I’m a cradle Episcopalian, mom and an attorney. We’ve attended St. David’s for 16 years. I’ve served on Vestry, Finance Committee, Personnel Policy Committee, Diocesan Council and as a lay Eucharistic minister. We support Trinity Center financially as well as volunteering for cold weather shelter. In the Diocese of Texas, I serve on the board and chair the governance committee for El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission and was appointed by the Bishop to serve on the Unity in Mission Task Force. Nationally, I attended the last five General Conventions, the triennial national meeting of the Episcopal Church, and was elected an alternate deputy from the Diocese of Texas. Internationally, my family and I were Canterbury pilgrims last summer. For St. David’s, my short-term goal is to assist the new Rector as he becomes acquainted with us and long term, my goal is increase St. David’s focus on evangelism and outreach particularly in downtown Austin.
Currently, I attend Warm Heart International, Inc., Men’s Group, and other offerings. My past duties have included: Chair, St. David’s Foundation, 2011; Treasurer, St. David’s Foundation, 2007-2010; Treasurer, Warm Heart International, Inc., 2006-2012; Junior Warden, 2002-2003; Vestry 2001-2003; Lay Delegate to Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, 2004-2011; Delegate and Alternate to Diocesan Council, 1994-2011; Diocese of Texas World Mission Board, 2006-Present; and Capital Campaigns, 1996-2000. I was an usher and intercessor for over 20 years. Having represented St. David’s as Diocesan Delegate under three Bishops, I offer experience and understanding of church governance gained while working with diocesan personnel and bishops. My occupation as a consulting civil engineer on water resource projects for over 40 years has enabled me to use my international experience in project and facilities management to assist in the development of project management programs in Malawi, as part of the diocesan companion relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi.
My husband, Kris, and I regularly attend the 9 a.m. service in the Historic Church, but we’re around the building all week. Following the birth of our now five-year-old son, Henry, I began attending Friday Morning Moms, and I have since taken on a leadership role in that group. I participated in, then co-led, the Ministry of Mothers Sharing Journey Group and through that group enjoyed getting to know parishioners from other generations and worship spaces. My two children (we also have George, age 3) have both attended the Day School and are, themselves, very engaged parishioners. They both attend Sunday school, and Kris and I volunteer there and in Children’s Chapel. Kris has led a men’s Bible study, regularly attends Men’s Dinner, and hopes to serve St. David’s as a member of the Vestry. Kris and I served together this year on the Pledge Campaign Committee, where we familiarized ourselves with the behind-the-scenes financial workings of the church. Kris and I met while studying abroad in Strasbourg, France, in college. After school, I worked as an editor at National Geographic Magazine before following Kris to Austin and launching a new chapter of my career as a freelance writer.
I recently completed my DAS at the Seminary of the Southwest. I participate in the St. David’s Men’s Group and am the lay leader for the Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors. As a Eucharistic Visitor, I actively share communion with home- and hospital bound parishioners. Additionally, I lead spiritual formation classes and support the clergy staff in their educational offerings to the parish. I am Co-Chaplain to the Christian Journey group for newcomers and those who desire to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed. I co-founded the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship in the Diocese of Texas and am the Chaplain to the Veterans Guitar Project.
My background includes 30 years of experience with the US Army, with significant experience in community-focused missions in underdeveloped countries, directing and managing medical, veterinary, engineering, and educational teams of specialists, as well as collection and processing of data. I hold advanced degrees in historical theological studies (MDiv, DMin), have taught graduate level classes at a DoE approved/CHEA listed Lutheran Seminary, ordained Lutheran Minister, hold a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MSLIS), and was an academic librarian and library director at a Lutheran Seminary. I also hold a post-grad degree in historical research methodology (PCRP Macquarie University). For several years I was a pastoral counselor to several dozen Black American pastors associated with the WHW conference based in Los Angeles and served as an assistant pastor for several years at a large inner city church.