Disaster consultant joins OCC staff


The Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC) has named Mary Hughes Gaudreau of Guthrie as new director of emotional and spiritual care.

The post was established through a grant from United Way of Central Oklahoma as disaster recovery efforts continue after the May storms in the state’s center.

Among her duties, Rev. Gaudreau, a United Methodist deacon, will coordinate the recruitment, training, credentialing, and deployment of OCC-approved emotional and spiritual care providers and develop an awareness program about emotional and spiritual care available for people affected by disasters.

"Whether or not they realize it, many, if not all, of those who survived the May tornadoes and floods need long-term emotional and spiritual care as well as financial and physical support to get their lives back in order," said William Tabbernee, executive director of OCC.

"We, in cooperation with VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and the Long-Term Recovery Committees of the area, have commenced providing such emotional and spiritual care."

Gaudreau previously worked as a national disaster consultant, primarily with the United Methodist Committee on Relief. She is a licensed professional counselor. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a disaster response specialist, ranging from the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City to the 2012 school shooting at Newtown, Conn.

To contact her: mgaudreau@okchurches.org, 405-315-1528.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OCC is comprised of 20 member communions, interfaith groups, and community organizations. Those include The United Methodist Church.

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