As summer approaches we have a few important staff announcements. Like with most staff transitions there is some really good news and some not so good news.
In terms of really good news, Yadenee Hailu has accepted our offer to become our third full-time minister beginning July 15, 2019. Yadenee grew up in Tulsa and was an active member of All Souls for a few years before beginning the process to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. She has since graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Philips Theological School and was accepted into Preliminary Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and completed a two-year, part-time internship at Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa. Her primary responsibilities will include leading our Pastoral Care Program and supporting our Justice Teams and Small Group Ministry programs. It is with much enthusiasm that we welcome Yadenee onto our ministry team.
It is with deep appreciation that we say good-bye this summer to Steven L. Williams. His work over the last three years, first as a student minister and then as pastoral care chaplain has been invaluable for our members and our lay pastoral caregivers.
Our Executive Director of Stewardship, Alison Olig and her husband Dan also have some news. Dan has been hired for an excellent job in Minneapolis. To pursue this tremendous opportunity, the Olig family will be moving to the Twin Cities in June. As you know Alison has been an invaluable member of our Executive Staff Team and church leadership and will be dearly missed. Her work with us the past two years has established a solid foundation for our Stewardship Department and she is already hard at work preparing for a smooth transition.
Which leads us to the rest of our good news. After a very thoughtful and thorough interview process, we are excited to announce that our very own Alicia McLain will begin as our Interim Executive Director of Stewardship on June 17. Alicia was scheduled to complete her service on our Board of Trustees next month. Having served for six years, and for the past two years as the President of our Board, Alicia is a proven leader with an outstanding track record who is excited to help lead us successfully through this transition. As you well know, as President, Alicia worked closely with the staff and Board on stewardship, budgeting, finances and policies and comes to us with experience on our Generosity Committee and the Love and Light Gala Committee. We greatly appreciate the skills and experience she brings to our team. She will be stepping off the Board in order to accept this position on staff. Floretta Reed, our 1st Vice President (and President Elect) will serve as the President of the Board for the remainder of May and June.
In June we also say goodbye to our wonderful Art and Panny McElroy Ministerial Intern, Em Kianka, who is returning home to New York following a successful internship with us. As a teaching institution we benefit greatly from having exceptional young ministers spend nine months each year at All Souls.
In August a new intern will join us. At that time, we will provide a full introduction to Mariela Perez-Simons, who is moving to Tulsa with her husband and their daughter this summer. Mariella grew up in Cuba and has an incredible story of coming to the United States. She is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Mariela attended a seminary class here at All Souls that we hosted for Meadville Lombard in 2018. Upon spending a week with us, she knew that this was a place where she wants to spend more time and learn and grow as a minister.
It is shaping up to be another outstanding year at All Souls. Thank you for your ongoing leadership and support.
Marlin and Barbara