Synod Executive Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart is the first Native American to serve as a synod executive in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A longtime staff member of the synod, Elona had served as the synod's associate for racial ethnic ministries and community empowerment since 1994. Prior to serving in that capacity she had been deployed staff for administration of Dakota Presbytery. Issues of diversity and the special needs and challenges in racial/ethnic ministry are her specialty. Contact Elona at estreetstewart[at]lakesandprairies.org. Leadership Development Teaching Elder Deb DeMeester, director of leadership development, began serving in the synod in February 2016. She provides the important staff support for Synod School, the popular week-long, midsummer ministry, and she also staffs the synod's numerous activities in leadership development. She has previously served as associate executive for leadership development for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, and directed a graduate leadership program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Deb can be reached at ddemeester[at]lakesandprairies.org.
Communications/New Technology Ruling Elder Duane Sweep, director of communications, is available to help with media relations, crisis communications and internal organizational communications. He is also available to provide training in newswriting, media relations, public relations, social media, and print publication writing, design and production. He can be reached at dsweep[at]lakesandprairies.org or by calling 651.357.1148. Stated Clerk Teaching Elder Pam Prouty is the synod's stated clerk, and she can answer questions related to parliamentary procedure, recording keeping, judicial process, and why Presbyterians do things the way they do. Pam has brought 15 years of past and current experience as a stated clerk to the synod. She is a member of the National Association of Stated Clerks, and has served as a General Assembly committee parliamentarian for the 2012 and 2014 assemblies. She can be reached at pprouty[at]lakesandprairies.org. Treasurer and Acting Director of Financial Services
Jim Koon, a corporate and non-profit leader with a record of operational performance and community partnerships, began serving the synod as treasurer in January 2017. He was recently named acting director of financial services. He is a member of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Minnesota, and serves on that church's budget and finance committee. He has served in similar capacities at previously attended Presbyterian churches, including service as a ruling elder, finance committee chair and treasurer. His career had been in banking where he served in a number of executive roles. He can be reached at jkoon[at]lakesandprairies.org.
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