Vestry

St. Alban’s Vestry

In a long-standing tradition, each parish in the Episcopal Church elects lay members to serve with the Rector on a Vestry, the governing and decision-making body for the church. The Vestry’s duties include calling the Rector, approving the budget and making policy. The Vestry is led by the Senior and Junior Warden, and works closely with the Rector in faithfully guiding the parish forward. Authority within the church is divided between the Bishop of Maine, the Rector and the Vestry working together in a collaborative way.

At St. Alban’s, eleven vestry members serve and are elected at an annual meeting in January to serve three year terms. At St. Alban’s the Vestry meetings are scheduled the second Tuesday of each month and open to the whole congregation.

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2020  Vestry and Delegates

Officers for 2020

Christopher Pezzullo, Senior Warden

A long-time member of the parish, Chris has been active in so many parts of St. Alban’s life, including leading youth group and Rite 13, guiding the Enriching our Worship project, serving on Sunday mornings as a lector and usher, co-leading the Buildings and Grounds Committee and most recently serving as Junior Warden for Vestry. His young adult children and his wife Nancy have been active for years, as well. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Story Brook, N.Y. and is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford. Chris is the medical director for the Maine Primary Care Association in Augusta, and works part time as a pediatrician at Mercy Hospital. Chris has recently embarked on a Master’s in Public Health at USM, loves spending quality time with wife Nancy and their family including adult children and their partners and dogs, enjoys yoga and has run all but one of the Beach to Beacon races.

 

Maryann Sedlack, Junior Warden

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.  We were overjoyed to add Maye Emlein to our family in August, 2019 when Tim married Will and Maye.  It has been an honor to serve on the Vestry the past two years.  I continually experience what an extraordinary place St. Albans is.

 

Doug Jones, Treasurer

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.

 

 

Tom Cooper, Vestry Member

I grew up in Lebanon, NH and moved to Maine with my wife, Alexa, while finishing graduate school.  We both attended Connecticut College and I went on to earn a degree in psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.  I am a psychologist in private practice in Portland where I work with adolescents, adults, and couples.

 

Alexa and I have lived in Maine (with a brief detour to South Carolina) for 10 years and are happy to call it home.   We enjoy running, hiking, skiing, and time on the beach.  In 2018 we welcomed twin girls into our lives and have had a blast watching them grow over the past year and a half (apologies to the 8 am service and all the noise coming from the back of the church!).

I grew up as a Catholic and, as an adult, found myself looking for a congregation that seemed more aligned with my world view and relationship with God.  I was very fortunate to find Saint Albans several years ago and continue to be amazed about what a special place it is.  I am very excited and honored to serve on the vestry and to become more familiar with the wonderful Saint Alban’s community.

 

Sara Lennon, Vestry Member

Sara Lennon attended Concord Academy, Wesleyan University, and the University of Virginia. She taught English at Choate Rosemary Hall and oversaw marketing for Concord Academy before starting a business creating communication strategies for public and private schools, campaigns and non-profits. She served as town councilor in Cape Elizabeth for nine years and is on the board of Safe Space Radio. Sara and her husband Paul raised their three daughters in Cape and enjoy biking, skiing, and walks in Robinson Woods.

 

 

 

Maura McDonald, Vestry Member

I found my way to St. Albans Church in 2001 after my husband, Peter, and (then) infant son, Gus, moved to Maine from New York.  I was raised in a Roman Catholic tradition which was nurtured by my parents, Joe and Rita.  I was gifted with a solid spiritual foundation and first taste of a faith community at Immaculate Conception Parish in Tuckahoe, New York where I attended both church and school from grades 1 through 8.  My 5 siblings and I have many fond and funny memories of our parish-inspired youth which was shared with equally large families.  The parents of my friends took on the roles of teachers, coaches, good neighbors, scout leaders, fellow parishioners, guides and exemplars.

 

My family moved to Rhode Island in the Fall of 1972 and I began high school (my first public school experience) in the town of East Greenwich.  After high school, I attended New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1979.  I held a number of different nursing positions in the years that followed, eventually finding my calling in the service of providing health care to marginalized and disadvantaged populations.  I obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 and completed my Family Nurse Practitioner studies in 1992.  I am Certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses Association.  I currently work at the Gilman Clinic in Portland, providing health care to adults with the viral illnesses of Hepatitis and HIV.  My position finds me working with a large immigrant population and I can say with honesty that I love my job, particularly on the days when I can bike commute to and from work!

Peter and I were married in a small Episcopal Church in Wickford, Rhode Island in 1996.  We have three children, Gus (19), Greta (17) and Oskar (17).  Gus was baptized at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie, NY and Greta and Oskar were baptized right here at St. Albans.  A fond St. Albans memory is a special visit and blessing of Greta and Oskar by Jim Adams (former St. Albans Rector) and his wife, Mary in our hospital room a day after Greta and Oskar arrived.  Our lives are full and the years are passing fast and furiously.

I look forward to continuing my spiritual journey in the warm and inclusive faith community of St. Albans.  You will find me, most often, at the Celtic Eventide Service on Sundays.  I particularly enjoy serving as a Reader, Chalice Bearer and Candlelighter at this quiet and contemplative service.  I am grateful for my participation as a long term member of the Bell Choir. I have taught in the Sunday School Program and my daughter, Greta, and I traveled to Haiti together in February, 2015. In my “spare time,” I enjoy early morning running on the dark and quiet streets of Cape Elizabeth, hiking in the beautiful landscape of Maine, reading (one of my favorite authors is Pat Conroy), attending live theatre and sampling the (pretty fantastic for a small city) restaurant scene in Portland.  I am humbled to be asked to serve on the St. Albans Vestry and I accept this invitation as, yet another, “leap of faith” in my life as a child of God.

 

Mary Beth Nolt, Vestry Member

MaryBeth Nolt and her husband, Steve, joined the congregation of St. Alban’s in 2013. They have two children, Audrey and Baxter, and the family lives in Portland, Maine. The family enjoys the vibrant children’s programming that St. Alban’s offers, along with the welcoming atmosphere of the parish.

MaryBeth teaches high school English (ask her what she really thinks of Romeo and Juliet!) and currently works at Scarborough High School. She enjoys hiking, family puzzle time, and creative ventures through sewing and the fiber arts. She highly values creativity and spends many hours volunteering with Maine Odyssey of the Mind. At St. Alban’s, she frequently works with the youth and has taught in the Godly Play and Our Place classrooms, as well as supporting the Camp St. Alban’s summer programs.

A church is a community; therefore, we should welcome people into our doors and provide support to those beyond our doors. MaryBeth believes that St. Alban’s is a shining example of hospitality and outreach. She feels privileged to step into a vestry role to continue supporting the vital mission of St. Alban’s in Maine.

 

Tom Sides, Vestry Member

Two of my favorite sayings are….”If you don’t know where you are going in life, any old road will take you there”….and……”If you come to a fork in the road…take it”. They echo portions of my own life’s journey. Raised as a youngster in southwest Connecticut, Montreal Canada, then

Back in southwest CT, I was exposed to a variety of Protestant traditions. I was baptized at age5 at a Methodist church, confirmed in a Canadian Presbyterian church, and spent much of my young adult life in New England Congregational churches.

Following my graduation from Bowdoin in the late 1960’s, I launched my career in financial management with General Electric and GE Capital in a variety of locations and assignments, generally in the northeast. In the mid-1980’s I joined Mellon Bank corporate staff at its Pittsburgh headquarters as VP Financial Analysis and Planning. Following a corporate re-structuring and downsizing several years later, I signed on as the CFO of Kent School, an Episcopal boarding school in CT, responsible for finance, administration and operations. I served there for 24 years, working for a charismatic Episcopal priest who was the Headmaster and Rector, as well as for a distinguished and dedicated board of trustees. My wife Judy and I, from separate towns in Fairfield County CT, had a first date in 1966 at a YMCA camp where we both worked. The 2nd date came some 29 years later when we were reconnected by a sibling matchmaker. Before long, we blended our two families which included my two children who were already educated adults, working and living independently elsewhere in New England, and Judy’s 9 year old daughter, herself now educated, employed and living in South Portland. In 2013 we retired, moved from Kent CT to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, until deciding to become “Mainers” five years later. We were first exposed to the welcoming spirit of Saint Alban’s about a dozen years ago when we came to an Easter service while vacationing at Inn by the Sea. It was something we talked about for several years, as it was an enriching experience. When we moved to Scarborough in late 2018, we thought we would try out various churches locally, but never got beyond Saint Alban’s, as we were again overwhelmed with the welcoming family-oriented church community that embraced us immediately. We have loved the distinct Sunday service options, the diversity and inclusiveness, the vibrant outreach programs and role of music in the life of the church. I love the common understanding that we are each at different places in our lives and spiritual journeys, as I believe strongly that it is more about the journey than the destination. I have served my communities in a variety of volunteer capacities, including as coach of multiple youth sports and on the boards of various professional and non-profit organizations. These include as a deacon in the Congregational Church, on prudential and stewardship committees, church council, and as volunteer fund raiser… I feel honored and humbled to be asked to serve on the vestry, to lend my time and talent to the bright future of Saint Alban’s, and to hearing about the joys, concerns and aspirations of others in the Saint Alban’s family.

 

Continuing Vestry Members

 

Bill Bell, the Rev. Tim Boggs, Sarah Choi, Terry Ann Scriven, and Sheila Zimmerman will continue to serve on the Vestry in 2020. The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Associate Rector, will continue to participate fully as a non-voting member of the Vestry.

Clergy bios are here: https://www.stalbansmaine.org/about-us/clergy-staff/

Terry Ann Scriven – Vestry

I started life in California and then lived much of  my childhood  in Minneapolis. As a young adult I was itinerant, moving 13 times in 15 years. During this time i met my husband Frank in college in NH. In 1993 a job offer materialized for me, and my husband’s ability to change job locations,  blessed us with the chance to finally settle down and raise our then young family,  in Maine. I almost felt I’d died and gone to heaven. I joined a medical group in Portland and our three children ,  grew up in the church, and so benefitted from the extended community of people who  knew and nurtured them at St. Albans.

That was, i thought, such a gift to them.  I was not brought up in the christian faith and missed having religious principals and a faith of my own, from early on. It was during my first medical residency that my search for guiding religious and ethical principles, to help me understand and cope with all i saw, resulted in my joining the Episcopalian church.

It wasn’t until after we baptized our daughter in the Cathedral of St Luke’s, that i learned my family’s relationship with the Episcopal church was indeed a multigenerational one!  A few years later, I found out my great grandfather was the first Deacon at he Cathedral in Portland, in 1876, and my grandfather had literally been born in the rectory !- the parish birth recorded in my grandfather’s own handwriting.  I too found community there & solace in the laying on of hands at St. Lukes.

After a few years there,  I soon returned to St. Albans, to join the vibrant community of young families who had developed , and to bring our three children back to  the increasingly child friendly St Albans. Our initial experience had not been so.  Now it is so different, even so much more child friendly!  I love hearing children around us during and after the service. I’m thrilled it has been so openly welcoming ever since, with such emphasis children, families, and adult education,  as well. It’s this continual emphasis on a community  of love, friendship, and willingness to be open, that crosses all age boundaries that is the magic of St. Albans.

It has been a gift to live in relationship with you who make up the vibrant community here in this church. I cherish the multigenerational friendships, new and old, and joys found at St. Albans as well as the solace we’ve provided each other during times of loss and sadness. The outreach efforts are remarkable as well, and ongoing,  and have made a difference beyond our walls, which seems so important too. This community is bent on making a difference in the world as well as each other’s lives , and while we are not perfect , we support each other in doing our best.  I feel so blessed to be part of this community, -a community that is absolutely, unquestionably,  “ there when you need it”- We just have to learn how to ask it seems. And the ability to practice being  open, honest as best we can, in the St. albans community, is no less than life changing. One of the St. Alban’s Sacred stories groups i volunteered for over 10 years ago, literally helped me change my life course, and gave me the courage to do so.

I love the empowering, intergenerational community of our church, and also how our mission is to care about each other and the communities around us .  From the services for Peter, and us coming together in the church on the night of 911,  to today’s Health Ministry, St. Albans has such poignant part of my life.   I am honored to be asked to serve on the vestry, and hope we can continue to expand the ways in which we can reach out and include or invite all who might benefit by feeling in “communion” with this community.

 

 

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!

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”

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

 

Diocese of Maine Convention Delegates for 2020

 

Randi Hogan, Delegate

My husband, Jude, and I moved from Maryland to Maine in early January 2016, eager to experience all that Maine has to offer and call it home. We live in Scarborough with our longhaired miniature dachshund, Moxie, and love exploring the outdoors. Professionally, I’ve been an executive at community-level, national and international nonprofits and currently am director of major gifts at Kesem, a national organization that helps children find their way through and beyond a parent’s cancer.

 

I’m happy to have found St. Alban’s, where I’ve begun to rekindle my commitment to a church community. I’m grateful to have been included in the worship space planning committee and look forward to serving in more ways. I was active in my 20s and 30s at my parish church in Washington, DC, and I was elected to serve as a delegate in the Diocese of Washington, which included the election of the 8th bishop of Washington. I also served as a member of the Stewardship Commission for the Diocese. I enjoyed those earlier years of dedicating myself to the life and vibrancy of the church and am excited to renew my contributions and involvement here in Maine.

 

Ed Rea, Delegate

I grew up Episcopalian at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY, and then dropped out of church for 11 years in college and beyond.  When our son was two, Karen (my wife) told me it was time to go back to church. I grumbled but agreed, saying “don’t expect me to get involved. We spent the next 30 years at St. George’s in Arlington, Virginia, where I served as senior warden, treasurer and choir member at various times, and where I found faith and community.

 

In 2006 we moved to Portland.  Karen was born in Maine and her parents had retired to Yarmouth.  We were looking for a more intimate, less formal church experience at that point and settled into St. Alban’s 5:30 Sunday service, then at the St. Lawrence Arts Center and in the summer at the gazebo in Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade.  I was previously a delegate to convention for 6 years, and have served on the stewardship committee; but most importantly have been a member of St. Alban’s Men’s Group for the past 13 years and have remained an active member of the 5:30 congregation, rejoicing in the Celtic Eventide transformation of the past 5 years.

I am looking forward to again serving St. Alban’s as a delegate to convention.

 

Ruth Dodge, Delegate

I was born in Virginia where my father was the conductor of the US Navy band at the White House. During high school we relocated to Orono, Maine and I graduated from the University of Maine, Orono.  I spent most of my adult life in Boston, building software companies with venture capitalists and managing a large software development group.  While in Boston, I was very active at Park Street church, spent countless hours at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Pops. Most notably, I met my husband, Dr. Nathan Corbell and we had our son, Benjamin who is now a senior at CEHS. We have lived and played in Cape Elizabeth for ten years. We started Seacoast Vision Care and Neuro in Scarborough, where we treat everything from eye disease to brain injuries such as concussions.  In our spare time as a family, we are avid scuba divers and spend as much time in Bonaire as possible.  This past July, we traveled to Bonaire with my mom (also attends St. Alban’s) who at 82 went scuba diving daily! We enjoy volunteering at Preble Street where we have donated approximately 100 eye exams and glasses. Thanks to my bible babes’ group, we were led to our spiritual home at St. Alban’s and feel blessed to be part of the St Alban’s community for the last four years.

 

Judy Sides, Delegate

My husband Tom and I moved to Maine last year from Tyringham, Massachusetts. I was born and raised in Connecticut as a Roman Catholic/Congregationalist. After college, I was received into the Episcopal Church. Tom and I have belonged to both Episcopal and Congregational churches depending on where we were living. I particularly appreciate the way everyone works together to get things done and how many programs are led by the congregation. Since arriving last fall I have enjoyed being a part of the book group, the St. Elizabeth’s Pantry crew and most recently, the choir. My career has focused on health and fitness. I have worked in schools, at Binghamton University, in a physical therapy practice and in hospitals. I have coached springboard diving for years at both the university and high school level and I’ve been an avid adventure course instructor. Our blended family is blessed with three children and six grandchildren. Laura lives and works locally while Trevor and Brooke live in Connecticut and Massachusetts respectively. I love the outdoors; whether I’m hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, or gardening it doesn’t much matter. I also spend lots of time reading and playing with our dogs. I am honored to have been nominated as a delegate. I hope I will learn more about the Episcopal diocese of Maine and have the opportunity to meet and learn from many people of diverse backgrounds and views

 

 

Robert Stoddard, Delegate

A lifelong Episcopalian, I’m passionate about my ministries of music and environmental stewardship. As a convention delegate representing St. Alban’s, I would seek to represent the views of the parish faithfully, informed by my experience as an Episcopalian, an artist, and a business executive. An economist by profession, I led the Energy & Environment practice at Charles River Associates, an international consultancy, before taking the CEO position at a client, GWave LLC, an ocean wave energy tech startup. After moving from Boston to Portland, I helped found the Sierra Club’s Portland Climate Action Team and became active in shaping local and state energy policy. This past summer the governor appointed me to the Energy Working Group of the Maine Climate Council, which is tasked to develop the state’s climate action plan. At the 200th annual convention of the Diocese, I introduced a successful resolution to foster church participation in solar projects, and subsequently the bishop appointed me to the committee working to advance this goal. On the music front, I perform with several local choral groups, as well as the St. Alban’s Chancel Choir, and I serve on the boards of both Choral Art and the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ. I also serve as co-chair of the parish’s Organ Committee. My wife, Elizabeth, and I met in church choir and are parents of two children, Philippa and Owen.

 

 

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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
885 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-4014
stalbans@stalbansmaine.org