AED Board Nominee - 2018 Election
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Deacon Candidate - Electing 3
Diocese of California (However I serve in Southeast Florida)
Present Employment: City of Oakland Park, Parks and Recreation
Current Ministries: Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Outreach Committee, Preaching, Christian Education, Diocese of Southeast Florida Council of Deacons, AED Young Deacons Task Force.
Current Church Assignment: All Saints, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Previous Positions: YMCA director, Health Ministry, Youth Ministry
Education: Current PhD student in Education (Adult Learning and Community Leadership); Master of Nonprofit Management; B.A. in Communications (Vocal music minor), Bachelor of Diaconal Studies.
Prior Board Experience: Episcopal School for Deacons (California), Tenderloin Community Benefit District, School Advisory Board-City of Oakland Park, Also through course work taken, nonprofit law & ethics, and nonprofit governance.
Skill sets: I have done a lot of fundraising (Special events and annual support campaigns of up to $250,000) and grant writing for small grants up to $50k. (Not my favorite thing to do). Legislative policy and advocacy work in education circles with the state as well as community organizing and familiar with the Episcopal Church structure on policy. Served as a Community Organizer for the YMCA.
Question #1 How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
I am a jack of all trades and usually willing to help wherever needed. I am well versed in modern communications. My nonprofit management background in relation to fundraising, membership drives, and budgeting experience can contribute. Help ensure that the organization stays sustainable and accountable to goals and outcomes.
Question #2 What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
I want to help the board do what it needs to do to help set up our current deacons and future
deacons for success by providing the best resources we can. I would like to see the organization
challenge the church to see the diaconate in a more distinct and separate ordination path from the priesthood. I would love to see us challenge the church to create a more viable way of recruiting more young people into the vocational diaconate as well as supporting the deacons in their ministry with tools, education and financial resources.