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Potomac Welcomes New Finance, Education Staff

By Potomac Staff

Potomac Conference recently welcomed two new members to its staff. Stephen Wilson has accepted the call to become the conference’s vice president of finance, and Nancy Melashenko will be the new associate superintendent of education for the southern region.

After finishing his education at Pacific Union College in Calif., Wilson—who has worked in healthcare since the age of 16—joined the corporate office of Adventist Health System in Orlando, Fla. For the next five years he was progressively assigned more challenging responsibilities until promoted to assistant controller.

His first assignment as chief financial officer was at Takoma Adventist Hospital in Northeast Tennessee. He continued working as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at hospitals in California and Tennessee for the next 25 years.

Wilson comes to Potomac after working with Sterling Partners as a managing partner where he established their healthcare division. He considers his greatest achievement the recruitment of numerous leaders that continue to function as active performers in their original organizations.

“Potomac’s Treasury department has a lot of talent and experience, which will help make my transition from healthcare leadership to church leadership go a lot smoother,” Wilson said. “It will be important to me that the Treasury team focuses on serving our many customers and to better understand their challenges and needs. The mission of our work is sacred and I want this to be in our thinking in all that we do.”

He is married to Kathy and they are parents to two adult children and one grandchild.

Associate Superintendent Returns to Potomac

Nancy Melashenko comes to the Potomac Conference from Orlando, Fla., where she most recently served as an associate superintendent in the Florida Conference. While there she focused on creating new educational opportunities for teachers in order to enable their ongoing professional growth. She also began creating cooperative groups for content area subjects in the upper elementary grades.

Prior to that, she was director of the AE21 Distributed Education program that continues to serve Seventh-day Adventist youth by providing secondary education through a synchronous and asynchronous distance-learning format. 

She is currently completing a degree in Education Media Design and Technology at Full Sail University, which is designed to equip educators and administrators with hands-on experience in dynamic media that can transform the regular educational setting into an inspirational and interactive atmosphere. She is researching specific ways in which technology can assist teachers in reaching the 10 goals for Adventist education as outlined by the North American Division.

Melashenko taught for 14 years in Potomac Conference where her developmental approach provided a loving foundation to her students. She is excited about this opportunity to work with the teachers and administrators in Potomac by developing strong relationships, skill development, best practices, and creative ideas for meeting needs.

She has two grown children as well as two grandchildren who all reside in Orlando.