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 to 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.
Diocesan Council Representative
I’ve been a member of St. David’s off and on for most of my life. I grew up here: VBS, youth group, and the family service formed the basis of my faith, and St. David’s itself became a very real part of my identity. My husband, Jon, and I were active in EYC and diocesan youth activities together and were married here. Professionally, I have worked in youth ministry and lifelong formation both at the parish and diocesan levels. I interned in youth ministry here at St. David’s, then served as Jr. High Youth Minister at St. Martin’s, Houston. I served in the diocesan offices of both Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and Lifelong Christian Formation, where I provided resources and support to parish ministers. These days I’m home with my three kids – Cadence (8), Adelaide (6), and Ainsley (4) – and enjoy sharing life over coffee and breakfast tacos, overblown craft projects, and good Instagram captions.
When we returned to Austin seven years ago, I found a deep community with the Friday Morning Moms group, and St. David’s was once again home. My older daughters attended preschool here, and are now active in Children’s Choir (the littlest is SO UPSET that she’s not old enough yet!). Some years I’ve led youth formation and confirmation classes, and I’m currently one of the rotating leaders of 9 a.m. Children’s Chapel. You can often find me sewing costumes for the children’s musical, or running overly ambitious art projects for VBS. In previous years I’ve helped run a summer camp at Camp Allen, and I hope to be back when my kids are a bit older. I’m also involved in the newly formed Rosalums group for Camp Allen alumni. Volunteering with General Convention this summer was fascinating and fun- I even found myself there when I wasn’t volunteering, as I worked with friends on the Episcopal Herald online magazine.
When I’m not at church, I’m active in our elementary school PTA where I chair the committees for a large community event and facilitate tie-dyeing the class t-shirts. My big girls and I are active in their Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout troops. In the summers I help with costuming for a performing arts camp.
I care deeply about faith formation and building strong faith communities for our children and families. I also have a real love and appreciation for our diocese and the larger church beyond our parish. I would be honored to serve as a diocesan representative, to assist in the ongoing work of building relationships between our diverse parishes, and between the Episcopal Church and the world.
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.