New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work


Meg Kau really loves working in human resources – just look at the coffee mug sitting on her desk.

“I can’t keep calm, I’m in HR” it reads.

Dig a little deeper when you talk to the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s newest human resources/benefits specialist and she’ll tell you one of her favorite, nerdy things about working in this field.

“I love benefits,” she said.

Kau comes to the Oregon-Idaho Conference after years spent as the human resources manager at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, Calif.

When her husband’s job moved them to the Portland area a couple of years ago, she continued to do work remotely, but was looking for a job that felt more like the right fit.

“It feels like home,” she said.

Kau has been involved in the United Methodist Church as long as she can remember – from attending bike camps to where she grew up on the east coast to sitting on the staff parish relations committee at her church in California.

“I’ve been involved in the Methodist Church and the job is what I want to do and can do,” she said.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amhurst in psychology and has been working in human resources ever since.

“I have a very strong customer service orientation,” she said.

She’s excited, as stated above, to help people resolve benefit issues, work with local churches and is looking forward to working with retirees.

Meg comes to us with a great deal of experience in payroll, human resources and benefits matters, and  has very quickly demonstrated her skills and ability to understand and handle questions that come to her," said Dan Wilson-Fey, conference treasurer and benefits officer. "We are very glad to have her on board."