The Vestry is elected by the parish membership to provide lay leadership in the administration and finances of the parish. There are normally twelve members of the Vestry, led by a Senior Warden and Junior Warden. The Senior Warden is named by the Rector, while the Junior Warden is elected by the Vestry itself. The term of Vestry service is three years.
Class of 2019
Jamie Balducci and her family have been attending Epiphany since October of 2011. Jamie and her husband, Anthony, have been singing in the choir since their first week. Their daughter Sofia is enjoying her first year as a chorister, and their son Nico is an active member of the Sunday School crowd. During the week, she is a Business Intelligence Analyst at Group Health Cooperative turning data from the healthcare systems into information that leaders can use to make decisions. Jamie has served as a Delegate to our Regional Convention, and has been a member of Diocesean Council for two years. Jamie has also been involved in Summer camping trips, Middle School Youth Group, Small Groups, and All Thread’s Together, as time allows.
Sherman Griffin is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of Epiphany since 2010. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Sherman grew up at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral and St. Luke’s Parish. A member of the Epiphany choir and a life-long choral singer, Sherman also participates in the Teen Feed ministry with his family and loves his men’s small group. Sherman works at Amazon and previously attended Saint Mark’s, where he also served on the vestry. Sherman and his wife Amy moved to Seattle in 1999 and have two children, John and Kate.
Margot Hill has been attending Epiphany Parish most of her life. One of her first memories of Epiphany is of teaching Sunday School underneath the chapel during high school. She and her husband Tim were married at Epiphany, and they continue to commute from the north end to Epiphany because “it seems like home.” Over the years, Margot has served as the chair of the hospitality committee, pastoral care , and the stewardship committee. She has also participated in the EFM program, been on two pilgrimages, and served as a convention delegate recently. Her current activities are knitting with All Threads and helping with Teen Feed dinners. She and Tim have three children and six grandchildren who live in Seattle.
Richard Nelson is honored to be considered for our Vestry. He has watched the women and men serving in this capacity, for several years, with admiration. Dick and Meri came to Epiphany needing a new place to walk with our Lord and grow spiritually. When they found Epiphany it showed them that they could deepen their faith in community as opposed to trying to do it on their own. John 1:7 tells us, ‘If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another.’ They are privileged to have found great light and thereby wonderful fellowship at Epiphany. Dick has had experiences which will be useful to help the Epiphany community deepen in faith and provide a spiritual home for many. He is very excited about what can be accomplished for Christ’s Kingdom as we continue to let Him work through us.
Class of 2020
Kari Glover’s first introduction to Epiphany Parish came in 1979, when my husband Thad Alston and I inquired about having our wedding at Epiphany. Thad was a long-time Episcopalian. I previously was confirmed in the Presbyterian Church. Neither of us knew much about Epiphany, but we knew Thad’s mother would be very happy that we were marrying in a beautiful Episcopal Church. Beginning a few years after our marriage, we became faithful parishioners at Epiphany, raising our daughters Samantha and Eva (I was confirmed with Eva, our younger daughter) here and participating in numerous ways. Thad served on the vestry years ago. After retiring in 2009 from a law career of over 30 years, I attended and completed the EFM classes, assisted with the adult education program on Sundays, traveled on two pilgrimages, and deepened my relationship with the Epiphany community in numerous other ways. My Christian faith, and my connection to Epiphany Parish, have become of primary importance to me. I bring much experience serving on boards. I am honored to be nominated to serve on this vestry.
Tamara Lamb was on a training run in the spring of 2013 when I ran past Epiphany. As I went past, something stirred my spirit, and I decided I should attend service the following day – I am still here. Confirmed as an Episcopalian this past June, I have found my perfect fit at Epiphany I serve on the Altar Guild, and am a Lector, Sacristan, and Usher. I participate in a small group; the monthly women’s retreats and am in my second year of Education for Ministry. In addition to this, I am becoming an Oblate with the Monastery of St. Gertrude and will become a novice in March 2017. Non-profit work has always been a passion of mine and after working for both the Army and Navy; I was able to return to my first love and am now working at Child Care Resources supporting providers at both center-based and family run programs to provide quality care to children birth to five.
Jim MacLean and wife Anne, with our three children first came to Epiphany Church in the early 1970s. We recall fondly those early days with the wonderful ministry and focused attention to the spiritual growth of our three children. I participated in the choir, and Anne and I were grateful to the Parish community for the spiritual leadership of the clergy. Anne and I returned to Epiphany in 2010 and again feel blessed to be part of the Epiphany community. We are particularly appreciative of the pastoral staff for their spiritual leadership in assisting us in our individual spiritual growth. The wonderful worship services with meaningful sermon messages that are configured around scripture accompanied by magnificent music presentations represent the core purpose. In addition, the educational environment that has been created continues to be very rewarding. We have now completed a successful campaign to ensure that the physical Church facility remains vibrant for the next 100 years. This operating plan and long range strategy is very exciting to be a part of, and Anne and I feel blessed to involved.
Brad Neary joined Epiphany Parish the minute I and my family (Suzette and Moira) landed on Seattle soil in August 2013. I was a hardcore Roman Catholic for my first 40 years (baptism, first communion, confirmation, altar boy, Mass guitarist and 16 years of nun-and-monk-driven education!) and was received into the Episcopal Church in May 2000. I instantly felt “at home” at Epiphany and has been privileged to sing in the choir (for a short time) and co-chair last year’s stewardship campaign. Meeting bimonthly with the fellow members of my men’s group is a joy. I earned my master’s degree in industrial relations and spent over 20 years in corporate human resources. Since 2008, I have been employed by his undergraduate alma mater, Saint John’s University (MN), and currently hold two half-time roles: Senior Development Officer and Director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program.
Epiphany is blessed to have talented professionals that help support the staff. They are appointed by the Rector.
ED EMERSON, TREASURER
Ed Emerson is a lifelong Episcopalian who grew up in California. He and his wife Nancy joined Epiphany in the mid-1970s when they moved to Seattle. Ed has had many roles, including acolyte master, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the search and on-boarding committees when the Rev. Kate Wesch was hired. He also served as an Epiphany Parish “owner representative” for the construction associated with the Epiphany Early Learning Preschool and, more recently, with the 100-Year restoration project. Ed has been on the Epiphany Vestry three times: 1986–1989, 1998–2001, and 2010–2013, serving as both Junior and Senior Warden in his last term. Ed is a graduate of Cal State University–Northridge and has recently retired after nearly 30 years as an administrator in both health care and social service. He and Nancy are very involved grandparents, with grandchildren in Mill Creek and in Vero Beach, Florida. They also enjoy traveling together.
DOUG OLES, CHANCELLOR
Douglas Oles (Parish Chancellor) chairs the Diocesan Committee on Constitution & Canons and is a Lay Deputy to General Convention. He practices law with a concentration in contracts (e.g., construction, real estate), and he helped write “Cities of the Classical World”, a gazetteer of ancient cities. His wife Alida grew up in China and runs a business that plans customized tours of that country, and his daughters are in high school at Seattle Prep.
LAURA RODDE, HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR
PETE MELIN, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS CHAIR
Pete Melin is a cradle Episcopalian and has attended Epiphany since 2008 with his wife Chantal. They have three grown kids, Paul, Steven, and Sophie. Pete’s folks, Jan and Joel, have been at Epiphany since 1978. Pete is a former Vestry member, and has been involved with acolytes and Sunday School. He currently ushers, is a men’s shelter host, serves on the Legacy Society committee, and is a member of a men’s group. Pete served 24 years in the Navy, worked later for NATO and Amazon, and is currently with Metro Transit and responsible for moving the agency towards zero-emission buses. He bikes to work daily, rode his bicycle to Boston in 2014, and is constantly planning new adventures. Pete particularly enjoys the music, liturgy, sermons, and general message from the clergy and guest homilists. He is a big fan of the annual men’s retreat.
ROWENA MONDARES, CLERK OF THE VESTRY