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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Shelby Winchell hired as Conference Social Media/Web Specialist

    December 5, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Shelby Winchell joins the Conference Communications Team as the Social Media/Web Specialist for the Upper New York Conference. She replaces Karen Campolieto and Ashley Riddell who were  both part-time communicators with additional responsibilities in other ministry areas. Karen was promoted to the Media Resource Center Coordinator and Archives Assistant; Ashely Riddell is relocating later this winter and will be helping to train Shelby in the website functions she will be handling.

    Shelby is a former television news reporter and also has a background in higher education and running a not-for-profit community center.

    Shelby is married with two children; her son, A.J., just turned 7 and her daughter, Savannah, is 5. Shelby is active in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at her children’s school and still manages to report on a freelance basis. Her husband, Mike, is a high school teacher and a published author.

    Shelby is ecstatic to share her journalistic background with the UNY Conference. “I really enjoy telling others’ stories. People are the heart and soul of all organizations and events. We can all learn from one another. I’m beyond excited to share those stories on social media and grow the Conference’s presence using platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”

    Steve Hustedt, Director of Communications and Shelby’s supervisor is happy to have Shelby on board. He said, ”Shelby is an experienced story teller who will help us take our social media and other communications to the next level. We are excited to have her join the team, and we look forward to seeing continued improvement in how we tell the story of the United Methodist Church in Upper New York.”


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."