I’m pleased to share the exciting accomplishments your support has helped achieve. Our programs continue to flourish, and with the assumption of South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL), Sustaining Way can advance our state further toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Linda Ott was hired in June to serve as SCIPL Director and will develop programs and resources for action, advocacy, energy conservation, education, networking and worship. Linda holds a ThM in Creation Care, an MDiv, a JD and an MBA. She has been a social worker and a US Naval Officer, and after retiring from a 20-year career as an attorney with Hewlett-Packard, she is seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Linda and Jim Dant’s paths crossed several years ago at Columbia Theological Seminary. Jim mentored Linda’s practicum on prayer practices and led her pilgrimage group to the Holy Land.

While Linda builds SCIPL, our coordinators run our programs in Nicholtown. Coordinators are the pinnacle of our workforce development program and are rotating positions of 2-3 years. Outgoing Community Coordinator Kristan Pitts reflects on her experience: “Serving with Sustaining Way has provided me with the space to identify my values, beliefs and passions and will forever positively guide my personal and professional life. As a result, I aspire to be a local servant leader, making progress as a non-profit or business professional and to one day serve as an elected official.”

Taking Kristan’s place is Michael Malcom, joining us from Atlanta with a wealth of business, management, ministerial and community development experience. He holds both MDiv and MBA degrees and is excited to serve Nicholtown while further developing his skills.

Also joining our team is Katie Michalovic as Executive Coordinator. This newly created position will support and learn the Executive Director role under me. Katie holds dual master’s degrees in Community Development and Education and most recently served as Program Coordinator at Greer Relief.

We are excited about the talent our new team members bring to empower communities to achieve a sustainable and equitable future. To stay updated, please see the links below.

— Rick Joye

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