Please describe your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community
As a CPA and MBA with real estate property management and investment experience, service on the Cathedral’s Vestry for 5 years (all years in Resource Stewardship and one as Treasurer) and 6 years on the Diocesan budget committee have given me a great understanding of Diocesan operations and the monetary resources we have to fund our mission priorities. I have served on capital campaign and construction project committees. When attending CEEP conferences, now The Episcopal Parish Network, I made contacts with other Endowment Committee members and leaders around The Episcopal Church. The workshops showed how to divest from the fossil fuel industry and yet embrace SRI/ESG investing values. Investing can be directed to mitigate the impact of climate change.
In my current congregation, I started serving as Treasurer during the pandemic and have contributed to moving from a maintenance budget to a mission budget as we navigate new ways of doing church. My philosophy comes from a place of abundance rather than scarcity – there is always enough through God’s grace. My participation in worship as a choir member and as an Altar Guild member gave me an inside view of the elements of the service that are spiritual gifts to our congregants. Women’s ministries including the United Thank Offering and the Episcopal Church Women hold a special place in my heart in teaching gratitude, protecting women’s rights as well as the full participation of women in the church and serving our children. Recently through my mother’s family, I am now a member of the Cherokee Nation with its capital in Talequah, Oklahoma. Indigenous rights and healing from the intergenerational trauma Boarding School era and Indian Child Welfare era have become more of a priority to me. At the Province level, I coordinate the Suicide Prevention network which strives to bring implementation plans to congregations to respond to mental health emergencies in a safe space.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
God usually brings opportunities for service through the request of others. If asked, I accept the opportunity after prayer and some soul-searching. Trustee is a position or vocation where my deep gladness meets the world’s deep need. The nominating committee asked me to run. I have the qualifications, love God, love neighbors and want to bring others into discipleship. Thank you all for this opportunity to serve the Diocese with joy as a Trustee.