the newsletter, and working on print media and the website. It has been a joy using my energy to benefit Unity of Birmingham. I am confident that our spiritual home will thrive after we open services on Sunday. I see Unity as a beacon in the Metro area. I am confident that the principles we teach are consistent with our vision….that we want to support each individual in their journey to connect with their Divine Nature. I strive to live my life as an example of that vision.
Nabella Shunnarah (current board member, up for re-election)
My professional venture began in the beginning of 2007 when I enrolled in Massage Therapy School in Montgomery, Alabama, my home town. It began in efforts to merge my Business Associates degree with a deep calling to serve, in which I was still not clear on. Spending time studying about the body and all of its miraculous mechanisms and wonders of human consciousness became a passion quickly. My career path was becoming more clear and my past and current personal life were beginning to shape how I could use the tool of Massage and Bodywork to help others.
In 2014, six months after my daughter was born, I completed a Yoga Teacher Training. I quickly realized how the practice of Yoga & Meditation was a vital part of healing and enlightenment that I had been missing. I received my Reiki I certification in 2015. I continued to dedicate myself to the art of healing and the path of enlightenment. I have since then studied and have been certified in sound healing, specifically Acutonics & Crystal Bowl sound healing. I have numerous trainings and certifications in various spa rituals, massage and bodywork modalities. I am also certified in Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Emotional Release, Psych-K and Soul Focused Healing.
Birmingham native Danielle Dyar graduated from the University of Alabama in 2010 with a degree in Chemical & Biological Engineering. She began a brief career in the environmental sciences in New Orleans, a magical city with a vibrant culture that she credits with bringing about a personal renaissance of sorts in her. Faced with an existential crisis that grew from a distaste for the injustices and exploitation fueled by the global capitalist system, Dani returned to long-suppressed childhood passions in the arts. In a chance opportunity, she left her Environmental Consulting job and began working as an independent filmmaker while exploring newfound interests in culinary arts and dance.
In 2018, she returned to Birmingham to put down some roots nearer to family, and took a job with Irondale based arts nonprofit organization Studio By The Tracks, where she is now the Children’s Program Director. In 2019, she teamed up with her former mentor from New Orleans, chef, gardener, and food justice advocate Jim Bremer, to pursue an organic gardening project, a dream that had been brewing in her heart for years. Thus, Wild Violet Gardens was born.
Eddie (Eddi) Mary Daniel Abdulhaqq
I am a spiritual being manifesting as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, niece, cousin, step grandmother, friend and, formerly, employee/colleague. I credit the spiritual beings that are Unity of Birmingham with nourishing my spiritual growth and development and guiding me on my journey of knowing who I am with heartfelt gratitude to Evelyn McDonald and Gwen Gray.
Professionally, I retired from federal government service October 31, 2020 and am currently enjoying doing “absolutely nothing.” I truly enjoyed every job I have held, including working for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Birmingham District for more than 30 years as Outreach and Education Coordinator, supervisory investigator, systemic investigator and investigator. Prior to federal service, I worked in the private sector as assistant to a bank president, an administrative manager and remedial English teacher at a seminary, researcher at a community development corporation and editorial/research assistant at a research center. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master of Professional Studies Degree from New York Theological Seminary. I have completed additional courses and training in career-related areas.
I graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Finance. My early career was in mortgages and banking. I was the Mortgage Loan Manager for Colonial Bank. I was also a Housing Counselor for the YWCA. Currently, I sell commercial janitorial Services for Trust Building Services. I am a long-time resident of Birmingham. While raising 3 children, I lived in the Oak Mountain area, but now happily reside in Highland Park. I love this community and want to do what I can to make it even better! I care deeply about people and nature. I love to hike and camp. I also love to cook (and eat).