Assistant Director Day School and Childcare
Yvette has been with St. David’s Church and Day School from the year 2000 to present. She began working in Church childcare and later became the Lead Teacher for the Toddler II class. She continued to move with her class as they became older and remained as the four-year-old teacher for three years. In 2004, she became the Assistant Director for the Day School and the Assistant Director for Childcare in 2007. Yvette worked in Dallas and Austin before coming to St. David’s
She has a B. S. in International Economics from Texas Tech University with hours in early childhood. Yvette is married to Michael and they have one daughter who attended St David’s and now attends St. Austin’s Catholic School. Yvette has a genuine love for children and looks forward to creating a special place for children to love and build fond memories of St David’s.
Mary Ashton joined the St. David’s Family in 2010 after living on the East Coast for most of her life. In addition to assisting program and administrative staff, Mary directs the Youth Choir. Mary received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She taught high school choir in Virginia for a couple of years before moving to Austin to spend more time pursuing her own music career. Mary sings with the Parish and Compline Choirs at St. David’s. She has performed at Carnegie Hall with conductor Robert Spano and has toured Europe with several different choirs. Mary is currently discovering her new love for musical theater after being cast in the ensemble of the Sound of Music with Zilker Theater Productions.
Volunteer Accounting Assistant
Frank was born in Houston and spent most of his life there. After graduating from college he was involved in education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Along the way, he became a CPA and worked as the controller for an oil-field equipment company. What that venture was sold, he went back to teaching and taught computer programming until he retired.
In 1994 he moved to Johnson City and became a St. David’s parishioner. Since 2000, he has volunteered doing accounting work at St. David’s, doing accounting for the Holy Grounds, the garage, hospitality, and the Foundation. You will see him most Sunday’s singing in the choir.
He enjoys travel, working in the yard, and has a rather extensive model railroad.
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Director of Community Engagement
After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Diana Dawson embarked on two-decade career as a newspaper reporter covering social issues nationwide. As she wrote stories of crack addicts, homeless teenagers, and the struggling elderly, she imagined what it would be like to spend every day doing practical things to help them. In 2012, that brought her to her job at St. David’s, where she essentially plays matchmaker between parishioners service opportunities. She has done freelance writing in recent years for Austin Monthly magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune and, for 17 years, has taught journalism at the University of Texas. Diana is married to Osler McCarthy. They have two children, Gabriel and Grace.
Fernando has been a Sexton at St. David’s for almost four years. He particularly helps in the kitchen as we seek to maintain clean and beautiful facilities. Prior to working at St. David’s, Fernando worked as a Sexton at the Headliners Club in downtown Austin for five years. Fernando is from Tampico, Mexico where his two grown sons now live. When not at work, Fernando enjoys watching action movies and cooking Mexican food.
Josh was raised in Austin and graduated from the American Youthworks’ Charter School. Prior to coming to St. David’s, Josh worked for his mother’s company, Bea’s Cleaning Service. Josh came to St. David’s by way of his long-time friend, St. David’s own Richie Martinez. Josh enjoys St. David’s welcoming environment and the friendly people who frequent the church. When he’s not working, you can usually find him either working out at the gym or listening to music. Josh also enjoys watching sports. His favorite professional teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.
Director of Childcare & Head of St. David’s Episcopal School
Laura Lancaster Faulk is a long-time Austin resident. She and her husband have been parishioners at St. David’s for more than 20 years. During her time at St. David’s, Laura has been involved in many different aspects of the church including the Children’s Ministry Vestry, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Foyers Groups, and various Bible Studies. Laura graduated from Southwestern University, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. After taking time off to stay home with children, she began working with the Day School in 1998 and became the Head of School in 2003. Laura also coordinates Church Childcare. Her goal is to create a welcome and safe space for all children whether in Day School or Church Childcare.
Lori joined the St. David’s team while she was compleing her CPE internship in 2011. Since that time she has worked as a receptionist at the front desk and a Barista in Holy Grounds. Now she is fully engaged and enjoying her full-time placement as Event Coordinator. Her outlook on this position is that, “Hospitality is truly the foundation for all other ministries.” In addition to her current role, Lori also teaches the Wednesday Evening Bible Study. Having been raised in the Episcopal Church, coming to St. David’s has been like returning ‘home’.
Lori has a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as well as a BS in Business Administration. She is currently in the discernment process seeking ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Director of Newcomers and Evangelism
Jennifer Gerber joined the St. David’s parish family in 2004 after moving to Austin from Washington, DC, following numerous state and federal government positions. She has a degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University. Jennifer joined the St. David’s staff in the Spring of 2011 as the Director of Newcomers and Evangelism and enjoys sharing St. David’s welcoming spirit with newcomers. She is married to Mike and they have two young daughters (a.k.a. future Aggies!)
Barista at Holy Grounds Café
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Hospitality Ministry Staff
Barbara Grove first became a member of St. David’s in the early 1960s, but moved to Dallas in 1963. Barbara spent the next 22 years as a professional orchestral musician, and she returned to Austin and St. David’s in 1985. She joined the staff of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1988, ultimately serving as Director of Visitor Services for nine years. After retirement in 2003, she began volunteering for Chef Ray in Café Divine. Barbara joined the Hospitality Ministry staff in October 2008. Barbara has a long involvement with the Downtown Austin Alliance and local arts groups, and she champions environmental causes in her spare time. She has three grown children – Mark, Kevin and Claudia – and three beautiful grandchildren!
Peter Hahn joined the St. David’s parish family in 2001 after moving to Austin from a teaching assignment in Taiwan. Prior to that time he had a 24 year career as a boarding school master in New Jersey. Peter became the St. David’s Administrative Assistant at Christmas 2008 and may be seen greeting parishioners and visitors at the Reception Desk. Along with other responsibilities, he coordinates the schedules of the receptionists, orders supplies and schedules venues for many of the events that occur at the church. He loves the constant interaction with staff, visitors, and parishioners as well as the highly energetic atmosphere that comes with the serious spiritual and social commitment of this church family. Simply stated, Peter is having a great time.
Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation
Rebecca Hall joined the St. David’s staff in April 2007. She has a degree in International Studies/Romance Languages from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She has lived, studied, and traveled in Mexico, Colombia, and various parts of Central America. Although originally from Vermont, Rebecca has been in Austin since 1995, and at St. David’s since 2003. Rebecca is a student at Seminary of the Southwest working toward a Masters in Spiritual Formation and will graduate in 2015. She periodically consults with other churches on how to integrate small group ministry and other adult formation programs into the life of an Episcopal parish. Rebecca has two children, Adam and Jonas.
Organist and Associate Director of Music
Austin Haller was pleased to join the St. David’s staff in 2007. His responsibilities include playing for worship services, organizing the many seasonal and other concerts of the parish, and conducting the St. David’s Singers. He has previously served as organist at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church and St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, both in Austin. He has performed with many local ensembles, including the Austin Symphony, the University of Texas Concert Chorale, and the Austin Children’s Choir; and he has been heard as a recitalist in Texas, Colorado, Montana, and South Carolina. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
Austin also serves as music director of regional theatre productions, having conducted and played with such groups as TexArts, Zilker Theatre Productions, Austin Musical Theatre, St. Edward’s University, and Zachary Scott Theatre (including B. Iden Payne nomination for Music Direction). His jazz performances with singer Kara Bliss and band can be seen regularly at a variety of Central Texas venues. He has also worked in politics in Washington, D.C.
Design and Production Coordinator
Katie Keenan joined the St. David’s staff in May 2008. She has a degree in Sociology with a minor in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and over 12 years experience in graphic design and marketing. Before joining the St. David’s staff, Katie designed and produced websites as an independent contractor. She also gained print and web design experience working in the Marketing Department of Sage Nonprofit Solutions.
Katie enjoys the welcoming and engaging spiritual atmosphere at St. David’s Church. She also enjoys yoga, swimming and the Town Lake Trail. Katie is married to Nick Mehl and they have two children.
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Director of Stewardship
Lara Lowman joined the staff as the Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving in August 2011. Her fundraising experience includes serving as the Director of Stewardship and Communications for the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta where she coordinated the annual fund, capital campaign and endowment in addition to managing the weekly newsletter, website and other external communications. She has also worked in the development offices of St. Mark’s School in Dallas, Abington Friends School near Philadelphia, The Blake School in Minneapolis, and The Lovett School in Atlanta. She has worked as a fundraising and marketing communications consultant for a variety of non-profit and corporate clients in Austin and throughout the country as well. Lara is a parishioner of St. David’s.
Minister for Young Adults and Pastoral Care
Amy Moehnke joined the St. David’s team in May 2008 as Director of Young Adult Ministries. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Amy moved to Austin in August 2005 to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and graduated in May 2008. Amy received her undergraduate degree in Religion and Psychology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in May 1995. Amy has worked in various churches all her adult life doing youth, college and young adult ministry. She is passionate about her red-haired daughter, Hannah, studying and teaching the Bible, designing liturgy, running, reading, eating good food, and drinking good coffee.
Terry is a long-time member of St. David’s, having joined when he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Prior to joining the staff in the summer of 2007, he had a career in IT, having worked for the public and private sector, and starting 3 successful companies. Since 1999, he worked as a management consultant, helping small businesses plan and deploy IT and telecommunications networks.
Terry has served on many charity and non-profit boards, including St. David’s Vestry. His primary focus as a volunteer at St. David’s has been the integration of the church into the downtown neighborhood. With the growth in the number of residences in the center city, the role of the church is changing from that of an historic church to that of a neighborhood parish. Terry has spent the last few years working both inside the church and inside the various downtown organizations to make that transition successful. As Parish Administrator, he is working to restructure the church’s business model to meet the challenges the growing downtown community will present.
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Nancy came to St. David’s in the fall of 2003 as a temporary accountant and ended up becoming a permanent employee. The church was so welcoming that she also became a member. Nancy comes to us from northern California, and she’s pleased to be able to continue her California hobbies of camping and horseback riding in the Austin area.
Currently living in Elgin with her two horses, three big dogs she rescued from various sources and one cat. She has shown horses since she was nine years old and competes now as often as possible. The outdoors is where she’s most comfortable, even in the summer heat. She is on the board of Warm Heart International, Inc., an organization that raises money to build wells, send medical supplies, books and money for micro loans to Southern Malawi.
Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel
Director of Special Events
Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel came to St. David’s in January 2008. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Lisa has a family history of catering and food management. Her parents owned a small restaurant and ran a wedding catering business on the side.
After living in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 8 years, Lisa and her husband, Paul, moved to Austin in 1997. Lisa graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a B.B.A. in Finance. Prior to joining the St. David’s staff, Lisa was the Development Director of Literacy Austin, where she oversaw all aspects of fundraising, including donor relations and solicitations, grant writing, and event planning.
Lisa has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, the Texas Book Festival and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her primary responsibilities at St. David’s are to bring outside business and non-profit events into our facility.
Lisa enjoys live music, traveling and all kinds of animals.
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Café Divine Sous Chef
Anna joined the St. David’s staff in August 2012. A native of Fort Worth, Anna has lived in Austin since 1985. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism and worked for 10 years in the graphic design field. She became a member of St. David’s in 2000 and began volunteering in the kitchen shortly after that. Her volunteer work at St. David’s prompted her to enroll in culinary school and become a professional chef. She has cooked for catering companies and private schools, in addition to operating her own small catering business. Anna has a son and a daughter, Sinclair and Fiona. She enjoys spending time with her children, live music, the outdoors, and traveling.
Executive Assistant to the Rector
Catherine Roberts is originally from Orlando, Florida and made her way to Austin via Alabama. Catherine is married to Paul Brownell, and they have a son – Nathan Hugh Brownell. Catherine graduated from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama with a degree in Computer Science and Marketing. She has worked primarily in customer service in the computer industry, holding jobs with Intergraph Corporation, BMC Software and the City of Austin.
Catherine previously served St. David’s as Stewardship Director and Wedding Coordinator before becoming Executive Assistant to the Rector.
Director of Communications
Jeanie Sablatura became a member of St. David’s in 1996. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism, she moved to Sherman, Texas to begin her television reporting career. In 2000, she came home to Austin to continue her career at KVUE News.
Once back home, Jeanie began teaching Sunday school at St. David’s, where she learned the younger faces of the church long before the adult ones! Jeanie joined the staff at St. David’s in 2008 as the Director of Communications. She brings with her 10 years experience as a television news reporter and three years as Sr. Vice President of Communications at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Jeanie has two daughters, Lily and Sophie. Family time includes enjoying the outdoors and all that this great city has to offer!
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Director of Music
David Stevens has served St. David’s Parish as Director of Music since August 1990. Dr. Stevens hales from Palestine, Texas and received degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Texas, Austin. Along with his responsibilities at St. David’s, he sings in the Oregon Bach Festival’s professional chorus, enjoys a solo conducting and singing career, teaches voice, and serves on the Diocese of Texas’ Commission on Music. David and his wife have made their home in Austin for 21 years and have three children: Andrew, Alex, and Alyssa.
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Director of Retail Services
Heidi Trevithick graduated with a degree in History from the University of Texas. After graduating college, she decided there was no place better to start a life with her husband, Sean, than Austin, Texas. Heidi joined the St. David’s staff in January 2007 and currently oversees the St. David’s Parking Garage and Holy Grounds as the Director of Retail Services. Heidi has two young children, Dahlia and Oliver.
Director of Hospitality Ministries
Chef Ray comes to St. David’s with years of culinary experience. Working in the foodservice trade since he was 15 years old, Chef Ray has cut a lot of chicken and made gallons and gallons of soup. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, he understands the finer points of the culinary arts. Prior to coming to Saint David’s, he spent 2 years selling groceries for US Foodservice in Austin. There, he gained much experience in disposable goods, heat and serve foods and getting the most out of a dollar’s worth of food. If you have a troubling culinary question or need some advice, give him a call at 472-1196.
Director of Children’s Formation
Amanda Wischkaemper joined the staff of St. David’s as Director of Children’s Formation in April 2013. Prior to being called to Austin, she served as Pastor for Children’s Ministries at St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla, California for six years. A lifelong Episcopalian, Amanda was mentored by the late Rev. Lawrence Waddy, whose Bible Drama ministry led her to a career as a professional actor and theatre educator. Years later, Father Waddy inspired her to pursue work in children’s ministry.
Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to teach our youngest parishioners the value and beauty of our liturgy, nurture and develop their innate spirituality and creativity, and incorporate drama, imagination, and play into our programs.
Amanda received her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, AB in Theatre from Davidson College, and completed coursework for an MA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University. She is married to Mark, a professional singer and soon-to-be-certified personal fitness trainer. They live in South Austin with Louie and Nate, their two very silly dogs.
Director of Music for Bethell
Mark Wischkaemper was already involved in church music when he graduated from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University with a degree in Music Theory. After serving as baritone section leader at St. Michael’s All Angels in Dallas, he moved back to his native California and helped lead the choir at a small Lutheran church on the giant Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. His next opportunity came at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, where he served, sang, and worshipped for six years (and where he met and married Amanda!). Mark brings a passion for new ways of looking at worship and using music to deepen our spiritual experiences.
In addition to serving St. David’s, Mark is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, plays mandolin in Songfest, and sings basically any chance he gets. He fell in love with Austin very quickly and enjoys exploring it with Amanda and their three dogs Nate, Louie, and Luna.