Vestry

The vestry is the church’s “Board of Directors” and includes a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Clerk. There are 15 parishioners on the Vestry, each serving staggered three-year terms. Five new members are elected at the Annual Parish Meeting each January. Vestry candidates must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled confirmed communicants in good standing of the parish.

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2019 Vestry

Doug Bell

Doug has been a member of St. David’s since 1991. He is a life-long Episcopalian. He served 2 vestry terms at St. Mark’s in San Antonio.  He was a member of the St. David’s vestry in the mid-1990s.  This is his fourth time to serve on a vestry.  Doug’s passion is outreach.  He has been credited with being the founder of Trinity Center.  His occupation has always been civil engineering for municipal and industrial projects.  He has 52 years of experience as an engineer.  Currently, he is semi-retired serving as a consultant for construction lawsuits.  That gives him plenty of time to volunteer for work at St. David’s.  He also is a member of the Stewardship Committee.

Christine Burdell – Clerk

Christine first came to St. David’s in the fall of 2015 and found it to be such a welcoming and active community that she soon became involved with the Women’s Group, the Bedtime Story Brigade, Foyers, the Day of Service Project, Journey Groups, and the Crossings group. Christine joined the communications committee for the Women’s Group and greatly enjoyed sharing information and encouraging other women to join in fellowship and learning. Christine attends the 9 a.m. Historic service and adult formation classes afterward.

Christine served in marketing positions at publisher Atlantic Information Services and National Geographic Television.  She worked at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin since January 2005, serving in a series of marketing and event planning roles and earning a Master of Arts degree in Human Dimensions of Organizations from UT in 2014. In 2016, she became the business school Director of Alumni and Donor Services and oversees a number of alumni relations initiatives for the Development and External Relations Office and the Dean’s Office including reunions, conferences, boards, committees, mentorship activities, and the annual Hall of Fame Gala.

Christine felt called by God to serve on the Vestry in 2018 because, “St. David’s has become my most meaningful connection to fellowship, spiritual formation, and worship.”

Linda Gebhard

Linda has been a member of St. David’s most of her life. Linda has served in several ministries including Warm Heart International (as a board member), Stewardship Committee, Altar Guild, Trinity Center, Outreach committee for Simple Gifts, Habitat for Humanity builds, the Young Adult Program, and EYC. Linda regularly attends St. David’s groups such as Foyers, Adult Formation, and Crossings. Linda has brought her skills working for Apple, Inc. in service to St. David’s as a member of the vestry since 2018.

Christine Gorychka – Treasurer

My husband, Gordon, and I have been members of St. David’s for over 40 years, and baptized and raised both of our children in the church. As “regulars” through the years, we have attended various services and lecture series. Currently Gordon and I participate in and host Prime Timers get-togethers and recently joined a Foyers group. What began as greeting once a month at the 9:00 service and other special services eventually evolved into coordinating the Greeting Ministry the last five years.

A graduate of Iowa State University, I earned a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Professionally, my life has been challenging, fulfilling, and fun, and I was fortunate to work in Pflugerville ISD and Eanes ISD. I loved teaching reading and writing to middle and high school students (the reluctant as well as the brainy), built a creative writing program, and teamed with other teachers and administrators. With experience teaching Advanced Placement, transitioning into a position at the College Board was an exciting change. Traveling across a four-state region, I coordinated AP conferences and provided other College Board services to school districts. Currently I am working in the Department of Education at UT for a group called IPSI – the Institute for Public School Initiatives. As a project editor, I work with my team in creating online English/Language Arts lessons available free of charge to secondary students across the state of Texas.

Throughout my career, I have delivered professional development at various local, state, and national meetings with the goal to improve teacher education and ultimately student learning. I chaired the English departments at Pflugerville High School and Westlake High School, and served as president of the Pflugerville Education Association and Eanes Education Association. I have also volunteered at the Westbank Community Library and served on the library’s board of directors. A participant/sponsor at the Children’s Bereavement Center in San Antonio, I donate my time and dollars in support of the center.

I love opening the doors of St. David’s to visitors and parishioners on Sunday mornings and during special holiday services. It’s wonderful to welcome and smile at friends I know and to meet new faces as well. Now, God must be opening the doors of St. David’s to me, calling me to serve in another capacity. Ever the team player, I think I can share a voice of experience as well as a life-long learner’s vision as St. David’s moves forward with its mission. I have served on the Vestry since 2017.

Scott Hendrix

St. David’s has been many positive things to me since I joined the parish in 1998. Though I’m a cradle Episcopalian, having been baptized at St. Luke’s on the Lake and confirmed at Good Shepherd in Austin, a career change that year, and a return to my hometown left me seeking a new experience in my faith. I found that experience here. I met Marsha, my wife of now 16 years, here. Both of our daughters were baptized here and among their Godparents are dear friends who also worship here. I quickly immersed myself in the life of our parish, joined the Young Adults and volunteered as an usher at the 9 a.m. Historic service. Though I no longer consider myself a ‘young’ adult, I still proudly serve as an usher team captain, volunteer regularly in Café Devine, and participate in Adult Formation Groups, and the Men’s Group. I also participate in the Men’s Group Retreat. My own family and I are now regular participants in the 9:15 Bethel Hall service where I am frequently a lay reader or Eucharistic Minister. Marsha has served as a Sunday school teacher and we hope our daughters will continue to grow into their own faith journeys here. I have also served on the St. David’s Vestry during a time of transition in 2001-2003. When I first served, Jim Bethel announced his retirement as rector. I served side-by-side with the Rev. Tom Bowers during his year as interim-rector, and participated in the Vestry’s call of Father David Boyd the following year. Professionally, my career in finance and investing will equip me to better understand the stewardship of our parish’s resources, budget, and endowment. I have served on numerous nonprofit boards, and am currently on the Board of the Austin Founder Lions Club. I was elected to the Vestry in 2017.

Jennifer Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

I have attended St. David’s since 2014, when my family moved to Austin from Berkeley, California. We primarily attend the 9:00 am service in the historic church, although we occasionally join the 9:15 Bethell service as well. I sing with the St. David’s Singers, and I am a Safeguarding God’s People trainer for St. David’s. My involvement at St. David’s has also largely been with my children, so I am always at church on Wednesday nights for children’s choir and Middle School EYC.

I have a Master of Divinity, although I chose not to pursue ordination, and I have always had an interest in the theology and history behind decisions about worship and other aspects of church life. I currently work as Office Administrator at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Much of my career has been spent in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly in doing education with churches and other community organizations. I believe that my experience with the issue of violence against women gives me insight into issues of power and control which can arise in a wide variety of other settings, including churches. I hope to be able to bring this insight, and a willingness to name and, if necessary, challenge existing power structures in my work with the Vestry.

Sarah Kapostasy

I feel incredibly lucky to have found St. David’s while church shopping as a newcomer to Austin in 2006. Participating in journey groups, connecting with members of the GLEE fellowship and young adult ministry, and worshipping in the Historic Sanctuary all let me know I had found a spiritual home. My life has been greatly enriched by giving back to this community at various points in time as part of the newcomer’s ministry, a member of the GLEE steering committee, trainer for Safeguarding God’s People, volunteer assistant with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and as a journey group leader. The St. David’s community has witnessed important moments in the life of my family. My favorite photograph of all time is standing with my partner, Mel, in Grace Chapel and getting legally married in 2015 with our daughter Hadley by our side. People in this community have witnessed Hadley grow from an infant receiving baptism to an active presence in Bethel Hall.

I graduated from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest with a Master of Arts in Counseling and I’m currently a licensed professional counselor in Texas. I serve as the Clinical Director of Out Youth, an organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ folks in Central Texas. As the director, I seek to extend hospitality to all who seek our support. This hospitality is central to my experience of St. David’s, and something I hope to extend to all who seek a spiritual home here.

Alex Knapp

Alex is an attorney practices patent law at a local boutique law firm in Westlake and lives close to downtown, in Travis Heights.

Alex moved to Austin and started attending St. David’s shortly after graduating from Baylor Law School in 2013. At St. David’s he has been active in the Sunday Men’s Bible Study Group and attended the Annual Men’s Retreat. Alex was an acolyte, participated in EYC, and attended annual summer camp at Camp Allen.

Alex is active in the “Friends of the House” young professionals group of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and was selected to serve on the Friends of the House Leadership Council for 2017. Alex is also part of a cook team that prepares meals for guests of the Ronald Mc Donald house at Dell Children’s Hospital. Additionally, he is a member of the Lee Yeakel IP Inn of Court, the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Austin Young Lawyers group of the Austin Bar Association.

Alex has served on the St. David’s vestry since 2018.

Eric P. Malnassy

Eric has been a member of St. David’s for over 20 years. Eric and his wife Misty were married at St. David’s in 2004. They have both served as ushers at the 11:15 service in the Historic Church. Eric served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. Eric has assisted with multiple annual Stewardship campaigns. Eric was a member of the Young Adult Leadership Team. He currently enjoy regular fellowship with the monthly Men’s Dinner.

Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2001, he has worked for HCA, which is the parent company that owns the St. David’s Healthcare Partnership hospitals here in Austin in the Process Improvement Division.

Eric and Misty have voluneteered for Trinity Streets and El Buen Samaritano. Eric served as a volunteer on the non-profit board for Six One Seven Foundation, which provides services and regular meeting spaces to Austin’s addiction recovery community.

Eric believes his spiritual growth here at St. David’s has led him to this calling of service to our parish and has served on the St. David’s vestry since 2018.

Kari Moore – Sr. Warden

I am an attorney with the Texas Department of Transportation, where I specialize in contract and real estate law. I began attending St. David’s as an undergraduate student at UT. My husband, Charlie, and I were married at St. David’s. Our two children, Ryan and Avery, were baptized here and are part of the wonderful Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program.

My family attends the 9:15 a.m. Bethell Family Service, where I serve in the music group. I am a member of the St. David’s Singers, an assistant in children’s Sunday School, and a mentor for elementary students through St. David’s Kids Hope program.  I am so proud serve on the Vestry, to be part of this wonderful community that is truly filled with Christ’s love, and honored to continue serving our parish.

Martha Newton

I am a life-long Episcopalian, and I have been a member of St. David’s since 2008. In the last ten years, I have participated in many journey groups, volunteered at the Trinity Center, and served on committees supporting the church’s stewardship efforts. As a long-time and committed downtown resident, I feel called to support St. David’s mission of being the face of Christ in downtown Austin.

I work as an attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas, which is Texas’s court of last resort for civil cases. I work directly for the Chief Justice, who serves as the head of the State’s judicial system. I am involved in both the law side—drafting legal opinions—and the administrative or policy side of the Court’s work. On the administrative and policy side, I have been involved in the Court’s projects to make the rules that govern lawyers and legal practice, as well as the Court’s projects to improve access to the judicial system for all Texans, particularly the poor. I interact daily with elected officials and have broad public-speaking experience. If my professional skills can be of some use to the vestry, then I would be honored to serve.

The other hat I wear is that of an athlete. I am an ultramarathon-distance trail runner who enjoys racing both locally and internationally. If I’m not working or churching, chances are high that I am running, eating, or sleeping! I also have four nieces under the age of four that I delight in spending time with.

Lee Parker

My family and I moved to Austin in June of 2007 and joined St. David’s later that summer. We were drawn to the parish by the sense of mission we felt here. Since that time, I have participated in a number of journey groups including leading one of the Lenten groups we did as an entire parish on spiritual disciplines. I also served as an adult counselor on the many Youth mission trips to New Orleans. For the past 5 years, I have been a co-chair and member of the Stewardship Committee. One of my favorite activities recently has been participating in the ramp building projects the church has been sponsoring. Outside of the church, I am a member of the Austin Rowing Club, father of an active teen, and participant in Austin’s active running community.

I received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2001 and a Masters of Divinity with a focus on Anglican Studies from Iliff School of Theology in 2005. During my years in school and immediately following my graduate program, I worked in the IT profession as a network and systems administrator. Since moving to Austin, I have been working as a software engineer for a company that began as a small startup and has now grown well beyond that title.  My work has taught me to look at the big picture of how lots of complex parts work together to form a cohesive system.

St. David’s has been a meaningful part of the life of our family for the past 11 years. It has supported us, helped us to grow as people of faith, and provided opportunities for us to live out our calling to serve the world around us. I feel called to serve as a member of the Vestry to further support the ministries of this church.

Joy Harris Philpott

My current roles at Saint David’s are as a lector at the 11:15 service in the Historic sanctuary and as a driver for Winn (16) and, especially, Tate (14) to youth group and choir.  Because middle school youth meets on Wednesday nights, the small groups in which I’ve taken part over the past two years have also been on Wednesday nights—this includes the Lenten study group in 2017 and the Way of Discipleship group in the fall of 2018.  I was also among the large contingent of St. David’s folks playing host at General Convention this past summer; in that capacity, I spent several days serving as a volunteer supervisor in the House of Bishops.

Prior to my own children becoming youth, I served as a youth Sunday school teacher and as a confirmation leader.  I completed all four years of Education for Ministry (EfM) and then facilitated the class for two years.  I was a regular at the women’s group and on women’s retreats for a few years.

My occupation is as a public school administrator.  After teaching (history and English) for 13 years, I’ve served as an administrator at both campus and district levels for the last 12 years.  Through this work, I’ve developed skills in budgeting and in short term and long-range planning.  Perhaps my greatest skill lies in working with groups of people to share ideas to build plans together.

I feel that these listening, facilitation, and planning skills could be of use on the Vestry.  I do believe that we’re called to use whatever skill set we have in service to God and to others.

Martha Salazar

Martha has been an active member of St. David’s Church now for over twenty years. Through the years she has participated in small groups, programs, and activities. Martha has planned the Women’s Retreat, led Altar guild teams, sung in the choir, participated in the Days of Service, and experience spiritual formation in journey groups, pastoral care, and regular worship.

Martha is active in Women’s Group, Altar guild, St. Agnes guild, foyer’s, St. David’s singers, HOMiES, and Kid’s Hope USA mentoring at Travis Heights Elementary School.

Martha has served on the St. David’s vestry, in the finance committee, and acted as a liaison to the grants committee.

Mav Turner – Jr. Warden

Mav completed Education for Ministry (EfM) in 2009. Mav and his wife have served together as ushers at the 11:15 a.m. Historic Sanctuary service for almost 10 years.

Mav has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Applied Mathematics. He is the Senior Director of Product Management for software company SolarWinds, leading a large team of senior professionals.

Mav and his family support many community groups such as, The Paramount Theater, ZACH Theatre, and Ballet Austin and are involved in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association.

Mav was called to serve on the Vestry since 2017. His greatest joy is that his daughter is a 5th generation parishioner at St. David’s.