By Jim Cullumber

NEW YORK — Casey Tom, general manager of Faith for Today of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, was re-elected president of the Religion Communicators Council at the council’s annual convention in New York April 1.

She will be joined on the RCC Executive Committee by the Rev. Bud Heckman, vice president and executive director of the International Shinto Foundation, New York; Pamela Burdine, secretary, from Louisville, Kentucky; Katherine Kerr, treasurer and president of Polaris Non-Profit Solutions of Georgetown, Texas; and Deb Christian, past president from Mesquite, Texas.

Newly elected board members to three-year terms are Joyce Litoff, communications assistant from the Bahá’í International Center in Evanston, Illinois; Jackie Fuller, executive producer and host of Interfaith Connections TV Show of Alexandria, Virginia; Eron Henry, associate director of communications for the Baptist World Alliance of Falls Church, Virginia; and Daniel Hall of Soka Gakkai International-USA of Santa Monica, California. Royya James, conference relations coordinator of United Methodist Communications of Nashville, Tennessee, was elected to a two-year term.

In other business, Heckman discussed RCC’s efforts to promote religious literacy and introduced the 11 Handa Fellows, provided by a grant from the International Shinto Foundation. The Fellows are young communication professionals working for faith-based entities who are paired with RCC mentors to foster greater religious literacy in faith-based communication and mainstream religion reporting.

RCC members also:

  • Learned RCC is operating under a $141,000 budget for 2016, and that tax-deductible gifts made via will help the organization meet its goals;
  • Were reminded that RCC is part of the Universal Accreditation Board and that members are encouraged to seek the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation. Current RCC members with the APR designation also were recognized.

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