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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    UNY Communication Department staffing changes

    October 26, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Over the next few months, the Upper New York Conference Communications Ministry Area will be undergoing some staffing changes. 

    Karen Campolieto, Administrative Assistant for Communications, New Faith Communities, and Vital Congregations, has been promoted to Media Resource Coordinator and Archives Assistant. In this role, she is taking on the tasks that Resource Center Director Diane Miner (who is retiring next month) fulfilled and she will also be helping to organize the Conference Archives.

     “I’m thrilled and excited to be taking on my new role,” Karen said. “Realizing the vision for the Archives and History will be a challenge, but one that I know will be worthwhile and rewarding. I also look forward to working with our local churches Conference-wide and helping them to choose resources that will equip, empower, and enhance their ministries and vision for the future. I began my career with the Conference in a part-time position in the Resource Center in 1995. It seems I’ve come full circle now. ”

    Ashley Riddell, Multimedia/Web Coordinator and support for Young People’s Ministries, will be relocating this winter.

    About her time with the Upper New York Conference, Ashley said, “It has been a true blessing and gift to have served nearly seven years in several roles. Upper New York will always be home, filled with friends and colleagues who have become family.”

    While two long-time employees leaving within months of each other presents challenges, the Communications Team is seeing this as an opportunity.

     “We are happy for both Ashley and Karen as they move forward in life and ministry journeys,” said Conference Director of Communications, Steve Hustedt. “With the two of them moving on we took this opportunity to look at what we really needed in our Communications team and how we can strategically plan for how we want to be able to best tell our story in the future. We are excited for what is to come!”

    With two part-time communicators leaving in the coming months, the Communications Ministry Area will restructure and create one new full-time position (Social Media/Web Specialist). This new position will take on some of the most important responsibilities that were handled by Karen and Ashley as well as some new responsibilities that will improve how we tell the story in the future

    Support for New Faith Communities, Vital Congregations, and Young People’s Ministry, will be handled differently going forward. This new approach is still being discerned but will include realignment of responsibilities, volunteer coordination, and the eventual hiring of a Connectional Ministries support position.

    This entire restructuring is budget-neutral, but should create additional synergy and efficiency.

    TAGGED / Communications / Connectional Ministries

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."