AED Board Nominee - 2020 Election
Lay Candidate #2
Present Employment: Clinical Practice Specialist, Marriage and Family Therapist (Licensed in California and Oregon)
Current Ministries: Deputy to General Convention (L-1), Co-Chair of the Deputation; Member of the Task Force on Women, Truth and Reconciliation; Province VIII Peace & Justice Coordinator; 11th Bishop Search Committee (Oregon); Co-Chair of Cathedral Life Commission (Trinity Cathedral, Portland); Member of Family Commission, Trinity Cathedral, Portland; Godly Play Teacher (1st/2nd Grade) – Trinity Cathedral
Current Church Assignment: Lay person, member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland
Previous Positions: N/A
Education: Masters in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling, Fresno Pacific Mennonite Seminary
Prior Board Experience: Board member and Board President of California Counseling Institute (San Francisco); Ex-Officio, Board member of Grace Cathedral Board of Trustee (San Francisco)
Skill sets: Previous board experience; Networking with wider church/wide connection with many interim bodies and people in church governance within the Episcopal Church; Legislative advocacy with Office of Government Relations; Technical skills – not afraid of using technology such as Zoom, google drive and other technological tools available to collaborate; Good at seeing big picture and conceptualization; Organized and detailed oriented.
How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
The strength of a congregation and diocese lies in how much they value the diaconate. The diaconate brings the intersection of the church and the world to experience the power of a Loving, Life-Giving and Liberating God. What I could bring to AED’s Board is my passion for social justice; my love for church governance; my connection with the wider church as a result of my involvement in General Convention and the interim bodies. As a person of color, a married gay person and a parent, I am aware of the unjust structures of the church and world. The relationships I have built over the years within and outside the church can help me to connect and mobilize AED’s Board, the church and the world.
What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?