Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Unity of Birmingham. Members are elected by the congregation for set terms of office. Board members must be active members of Unity of Birmingham for at least one year and must fulfill the Code of Ethics and Commitment Agreement. The Board elects its own officers following the annual meeting with the congregation.

Rev. Jesse Eugene Herriott, M.A. is the Spiritual Leader of Unity of Birmingham, AL. He is a writer and spiritual teacher whose work explores the soul of what it means to be human, through the lens of spiritual practice & western psychotherapy. He is an ordained priest in the UAIC Interspiritual community and currently is in the process of completing Unity’s Special Dispensation program to become a licensed Unity Minister. He completed bachelor’s and master’s from the University of South Carolina and Keiser University, respectively. He also holds post grad certificates in Geropsychology, Organizational Psychology, & Clinical Trauma Support. In 2015 he was selected by Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA to be inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Clergy & Scholars.

Jesse Eugene Herriott

Minister

Jami and her husband, Harry married for 37 years.  Together, they have three children: Adam and Elaine are 35 years old and Lindsey is 30.  They also have one grandchild, Edison, who is 2. She was a teacher of the deaf for 16 years then  a Sign Language interpreter for 17 years.  Even though she retired from public education 5 years ago, she still subs on occasion in the local schools when they need an ASL interpreter.

Jami Donaldson

Board President

Peggy Johnson

Board Vice President

Lindsey is a former pediatric ICU nurse and currently takes care of her disabled mother. After a life-changing injury while uninsured, she saw a different side of the world and realized how much work is really needed to bring about equality to our lives. This helped push her to become more active with various social justice and voter engagement initiatives. She is most active with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which she considers to be an inspiring movement that resonates deeply with her. When she isn't fighting for social justice, she can often be found trying to understand the actions of her ridiculous cat, Myrtle.

Lindsey Morris

Board Secretary

Gina grew up in Homewood and attended Birmingham-Southern College and Cumberland School of Law. She is the proud Mama of one amazing daughter, two sweetheart rescued cats, and a rotating family of foster kittens. She champions employee rights as a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She enjoys hosting dinner parties, reading cookbooks, binging British tv, and is a novice gardener. Unity of Birmingham has been her spiritual home and family since 2009.

Gina Pearson

Board Member

Eddi is a spiritual being manifesting as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, niece, cousin, step grandmother, friend. She credits the spiritual beings that are Unity of Birmingham with nourishing her spiritual growth and development and helping her know who she am.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and Master of Professional Studies Degree from New York Theological Seminary and has completed additional courses and training in career-related areas. 
She has enjoyed every job she has held. She retired from federal government service October 31, 2020, after working for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Birmingham District for more than 36 years as Outreach and Education Coordinator, supervisory investigator, systemic investigator and investigator. Prior to federal service, she worked in the private sector (including banking, education, community development corporation and research).  
As a retiree and similar to Bilbo Baggins in “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” she is ready for a new adventure.

Eddi Abdulhaqq

Board Member

Gratitude allows you to appreciate everything in your life exactly as it is right now.

~Panache Desai