The Nominating Committee of the Administrative Personnel Association will bring forth to the National Conference in St. Louis, René Baker, Mid-Atlantic Region, as the candidate for National Secretary and Rose Miller, Rocky Mountain Region, as the candidate for National Treasurer.
The election will take place during the business meeting on Friday, September 11. For more information about your candidates, please read their personal bios below: Thank you to our candidates and all that have helped in this process.
René Chydell Baker was born in Tarboro, North Carolina, where she attended high school. After graduating high school, she studied at St. Augustine’s University, (formally St. Augustine’s College), in Raleigh, North Carolina. René is the administrative assistant for the Presbytery of New Hope in Raleigh. She began her work for the presbytery in June, 1989 and has been a member of APA since 1991.
She is certified in Levels I, II, and III and is currently working on her 50 hours of continuing education. René has served APA at the regional level as secretary, president-elect, president, and past-president for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She brings with her over 25 years of administrative experience, including being editor of the weekly office newsletter, maintaining the presbytery database, use of Constant Contact to create event
emails to distribute to members of the presbytery for online notification and registration, and detailed knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher. René also coordinates meeting locations, times, dates, and details for the Healthy Boundaries Training Program and the New Ministers/Educators Orientation as well as other events and programs.
René has one son, Steven Baker, a grandson, Raylin Baker, and two dogs, Dakota and Frankie.
I joined APA in 2007 and completed Level I and Level II in November 2011 and completed Level II in August 2014 and am currently working on my first 50 hours of continuing education. I have held the office of Treasurer for Rocky Mountain Region since November 2011. In addition I have coordinated the fund raising for my region the last several years. Currently I am planning the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference being held in Kearney, Nebraska on August 20-23, 2015
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration and Business Administration. I became Office Administrator at First Presbyterian Church of Kearney, Nebraska in October 2006 where I am a member since 1983. Several congregation members have encouraged me to take this position when it was open many times in the past 20 years but I didn’t feel the call then. I also work at H & R Block during the tax season with this being my 26th year doing various positions from data entry, tax return processing, client tax preparation, quality-control checking, and customer service professional.
My experience has made me a very detail-oriented person. My strengths include accuracy, organization, and accountability. A major project that I completed was bringing the official Church Register book up-to-date which had not been done by previous office personnel for 8 years. My classes through APA have strengthened my weaknesses of dealing with difficult people and communication. Networking with other APA members has added valuable assets to my professional approach in performing my duties.
I grew up Catholic but never felt comfortable with being told what to believe or unable to be involved because I am a female. The Presbyterian Church allows me to have a voice and participate in the committees and governing bodies. I have served as a Ruling Elder (2002-2004), Deacon (1995-1997), member and moderator of the Property and Grounds Committee (2000-2005), and kitchen/meal coordinator for Wednesday Night Live program for 15 years. I am involved in a Women’s Bible Study Group and staff resource member on the Finance Committee.
I was born in Nebraska and grew up in Southwestern Nebraska on a farm. My husband and I have been married for 33 years and have 2 grown children. Our son Michael and wife Katie live in Louisville, Kentucky where Michael is attending Southern Baptist Seminary. Our daughter Amanda lives in Lincoln, Nebraska currently working at Hy-Vee and Hobby Lobby and is considering graduate school in microbiology having graduated with a Pre-Vet degree. My spare time activities include quilting/sewing, caring for my cats (Miss Louie and Mister Herbie which I have trained to use the toilet), gardening, cooking/baking, and camping