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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Providence Sisters elect new leadership team for Mother Joseph Province

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 2, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Sisters of Providence Leadership Team members for 2005-09 are (from left): Sisters Kaye Belcher, Margaret Botch, Team Leader/Provincial, Charlotte Van Dyke and Annette Seubert. (IR photo from the Sisters of Providence)

Four Sisters of Providence have been named to provide leadership for Mother Joseph Province for a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2005.

Sister Margaret Botch, Spokane, will serve as Team Leader/Provincial. Sisters Kaye Belcher and Charlotte Van Dyke of Seattle, and Annette Seubert of Spokane, are the new provincial councilors.

In addition to leading the Religious community, Leadership Team members serve as corporate members for Providence Health System, headquartered in Seattle; for Providence Services, located in Spokane; and for Providence Pariseau Corporation, which includes Providence Hospitality House, Sojourner Place and WomanSpirit Center.

The Leadership Team-elect has appointed Alaine Qualls of Spokane as provincial secretary and Sister Anita Butler of Seattle as provincial treasurer. Qualls has been working for the Sisters of Providence since 1988, most recently as administrative assistant/office manager.

Sister Anita currently serves as superior at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

The secretary and treasurer are not provincial councilors.

Born in Great Falls, Mont., Sister Margaret Botch entered the Sisters of Providence in 1956. She currently is a member of the Leadership Team that shepherded the combining of the former St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart provinces into the new Mother Joseph Providence. She holds a B.A. in social science from Seattle University, as well as an M.A. in applied behavioral science from Whitworth College and an M.A. in English literature from Gonzaga University, both in Spokane. Her post-graduate studies include psychology and mysticism at John F. Kennedy University, Martinez, Calif., and theology and psychology at the University of San Francisco.

Sister Margaret taught English, religion and social sciences for seven years, was a supervisor of student teachers for five years, and was a campus minister at Gonzaga University for two years. She also has been an organization development consultant/facilitator with social service, parish and Religious communities. In addition to serving on the Leadership Team, previous leadership roles include serving as a provincial councilor for St. Ignatius Province, novitiate director and a member of the Formation Team for the western provinces for 10 years.

She has been a facilitator/director for spiritual direction, retreats and discernment for 30 years, and has served on the boards of the College of Great Falls, St. Thomas Child and Family Center, WomanSpirit Center, and on the board of members of Providence Services and Providence Health System.

Sister Kaye Belcher was born in Battle Creek, Mich., and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1967. Her educational background includes a B.S. in nursing, a certificate in applied theology, certification as a manager of low-cost housing, and numerous leadership classes, seminars and conferences.

Sister Kaye’s ministry experiences include serving as mission integration director for the Alaska region, which included outreach through community benefits programs, health ethics, spiritual care, diversity programs, interfaith caregivers, community services, and auxiliary/volunteers. She also was involved with Alaska Safe Kids and with Providence Hospitality House.

She also had been director of mission integration for Providence Alaska Medical Center and Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage, manager of low-cost housing for the elderly at Providence House in Yakima, and assistant director for nursing at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Yakima, supervising orthopedics/neuro, medical, surgical, education and infection control activities.

Sister Kaye began her health-care career as a nurse aid in medical/orthopedics, advancing to a nurse in the alcohol detox center, followed by ministry as a registered nurse and later clinical nurse manager of a medical unit.

She has served on many committees within the religious community and on the board of directors of Providence Alaska Foundation, Providence Alaska Region, Alaska AIDS Assistance Association, Alaska Injury Prevention Council and Day Break, and the Anchorage Seniors Alzheimer’s Day Program.

Sister Annette Seubert was born in Tallahassee, Fla., and raised in Eastern Washington. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1962 after graduating from St. Joseph Academy in Sprague. Her educational background includes a certificate in spiritual direction, a B.A. in social science from Seattle University, and an M.A. in creation spirituality from Holy Names College, Oakland. She also has had nursing education at the Intercollegiate Center, Spokane, and Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Mary Medical Center, San Francisco, and Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane.

Sister Annette’s ministry experiences include serving as director of chaplaincy and chair of the Ethics Committee at St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, for 10 years. She also has been chaplain/pastoral associate at Columbus Hospital (Great Falls) and Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane), treasurer/councilor of St. Ignatius Province, a formation team member and vocation candidate director, and business manager at St. Thomas Child Care Center (Great Falls). She has been on the board of directors of St. Mary Medical Center, the College of Great Falls, St. Joseph Care Center (Spokane), and St. Thomas Child and Family Center. In addition, she was a member of the founding board of trustees of the Youth Guidance Home in Great Falls and chaired and participated in development and establishment of the Hospice Program at Columbus Hospital. Sister Annette has been a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains since 1977.

Sister Charlotte Van Dyke was born in Olympia, Wash. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1953. Her educational background includes a B.S. in nursing from the University of Portland, an MBA in health services administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound/Seattle University.

Her ministry experiences are in four distinct careers: teaching, nursing, health care administration and legal practice. Sister Charlotte taught fifth grade at St. Patrick Grade School, Walla Walla (1955-56), religion and social studies at St. Joseph Academy, Yakima (1956-57), English, religion, public speaking and debate at Providence High School, Burbank, Calif. (1957-58), social studies and debate at St. Joseph Academy, Yakima (1958-60), and also religious vacation school.

She studied nursing at St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, was a staff nurse and supervisor, then an administrative assistant at St. Joseph Hospital, Burbank. After studies in health care administration in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Sister Charlotte served as assistant administrator at Providence Hospital, Oakland, then at Providence Medical Center, Seattle. She was administrator at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Yakima (1972-83), then director of corporate relations at Providence Health System, Seattle, followed by administrator at St. Joseph Hospital, Aberdeen.

Sister Charlotte offered health care administration consulting in Seattle and Burbank before passing the bar exam in 1992 and beginning a private practice of family law. She served in that capacity in Seattle from 1994 to earlier this year.

In addition to participation on several committees within the Religious community, she has been involved with the American College of Healthcare Executives, Washington State Hospital Association, and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima, Washington State Catholic Conference, the Comprehensive Health Planning Advisory Council of Washington, Holy Rosary Hospital, Ontario, Ore., Mercy Corps International, the National Migrant Worker Council, Inc., St. Joseph Hospital, the Seattle Area Hospital Council, Blue Cross of Washington/Alaska, and Sojourner Place in Seattle. Sister Charlotte also has been a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Public Legal Education, the Family Practice Education Advisory Board and the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at the University of Washington Law School, and the Washington State Council on Crime and Delinquency.


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