AED Board - 2020 Election
Vice President / President-elect Candidate
Present Employment: Executive Director and founder, Georgia Interfaith PublicPolicy Center.
Current Ministries: Advocate from interfaith community at state capitol on issues surrounding economic & criminal justice, healthcare, and the environment. Delegate to 2021 General Convention.
Current Church Assignment: Archdeacon for Diocese of Atlanta; Deacon at St. David’s, Roswell.
Previous Positions: CEO of Community Health Center; Deacon at Church of the Common Ground (a worshiping community on the streets of Atlanta); deacon at various parishes; hospice work and a community charity; chaplain on two convocational mission trips to Honduras; healthcare consultant; hospital PR; auditor.
Education: BIS from Georgia State University (Communications); MS Mercer University (Healthcare Policy & Adminstration); graduate of 3 leadership programs.
Prior Board Experience: Current Board Member AED; Georgia Primary Care Association; Bishop’s Advisory Board Church of the Common Ground; HUB Counseling Center; Georgia Charitable Care Network (officer); vestry (Sr. Warden).
Skill sets: Advocacy (state & federal); Leadership; Non-profit management; Development and grant writing; Asset Based Community Development; Volunteer management.
How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
Twenty-four years of non-profit management (16 at the executive level) has provided me with deep experience in all stages of organizational development. I have successfully started organizations, led organizations through transitions, grown a non-profit from a $200K annual budget to a $2 million annual budget, and completed a capital campaign that built a 18,000 square foot medical, dental, and mental health facility. I have experience with strategic planning, compliance, as well as public and governmental relations.
During my term as board member of AED, I was pleased to be a part of the task force that explored how AED and The Fund for the Diaconate could partner for mutual gain and synergy.
What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
As an AED board member, I am excited and encouraged by the great strides the organization has made. The comprehensive strategic plan and the formal partnership with The Fund for the Diaconate are particularly exciting to me and I hope to continue our work on both of these endeavors.
In addition, I believe AED has great value both to deacons and to the Church. AED has consistently been a leader and a supporter of deacon formation and education, including how to adapt for context and inclusivity. AED continues to raise the profile of deacons in the church through our communications and organizational work. In addition, perhaps most importantly, AED provides deacons with community. I have made many life-long friends through AED events. The diaconate can be a lonely calling. AED has given me incredible support through members that have helped me as an archdeacon, a deacon, a Christian, and a person. I hope to continue and uphold all these aspects of AED.
In the future, I see AED as also providing a space for the continual rebirth and development of the diaconate. A place where deacons can learn and experiment and unite to lead the Church into this new world of pandemics, climate change, virtual worship, economic justice – a world full of children of God that are simultaneously hurting and searching for meaning. The structures of the Church are changing while the needs of the world are increasing. What better order than the diaconate to help lead that change?