SoS Sisters at 2019 UN Commission on Status of Women

On March 11-22, 2019 four women from Synod of the Sun’s Presbyterian Women will be representing their sisters at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Representatives from Member States, UN entities, and UN Economic and Social Council accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs such as PW) from all regions of the world are expected to attend the session. This session’s priority theme: social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The following four women from Synod of the Sun were selected to attend:

Kristen Campbell from Presbytery of New Covenant

Kristen Campbell is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she
attended MacPherson Presbyterian Church. She studied music in college and have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice performance. She went back to school several years ago and received a master’s degree in communication disorders. She currently is a speech language pathologist in elementary schools in the Houston area. She has been active in Presbyterian Women for many years, mostly in the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. She has been a circle chair and PW Moderator at her North Carolina church and Missions Coordinator and Communicating Secretary for PW in the Coastal Carolina Presbytery. She represented the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic on the Global Exchange to Eastern Europe in 2008. She was a PCUSA delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2018 and currently serves on the planning team for the 2019 CSW. She and another PWSCT member of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic developed a workshop on bridging the generational gap in PW, presenting it around the Synod
of the Mid-Atlantic.

Julianne Nice from South Louisiana Presbytery

Julianne Nice has dedicated most of her professional life to the not-for-profit sector and currently offers consulting services in strategic planning and fundraising as well as organizational development. Her volunteer work ranges from board service in music organizations to participating in political campaigns, in addition to an increasingly-active role in her church. An Elder at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, LA, Julie conducts monthly worship services as a volunteer at the Lambert House retirement community. She will begin her third term on Session in January, 2019 by participating on the Congregational Life Committee, after having served as chair of Stewardship and of Membership in her earlier two terms on Session. Julie enjoys singing in her church choir and is one of the last to leave coffee hour after church, because she always finds interesting people to talk with. Julie is married to attorney and Tulane Law School professor Herbert Larson. She studied English Literature as an undergraduate and earned an MBA from Tulane.

Cheryl Pennington from Indian Nations Presbytery

Cheryl Pennington is retired from teaching the deaf and hearing impaired for 37 years. Her husband is retired from civil service. Most of Cheryl’s career was as a high school teacher in a mainstream program. The last 12 years, she was the itinerant teacher for the Oklahoma City School District. She was case manager for any hearing-impaired student not in a special deaf program, functioning as their tutor and case manager. She thoroughly enjoyed her work! Cheryl and her husband have four children; their 3 daughters are teachers, and their son is an attorney. She has 3 grandsons. Cheryl has been a Sunday school teacher, community service chair, Presbyterian Women member, elder, and clerk of the Session. In Indian Nations Presbytery, she has served on the PW Coordinating Team, currently Justice and Peace Coordinator. In the Synod of the Sun, she has
served as the PWSCT African-American Coordinator, Justice and Peace
Coordinator, and Representative to the PW Churchwide Coordinating Team (CCT). She was commissioned as a trainer on disaster preparedness by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in August, 2018.

Rev. Candice Womack from Grace Presbytery

Rev. Candice Richey Womack is the pastor of United Presbyterian Church in
Greenville, Texas. Originally from San Diego, CA, Candice found her way to Texas first for college and then back to Texas again years later in seminary. Candice has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, as well as a Master of Arts in Spanish linguistics. She holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also a board certified chaplain. Beyond congregational and hospital ministry, Candice has spent a lot of time committed to work in community-based organizations which promote well being for immigrants and refugees through literacy and education. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places, horseback riding and spending time with her family. Candice is married to Tyler, and they have a son, Charlie.

Any of these participants will be delighted to visit your presbytery PW or congregational group, though since they lack an itineration budget, travel details will have to be agreed-upon. Please contact your Presbytery PW Moderator for contact information.

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