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Board of Pensions Closes Two Regional Offices

Date 15 Oct 1998 20:03:04

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    Board of Pensions Closes Two Regional Offices 
    by Jerry L. Van Marter 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
has announced that it is closing its regional offices in Berkeley, Calif., 
and Union, N.J., as part of its continuing realignment of field service 
into "regional service teams." 
    According to the Rev. Paul Stavrakos, vice president for church 
relations, the Board "will continue to provide the same service with 
regional representatives working in the regions while the regional service 
teams will provide the Board's services to members from its offices in 
    Advances in technology make it possible for the regional 
representatives to work from their homes rather than from offices, using 
laptop computers, cellular telephones and other technology.  Electronically 
stored data and forms enable the Board to service members from Philadelphia 
while cutting down on the expense of maintaining office space in the 
regions, Stavrakos said. 
    The realignment has made it possible for the Board to increase the 
number of regional representatives from six to ten, and the geographic 
areas served have decreased in size so that representatives can have more 
contact with members and governing bodies. 
    In related moves, Rachel Carlton of the Atlanta office plans to retire 
after serving the Board since 1954, when she joined the Board of Annuities 
and Relief of the former Presbyterian Church in the United States. 
    Julie Charles of the Berkeley office and Kathryn Harrington of the 
Union office are seeking other employment. 

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