Role: I connect parishioners and newcomers into St. Michael’s and oversee and support the Alpha ministry.
Family: My husband, Ray, and I have three great children who are all grown up. The oldest, Chad lives in Maryland with his family – Tulasi, our wonderful daughter-in-law, and Cate and Owen, our entirely perfect grandchildren. Younger son, Ryan is a bachelor and lives in Birmingham. Our daughter, Elizabeth married her college sweetheart, Matthew, and they reside in Greenville. My mother, Betty Poole, lives with us at our home in downtown Charleston. We also have 4 very spoiled dogs – Beau, Harry, Lady Mary and Sybil.
Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving), A Reason for God (Tim Keller), Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis), Moneyball (Michael Lewis)
Favorite Movies: Casablanca, Bringing Up Baby and most any James Bond film
Likes Best About the Lowcountry: Charleston is such an interesting place. I love the downtown lifestyle – walking and biking around town. The city is “human” scale with no skyscrapers to obscure the historic church steeples. It feels almost like an old European city with a fascinating past and vibrant present. And of course, the food is fabulous too.
Most Interesting Assignment: In July 2016, my husband and I went to Kenya with a team from St. Michael’s. Most of our time was spent traveling into very remote areas of Samburu County, one of the poorest regions of Kenya. We were tremendously blessed to spend our days worshiping and praying with villagers under trees and dedicating new churches.
In my past career as a partner in a large management consulting firm in Washington DC, I worked for several years on the total transformation of a large financial services agency. We restructured the entire organization, took out multiple layers of management, realigned key processes and technology and improved the quality and efficiency of customer facing services. I was privileged to win several awards for the work.