Call to Action Interim Operations Team Named
Nashville, TENN. — The Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table have named a seven-member Call to Action Interim Operations Team, which will serve to guide change management and work with the Council of Bishops, the Connectional Table, the general agencies, and many others to develop and implement work plans in stages leading up to and beyond the 2012 General Conference.
- Neil M. Alexander (IOT executive coordinator) – president and publisher of The UM Publishing House (UMPH) of The United Methodist Church;
- Carolyn H. Byrd, chair and CEO of GlobalTech Financial, LLC – recognized for her expertise in developing and negotiating innovative financial strategies for corporations, government, and nonprofit and civic organizations. She is a member of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia;
- Adam Hamilton – founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, who lectures on leadership, evangelism, and preaching across the country;
- Laura Nichol – works with boards, CEOs, and executive teams and is currently on the Board of Visitors at Duke Divinity School, the Board of Casa de Esperanza, and is past chair of the Board of Stewards at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas;
- Gregory V. Palmer (IOT convener) – resident bishop of the Illinois Area and immediate past president of the Council of Bishops;
- Gary Shorb, president & CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis – also the current chair for an initiative called Memphis Fast Forward, advocating the premise that economic growth and prosperity of life will follow, once Memphis-Shelby County successfully addresses the basics (good jobs, quality education, safe streets, and efficient government);
- Carol Tuthill – recently retired executive with Proctor & Gamble, focusing on strategy development/deployment, organization assessment/design, change management, executive coaching, and leadership team effectiveness. She is a member of Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.