Dear People of Saints James and Andrew
After a challenging two and a half month hiring process, we are pleased to announce that Di Kurkulonis has been hired as our interim Office Administrator. She will serve in this role for the next six months, effective March 9, 2023.
Di’s professional career was spent serving as the Practice Administrator for Associated Surgeons of Greenfield, and upon her retirement she worked part-time for other area doctors offices in administration. In a volunteer capacity, Di has led many organizational efforts for our parish, including serving as an interim office administrator for two months in 2018. Di already understands the job, has the necessary skills, and knows how to maintain appropriate boundaries and roles. She also cares deeply for our parish and wants to see us thrive.
As you may know, it is considered best practice to not hire parishioners as employees given things can become complicated when there are performance concerns. However, given previous experience of working with Di, and the fact we have employed two parishioners for well over a decade each, we feel confident we can navigate these nuances.
We have agreed Di will serve in this role for six months. Upon Heather's return from sabbatical, we will meet in mid-September to discuss whether to a) begin a search process for a new hire, b) continue with Di as interim for another six months, or c) have Di transition from interim to permanent Administrator.
We believe Di’s administrative skills will be a gift to our parish during Heather’s sabbatical, and provide some much needed stability in our office. We hope you will join us in warmly welcoming Di in this new role.
Rev. Heather & Rev. Molly