Oneness as Shared Leadership
Oneness has fashioned itself to have 3 branches of Organizational Stewardship.
Each "Branch" of the Organizational Design work collaboratively to lead the community while specializing in a specific and distinct area of focus. We do this to ensure a balance of institutional power, diversity of contributors and perspectives, and opportunities for diverse skillsets and talents to be applied to specific areas of focus throughout the community.
While these Leadership Teams are still growing, below you can find the Leaders of Each of our distinct branches:
Sr. Strategic Leadership
Rev. Brian Akers
Pronouns: No Preference
Bio: Rev. Brian has a long career in Servicing, Operations, Management, Strategic Leadership, Training and Sales. Having helped multiple entreprenuers achieve growth in their small businesses, Rev. Brian got involved in helping to start and setup Non-Profit organizations such as the Conscious Capitalism Maryland Chapter, This Point Forward, and others. Also experienced in working with local government, Rev. Brian was appointed to the Howard County Board to Promote Self Sufficency in 2021. A graduate of the Leadership Howard County Premier Program, Rev. Brian has now focussed all of that experience, skills, and talents to build the Oneness New Thought Community.
Jamie Cole Cerna
Board Vice President
Bio: Jamie works in research administration at one of the fastest-growing research universities in the nation. She and her husband have four kids and enjoy hiking and doing DIY home improvement projects on the weekends. Jamie was introduced to the Science of Mind in 2009, where she started learning and embracing new thought principles in her life. The evolution of her awareness as a spiritual individual has been an incredibly empowering journey, and has led her to serve as Oneness board vice president. Jamie is passionate about giving each individual the space and freedom to explore their own thoughts and beliefs while supporting their spiritual growth along the path of Oneness.
Bio: Jenna is a hospitality professional at a premier restaurant in Washington, DC. She has been part of a spiritual community of some kind since she was 10 years old, and is grateful to work with other amazing folks to help create the type of community she grown into seeking— where we are not afraid to keep it real and where love is actionable. When presented with the opportunity to be on the board of Oneness, it was one of the few times where she felt an overwhelming “YES” to something, and she is learning to have grace as she figures it out and trusts that voice inside.
Board Member At Large
Bio: For the past ten years, Kent Moore been successfully creating and managing campaigns for businesses as an Integrated Marketing Communications Consultant in various industries. Having been involved in the New Thought teaching for the past 20+ years, he strives to live by the teachings he learned since he was a youth.
Sr. Spiritual Leadership
Rev. Brian Akers
Sr. Minister / Founding Spiritual Leader
Pronouns: No Preference
Bio: Rev. Brian has been a Licensed New Thought Educator since 2011 and has held positions in Spiritual Communities that include Teen Program Leader, Youth and Family Minister, Assistant Minister, and Sr. Minister and is now the Sr. Spiritual Leader of Oneness New Thought. His career in Customer Service, Business Development, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, and Community Organizing was a perfect preamble to Spiritual Community Leadership. He was appointed to the Howard County Board to Promote Self Sufficiency in 2021 and was a Howard County Leadership Premier Program graduate in 2018.
Sr. Operational Leadership
Volunteer Operations Lead
Bio: Kimberly loves spending time with her family and being of service to her church and school communities. Kimberly grew up in the Mormon faith and has been able to heal her past religious wounds by practicing the Principles of Oneness New Thought. She enjoys being part of a community committed to addressing real human issues and having traditions to bring into her home.