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United Women in Faith Board of Directors Elects Mollie James-Vickery Interim General Secretary, CEO

For immediate release

NEW YORK—United Women in Faith today announced the election of Mollie James-Vickery to the position of Interim General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer during its semi-annual board meeting April 14. James-Vickery currently serves as the organization’s national Operations Officer and will begin the interim position May 8.

James-Vickery, a United Methodist deaconess, joined United Women in Faith’s national staff in 2014 as Executive for Children, Youth, and Family Advocacy and was later promoted to Director of Mobilization and Advocacy before the board elected her to serve as Operations Officer in 2021 to oversee the organization’s day-to-day administrative and operational functions.

“We are celebrating and supporting Ms. James-Vickery during this time, as she and Harriett Olson work out details of the transition,” said Cynthia Rives, United Women in Faith vice president and acting chair of the board personnel committee. “The interim role is intended to be for a short period of time, and Ms. James-Vickery will continue to handle the Operations Officer duties during this period.”

Rives said the search process for the organization’s next General Secretary/CEO is in its final stages.

“We began our search process last fall when Ms. Olson announced her intention to retire early this year, and our final candidates are in the last stages of our interview process,” she said. “However, health and family issues experienced by committee members slowed the process, and Ms. Olson graciously extended her tenure to May 5.”

Originally from Mississippi, James-Vickery is a member of Hillsdale United Methodist Church in Hillsdale, New Jersey, and a lay member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.

She is married to Scott James-Vickery who is a home missioner serving as Executive for the Office of Deaconess, Home Missioner, and Home Missionaries of the United Methodist Church, which is administered by United Women in Faith. Together they have six children and make their home in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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