The Vestry Nominating Committee has submitted to the Vestry the following slate of Parish Members who are eligible and willing to serve three-year terms as Vestry Members to take the place of those Vestry Members whose terms will expire at the January 2016 Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday, January 27:
Vince has been a member of St. Margaret’s since 2013. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical/Chemical Physics from the University of Florida with advanced graduate study in electrical and computer engineering. He also worked for Proctor & Gamble, Zonics Corp. and owned a computer store, Intelligent Devices. He has authored 3 textbooks and numerous journal articles and conference proceedings.
Vince served as chair of the Stewardship Committee at SMEC in 2014. At St. Stephen’s Church in Longmont , CO, he served as Usher, Chalicebearer, Lay Reader, Vestry Member, and Senior Warden. He also served as Chair of the Metro. Assoc. Religious Coalition in Cincinnati and was on the Cincinnati Cable Communications Board and Hamilton County Cable Board.
Candidate’s Statement: I am a relative newcomer to St. Margaret’s (2 ½ years). I was asked to chair last year’s Stewardship Campaign, and in that process I learned a lot about St. Margaret’s finances and infrastructure, staff, and a number of members in the congregation.
In our former church, St. Stephen’s in Longmont, CO, I served in many capacities as listed in my profile. In addition I authored usher and chalice manuals as well as a 38 page Ministry Brochure to acquaint the congregation with the ministries of the church. I realize the needs, opportunities and challenges of St. Margaret’s are of a different magnitude as a church with more than twice the membership and has a great swing of attendance from winter to summer.
I bring skills in written and oral communication. I work well with others and take my responsibilities seriously. I am told I have skills in development systems and processes. As Professor Emeritus in Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, I am comfortable with technology and tend to eschew theoretical solutions in favor of practical, doable ones. I have skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Lightroom and others.
Robin has attended St. Margaret’s for 6 years. She primarily attends the 8:00 service and serves as Eucharistic Minister and Reader for that service. Robin is a cradle Episcopalian and was very active at St. Timothy’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving as Eucharistic Minister and Reader there. She was asked to be on the Vestry at St. Timothy’s before moving west. She is recently retired after 40+ years in banking with Security Pacific Bank (Bank of America) and U. S. Bank. She was one of the highest ranked women in banking and reported to the CEO for 17 years. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Retail School of Banking at the University of Virginia.
Robin has served on United Way Boards in Cincinnati and Los Angeles, American Red Cross Los Angeles and was President of the Junior League of Los Angeles. She served as President of the Junior Arts Center, the Friends of the Library and the Las Madrinas Support Group of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as well as the Seven Hills School Parent Assn. She was also a Stanford University fundraiser.
Candidate’s Statement: I want to help my beloved church in any way I can. I am a cradle to grave Episcopalian ( 3rd generation) starting with St. James in Los Angeles. I have a skill set that can be helpful including financial leadership and people skills. I can be a good volunteer as well as a decision maker or leader. I am a breast and colon stage 4 cancer survivor. I had an 8% chance of survival. I now help others navigate their cancer journey. My church prayed me to good health!
Jan has attended St. Margaret’s since 2010 and has participated in ministry through the Compassion and Justice Committee, Stewardship Committee, and Education for Ministry. She primarily attends the 10:00 service.
Professionally, she has held a variety of positions for 36 years in the banking industry, primarily in the business banking area. Currently she is the Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Manager for the West Coast Division of Business Banking for US Bank. Additionally, she has taught business and finance classes as an adjunct for two colleges.
Jan has also volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement, YWCA , STAR ( Sexual Assault Center in Anchorage), Whitworth University and Eastern Washington State University advisory boards. She was appointed to be the US Private Sector Co-Chair for an organization that promotes economic growth for NW US and Canada (PNWER).
Candidate’s Statement: St. Margaret’s has become such an important part of my life that I would be honored to serve on the Vestry. I believe I can contribute to the Vestry by utilizing my finance background to help promote financial sustainability. In addition, my leadership experience may add some depth to the Vestry’s visionary process. I would like SMEC to be known as “the church that is known for making a difference!”
David was first elected to replace Curt Gettis on the Vestry in February 2015. Because his service is less than one year, he is eligible for nomination for a full three-year term at the annual meeting.
David has been a member of St. Margaret’s since 2013. He grew up in a non-denominational church in Tucson, Arizona, where his father is a pastor. He moved to the Coachella Valley in 2009, after accepting a position with the United States Border Patrol. In 2011, he was introduced to St. Margaret’s by his wife, Jacqueline. David also has an 18-month-old daughter, Kiera, who was baptized here summer 2014.