St. Andrew’s, Pickerington
Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
Although I am a member of St. Andrew’s, Pickerington, for the past nine years I have served as organist/choir director at St. James in Columbus (Clintonville). Prior to that I have served in comparable roles in other denominations since the 1970s. I have not had a role in the diocese here, but previously in the Diocese of Newark NJ, I served many years on the Board of Trustees of the Ward Herbert Foundation, a fund for parishes with needs for capital improvements. It was a 50/50 matching grant foundation. We are active supporters of St. Andrew’s, (my husband Paul Williams is rector at St. Andrew’s), the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where I sing in Symphony Chorus since 2008. I have previously served on the board of Symphony Chorus and was chairperson for one term. I served two terms as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). I served for many years as an author of the Series 7 Examination of the NASD, which is a requirement for all Financial Advisors to achieve before beginning work in the Financial Services industry. I served three terms as chairperson of the Securities Industry Association Training Director’s Roundtable.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
My weekday profession is as an Executive Business Coach, in private practice since 2009 and before that with UBS Financial Services in New York City and Zürich Switzerland. Since going into private practice, I work with senior leadership teams of diverse industries, helping them develop the leadership and management talent of their high-potential employees. This includes coaching candidates become more centered with Emotional Quotient skills, team building, vision planning, succession planning, business planning, and conflict resolution. I’ve been practicing this skill in the secular world for a very long time, and believe and feel called to also exercise these capabilities within the church and this diocese. I’ve seen many successes from my work, and believe that it is equally applicable to the church as it is in private industry.