During her time with the Diocese of Michigan, Maria Franklin proved to be a diligent person who handled a difficult job as the director of finance ministry exceptionally well.
Normally, a person with that sort of well-earned reputation would be difficult to replace. And while she leaves large shoes to fill, Mark Miliotto has shown why he is an ideal replacement for Franklin.
Miliotto – who will be working concurrently with Franklin until her May 31retirement date – has been diocesan treasurer since November 2010. He’s no stranger to the Diocese, having worked with diocesan council, staff and trustees in that time.
“His wisdom, professional experience and ability to convey the financial position of our corporate entities in a clear, concise and user friendly manner has certainly been an asset to our diocesan life,” Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr. said. “We are so grateful for his presence among us.”
Miliotto served as director of finance and administration for Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Chicago. Prior to his time at the seminary, Mark worked in a variety of financial management positions in the Denver banking industry.
He is a member of Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, where his wife, the Rev. Beth Taylor, is an associate priest. Children Gianni and Sofia are active there in children’s activities. He is also a board member of the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church and a member of the finance committee at Christ Church Cranbrook.
Franklin has been the director of finance ministry since August 2001.
“Through Maria’s skilled and dedicated guidance over the past 11 years, the ministry of finance for our diocese is capable, well-organized, transparent and responsive to the needs and requirements of those that rely upon the information provided by our finance office,” Bishop Gibbs said. “The reality of our financial position being a significant part of the ministry of this diocese is very much a result of Maria’s commitment to that ministry.”