With thanksgiving and joy, we welcome two people to diocesan staff this month. Amanda Anderson will serve as Executive Assistant to the Bishops and Hazel Monae comes on board as our Missioner for Equity and Justice. After extensive search processes for both positions, with many strong candidates, we are excited that Hazel and Amanda will bring with their faith, professionalism, and creativity to the diocese as we continue walking the way of love.
Amanda Anderson, Executive Assistant to the Bishops
Amanda joins us with a wealth of executive assistant experience and administrative skills, most recently having served as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Capitol Heights, Maryland. Amanda will manage the continued smooth functioning of the bishops’ office.
What drew Amanda to us was her desire to more deeply engage her faith with her work. “Throughout my career, I have maintained high performance standards within a diverse range of administration functions. I have proven myself to be solution-oriented, trustworthy, and a person full of initiative.” She is actively engaged in the work of her faith community having served in numerous leadership positions.
Hazel Monae, Missioner for Equity and Justice
Hazel comes to us from Episcopal City Mission where she serves as Senior Manager of Engagement and Leadership Development. She has over 10 years of program development and facilitative leadership experience in the fields of racial equity, education, and community organizing. Hazel’s portfolio as Missioner for Equity and Justice will focus on our strategic plan priority to bravely uncover, understand, reckon with and act to dismantle racism within ourselves, our faith communities, the diocese and our localities. Hazel’s first official day on staff is March 8th.
“I believe that we all must take an ethical approach to developing and engaging our church and society–moving us closer to God’s liberating dream for all people,” Hazel shared in her cover letter. “I am energized by your commitment to address racial injustice and to respond from within the values, ideals and framework of the Episcopal Church.”
“This is an important season in the life of the diocese as we’ve entered the second year of strategic plan implementation,” says Bishop Mariann. Amanda and Hazel are welcome additions to your faithful, skilled, and passionate diocesan staff. I am honored to serve God and this diocese alongside them.”