Cynthia Olson Named Associate Secretary for CPSP -- by Perry Miller, Editor

21 Nov 2016 11:14 AM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary, is announcing the appointment of Cynthia Olson as Associate Secretary for CPSP. In this role, her primary duty will be to assist the General Secretary in any assigned matter. Her major responsibility will be to strengthen communication in the CPSP Community. In that capacity, she will keep the General Secretary, the Administrator, and the Administrative Coordinator apprised of any significant developments appropriate to their tasks. I hope the community will welcome Cynthia to this new role. 

Meet Cynthia Olson...

Cynthia traveled some 25 years overseas, initially as an American Peace Corps volunteer and later as the spouse of a diplomat in the US Foreign Service. Her work in Africa and the Middle East involved supporting at-risk mothers and children in those diverse cultures. While on home assignments in Washington, DC, she developed a talent for editing while working at National Geographic Society as a project manager of children’s books and executive assistant to the Editor of National Geographic magazine. 

Cynthia joined Nautilus Pacific chapter in 2007, and in 2009 she and others started the first CPSP chapter in northern California, which birthed the Sacramento chapter in 2012, where she is convener. Since its inception in 2011, Cynthia has been a member of the NCTS-West planning committee, and for the past three years, until September 2016, she has served as chair of the Accreditation Oversight Committee. 

Cynthia is an ordained Interfaith minister; and a member of the Disaster Spiritual Care Team of the American Red Cross, deployed in 2013-2015 to support victims of tornados in Joplin, MO, and Moore, OK, and Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. She has been with VITAS Healthcare for ten years, eight as a hospice team chaplain and more recently as their Bereavement Services Manager.