Saint Mark’s has a very active vestry, comprised of the 15 members listed on this page, in addition to the parish clergy.
The Vestry is the governing body of the congregation and consists of 15 members of the parish who are elected by the congregation. It is the vestry’s responsibility to be the final decision-making body which hires the Rector (the pastor), approves the parish budget, makes parish policy decisions, and spends the parish’s money on mission, ministry and maintenance.
The Vestry consists of a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, a Youth Warden (high school age), each of whom are elected for a one-year term. (Think of the wardens as president and vice-president of a corporation). The other 12 members of the Vestry are elected for three year terms with four parishioners elected each year. The vestry also appoints a treasurer annually.
The Rector presides at meetings of the Vestry. In the absence of the Rector, one of the wardens presides.
The term, Vestry, goes back to the days when the group met in a room of the church called the vestry or vesting room. This was the room where the vestments of the clergy and other worship leaders were stored.
Go to the Vestry Resource page Here.
Meet Your Vestry
Dot Yeager, Senior Warden
Dot has served as junior warden for the last year, after having served as Saint Mark’s Treasurer for the previous twelve years. Dot also helps with ushering, altar guild, and whenever possible, St. John’s Street Church, and loves the chaos of the Blessing of the Animals. Dot has recently become involved with Sacred Conversations and social justice-related activities. After growing up in the Roman Catholic church, Dot and spouse Dave were received into and married in the Episcopal Church in 1989 (Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, PA). Upon relocating to Columbus, from Charleston, West Virginia, they, with son Tom, joined Saint Mark’s in 2003. Dot’s mother, Dorothy, also became a member in 2013, when she relocated from Florida. In her professional role as the Chief Business Officer for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Dot is very blessed to have the opportunity to help make a difference.
Scott Milburn, Junior Warden
Scott has served on Saint Mark’s vestry as Stewardship co-chair for the last three years. Scott Milburn and his wife, Stephanie, have attended Saint Mark’s since relocating to Upper Arlington in 2010 from the Washington, DC-area. They previously attended St. George’s in Arlington, Virginia, where Scott chaired the Stewardship Committee. Scott was raised in the Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches, and he and Stephanie began attending the Episcopal Church when they were married 19 years ago. Scott works in state government and Stephanie works at The Ohio State University. They have two boys, Peter and C.J., who attend Greensview school.
Joanne Drew, Hospitality
Joanne is currently serving the unexpired term of Barb Wilcox for Hospitality. She is looking forward to continuing to serve Saint Mark’s as Hospitality Co-Chair with Carolyn Vesper and invites all of us to celebrate ways in which Christ’s hospitality can happen in new and creative ways in 2018.
Julie Moll, Hospitality
Julie Moll joined Saint Mark’s with her husband Bill in 2008 when they relocated from Clintonville to Galloway/Hilliard. They were married at St. John’s Worthington in 2007. Julie grew up in Hilliard and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She works as a Benefits Project Manager for NetJets and has been there since 1999. Their son Jackson was born in 2010 and daughter Emma arrived in 2013. Julie is the youngest of 5, has 6 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews, most living in the Columbus area. Julie previously volunteered in the Nursery and plans to start helping again this fall as both of her children will attend Sunday school. She has also helped with VBS for the past three years. Her husband Bill went to Guatemala in 2010 and one day Julie hopes to go. She looks forward to assisting Joanne with hospitality as well as learning about the other areas of Vestry and helping to welcome new members to Saint Mark’s.
Laura Skoracki, Formation
Laura Skoracki came to Saint Mark’s with her husband, Roman, and their two sons, Lukas and Alexander, in the Fall of 2014 after moving from Houston to work at the James Cancer Center. Laura works part time as a Physician Assistant in Head and Neck Surgery. Prior this Laura and her family were faithful members of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston where she served on the care committee, ushered the weekly Taizé services, and served as a Door Person for Godly play. Laura is humbled and honored to serve the church as a vestry member.
Bryce Sullivan, Communications
I have been attending Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church for as long as I can remember. I have been on vestry before as youth warden when I was a senior in high school. I wear many hats at Saint Marks as Lay reader, chalice bearer, verger, and usher. Currently, I am finishing my Associate of Arts degree at Columbus State.
Leslie Winters, Outreach
Leslie is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. She practices with the legal team at The Ohio State University Medical Center. She is a resident of Upper Arlington and has been a member of Saint Marks for the last three years. In the past she served on the Communications Committee. Currently she is active with the Gentle Worship Service Planning Committee, the Supper Group and the Outreach Ministry Committee.
Bruce Johnson, Communications
Bruce and his wife, Michele, have been members of Saint Mark’s since 1992 when they moved to Upper Arlington from Columbia, South Carolina. They sang in the Saint Mark’s Choir for over twenty years. Bruce is a Chalice Bearer, Lector, and ever-hopeful member of the Saint Mark’s Golf League. He has previously served on the vestry of Saint Mark’s and parishes in South Carolina and Michigan. Bruce is a retired faculty member at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, where he continues to teach part-time. He and Michele have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. He looks forward to serving this wonderful church community as a member of the vestry.
Ellen Berndt, Stewardship
Ellen is Associate General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary of Hexion Inc., a position she has held since 1996 with Hexion and its predecessor company, Borden, Inc. Ellen’s community involvement includes serving as an Advisory Director to the Governing Board of Directors of Children’s Hunger Alliance, having served on the Governing Board since 2007, including a term as Board Chair and Chair of the Audit and the Nominating and Governance Committees. She is also a member of the BalletMet Board of Directors. Ellen has previously served on the Saint Mark’s Vestry, including serving as Junior and Senior Warden in 2005-2007. She co-chaired the 2008 capital campaign and was a member of the first Saint Mark’s group to travel to Guatemala. She has previously been an usher and is a current member of the Altar Guild and the Saint Mark’s Choir. Ellen also currently serves as Chair of the Trustees of the Endowment Fund. Ellen is a graduate of Denison University and earned a J.D. degree cum laude from Capital University Law School. She has one daughter, Elizabeth, who lives in Chicago and a 1-year old grandson, Theodore Lawrence (Teddy).
Bex Barker, Formation
Bex and her husband Steve started attending Saint Mark’s in 2012 when Steve joined the choir as a tenor. Bex started working in the nursery when she had their daughter, Betty Grace, but soon made the transition to Godly Play, which she has been teaching for two years. She enjoys watching the little minds at work as they learn and recall stories.
My extensive background includes work experience in the non-profit, regional government, and higher education sectors of the economy. The majority of my vocational experience has been spent in collegiate career development. Over two decades in higher education, I improved the effectiveness of three different college career centers. The culmination of my formal educational journey led me to earn a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Georgia.
I have successfully coached college students and alumni of all ages to reach career fulfillment. My success in working with clients stems from my desire to develop an understanding of the unique talents each person possesses. I feel a great sense of joy when I know I have guided a client to career realization.
My background in the Strengths Development/Positive Psychology movement began over twenty years ago. I was one of the first 200 people worldwide to complete the process to become a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach in 2014. My coaching practice includes services as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and individual coaching. My practice includes work with individuals and teams. Recently, I taught a graduate-level Positive Psychology course at a university in Ohio.
In an era where life-long learning is essential for career success, I continually invest time and energy to upgrade my knowledge to benefit my clients. In addition to being a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, I am certified as an International Protean Career Coach and a Dependable Strengths Articulation Process Facilitator. In my spare time, I enjoy running, swimming, church activities, and playing vintage baseball.
Pam’s family joined Saint Mark’s when they first moved to Columbus in 1985. At that time son Timothy was a preschooler, and David was not yet a twinkle in his dad’s eye. Pam joined Saint Mark’s Choir right away, and both boys joined the Canterbury Choir when they became old enough to read the hymnal. The family were involved in various activities at Saint Mark’s over the years, from stewardship campaigns to campus clean-ups to the Triduum prayer vigil. Of course much has changed in these 30+ years. Pam’s “boys” are grown, married and far away, and Pam finally left her law firm job as “oldest living associate” to join the young advocates at Ohio Justice & Policy Center, a non-profit law-firm striving for evidence-based criminal justice reforms. One thing has not changed, however: Pam tells anyone who will listen that St. Mark’s was and still is her family’s “village.” Her perspective is voiced in Psalm 122, as interpreted by Isaac Watts, via Alice Parker, via the Melodious Accord Musicians on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpg8XQfrwE.
Jay and his wife, Barbara, joined Saint Mark’s in 2013 and find it to be a vibrant and welcoming church community with a top-flight music program. Jay was received into the Episcopal church in 2003 at Saint Paul’s of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He grew up in NE Ohio, earning an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, and an MBA from Kent State. Following his 2011 retirement from the aerospace /defense industry, Jay and Barbara moved from Leesburg, Virginia to Westerville, where they enjoy having family nearby – all three of their children and six grandchildren live in Clintonville and Grandview Heights. Jay serves as a Saint Mark’s usher, works with the treasurer on financial record-keeping, and looks forward to service on the vestry.
Barb Hyre, Clerk
Phil Glandon, Treasurer