New Administrative Assistant for Episcopal Office


December 18, 2013

Sara Carlson has joined the Iowa Annual Conference as an Administrative Assistant in the Bishop’s office. 

The Episcopal administrative support position has been redefined as part of the recent realignment of Conference Center staff. 

Carlson began in her new role in November, and she supports both Assistant to the Bishop for Administration Rev. Bill Poland and the Communications office.

“This seems like a perfect job situation for me,” Carlson said.

A native of West Des Moines, Carlson lives in Clive with her husband Todd and daughters Emily, 16, and Katie, 12. 

She has a bachelor’s degree in French and a certificate in International Business from the University of Iowa. 

In addition to raising her two children Carlson most recently served in the Nutrition Department at Eason Elementary where her daughters attended. She remains active in their school PTOs, and she volunteers for their cheer gym and at her church. 

Carlson is an avid tennis player. She first played in high school and then got away from playing, but then took it back up several years ago. 

“It was something to do to get some social interaction,” she said. “I’ve made such a nice group of friends.”

Carlson has played competitively on a traveling Des Moines-area team for the last six years.

Time with her family continues to be a favorite activity for her.

“I like to spend time with my kids,” she said. 

Sara is in the Episcopal office 27 hours per week.  She has been performing administrative backing for the Episcopal and Communications offices as well as assisting in providing hospitality for Conference Center meetings.

She is learning about the Iowa Annual Conference and her position as at the same time the newly defined role continues to be established.

“There will be more,” said Carlson.

Carlson is very happy to be the newest staff member of the Conference.

“I feel comfortable here, everyone seems really nice,” she said. “Very nice, very welcoming, everybody’s been helpful. This is a really good fit for me.”