Longtime Conference employee undertakes new venture

March 07, 2008

After nearly three decades of employment with the California-Nevada Annual Conference, Workroom Coordinator and web master Robert Anderson has moved on to accept a position with the State of California.


Anderson began working for the Conference in October, 1979 when its offices were located within Glide UMC in San Francisco. “I spent most of the time in San Francisco off-set printing a vast amount of paper,” he says.


He adapted to changing technology, however. In the late 1990s Anderson became part of a team developing the Conference website and began taking formal IT classes. When the Brick River-hosted site was launched a year ago and web maintenance duties were dispersed among several staff members, Anderson continued to be a part of the team and was the “point man” for the posting of classified opportunities, among other responsibilities.   


He also returned to school, becoming a fulltime student at California State University, Sacramento where he is reading toward an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. He had tutored English at Oakland Chinese Community UMC as a volunteer throughout most of the 1980s and early 1990s and says, “I may wind up teaching in the evening at a community college or abroad, simply because it is interesting and useful.”


It was his passion for web design that lured Anderson from the Cal-Nevada Conference, however. Anderson passed the State Systems Analyst civil service exam and was offered the job he recently accepted, at the California EPA / State Water Resources Control Board / DIT / Web Development. SWRCB oversees environmental issues concerning the state’s water supply.


“We are in an intensive and extensive process of replacing the SWRCB website (http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/) with a new one. Right now both versions, the old one and the new one, have to be kept up to date [and] design issues fine-tuned,” Anderson says. “It is an interesting place to work.”


Some connections just can’t be broken, however. Robert Anderson has attended 27 consecutive Annual Conference Sessions and says he probably will take a stroll through the Convention Center during the 160th ACS in June­­. He now works in the neighborhood, after all.