Behold! Nominees to the Vestry

posted Mar 6, 2015, 1:19 PM by Farar Elliott   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 7:17 AM by Parish Administrator ]
Here are the nominees to the 2015 Vestry! A vestry forum at which you can meet them is being held on Sunday, March 8, one week before the March annual meeting at which the new vestry will be elected. It is scheduled for the time between the service.


The nominees are:

Senior Warden, 1 slot: Cathie Siders;

Vestry, 5 slots: Charlie Grizzle, John McCall (incumbent), Jane Quenk, Dan Sealy (incumbent), Lucas Trainer, Anne Yonemura (incumbent). 

 

All Vestry Candidates were given a questionnaire that asked:
1.When did you come to St. Margaret's?
2.What attracted you to St. Margaret's? (30 words or fewer)
3.What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? (40 words or fewer)
4.What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission? (40 words or fewer)
5.What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry?(40 words or fewer)
6.The next Vestry will be deeply involved in developing a process to determine the strategic direction for our parish. What gifts, skills and attributes would you bring to this process? What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret's? (50 words or fewer)


Cathie Siders (Senior Warden)


1.We discovered St. Margaret's in 1999.

2.This is an easy one........... St. Margaret's was the only church ever where I felt at home and a real part of the parish community.

3.Missions:
* Thanksgiving Dinners-Marie Reed School
* 2016 Committee (strategic overview of St. M's)
* Alter Guild
* Chalice

4.In regard to sustainability, I would first get to know the Vestry and the Clergy-their wisdom and working knowledge of the church. There's considerable talent in both groups, so I do not presume to understand more about the workings of the parish than they do. After that, I would focus on 3 areas critical to the well being of St. Margaret's-nurturing leadership within the parish, supporting financial oversight mechanisms that are deliberate and regular and maintaining knowledge of the strategic plan to ensure that resource use remains in alignment with the strategic priorities and the spirit of the church.

5.I make a financial pledge annually and always exceed that amount. Other than home ownership, I bring little expertise in property management to this position.

6.From years of experience as an executive coach in academic healthcare and higher education, I understand the process of strategic planning. I've worked with leaders who effectively use their strategic plan as a road map for sustainability and success. I bring considerable experience in facilitating the discussions related to strategic priorities.
I will be forever grateful to the community of St. Margaret's that has supported our family in so many ways. I would love to return the caring and sense of community. I am passionate about the loving spirit and vibrancy of St. Margaret's. I hope to serve in a way that contributes to the vibrancy of the parish and enables all who come to this place of worship to continue to do God's work.

Charles Grizzle

1.When did you come to St. Margaret's? I came to St. Margaret's in 2005, shortly after moving into the neighborhood.

2.What attracted you to St. Margaret's? (30 words or fewer) I was raised a Methodist but had been un-churched for a number of years. I distinctly remember the first service I attended at St. Margaret's as there was a visiting youth choir and I was drawn by the music. While I am bereft of musical abilities, it is still a big part of the worship service for me.

3.What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? (40 words or fewer) I have served in leadership roles for the stewardship campaigns, served on three seminarian lay committees (Giulianna Cappiletti, Sandy Webb & Jacob Pierce), rummage sale volunteer, and regular participant in the worship rota.

4.What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission? (40 words or fewer) I would like to see the Vestry develop processes for engaging members of the parish in a structured way (roundtable discussions, etc) to elicit ideas for our strategic direction.

5.What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry?(40 words or fewer) I currently serve on the board of the Frazier History Museum (Louisville) and am immediate past president of the University Club of Washington. Both roles have given me the opportunity to refine my skills in non-profit leadership and governance.

6.This year, with the search process complete and our new Rector in place, the next Vestry will be deeply involved in developing a process to determine the strategic direction for our parish. What gifts, skills and attributes would you bring to this process? What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret's? (50 words or fewer) I have extensive experience in strategic planning and establishment of goals and objectives for organizations, both during my service in the federal government and with my engagement as a volunteer over the years. I am a history lover and I am passionate about balancing the history and traditions or St. Margaret's with the diverse profile of our parish and our community. I continue to be concerned about our aging facilities and am especially passionate about the preservation of our physical space.

John McCall

Occupation: Organization Development Consultant / Project Manager

1) When did you come to St. Margaret's?

My partner Dan Hicks and I came to St. Margaret's in 1995.

2) What attracted you to St. Margaret's?

* Episcopal church (we were attending another denomination in DC)
* Diverse congregation
* Rich liturgy - not too high, not too low
* Dan and I both felt comfortable

3) What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches?

* Middle-school-age conference chair
* Auditing committee
* Usher
* Choir
* Bell choir
* Rummage sale
* Chair, parish clean-up
* Vestry retreat facilitator
* Consultant to bishop transition committees in 3 dioceses
* Discernment committees
* Search committees for assistant rectors
* Sermon improvement committee
* Building and Grounds committee
* Cook

4) What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission?

* Continue creative, inclusive worship
* Continue opportunities to gather informally as a community
* Improve the appearance and functionality of our buildings
* Use buildings even more for ministry and to assist the community
* Continue to improve access to parking

5) What gifts would you bring to the Vestry, for example in non-profit or church governance or in financial, property and building management?

* Love of Prayer Book and Anglican tradition
* 25+ years as organization development consultant
* Project management experience
* Understanding of building maintenance and improvements (I own and manage 5 apartments)
* Results orientation
* I enjoy working with others to get tasks accomplished

6) What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret's?

Our parish is in a vibrant area of Washington. I love that our ministries attract a diverse community. At the same time, our old buildings have deferred maintenance that we are making progress on. As I approach the opportunity to be reelected to the vestry, I bring an inquisitive, open mind to assist us in functioning even better.


Jane Quenk

Occupation: Program Manager, USPS

1.When did you come to St. Margaret's?

Tracy Lush and I moved to Washington in 1989 to seek fame and fortune and lived in Adam's Morgan. We were looking for a church and walked down to Connecticut Ave - and the rest is history!

2.What attracted you to St. Margaret's? (30 words or fewer)

I am a cradle Episcopalian. So there was the initial attraction of the familiarity and comfort in the church rituals. Also, St. Margaret's welcomed us and gave us jobs to do! We weren't allowed to lurk on the edges.

3.What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? (40 words or fewer)

The first ministry I ever got involved with was the Altar Guild. Over the years I have been blessed to participate in a variety of missions - mostly related to fundraising. For the past three years, I have been involved with our Consecration Sunday efforts as one of the co-chairs.

4.What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission? (40 words or fewer)

I think the core of our vitality is the engagement of our congregation and our welcoming of new members and getting them involved right away. Sustaining this requires listening to new ideas, and balancing the breadth of ministries with a depth of commitment.

5.What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry?(40 words or fewer)

In my current position, I manage a combined program budget of $30M and provide all the reporting and analysis to management team on all those KPIs. So, I know my way around a few spreadsheets. I am also an excellent project manager and great at implementation end execution of ideas.

6.What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret's? (50 words or fewer)

I am really passionate about the new opportunities that wait for us around the corner. Maybe it will be a new, international outreach opportunity or a fantastic community-wide arts program. I am great at implementing and executing new ideas while maintaining the space and support for exiting ministries that are equally vital. I think these are the gifts I can bring to the vestry and am excited about the opportunity to serve.


Dan Sealy

Occupation: Environmental Consultant / Retired National Park Service Ranger

1) When did you come to St. Margaret's? 2001

2) What attracted you to St. Margaret's?
Bryan and I were impressed by the liturgy, the wonderful people, and the active ministries both within the church and outreach to the community. Bryan and I were legally married at St. Margaret's.

3) What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches?

I have enjoyed being part of the Transitional Housing program, trowel committee, PVLM to parishioners who cannot come on Sunday, newcomers welcoming, and outreach to Mary's Center with the family sponsors and the infamous Easter Basket Bonanza which we hope to transition to a Charlie's place activity modeling on Lawrence Ruberl's 2014 Christmas stocking success.

4) What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission?

I believe St. Margaret's is at its best when we are actively engaged in ministry, supportive of our spiritual growth and have fun. The more we engage all parishioners in these as they are able, the stronger we are.

5) What gifts would you bring to the Vestry, for example in non-profit or church governance or in financial, property and building management?

I am a jack of all trades, master of none. However; as chief ranger in parks and director for the Park Service's Center for Urban Ecology, I have supervised large staffs; have been responsible for sizeable budgets and contracts.

6) The next Vestry will be deeply involved in working with the 2016 Committee on the strategic direction for our parish. What gifts, skills and attributes would you bring to this process? What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret's?

I have enjoyed working in a variety of strategic planning efforts from large public efforts in National Parks, to focused planning for non-profits organizations. I listen well, advocate for what I believe is important but try not waste time on second-guessing once a decision is made. (Full disclosure: In a few years, Bryan and I will be moving to our new home in California. I spend a few months a year in CA working for a non-profit conservation organization and speaking at college level environmental policy classes. Thought this takes me away for weeks - months at a time, so far it has not deterred my willingness to help St. Margaret's on the vestry.)

Lucas Trainer

I began coming St. Margaret's a little over three years ago. A friend who is an Episcopal priest in Florida recommended St Margaret's, offering high praise for this community as "one of the best" he has seen in the country. I did not come from a religious background and never attended church growing up. After college, I attended services sporadically at various Episcopal, Catholic, and Presbyterian churches - St. Margaret's was the first community where I felt fully welcomed, enriched, and challenged to put faith into action. In the past three years, I have chaired the Finance Committee, helped streamline back-end processes on the Consecration Sunday team, served on the Discernment Committee for an aspiring clergy member from this community, at Charlie's Place, with a volunteer crew for the Transitional Housing Corporation, and as an occasional Usher. St. Margaret's has helped me ask and wrestle with tough questions in faith. I hope I can contribute back to the community by helping to ask and struggle with questions on fiduciary responsibility and our role in the community. As we think about the next round of Vestry members, it would be especially helpful to get advice and leadership assistance from people who can (1) help the make the building more energy efficient, (2) help the office take advantage of cost- and time-saving information resources, and (3) encourage financial sustainability over the long term by supporting members who would like set up planned giving / legacy gifts. I stand ready, especially, to help the church community consider improvements for information systems or supporting members in exploring charitable bequests.

Anne Yonemura


Ann Yonemura is a Curator (Japanese art) at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.  A member of St. Margaret's since 2008, she says she "chose St. Margaret's for a memorial service for my husband, John Winter, who was English. I had attended one service when and remembered the beauty of the sanctuary."  She then began volunteering for the newcomers ministry, joined the bell choir and potlucks, and regularly bakes bread for communion and serves as an usher, lector, intercessor, and chalicist.  She works in the jewelry department in the annual Rummage Sale and is an EfM graduate.   The vitality of St. Margaret's depends on our working towards "100% participation (small acts add up) in parish life, worship and spiritual growth, and outreach to our community and world. She hopes to help revive and coordinate ministries that engage new members and communicate the messages of St. Margaret's.  Ann brings extensive experience working with non-profits like the Japanese Art Society of America, Japanese American Memorial DC, Triangle Community Garden Land Trust, and Le Bourget Condominium, as well as the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Leadership Circle and as a Wellesley College planned giving representative.  "Having worked on strategic plans at the Smithsonian, I respect the importance of listening and communication. I am most passionate about ensuring that the congregation continues its growth and enrichment by each member's unique gifts, while maintaining our diversity and building a secure financial and physical foundation for the future."
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