Upcoming Staff Transitions in the Synod Office

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you about some forthcoming personnel changes in the synod office.
   Pastor Riitta Hepomaki, Assistant to the Bishop, has announced her resignation, commencing March 13, 2020. After 16 years in Canada, Riitta is moving back to Finland to join her husband, who accepted a call in Seinajoki, Finland, at the end of 2019.
   Since Riitta joined the synod staff in 2010, she has been a valuable team member and leader. Among her many responsibilities and duties, her greatest passion was to equip and empower the lay leaders of our congregations through developing and facilitating numerous training workshops. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Riitta, as she provided new perspectives that allowed us to learn and grow.
   It is with sadness that I announce that Cathy Caron Grahlman has tendered her resignation as Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, effective March 13, 2020. Cathy has been an integral part of the synod office for over 20 years providing warm and professional assistance to the synod and the wider church. Her commitment and dedication are worthy of admiration. We all will miss Cathy’s congeniality and empathy, but respect her decision and wish her all the best as she embarks on a new chapter.
   And finally, I am announcing that Karen Cross’s term of service with the Eastern Synod will conclude effective March 26, 2020. Karen started working in the synod office in 2015 as a part-time Assistant to the Treasurer. We all recognize Karen for her quiet dedication and faithful service and are appreciative for her many contributions to the life of our synod.
   In the midst of these departures, I am pleased to introduce Ms. Kim Marcy as the Eastern Synod’s Director, Finance and Administration.
   As communicated last year, this is a new position in the synod office. Kim will be responsible for the day to day financial functions currently being performed by our Treasurer, Keith Myra (in a volunteer position) and will also be responsible for the operational work of the synod office, including managing the logistics of the synod assembly.
   Within the context of our strategic plan, Kim will have primary accountability for helping to facilitate our fourth strategic goal of “Being a Healthy Synod”, which allows the Bishop and Assistant to the Bishop roles to focus on the strategic priorities related to vision, leadership and support to the synod community, developing capable leaders, and, connecting the synod community with the wider church through effective partnerships.
   Kim is a financial management professional who brings over 20 years of progressive experience and a unique mix of skills in financial operations, business management and senior leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Business Administration diploma from Conestoga College.
   Please join me in welcoming Kim to the Eastern Synod!

Bishop Michael Pryse