Conference hires new assistant treasurer/controller

Conference hires new assistant treasurer/controller


After 18 months of what she describes as a “global pandemic sabbatical” Michelle Lowry is excited to once again be working in non-profit finance and administration.

Lowry began working as the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s assistant treasurer and controller at the beginning of September after more than 20 years spent working in accounting and finance divisions in various organizations.

“I like the fact that non-profits really value their employees and see the people they serve as a priority,” Lowry said.

She takes over for Sandra Reinemer, who is moving to a part-time role as staff accountant in finance for the Oregon-Idaho Conference beginning Oct. 1.

“I have been impressed with how quickly Michelle grasps all the information coming at her as she wades into this new, complex job,” said Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey, Conference treasurer and benefits officer. “I appreciate the new eyes with which she sees our work and systems, and her gracious and caring interactions with the staff.”

Before starting with the Conference, Lowry had worked in a few corporate and non-profit organizations, most notably serving as the finance and accounting manager for Oregon Catholic Press for 10 years.

“That was my real introduction to God-centered mission work,” Lowry said.

She held various positions while raising her son as a single mother. He graduated from high school in 2017 and now serves in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her last position was as accounting manager for CCLI.

After years of pouring her heart and soul into her work while also raising a son, Lowry was ready to take some time off and stepped down from her position in February 2020. It was only meant to be short-term.

Then the pandemic hit, unemployment rates skyrocketed, and Lowry struggled to find a job that fit her skills and years of experience. She found the job description of assistant treasurer and controller this summer for The Oregon-Idaho Conference and liked what she saw.

“It looks like the mission is really revitalizing the church and engaging people in the community,” Lowry said. “After looking for (employment) so long, I’m grateful to be in a place where people are so kind.”

Lowry can be reached at 503-802-9223 or via email at

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