Report of the St. Alban’s Parish Leadership Nominating Committee

Report of the St. Alban’s Parish Leadership Nominating Committee

January 2018

The members of the Committee are:  John Hartley, Lisa Newbold, Frank Governali, Louise Sullivan, Susan Hamilton, Anita Samuelson, the Rev. Tim Boggs

 

The Committee reviewed dozens of suggestions from the parish and unanimously nominated the following candidates for election to leadership positions in the parish. This slate will be presented at the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2018

 

Officers for 2018

Sara Merrill, Senior Warden

Lisa Newbold, Junior Warden

Doug Jones, Treasurer

 

Vestry

Bill Bell, term to expire at the end of 2020

Sarah Choi, 2020

Maryann Sedlack, 2020

Shelia Zimmerman 2020

 

Diocese of Maine Convention Delegates for 2018 and Special Bishop Election Convention February 2019

Lisa Leighton

Lynn Lovett

Tim Queeney

Anne Sedlack

Red Sullivan

On-going members of your Vestry are:

 Beth Callaway, Liz Davy, Joan Hankinson,

Katie Payson, David Stankiewicz & Tim Boggs

Bios

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SARAH CHOI – VESTRY

I’ve spent most of my life in Maine, moving here when I was 7, then away for college in Pennsylvania, and a handful of years in the Boston area where I met John and had my first son, Ted, then back to Maine.  I was baptized into the Episcopal Church in San Diego, and have been attending church ever since, becoming a member of St. Alban’s in 2002 when we moved to Cape Elizabeth. My two younger sons, Chris and Andy, were baptized here, and over the years, all three boys have participated in the youth programs.  I have been involved in many different ministries at St. Alban’s, including youth programming, bread baking, needlepoint, newcomer committee, and as a convention delegate.  Now that the boys are in middle and high school, I work at Pond Cove Elementary here in Cape Elizabeth, as a secretary in the front office.  I love to spend time outdoors, exercise, read, and knit!

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MARYANN SEDLACK – VESTRY

I first learned about St. Albans while we were living in Belfast and I read the article in the Portland Press Herald about Celtic Eventide.  I saved the article thinking maybe someday I’d attend a service while visiting Portland.    A couple of years later, my husband, Jeff and I moved to Falmouth and we went to the Eventide and happily found that it was exactly what we were looking for.  I come from a Roman Catholic background and grew up going to church in Wilmette, Illinois.  Through moves as a young adult and then as a parent, finding a church was always very important.  While living in Washington, D.C., the National Cathedral was a church I attended quite often and I  always felt very comfortable and at home in the Episcopal Church.   Transitioning to St. Albans has felt very natural and it has been a real joy getting to know the community here.

I attended The College of Wooster in Ohio and majored in Chinese history.   After college, I moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for the American Association of Dental Schools. I went back to nursing school at Marymount University in Arlington, VA.  I have worked as an RN in different settings –  hospital adult med/surg, office nursing, and school nursing.  Jeff and I are the parents of two young adult children, Will and Anne, both of whom (happily for us!) live in the Portland area.

 SARA MERRILL – SENIOR WARDEN

I was born and raised in NY. I attended UVM and USC graduate school and I enjoy being a Physical Therapist. My husband, Pete, and I are blessed with our son, Zach, who is now 16. We enjoy skiing, camping, biking, sailing, and being with friends and family.I was raised in the Episcopal Church and church has been a part of most of my life(not always voluntarily). I can remember on weekends in Vermont as a child, my mother dragging us to church IN OUR SKI BOOTS before hitting the slopes. When I moved to Maine in the early 90’s and then bought a house a couple years later in Cape Elizabeth, I decided that it was time to find a home church again. St. Alban’s was walking distance away, and an Episcopal Church, so it was the natural choice. While the demographics of the church and the physical church were a lot different then, the thing that is still the same and that has kept me here are the people and opportunity to experience God. It was the kindness of strangers welcoming me, the chance to explore my faith while not being judged for where I was on that journey, and the opportunity to help others that kept me coming back. All these things have continued to be true over the years at St. Alban’s and even truer today. These are just some of the things make St. Alban’s the special community that it is. A place that I, and my family, are so very grateful for. I look forward to serving as your Senior Warden and welcome your thoughts and ideas.

LISA NELisa NewboldWBOLD – JUNIOR WARDEN

A former stockbroker, I moved to Portland in 1995 to work with Lincoln Financial Services. Feeling frustrated with quotas and time not spent in my garden I returned to school for a degree in Plant and Soil Technology. I have been designing, installing and maintaining gardens ever since.
Having grown up in the Episcopal church in Pennsylvania I spent some time after moving here church shopping, trying to find the right church home for me. The night of 9/11 I drove by St. Alban’s. The lights shining through the stained glass windows were somehow comforting. Now it is this thriving family of faith, energy and enthusiasm that continues to comfort, inspire and thoroughly delight me.
It is a huge honor to be asked to serve as your junior warden. I will do everything I can to return a fraction of what I have been given here.
Gratefully,
Lisa

BILL BELL – VESTRY

Bill Bell has been a member of St. Alban’s for almost ten years and is also a reader and chalice bearer at the 8:00 a.m.  service. He is a member of the St. Alban’s Green ministry. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Saco; he owns a small non-profit association management firm in Portland.  He describes his journey to St. Alban’s as “a long one”. “I attended the Church of England while growing up in The Netherlands. Several years following confirmation, I questioned and then set aside relationships with organized religion. I sought to find God on my own. Fifty years later, still searching, a friend introduced me to St. Alban’s. I attended a small morning service in Bonoff Hall, and then asked if I might, alone, sit in the sanctuary. My eyes then welled up with tears, for I knew my search had ended—this was where I belonged. I am now deeply honored to be of service to St. Alban’s”

Doug JonesDOUG JONES – VESTRY

Doug is Vice President of Commercial Lending at Biddeford Savings Bank in Scarborough with over 20 years of banking and lending experience.He has extensive community leadership experience as a Board member with numerous nonprofit and community organizations including the NH Art Association; the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce; the Kiwanis Club and the Westbrook Youth Center, “Mission Possible.” He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Salvation Army of Greater Portland, and is active in his children’s sports and school programs.
Doug has a been a member of St. Alban’s since 2002 and lives in South Portland with his wife Erin and their three children, Margaret, Clara and Peter.

SHEILA ZIMMERMAN – VESTRY

My husband, Pete, and I both came from the same town in Connecticut, but only met when I was senior at Boston College. Over the course of our 53-year (and counting!) marriage, Pete’s retail career took us to seven states where we raised three children, Jeff, Lisa and Kate, who have since blessed us with six terrific grandchildren.   We decided Maine was a good place to put down roots after a job transfer took us to Cape Elizabeth in 1986.  Pete bought a business in Portland and I took a job at The Cape Courier as production manager/proofreader, where during the next twenty-seven years I became acquainted with some of the people and good works of St. Alban’s. Just over two years ago I decided to give St. Alban’s a try. From the first service I attended, I felt spiritually enriched in a way I had missed for years. Worshipping here has become one of the richest blessings of my life and being welcomed into the community by so many wonderful people has been a joy.   I’m currently a new member of the Altar Guild, the offering counting crew and the book group, all activities I enjoy along with various other church programs I’ve attended. It’s an honor to be asked to serve on the Vestry, and I look forward to the opportunity to deepen my commitment to this special place

LYNNE LOVETT – Diocese of Maine Convention Delegate
I was born and raised in Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, NY ,where I sang in the Jr. Choir, was in the Youth Group, and was married.
I graduated from Vermont College and met my husband there on a double date.  After graduation I began my life as a medical assistant at Mass. General Hospital, and several private practices as we moved from Connecticut, where my husband earned his doctorate and our children were born, to Ann Arbor MI, to Cape Elizabeth in 1984 when my husband was recruited by Maine Medical Center.
I found my way to St. Alban’s four years ago; honestly, it was the best move ever!  I have gradually gotten my feet wet working in the gardens with Lisa, being the “rookie” of the altar guild, joining the St. Luke’s Pantry crew,  and  participating in the Betsy Ross House ministry.  I still have lots to learn and it is an honor to be asked to represent our congregation as a delegate at the convention.

ANNE SEDLACK – Diocese of Maine Convention Delegate

I am currently a first year student at Maine Law and have been living in Portland for the past five years. I discovered St. Albans a couple of years ago when I knew that I was missing something in my life. My parents invited me to come along with them to a mass they had been raving about at 530 on Sunday night over in Cape Elizabeth. Ever since I started coming, I have looked forward to going to Celtic Eventide and to continue to offer my time to the church that has given so much to me.

 My first step in service was to help out with the St. Albans high school youth group, which is a hilarious and kind group of young people that adds so much to my life. I have been working/praying/playing alongside them for the past year and a half and it has been a joy.   I am honored to take this next step as a delegate for St. Albans. I hope to be able to listen to all voices to be able to choose a Bishop that represents who we stand for as a community.

LISA LEIGHTON – Diocese of Maine Convention Delegate

I was born and raised in Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1993 and the University of Maine School of Law in 1998.  After graduation, my husband, Chip, and I spent some time in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I worked as a legal editor for a legal publisher.  We returned to Maine in 2004 when our son Matthew was a year old.  We lived on MDI for 3 years and attended St. John The Divine Episcopal Church in Southwest Harbor, and in 2007 I was received into the Episcopal Church.  We then moved to Southern Maine in 2008 after our daughter Laura was born, and started attending St. Alban’s. I am a member of the handbell choir and participate as an intercessor.  I am grateful for the relationships I’ve formed in this wonderful St. Alban’s community.

RED SULLIVAN – Diocese of Maine Convention Delegate

I was raised Catholic in upstate New York and attended the University of Notre Dame, followed by medical school.  I worked as Neurologist in Portland from 1976 to 2015, and continue as a volunteer at the Greater Portland Health Center. Our three sons and families, with four granddaughters, live in Maryland and Chicago. My wife Louise and I were looking for a new faith community in 2012 , and were led to St. Alban’s.   We have found our home, and have thrived in this remarkable community embracing meaningful worship, community and world service, and education.  Louise and I sing in the choir, and have enjoyed a number of educational offerings in the parish.  I appreciate the support for open enquiry and personal growth. I am honored to serve the Episcopal Church as a delegate.

 

TIM QUEENEY – Diocese of Maine Convention Delegate

My first year at St. Albans was 1996 when Linton Studiford was the rector and Bonoff Hall was only a hazy dream. Parishoners still had to trudge down the path to the old detached hall and the arduous trip took its toll on coffee hour attendance. I helped teach Sunday school in the basement classrooms (which we discovered were in violation of the fire code!). Worked on the fundraising effort for Bonoff Hall and also served a short hitch on the vestry in 2000-2001 when Jim Adams was rector. My three boys all attended Sunday school and they were part of the all-Queeney ushering team that had a long and successful run ushering the 4pm Christmas service — with its heavy attendance, handheld candles, critical post-communion bell distribution and crying kids unable to hold it together for one more night. As a convention delegate I’m eager to meet folks from other parishes and see how the St. Albans point of view fits into the Diocesan whole.

 

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