UMA May - Special Edition - 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
Mary's Message
UMA Board of Directors
UMA Welcomes New Member
Shared Learning
Thank You Annual Sponsors
Calendar of Events


Patience and Trust

Mary Kemper
Mary Kemper
President & CEO

    What a delight to see so many members gather virtually for our Annual Business Meeting and EAGLE Celebration of Excellence this month. It was truly uplifting that so many of you joined your peers to recognize their accomplishments. Your smiling faces and dedicated engagement inspire us to be patient as we await the time when we can gather in person together.

Last year, Debbie Reed, President & CEO of Chaddock, shared the prayer, "Patient Trust," by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He begins by saying, "Above all, trust in the slow work of God." Little did we know how much patience we would need... read more.

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The UMA membership, at the UMA Annual Business Meeting, approved the 2021 slate of officers and elected the following new board members who began serving their term on May 1, 2021.

Steve Fetyko
Steve Fetyko
President & CEO
UMRC and Porter Hills

Kitwana McTyer
Vice Chair
Kitwana McTyer
President & CEO
Florida United Methodist
Children's Home

Brian Picchini
Brian Picchini
President & CEO
United Methodist Homes,
PA and NY

Karen Kilgo
Karen Kilgo
President & CEO
Flat Rock Homes

New Directors

Alan Brown
Alan Brown
President & CEO
Methodist Retirement Communities

Trey Oakley
Trey Oakley
President & CEO
Methodist Children's Home

Outgoing Directors

UMA thanks the following members for their dedicated service to the UMA Board of Directors:

Larry Carlson
Larry Carlson
President & CEO
United Methodist Communities
Alison Evans
Alison Evans
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth

Sue DaCamara
Asbury Communities

Please view our Servant Leadership Video for Alison Evans and Larry Carlson here.
Sue DaCamara's retirement announcement came after the Servant Leadership Video was produced. We are grateful for her generous contributions to both UMA and EAGLE as a dedicated EAGLE peer reviewer, EAGLE Commissioner, and Board member. Thank you, Sue, for your leadership and dedicated pursuit of excellence.
UMA Welcomes New Member

UMA is delighted to welcome:
Sunset Home Jerry Neal
Jerry Neal
Sunset Home
Quincy, IL

2021 Annual Business Meeting
Thank you all who gathered with us for the 2021 Annual Business Meeting that was held virtually on April 28. During this time, we were joined by our family of ministries from across the country to celebrate, and reflect on our accomplishments, recognize UMA leaders, and look to the future plans of our association. Links to the meeting recording and the draft minutes are available here.
Appreciation for Shared Learning Leadership
UMA would like to recognize and thank the co-chairs of our Shared Learning Committee, who have served a two-year leadership term from 2020 to 2022.
Rob McMonagle, Interim Vice President of Human Resources, Asbury Communities, and Susan Sharp, Vice President for Philanthropy, Simpson, have willingly shared their counsel, leadership, and insight to help guide the committee and our Shared Learning program over the last two extraordinary years.
Adalay Wilson
Adalay Wilson
Vice President of Programs
    Over the past 12 months, UMA has offered more shared learning and networking events than ever before to support our members with governance, fund development, recruitment and retention, technology, and meeting the critical needs of their clients during the pandemic. It has been an exciting time, and we look forward to continuing that momentum.
We are pleased to announce our new Chair of Shared Learning, Adalay Wilson. LCSW, for the next two-year term. Adalay is Vice President of Programs at UMFS. With more than 35 years of experience developing and directing successful programs and initiatives in the nonprofit and public sectors, she has served at UMFS since 1989, and she additionally provides leadership, strategic direction, and vision for many statewide community-based services and grant programs. We are tremendously excited that she has stepped into this important UMA leadership role, and look forward to a fulfilling and engaging Shared Learning experience for this next term.

   This Week   

Wespath Investment Forum
Wespath Virtual Investment Forum
May 19, 2021 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Central Time)
May 20, 2021 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. (Central Time)
Click here to register.
You don't want to miss the upcoming Resilience 365 events in May and June. Resilience 365 is UMA's year-round conference featuring quality education, inspiring keynotes, recognition of excellence in mission, and numerous peer networking experiences. We encourage you to attend and invite your entire team! Events are open to all members. Click here for more details.
   Save the Date   
Building a Resilient Ministry
A Joint UMA and CHHSM CYF Virtual Event with Frank Kros
August 11
Look for more details next month.

Annual Meeting 2022 in Savannah, GA
2022 UMA Annual Meeting
April 25-27  |  Savannah, GA

Call for Proposals - 2022 Annual Meeting
The UMA Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to build your professional network, share your expertise, and experience shared learning. Presenting a content-rich session individually or as part of a team is a wonderful way to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas.
UMA is seeking high-quality education proposals for the 2022 UMA Annual Meeting, April 25-27 in Savannah, GA. All proposals must be submitted by Friday, July 23, 2021, 5:00 P.M. EDT. Details and the submission form are available here. If you have questions, please contact us at

UMA Peer Networks
UMA Peer Networks will be on hiatus in the months of July and August. Please save the date for our upcoming August CYF event and stay tuned to Resilience 365, UMA's year-round conference will featuring quality education, inspiring keynotes, recognition of excellence in mission, and numerous peer networking experiences here.

Celebration of Excellence Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of several EAGLE accredited organizations and the many leaders from across the country who support the work of EAGLE at the Celebration of Excellence that was held virtually on May 12. Links to the Celebration Video and the full recording are available here. EAGLE Recognizes Reaccredited Organizations

      Education Assessment Guidelines Leading Toward Excellence (EAGLE) provides a voluntary program using principles and goals that promote, pursue and recognize excellence in the holistic, Christian mission and ministry of an organization. UMA commends the following four organizations that successfully achieved EAGLE Accreditation.

EAGLE Accreditation Commission
At its April 2021 meeting, the UMA Board of Directors approved the following new Commissioners to the EAGLE Accreditation Commission.
Patrick Blanchard
Patrick Blanchard
Director of Development, In-house Counsel
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services

Kelly Friedman
Kelly Friedman
Executive Director, Asbury Solomons
Asbury Solomons

Chris Mullett
Chris Mullett
President & CEO
Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Matt Obert
Matt Obert
Executive Director
Chaddock Attachment & Trauma Services

A full listing of the EAGLE Accreditation Commission can be found here.

    Start the Path to EAGLE
UMA's EAGLE Accreditation Program is the only nationally recognized, faith-based accrediting body working exclusively with organizations serving children, youth and families; older adults, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These organizations perform at the highest level of quality while living out their faith values - in service to their clients, in partnership with their boards and staff and in support of their local communities... read more.

Thank You 2021 Annual Sponsors

A special thanks to our Annual Sponsors who generously support UMA year-round:

Wesley Level Sponsor Truth Level Sponsors Aldersgate Level Sponsors

May is Older Americans Month
    In May, we celebrate the strength of older adults and the aging network, with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.

There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with
others is one of the most important-it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities... read more.
May is National Foster Care Month
Each May, we take time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. We use this time to renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 423,000 children and youth in foster care and celebrate those who make a meaningful difference in their lives... read more.
June is National PTSD Awareness Month
June is "National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month," and is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment... read more.

Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
May 19 Mitigating Risk Through Integrity Screening, 11:00 A.M. Eastern
Presented by David Fineran, Insight Worldwide, and David Glenn, MBA, SHRM-SCP, VP of HR, United Methodist Communities
May 20 EAGLE Education Series: Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer, 10:00 A.M.
Presented by Emily Robbearts, Director of EAGLE Accreditation
May 27 The Dangers of Drug Diversion, 1:00 P.M.
Presented by Lana Dealy, RN, BSN, CPHRM, Clinical Risk Consultant, Lockton
June 3 Development Network: Let's Chat! An Informal Roundtable Conversation, 10:00 A.M.
Facilitated by Co-Chairs: Jeff Van Camp, Executive Director of Chaddock Children's Foundation and J.D. Shuman, President and CEO, Asbury Foundation
June 9 HR Network: Racial Reconciliation in Faith-Based Organizations, 11:00 A.M.
Presented by Marcelena Holmes, VP of Marketing and Development and Laurie Anne Spagnola, President and CEO, Board of Child Care
June 10 Recruitment Process Performance Metrics - the Financial and Operational Impact, 1:00 P.M.
Presented by Tony Coccitto, President, Eklego Workforce Solutions, and Jim Silkworth, VP of Human Resources, United Methodist Homes
June 23 Preparing for a New Way Forward, 2:00 P.M.
Presented by Andy Hendren, Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Wespath, and a discussion with UMA members

We invite you to keep abreast of this year's Shared Learning educational opportunities at:

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