AED Board Nominee - 2018 Election
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Vice President/President-Elect Candidate - Electing 1
Janice L. Grinnell
Diocese of Rhode Island
Present Employment: Self-employed business owner, Grinnell Appreciative Consulting; St. Augustine’s Chaplain to University of Rhode Island (URI)
Current Ministries: Campus Chaplaincy, facilitator of Province I School for Deacons, Archdeacon
Current Church Assignment: St. Augustine’s – The Episcopal Center at URI
Previous Positions: St. Paul’s Wickford, Trinity Newport, St. Michael’s Bristol
Education: B.S. Education, M.B.A. Business
Prior Board Experience: National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA); Center for Reconciliation (CFR) - current
Skill sets: Local Chair 2019 AED Triennial; experience with two non-profits in building one from scratch (CFR); organizational development and management.
Question #1 How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
My secular employment has provided me with great experience in organizational development. I have been trained in the Appreciative Inquiry organizational development model and have employed it successfully in various parishes in our Diocese, where I have functioned on a Priest/Deacon interim team for 12 years. I served on the two non-profit Boards and gained valuable experience in both governance and best practices. I have successfully bid on our Diocese to host AED's 2019 Triennial and am currently chair of the local team in preparation for the event. In addition to organizational development my skills include communication, project management and general leadership skills. I am good at discerning and identifying strengths and weaknesses of organizations and creating positive strategies for reaching goals and objectives.
Question #2 What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
My vision for AED is based on my experience of the organization throughout my 27 years of ordination. I have been a member of the group since it’s beginnings as NAAD (North American Association for the Diaconate), and benefited first through the published communications. It was not until 2013 that I was able to attend the Triennial Conference. While there, I was overwhelmed with the empowerment of my own ministry through the material presented at the conference and through the new relationships that I was blessed to experience. My vision for the organization is focused on growing the organization’s membership through identifying the passions of the members for the association and the successes of the past. This vision is based on my understanding of Appreciative Inquiry where we define our future based on the best of the past. I cannot articulate the vision at this time in detail, but only offer my understanding of how to identify what the vision might be after this type of discernment. I do know that a vision must come from within a group and cannot be imposed by those in leadership and be successful. The ultimate goal is to enable all deacons to benefit from the same empowerment and formation of relationships that I experienced in order for each ministry to flourish and spread the good news of the love of God in a broken and hurting world.