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Columbia Union Names First Woman Vice President, Promotes Three Others at Spring Meetings

Story by Taashi Rowe
Published 3/6/2014

L-R: Rob Vandeman, executive secretary; Rubén Ramos, vice president for Multicultural Ministries; Tabitha Martinez, associate treasurer; Beth Michaels, editor-in-Chief of Visitor magazine; Celeste Ryan Blyden, vice president for strategic communication and public relations; Dave Weigley, president; and Seth Bardu, treasurer

Today four Columbia Union staff members received promotions at the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee spring meetings. Among them was the union’s first woman vice president. Celeste Ryan Blyden was promoted from assistant to the president for communication to vice president for strategic communication and public relations. Rubén Ramos, who served as assistant to the president for Multicultural Ministries since 2007, was promoted to vice president for Multicultural Ministries.

Beth Michaels, who has spent eight years at the Visitor magazine, the last two as managing editor, will now serve as editor in chief and the union’s associate director of communication. Tabitha Martinez, who has served as the union’s assistant treasurer since 2006, was promoted to associate treasurer.

“We appreciate the contributions you all have made to the mission of the church here in the Columbia Union. We applaud your dedication and service,” said Dave Weigley, union president.

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