Member: Williamsville UMC
UM Member since 1985
Relevant Leadership Roles: Local church: Administrative Council Chair and all subsequent committees; district: currently the President of the Sangamon River District United Methodist Women Conference; Administrative Assistant for Preachers' Aid Society and Benefit Fund and part-time Administrative Assistant for the United Methodist Foundation.
Experience: Member of the Liberia Partnership Task Force; traveled to Liberia in 2013 as part of the teacher-training team; representative to annual conference for many years, starting as a youth delegate to the present; Certified Lay Servant and Speaker since 1986; taught public school for 35 years.
Gifts and Passions: Public speaking and leadership, planning and organization. Teaching, coaching, motivating. Travel and photography; reading and writing.
Personal Statement: I am a preacher's kid that has been actively involved in the church my entire life. As a Christian and United Methodist, I am passionate about our witness for Christ. I am especially involved with and passionate for our retired clergy and spouses; for United Methodist Women and the concerns of family, women, and youth; and for the church's global ministry, especially in Liberia. I am not submitting this with any hidden political or social agenda. As a teacher and now as a UMW officer, I have been privileged to attend some national conferences and I know that such a national/ international gathering is an invaluable and profound experience. To represent IGRC would be an honor.