Candidate for Vestry (2nd term)
Class of 2021
I seek my second term on the vestry. My first three years have been positive: I have stepped into assorted roles as needed and have enjoyed the opportunity to work with others. I have been a faithful attendee of the 9:00 AM service at St. John the Divine for 25 years, and have served in the roles of usher and reader. Presently, Paula Gifford McKenzie and I are co-heads of the ushers at 9 AM.
Prior to moving to Manhattan, I was a member of All Saint’s Anglican Episcopal Church in Sunnyside, Queens. Prior to that, I was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, where I was confirmed as a teenager.
My grandfather was a Congregational minister, and my father spent the first ten years of his life in India because his father served as a missionary there. I grew up in the Episcopal Church, which was the denomination of my mother. My wife is a Roman Catholic, and she occasionally comes to the Cathedral. Our daughter was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. She is presently in her second year of college.
I studied locally at Teachers College, Columbia University, receiving a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 1987 and Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum and Teaching in 1996. I taught for 27 years at P.S. 85 in Long Island City Queens, mostly in the subject area of technology, and retired as of June 2014. I continue to teach workshops to graduate students at Teachers College to use software for qualitative data analysis which I have done for 20 years, and to teach children at Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth which I have done for 15 years.
I look forward, if elected, to continue working on the vestry and in so doing support the congregation during this period of transition.