Barb Powell is CHHSM’s new contracted communication consultant.

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is pleased to welcome Barb Powell as a contracted communication consultant and as a new member of the CHHSM Consultants Network.

Powell, former associate director of the United Church of Christ’s Publishing, Identity and Communication Ministry in Cleveland, has nearly three decades of experience as a writer, editor, designer, production manager and content producer.

In her new role with CHHSM, Powell will be writing stories for the CHHSM website and its monthly newsletter, Diakonie, which reaches nearly 1,000 subscribers each month.

Having started just a few weeks ago, Powell has already written more than a dozen stories for CHHSM, says the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, CHHSM Vice President.

“Barb is a gifted writer and creative communicator who knows both journalism and the United Church of Christ like few others, from every conceivable angle,” Guess said. “I could not be more pleased and excited that Barb is working with CHHSM and will be lending her creative energies to help tell the amazing stories of health and human service ministry in the UCC.”

As the owner of JLP Creative, a marketing and communication consulting firm, Powell is also new to the roster of the CHHSM Consultants Network, offering her services to CHHSM-member ministries who need help conceiving and producing high-quality print communication resources.

As Laurie Bartels, a veteran Cleveland-area freelance writer, has observed, “Barb is that rare triple-threat creative mind who can write, edit and design AND knows the technical side of production as well.”

“I am so excited to help tell the unique and heartfelt stories of all the CHHSM-member organizations,” Powell said. “The spirit is alive and vibrant in the work of CHHSM, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

If you have a CHHSM story idea, feel free to reach out to Barb directly.