Gwen Speak, associate treasurer of the Mid-America Union Conference for the past four years, has accepted the invitation of the Gulf States Conference to serve as their treasurer. Speak began her new responsibilities on Dec. 1, 2019.

Speak graduated from Union College twice—the first time with a teaching certificate which she used for four years, the second time with a degree in accounting. After her second graduation, she worked for the General Conference Auditing Service for five years before accepting the associate treasurer position in the Dakota Conference. She gained 10 years of experience there before coming to MAUC as associate treasurer.

In addition to bearing responsibility for the day-to-day treasury work at Mid-America, Speak was also the MAUC point person for and (the NAD accounting software used throughout most of the division). In that role she not only was the go-to person to troubleshoot issues at the local conference, but also the liaison between conferences and the division in dealing with software problems.

“It was extremely helpful to me to have someone of her caliber and knowledge on the treasury team,” said Troy Peoples, MAUC vice president for finance. “Not only does she understand the accounting very well, using her skills she learned as a teacher she could communicate that to the field in ways that were understandable. It will be very difficult to find someone with her skill set to fill the role she has left. However, Gulf States will be in good hands as she takes up her new role as treasurer for that conference.”

Speak said she has enjoyed her time in the Midwest territory. “While I look forward to a new chapter in my life, I will miss everyone in Mid-America,” she stated.