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Karen Lauby named provincial secretary

Karen Lauby, of Spokane, has been named by the Sisters of Providence to join the Leadership Team of Mother Joseph Province as provincial secretary.? "In the selection process, we recognized Karen's excellent qualifications for the position of provincial secretary, an understanding and love for our Sisters of Providence mission, and a 'fit' with our present team," said Margaret Botch, SP, Provincial Leadership Team Coordinator.

The position of provincial secretary had been held since January 2005 by Alaine Qualls. Alaine, who had worked for the Sisters of Providence since 1988, including as administrative assistant/office manager, retired January 12. She and her husband, James D. Qualls, reside in Spokane.

"It was provident that Alaine was here to break new ground as the first provincial secretary who was not a sister," Sister Margaret said. "She truly understands and embraces the mission of the provincial secretary as stated in our General Administration Directory: 'Conscious of the importance of promoting the legacy of the Sisters of Providence, and open to the multicultural and international reality, we are committed to foster communication and unity and record the story of the present for the future.' " Sister Margaret added, "Alaine is forever a part of that story."

Karen has been employed by Providence Health & Services (formerly Providence Services) since 1997, most recently as conference coordinator. Prior to that, she held several positions as secretary and administrative assistant.

Originally from Lewiston, ID, Karen has been associated with the Sisters of Providence since 1987, working with Good Health Plan of Oregon, St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She also has worked with a number of social and medical service agencies.

Karen and her husband, Gary J. Lauby, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, have four adult children.

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