AED Board Nominee - 2018 Election
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Deacon Candidate - Electing 3
Diocese of Oregon
Present Employment: Canon for Administration, Diocese of Oregon
Current Ministries: Just relocated and changed careers. Exploring new ministry opportunities. Previous ministries included services for victims of sex trafficking, communal feeding programs, homeless foot washing.
Current Church Assignment: Due to relocation and career change, exploring new church communities and needs.
Previous Positions: Police Commission Management Analyst, City of Eugene, OR; Associate Vice President, United Way of King County (Seattle); Assistant City Manager, City of Kenmore WA & Woodinville WA; Legislative Analyst, Iowa Legislature
Education: Associates Degree, Administration of Justice, MacMurray College, IL; Bachelor’s Degree, Social Work, MacMurray College, IL; Master’s Degree, Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis, Southern Illinois University
Prior Board Experience: I’ve served as staff support for boards and commissions for 25 years, training and advising them on effective board management, for non-profit and local government. I’ve served on several boards.
Skill sets: Public policy development, and public policy advocacy
Collaboration with non-profits, project design and evaluation, strategic planning, grant writing, contract writing and oversight.
Question #1 How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
I am thoughtful, analytical, and compassionate. I am a systems-thinker, and have spent my career supporting and serving on boards and commissions. I am skilled in community engagement, public relations and have significant experience with non-profits and government. When asked, I will offer thoughtful, sometimes critical but always constructive input. After offering my opinion, I will fully support the direction of the Board. I think about the long game, and how today’s actions or policies will play out in the future for a variety of constituencies. I am exceptional at policy analysis and advocacy, and am able to mobilize and motivate the people of our churches to pursue their baptismal calling. I am convinced of the central role of the diaconate in the Church, AED’s role in the diaconate, and can help carry out that vision.
Question #2 What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
With less than a third of The Episcopal Church (TEC) deacons as AED members, something is missing for the greater community of deacons. We need to figure out what that is, and fix it. It’s challenging to gather the community of deacons at a diocesan level, let alone provincial or national gatherings. Too much distance, too much individualism. Perhaps more support of diocesan gatherings would provide a sense of access to the deacons who feel like outsiders. Perhaps not. But we need to fearlessly ask who we are trying to reach with every event and dollar spent, and assess if our methods are achieving that end. The value added by a relevant and high-functioning AED should sell itself.
With Presiding Bishop Curry, we have a leader who has outlined a vision and paved the way for a meaningful and mighty role for deacons. AED can help lead the Church towards God’s dream, whether it’s around developing The Beloved Community, or increasing our relevancy to a post-Christendom world. I believe AED should focus on the possibilities for diaconal ministry and leadership in the greater Church. If carefully constructed, AED could provide members access to opportunities for ministry, advocacy and leadership in re-imagining of the Church, while also supporting the community of deacons, both those currently engaged in AED and those who are not.
In consultation with TEC leaders, AED needs to communicate its role in TEC and bravely proclaim and perform its role in bringing God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.