Staff and Missioners

Staff emails are no longer linked due to spoofing concerns. Individual staff members’ emails generally follow this pattern:     FirstinitialLastname@diosohio dot org       Exceptions are noted below.

Staff members are listed in alphabetical order

  • The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, IX Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

    The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, IX Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

    Assistant: Ann Sabo

    Responsibilities include: Episcopal duties, Commission on Ministry; Community of Deacons; Diocesan Altar Guild; Diocesan Council (President); Episcopal Church Women; Episcopal Community Services Foundation (trustee, ex-officio); Faith in Life; Liturgy and Music Commission; Marriage (requests for second); Standing Committee; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Trustee); Church-wide: House of Bishops Theology Committtee; Forward Movement, Bexley Hall Seminary, National Association of Episcopal Schools, Kenyon College (board member)

  • The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr., Assisting Bishop

    The Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr., Assisting Bishop

    Bishop Price was elected Bishop Suffragan of Southern Ohio in 1994 and oversaw an auxiliary office in Columbus for eighteen years. In 2009 he was elected Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and moved there while continuing to serve part time in Southern Ohio. In 2008 the then bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh defected to the Anglican Church in North America taking half of the congregations and two thirds of the clergy with him. Bishop Price’s task was to rebuild the diocese, recruit and ordain more clergy, rebuild fellowship and trust and work with dedicated laity, many who were new to leadership positions. He also worked with the chancellor and trustees on legal issues that eventually led to a judgement that the endowment and the bulk of the property would remain with the Episcopal Diocese. Today Pittsburgh is by far the strongest of the six dioceses which broke away.

    Finally, in 2012 he retired from both positions and he and his wife returned to their home in Hilliard, Ohio. In 2015 Bishop Breidenthal asked that he serve part time as Assisting Bishop in Southern Ohio. In that capacity he makes 20+ visitations a year. 2019 marks his 25th year as a bishop.

    Bishop Price was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1965, a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1968, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marshall University in 1974 and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from General in 1995.

    He was ordained a deacon and priest in West Virginia in 1968 and served in that diocese for 26 years until his election in Southern Ohio. During that time, he served as a curate, a vicar, a college chaplain at Marshall for four years, (which included the time of the Marshall Airplane Crash)  and as rector ten years in Parkersburg and ten years in Wheeling, He was twice a regional dean and when elected here, he was Archdeacon of the Northwestern part of the diocese. On a secular note, he was Lt. Governor in the WV. District of Kiwanis International.

    In Southern Ohio he served as Bishop Suffragan with Bishop Herbert Thompson until Bishop Thompson’s retirement in 2004. The Convention then elected him as interim bishop in charge and chief pastor until Bishop Breidenthal was elected and consecrated in 2006. During that time the diocese also hosted General Convention in Columbus.

    On a national level, Bishop Price has served at fifteen triennial General Conventions, seven as a deputy from WV and eight as a bishop. At six of those Conventions he served as an officer of the Convention, two times as chair of Dispatch of Business for the House of Bishops and four times as Secretary of the House of Bishops. He served on the committee that nominated Katharine Jefferts Schori as PB and then was part of her executive team for nine years. Her election took place in Trinity, Columbus. For 12 years he was a part of the Planning and Arrangements Committee and traveled all across the country helping to select the site of the Conventions. He has served on the Alumni Executive Committee for General, and the Board of Trustees for Seabury Western Seminary, Bexley Hall Seminary and helped launch the federated Bexley/Seabury seminary. He also did post graduate work at the Virginia Seminary in Alexandria and for two years he was a trustee for Kenyon College. He served as interim Chaplain General for the Community of the Transfiguration and has been the graduation speaker at Bethany School in Glendale twenty-two times.

    Both Bishop Price and his wife, Mariann, are members of the National Advisory Committee of the Board of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers. They have both been active in Episcopal camps in three different dioceses for well over fifty years, and when their granddaughter went to Peterkin in the Diocese of WV, she represented the fourth generation in the Price family to attend that camp.

    Internationally Bishop Price attended two Lambeth Conferences and was appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to serve on a select committee which met at the Anglican Communion office in England to receive reports from all 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion, and prepare a summary for the Primates that eventually became on the Windsor Report. He represented Southern Ohio on official visits to England, New Zealand, the Windward Islands, Russia and assisted Bishop Thompson leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

    Bishop Ken and the former Mariann Prosser, a native of Columbus and graduate of Ohio State, met doing mission work in WV and were married in 1968. She has a BSSW and an MSW in Social Work and worked in that field until her retirement in 2012, most recently serving as an international adoption specialist. She is an avid quilter and has donated many quilts to charity auctions within the diocese. Mariann travels with Bishop Ken to most visitations and they are a team in this aspect of his ministry. They have two grown children, Jeffrey who resides in Columbus and Karebeth, a teacher in Philadelphia. She and her husband Eric, a college professor, have two children, Sage, a senior in high school, and McKenna who is in Middle School.

  • The Rt. Rev. Edna Bavi "Nedi" Rivera, Assisting Bishop

    The Rt. Rev. Edna Bavi

    Bishop Rivera is one of three daughters born to a Puerto Rican father and an Anglo mother; her father, the late Rt. Rev. Victor Manuel Rivera, was third bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin. Growing up in an English-speaking household, Bishop Rivera worked hard to become conversant in Spanish so she also could celebrate and preach in that language.

    Bishop Rivera was elected as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Olympia in 2004. She was elected as Provisional Bishop of Eastern Oregon at a special diocesan convention in May 2009, following the 2007 resignation of their bishop diocesan.

    Bishop Rivera is the first Latina bishop and the 12th woman bishop in The Episcopal Church. Before she was elected Olympia’s first suffragan, she was rector for 10 years of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, San Francisco. Ordained to the priesthood in 1979, Bishop Rivera has served parishes in both the Diocese of California and the Diocese of El Camino Real. She earned an M.Div and a D.D. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif.

    After retiring to Cincinnati to be closer to family, Bishop Rivera accepted an invitation to serve as an assisting bishop in Southern Ohio in 2010.

  • Giff Blaylock, Controller/Accounting Manager

    Giff Blaylock, Controller/Accounting Manager

    In his part-time role, Giff Blaylock provides direction to the accounting operations, including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and all other accounting processes. He first began in this role as an independent contractor in 2010, and officially joined the staff in July 2019.

    Giff received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Accounting from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. He has spent much of his 30-year accounting career assisting parishes, dioceses and clergy with tax and audit issues.

    Some of Giff’s duties and responsibilities include:

    • Conducting the monthly close of all funds under supervision
    • Prepare internal accounting reports for each of 10 Diocesan divisions monthly or as needed
    • Monitor accounting processes including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, journal entries, cash receipts and donations
    • Assist in budget preparations and program grants/contracts
    • Coordinate annual audit preparation including consolidation of funds, building the report with footnotes, and preparation of requested workpapers from the auditor
    • Assist in the IRS 990T preparation
    • Assist the CFO as needed

  • Angela Byrd, Accountant

    Angela Byrd, Accountant

    Ext. 127
    513.632.6022 (direct)

    Angela has been a member of the bishop’s staff since January 2012. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Her work background includes being a Revenue Agent for the IRS, many years working in general accounting, operations and medical billing.

    Angela’s responsibilities include

    • Health insurance and benefits administration
      • Medical, short- and long-term disability
      • Pension
      • Life insurance
    • Diocesan-wide payroll services
    • Annual church audits
    • Church treasurer/leadership changes
  • Susan Byrnside, Accountant

    Susan Byrnside, Accountant

    Susan serves as an Accountant in the Finance Department and has been a part of the bishop’s staff since 2013.

    Her responsibilities include:

    • Mission Share accounting/report generation
    • Church Loan administration
    • Investment accounting
    • Endowment management
    • Audit preparation
    • Other general accounting

  • The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon to the Ordinary

    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon to the Ordinary

    Ext. 102
    513.632.6015 (direct)
    614.947.9748 (mobile)

    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands serves as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Southern Ohio and is in her eighth year as a member of the Bishop’s staff. She has over twenty-five years of leadership experience as a priest in parish and diocesan ministry, including vocational discernment and mentoring, congregation and clergy transitions, formation and leadership development, and mediation and conflict transformation. She has served as the rector of two parishes and as a chaplain and teacher at a boy’s boarding preparatory school where she taught Bible, Ethics, and senior electives in religion.

    Canon Carter-Edmands serves as the Bishop’s liaison to

    • Diocesan Council
    • Standing Committee
    • Trustees of the Diocese
    • Commission on Ministry and ordination process
    • Examining Chaplains
    • Residency Program
    • School for Diaconal Formation
    • Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF)
    • Province V Executive Board
    • Diocesan liturgies
    • Clergy concerns

    Sherri Martin serves as executive assistant to the Canons.  She or Canon Lynn may be contacted concerning the ministries noted above.

  • Carine de Lange, Operations Executive

    Carine de Lange, Operations Executive

    Ext. 108
    513.632.6027 (direct)
    513.405.3234 (mobile)

    Carine serves as Operations Executive for both the bishop’s staff as well as Christ Church Cathedral. This shared position was created in 2018 as part of a collaboration between the two organizations, to help both embrace more fully their shared mission, with a view to broadening their impact on the community.

    Carine also assists with the emergency preparedness process for both organizations and for the diocese as a whole. She has recently begun work to assist with widening the collaboration across the diocese.

    Carine oversees the following departments for both organizations:

    • Administration
    • Communications
    • Facilities
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology (IT)

    Carine also serves as the bishop’s liaison to the Budget Committee, Advisory Committee on Compensation and Resources and the Finance Committee.

  • David Dreisbach, Director of Communications

    David Dreisbach, Director of Communications

    Ext. 150
    513.545.0184 (mobile)

    David has been a member of St. Timothy’s, Anderson Twp. since 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in religion and a master’s degree in theology. The story of how he ended up in advertising is a long one; the short version is that he spent 20 years of his life in advertising, starting out as a copywriter and working his way to VP and Creative Director, all the while searching for a way to use his skills to fulfill a deeper purpose in life.

    David jumped at the chance to leave corporate advertising to work for the diocese. His disparate background of religious studies and advertising suddenly made sense for the first time. He has been happily serving on the diocesan staff since June of 2013.

    He is married to Dori, who is a licensed massage therapist, and they have two children; Dylan and Anna. Dylan is pursuing a degree in electro-mechanical engineering and Anna is pursuing a degree in early childhood education. The Dreisbach family also includes three dogs, two cats and a python named Monty.

    Among David’s responsibilities are:

    • All things digital
    • Web design
    • Print design
    • Marketing strategy
    • Marketing materials
    • Creative & art direction of Connections
    • Benchmarking with other communication programs
    • Point person for suggestions, complaints and ideas
    • Communication consulting with congregations
    • Always searching for new and innovative ideas and strategies
  • The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, Missioner for Fresh Expressions

    The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, Missioner for Fresh Expressions

    513.543.0440 (mobile)

    Canon Jane Gerdsen works to encourage new forms of Christian Community across the Diocese of Southern Ohio. From 2015-2018, she served as the chair of the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Group on Church Planting and Missional Initiatives. Jane is an International Coaching Federation trained coach and enjoys coaching individuals, churches, and mission teams, exploring new mission opportunities and navigating change in our churches and neighborhoods.

    Jane is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to seminary, she was a Montessori teacher and worked as a Director of Religious Education. While in seminary, she interned with Ecclesia Ministries and was part of the Street Church community in Boston. After ordination she served for five years as the priest at the former St. Andrew’s, Dayton, before joining the bishop’s staff. She is an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral and has also begun serving as the part-time priest-in-charge at All Saint’s, Pleasant Ridge.

    In this position, Jane supports and oversees the following ministry areas:

    • Church Planting
    • Missional Engagement
    • Young Adult Ministries
    • Campus Ministry
    • Latino Ministry
    • Brendan’s Crossing/Episcopal Service Corps
    • Praxis Communities
    • Becoming Beloved Community Task Force
    • Diocesan Big Read task group

    Jane should be contacted directly concerning these ministries.

  • The Rev. Canon Jason Leo, Canon for Transitions and Congregational Vitality

    The Rev. Canon Jason Leo, Canon for Transitions and Congregational Vitality

    Ext.125
    (513) 379.2240 (mobile)

    Canon Jason Leo has served as Canon for Transitions since June 2018 and as Missioner for Congregational Vitality since January 2016. Previously he served as the rector of Calvary Church, Clifton from 2000 to 2015, and was vicar of Trinity, London from 1998 to 2000. Jason began his ministry in Southern Ohio as the Director of the Summer Camping program and Youth Ministries in 1994.

    In his ministry as advocate for all congregations, Jason oversees

    • Clergy Leadership Transitions
      • Clergy transition resources
      • Assessment prior to transition of congregations
    • Congregations in conflict
    • Congregations shifting to part-time clergy presence, extended ministry or ELCA partnership (under Called to Common Mission)
    • Mutual Ministry Reviews
    • Parish Re-starts

    Jason also serves as the bishop’s liaison to the Commission on Congregational Life (COCL) and to the Procter Center Board

    Sherri Martin serves as executive assistant to the Canons and serves also as Assistant Transitions Officer for the diocese. She or Canon Leo may be contacted concerning the ministries noted above.

  • Bill Macke, Accountant

    Bill Macke, Accountant

    bookkeeper@nulldiosohio.org
    Ext. 115
    513.632.6031 (direct)

    Bill Macke has been an accounting consultant for the diocese since October 2017. Bill received his bachelor’s degree in accountancy, and an associate degree in Business Administration from Thomas More University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration from Thomas More University, with an expected graduation date of March 2020.

    Bill’s responsibilities include:

    • Accounts payable
    • Chart of account maintenance
    • Historical analysis of expenses
    • Reconciling corporate credit cards
    • Vendor communication
  • Sherri Martin, Assistant Transition Officer & Executive Assistant to the Canons

    Sherri Martin, Assistant Transition Officer & Executive Assistant to the Canons

    Ext. 105
    513.632.6017 (direct)

    Sherri joined the bishop’s staff in January 2017 and now serves as the Assistant Transitions Officer and as Executive Assistant to the Canons. She has 20+ years in the human resources as well as the administrative field. Her background includes various industries including advertising and marketing, healthcare and consumer goods. Additionally, she does various youth activities for her church including Children in Action, a mission program geared towards boys and girls in grades 1 through 5.

    Sherri’s responsibilities include

    • Assistant Transitions Officer – A diocesan contact for regional search consultants, vestry and search as well as clergy discerning a new calling.
    • Staff support for the following:
      • Commission on Ministry
      • Diocesan Council
      • Canon to the Ordinary
      • Canon for Formation and Social Justice
      • Dispatch of Business
      • ACCR
  • Julie Murray, Associate Director of Communications

    Julie Murray, Associate Director of Communications

    Ext. 110
    513.632.6011 (direct)
    513.266.8396 (mobile)

    Julie has been a member of the diocesan staff since 2003. She has previously served as receptionist and information specialist, bishop’s assistant and communications specialist for the diocese. She has served as Associate Director of Communications since 2013.

    Julie is a lifelong Episcopalian and Cincinnati resident. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Cincinnati. Julie is married to John Murray; they have 2 grown children and live in western Cincinnati with their rescue dogs Molly and Angel, and are active members of St. James, Westwood.

    Julie’s responsibilities include

    • Editor of Connections and e-Connections
    • Database administration
    • Online registration forms
    • Calendar updates
    • Website content maintenance and design
    • Publications
    • Photography

  • The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat, Canon for Formation and Social Justice

    The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat, Canon for Formation and Social Justice

    lareat@nulldiosohio.org
    Ext. 104
    614.214.4236 (mobile)

    Canon Lee Anne Reat serves as Canon for Formation and Social Justice Ministries. She joined the bishop’s staff in 2018 after serving as vicar of St. John’s, Columbus. Ordained ministry experiences include work with marginalized populations, community organizing, using Asset Based Community Development, mentoring lay preachers and diaconal formation. Prior to ordination Canon Reat taught Early Childhood Education and directed an education policy organization.

    Canon Reat is the bishop’s liaison for:

    • Licensed Lay Ministries
      • Lay Worship Leaders
      • Lay Preachers
      • Lay Eucharistic Ministers
      • Lay Eucharistic Visitors
    • Education for Ministry (EfM)
    • Anti-Racism Training
    • Safe Church Training
    • Clergy Days
    • Professional Development Grants
    • Faith in Life Grants
    • Fresh Start for clergy in new cures
    • Diocesan Learning Portal (www.dsolearning.org)
    • Global Mission initiatives
    • Social Justice Ministries, Education, and Advocacy

    Sherri Martin serves as executive assistant to the Canons.  She or Canon Reat may be contacted concerning the ministries noted above.

  • David Robinson, Chief Financial Officer

    David Robinson, Chief Financial Officer

    Ext. 114
    513.632.6019 (direct)

    David Robinson serves as the chief financial officer for the diocese and has served in that capacity since January 2010. His responsibilities include oversight of all diocesan financial operations including: diocesan budget; accounting operations; payroll and ben- efits, mission share review requests; church loan administration, endowments, investments, records retention, Treasurer’s workshops, Church Insurance, diocesan administrator for Church Pension Group, and corporate secretary to the Church Foundation, 412 Sycamore Inc., and the Trustees of the Diocese.

    David serves as the bishop’s liaison to

    • Diocesan Council
    • Trustees of the Diocese
    • 412 Sycamore Inc
    • Church Foundation
    • Budget Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Advisory Commission on Compensation and Resources
    • Procter Center Board
  • Ann Sabo, Executive Assistant to the Bishop

    Ann Sabo, Executive Assistant to the Bishop

    Ext. 103
    513.632.6018 (direct)

    Ann has served as Executive Assistant to Bishop Breidenthal since 2015. She has over 25 years’ experience as an executive assistant in various industries that include software communication, clinical research and home organization.

    Ann oversees and supports in the following areas:

    • Ecclesiastical oversight
    • Clergy License to Officiate
    • Second Marriage Requests
    • Letters Dimissory
    • Letter of Endorsement
    • Canonical Residency
    • Appointments with Bishop
    • Bishop’s annual congregational visitations
    • Area Confirmations
    • Convention Secretary
    • Pre-Convention Hearings
    • Diocesan Event Coordination

    Ann also serves as the bishop’s liaison for the Affirmative Aging Committee, Standing Committee, Lawrence Home Association and Clergy Daughter Tuition Fund.

  • Tammie Vanoss, Director of Information Technology

    Tammie Vanoss, Director of Information Technology

    Ext. 113
    513.632.6020 (direct)
    513.987.0650 (mobile)

    As part of the collaboration with Christ Church Cathedral, Tammie was named Director of Information Technology for both the bishop’s staff and the cathedral staff in 2018. A member of the bishop’s staff since 2015, Tammie brings her excitement for congregational development to churches as they explore the new technology frontier by assisting them with IT needs and app and website creation.

    Tammie is a cradle Episcopalian who attended many Episcopal churches growing up during multiple moves stateside and overseas. She began database programming as a Department of Energy contractor at the Fernald site and moved on to develop software for companies such as Toyota, Dr. Pepper, P&G, and Eli Lilly.

    Tammie’s responsibilities include:

    • Website architecture/design
    • Domain licensing/maintenance
    • Office 365 licensing/administration
    • End-user hardware and software
  • Erick Williams, Receptionist

    Erick Williams, Receptionist

    Ext. 100

    Erick has been a member of the bishop’s staff since 2004. Coming to the diocese from the cathedral staff, he started off as a maintenance worker but with his friendly voice and welcoming demeanor, he was approached about becoming the receptionist in early 2006. He has been known as the “Voice of the Diocese” ever since. During his tenure, Erick has worked alongside three bishops, several cathedral deans and loads of clergy. A people person, he loves talking and communicating with everyone who calls and visits. If you are ever feeling down and out, call Diocesan House – and Erick’s warm and friendly voice will perk you right up!

Procter Center

Procter Center staff employees’ emails follow this pattern:

FirstInitialLastName @ proctercenter dot com

  • Amy Boyd, Executive Director

    Amy Boyd, Executive Director
  • Robin Kimbler, Guest Services Manager

    Robin Kimbler, Guest Services Manager
  • Andrea Foote, Director of Camp and Youth Ministry

    Andrea Foote, Director of Camp and Youth Ministry

    Andrea Foote has been on staff at Procter Center since December, 2016. Andrea supports congregational leaders, clergy and youth ministers in building youth ministry programs, and directs our diocesan summer camp program.  She is available for consultation and especially enjoys visiting parishes to meet your community. In the summer, Andrea moves to Procter to facilitate nine sessions of camp. She loves the community created through camp and building relationships with youth and families from around our Diocese at Procter.

    Andrea has a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara; she previously served as the Camp Director at The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, CA and on the Bishop’s staff as Associate for Discipleship in the Diocese of California. Andrea lives in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati with her wife Maggie Foote, and enjoys cooking, yoga, playing rugby and hiking with their two dogs, Kipper and Jasper.

    Contact Andrea for questions about camp or support with faith formation and youth ministry development. For more details about summer camp visit: www.proctercenter.org/camp

  • Susie Lindig, Food Service Coordinator

    Susie Lindig, Food Service Coordinator
  • Cathy White, Housekeeping Coordinator

    Cathy White, Housekeeping Coordinator
  • Harry White, Facilities Coordinator

    Harry White, Facilities Coordinator
  • Bethany McCarty, Farm Manager

    Bethany McCarty, Farm Manager
  • Berniece Colliflower, Food Service/Housekeeping Assistant

    Berniece Colliflower, Food Service/Housekeeping Assistant

Special Ministries

  • The Rev. Terri Thornton, ECSF Ministry Leader

    The Rev. Terri Thornton, ECSF Ministry Leader
  • The Rev. Leslie Flemming, Chaplain to Clergy Spouses and Partners

    The Rev. Leslie Flemming, Chaplain to Clergy Spouses and Partners
  • The Rev. Bill Scrivener, Chaplain to Clergy Spouses and Partners

    The Rev. Bill Scrivener, Chaplain to Clergy Spouses and Partners
  • The Rev. Tom and Nancye Van Brunt, Chaplains to Retired Clergy

    The Rev. Tom and Nancye Van Brunt, Chaplains to Retired Clergy
  • Joseph Dehner, Chancellor

    Joseph Dehner, Chancellor
  • Rob Kranz, Treasurer

    Rob Kranz, Treasurer

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