Voting Opens July 31
Full bios for the 2022 PAC Nominees in alphabetical order:
Betsy Brown has been a member of St. Francis Parish since 2015. She is seeking to join the Parish Advisory Council to increase her involvement in the St. Francis community. She has volunteered for or supported parish dinners, fundraisers, and community outreach programs. Having served on several nonprofit boards in both a leadership role and as a contributing member, she can apply those talents to the PAC. She is known for her down-to-earth style and facilitation skills, and her ability to provide impactful input and change for the betterment of the organizations and people she serves.
Professionally, Betsy began her career delivering services to the mental health community then spent 25+ years in Human Resources with two major corporations. She has also enjoyed teaching human resources as an adjunct faculty member for several years. She holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from Wright State University, as well as two professional certifications. She and her husband Tim live in Centerville. Their son, Darren, lives in Chicago.
My wife and I have been active members of St. Francis for almost 50 years. We have three grown children, 7 grandchildren and I am retired. Currently, I am an EM, Lector, member of Men’s club, K of C, grounds keeping crew, Senior High Youth Ministry, member of the Thursday Small Church Community, St. Francis softball team and other activities. I would like to be a positive influence on PAC as we transition forward with our new parish family.
I have been a member of St Francis of Assisi parish since 2004 when I completed the RCIA program, correcting an unfortunate occurrence in my Irish heritage due to prejudices in late 1800s America. I have two grown children, a daughter who is a teacher and a son who is a US Marine. My father served in the US Navy, and I’ve served the US Air Force for my entire career as a systems engineer. Raised in Kettering, Ohio and baptized Methodist, my church involvement has included music ministry, St Vincent De Paul, RCIA, Knights of Columbus, and the “silent service” of church lock-up duty. I enjoy apologetics, swimming, and especially history (don’t get me started on Irish history). I know the people of St Francis parish to be kind, friendly, welcoming, and loving. I hope to retire soon, and would be honored to serve on the PAC.
My husband, Mark and I have one son who will be a freshman at the University of Cincinnati this fall. I grew up in Our Lady of Mercy parish in Dayton and served on their Parish Council in the late 1990s. While my son was a student at Incarnation, I served on their Education Commission. I currently work at Incarnation school as the Director of Human Resources. We joined St. Francis in 2020 which under normal circumstances would have been awkward getting to know our new parish family with masks, social distancing, etc. However, I became a Lector and an Eucharistic Minister and felt embraced by my fellow mass ministers. I had the honor of being a RCIA sponsor this past year. In a short time, St. Francis has become more to me than a parish, but a family. I enjoy being able to not only celebrate the Eucharist weekly, but also socialize with my fellow parishioners at the many events at St. Francis.
I am excited for our family of parishes to begin the transitions of Beacons of Light. I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing community, and look forward to sharing my talents wherever I am called to serve. If I am selected to PAC, I will do my best to fulfill the trust you have placed in me.
I’ve been a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish for 22 years. I served on the RCIA team for several years and have been an active choir member and cantor for Sunday and daily masses. I was a member of the Women’s Retreat Team for 6 years before taking on the role of Director, which I held for the last 8 years. After stepping down from these other ministries I am looking forward to serving the Parish in a new and different way and would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the Parish Advisory Committee.
I have been a member of the Saint Francis Parish for the past 5 years. Originally from Wyoming, my family and I moved to Ohio to fulfill Air Force obligations. Here, we have quickly settled in, raising our 3 kids on a quiet farm in the country and enjoying all the outdoor adventures we can find! I previously taught kindergarten and first grade for 11 years, but had the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and took it! While staying at home, God led me to many wonderful people and organizations and pulled me right back towards my passion, teaching. I currently volunteer as a Faith Formation First Grade Teacher and the Vacation Bible Camp Preschool Lead at Saint Francis; a 4-H Cloverbud leader and the 4-H Cloverbud Camp Director for Greene County; a volleyball coach through the YMCA; and a Reading Club Teacher at the Spring Valley Library. When we moved to Ohio, we visited several churches and ultimately decided to join the Saint Francis Parish. We felt the family, love, and inviting atmosphere God has built here! I really enjoy volunteering, planning, creating, studying and discussing with others and I would love to join the Pastoral Advisory Council to be part of our growing community and help support us as needed!