Diocesan staffing transition announced

After nearly four years serving as assistant for governance and administration, Chelsea Smith will be leaving the diocesan staff on Dec. 2.  

Chelsea Smith and Margaret Lias Courtesy photos Chelsea Smith and Margaret Lias

"Chelsea has served admirably, providing administrative support to the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council and numerous committees of those bodies.  She has worked alongside the secretary of the diocese to organize our annual Diocesan Convention gatherings, including virtual formats during the pandemic," Canon to the Ordinary Bill Parnell said. “Chelsea has been an invaluable resource to our governance bodies. She has brought her knowledge of technology to the task of implementing our new diocesan database and has supported our staff in getting acquainted with new software systems.  Her dedication to our diocese, along with her patience and cheerfulness, will be greatly missed.” 

Smith is leaving her position to complete an accelerated training program to become a software developer.  "We wish her well as she takes this next step in her career," Parnell said.

"I’m immensely grateful for my time on diocesan staff and for all of the relationships both on staff and in the wider community. Thank you all for your kindness and support over the past four years," Smith said.  "I'm excited to explore a new career path and look forward to continuing my involvement in the diocese in new ways."
Margaret Lias, who has served for the past six months as administrative assistant for congregations and grants, will be stepping into the newly crafted position of administrator for governance and grants.  A search will be conducted for a new administrator for congregations and data management.