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Leadership Series, part 4: Anna (Barrett) Guillozet

Examples of leadership are plentiful on Ohio Northern’s campus — from Student Senate and Leaders’ Council to Open Doors and Student Planning Committee. Organizations large and small give students a chance to flex their leadership muscle and make positive contributions to campus.

This feature series celebrates the contributions of outstanding individual leaders and organizations.

Anna (Barrett) Guillozet, BA '08, from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, is younger than most church leaders, but that hasn't stopped her from taking an active role in the leadership of the United Methodist Church (UMC). She was elected to represent the West Ohio Conference at the General Conference of the UMC this past spring in Fort Worth, Texas.

The General Conference is the highest lawmaking body of the UMC and consists of lay and clergy delegates who represent each conference. It meets every four years to revise the church's "Book of Discipline" and "Book of Resolutions."

Clergy and lay members interested in serving as delegates must be elected to the position by other conference members. Guillozet was the third of 11 lay members to be elected from her conference and one of the youngest delegates ever.

"I am proud of my role in the General Conference," says Guillozet. "To be elected means thousands of United Methodists trust my leadership abilities and character to represent them at the highest level in the church."

As a senior, Guillozet was able to use her experiences at the General Conference in her required senior essay. She researched the UMC's past definitions and rights of ministry and modern influences upon ministry definitions. She presented her essay on May 8 in the English Chapel.

The General Conference was not the first time that Guillozet has been a leader. She was a youth ministry intern at Ada First UMC and Sugar Grove UMC and has served on several committees in the West Ohio Annual Conference of the UMC. She also has been the outreach coordinator of the chapel staff, chaplain of Kappa Phi (Northern's Christ-centered organization for women) and a member of other chapel groups.

"I have always grown through leadership," Guillozet explains. "Especially within the church, these experiences have allowed me not only to show myself as a leader among my peers, but to learn to be a young leader in situations where young leaders are rare."

Having worked with Guillozet in chapel and community activities, University chaplain Vernon LaSala knows that she is a valuable asset in leadership.

"Anna has a keen sense of what's going on in our society, a clear vision of what needs to change, and a strong determination to make it happen," says LaSala.