Lizzie Cody, heads Mission Effectiveness

Lizzie Cody becomes the new Director of the Office of Mission Effectiveness on January 1, 2019. She succeeds Melinda Stricklen, who will retire December 30, 2018, after 42 years of service with Good Shepherd. Lizzie has been working with Melinda and Sr. Barbara Beasley on the Mission Effectiveness team since 2009. 

Lizzie met Melinda at Maryhurst when she went to Melinda’s core values class in 2008. At the time Lizzie was working with lower functioning girls at one of the residential dorms at Maryhurst. 

“I fell in love with Melinda and her training that day,” Lizzie said.

“I began following her around like a puppy dog until she offered me a job. At the end of 2009 she hired me as her part-time assistant. The first thing I did for Melinda was decorate her door for her 60th birthday. And one of the last things I did for her was decorate a room for her retirement party.

“Having this new opportunity feels really good. Melinda has been training me for this for years. But it feels a little strange that we won’t have Melinda with us on the team. 

“There is no filling her shoes,” Lizzie said. “I’m super honored to be the second director of the Office of Mission Effectiveness, but nobody can ever fill Melinda’s shoes. She will always be in my life forever and ever.”

Melinda Stricklen started the Mission Effectiveness training program for Sisters of the Good Shepherd in North America in  June 1988. Sr. Barbara Beasley, RGS, joined Melinda in 2008, after her term as provincial. Lizzie Cody joined the Mission Effectiveness team in 2009. Melinda will serve as Director of the Office of Mission Effectiveness until December 30, 2018, when she retires.  See related story on Melinda Stricklen’s retirement.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website