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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Barbara Dawson, RSCJ, US Provincial-elect names Provincial Team

 Barbara Dawson, RSCJ
US Provincial-elect

Today I received a letter from Barbara Dawson, RSCJ, US Provincial-elect announcing members of her Provincial Team.

Below is a copy of her letter - 

                                                                                                                              February 16, 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues within the Sacred Heart family, 

I am happy to share with you that I have named a Provincial Team. Sisters Sheila Hammond, Diana Wall and Meg Causey have agreed to join me on our new provincial leadership team that will take office on August 1, 2012. I have also asked Sister Melanie Guste to serve as the Director of Planning with specific responsibility to oversee our planning work with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the Sacred Heart Commission on the Goals and Criteria (SHCOG) as well as oversight for strategic planning for the province as a whole.

I thought it might be helpful for you to know a little about our new leadership team. 
Sheila Hammond is currently the Director of Pastoral Care at Saint Louis University Hospital. Prior to this, Sheila has been Director of Chaplaincy Services at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Director of Formation for the US Province and a member of the provincial team under the leadership of Sister Kathleen Hughes. Sheila is a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisor and her graduate degree is in Theology. 
Diana Wall is currently Director of Institutional Advancement at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Seattle. Diana has worked at the Rosary in New Orleans in Development and oversaw a great deal of our provincial work in eldercare in Albany, New York. Diana worked for a number of years in business management prior to entering the Society. Diana has a degree in nursing as well as an MBA. 
Meg Causey is on the current provincial team with Sister Paula Toner. Prior to this service she worked in administration and curriculum at Bloomfield Hills, started the Duchesne Center at Manhattanville College and has taught ethics and theology. Meg has extensive experience in Network Schools and was head of Oak Hill School at Villa Duchesne for several years prior to entering the Society. Meg has a PhD in theology. 
Melanie Guste is on the current provincial team. Melanie has extensive experience in planning, both within the province as well as with various organizations primarily in Louisiana. She is currently the team's liaison with SHCOG and has served on the Institutional Task Force that has been reviewing planning and structural issues of the Network in relationship to the province. Melanie has her PhD in Human and Organizational Systems and Master's degrees in Educational Administration/Supervision and Applied Spirituality. 

I look forward to meeting with you and working with you to further the Society's mission and charism in our country and beyond.  These are exciting times. While there are many challenges in our church and in our world, these same challenges give us the opportunity to renew our commitment to the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie and to search together for new ways to show forth the love of God in a world that longs for God and hungers for meaning.

This brings a promise of prayer for you and for your family,

Barbara Dawson RSCJ

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