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)
Angela Byrd, Bookkeeper/Accountant
(513) 421.0311 ext. 127
Angela has worked for the Diocese of Southern Ohio since January 2012. She has a Bachelor’s 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.
Her responsibilities include: Payroll; benefits administration (Pension, medical, life); finance; office administration (financial report distribution, treasurer changes, diocesan budget requests and church audit submissions); other general accounting.
Susan Byrnside, Bookkeeper/Accountant
(513) 421.0311 ext. 112
Susan has been a member of the diocesan staff since September 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. Susan is married to Allen Byrnside; they have 2 daughters, Kayla and Caroline.
Her responsibilities include: Mission share (calculation, billing, deposits, accounting and report generation); church loan administration, electronic payment reconciliation (summer camp, workshops, grants and donations); investments accounting; endowment management; audit preparation; other general accounting
The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon to the Ordinary (effective 10/1/18)
(513) 421.0311 ext. 102
The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She has twenty-five years of leadership experience 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.
Lynn has been married for 35 years to the Rev. Frank A. Edmands, also an Episcopal priest. They live in Fort Thomas, KY with their two dogs, Sophie Lorraine and Ruby Lucille. She loves her diocesan work with congregations and clergy and enjoys singing, art, sewing, travel, reading, and spending time with family.
Carine de Lange, Operations Executive
(513) 421.0311 ext. 108
Carine, originally from South Africa, moved to the United States 9 years ago with her husband Martin and son Adriaan. She subsequently has become an American citizen. Carine most recently was the Director of Operations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati. She has two South African law degrees and a former career in banking compliance.
David Dreisbach, Director of Communications
(513) 421.0311 Ext. 150, (513) 632.6023 (D), (513) 545.0184 (C)
David is a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. 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 advertising to work for the diocese. His disparate background of religious studies and advertising made sense for the the first time. He’s been an Episcopalian since 2003 and has been on diocesan staff since June of 2013.
He is married to Dori, a licensed massage therapist and has two children; Dylan and Anna. The Dreisbach family also includes three dogs and a gerbil.
The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, Ministry Developer for Fresh Expressions
The Rev. Jane Gerdsen serves as Missioner for Fresh Expressions and Praxis Communities for the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She is also currently the chair of the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Group on Church Planting.
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, Jane interned with Ecclesia Ministries and was part of the Street Church community in Boston. She then served for five years as the priest of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio.
The Rev. Canon Jason Leo, Canon for Transitions and Congregational Vitality
Jason 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.
Sherri Martin, Assistant Transition Officer & Executive Assistant to the Canons
(513) 421.0311 ext. 105
Sherri joined the Diocese in January 2017. She has 20+ years in the administrative and human resources fields in various industries including advertising and marketing, healthcare and consumer goods.
Sherri and her husband, Dave, have been married 25 years. They have one son, Daniel, who attends Western Kentucky University. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, reading and watching (most) sporting events with her family.
Julie Murray, Associate Director of Communications
(513) 421.0311 ext. 110; (513) 632.6011 (D) (513) 266.8396 (M)
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 was named Associate Director of Communications and editor of Connections in 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, Matt and Megan. Empty nesters, Julie and John live in western Cincinnati with their adorable dogs Molly and Angel, and are active members of St. James, Westwood.
Her responsibilities include: Editor of Connections and e-Connections; online registration forms; website updates; publications; photography.
Bob Penders, Property Manager
The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat, Canon for Formation
Lee Anne comes to the bishop’s staff after serving as vicar of St. John’s, Columbus, for over 21 years, following a residency at St. Patrick’s, Dublin and coordinating the diocesan Education Resource Center. She grew up at St. John’s, Worthington, where she was active in youth ministry and has fond memories of Procter Camp. She has served the diocese as co-coordinator of the Lay Preaching School and School for Diaconal Ministry, and as a member of Diocesan Council and Standing Committee. In this part-time position as Canon for Formation, she will provide oversight for lay leadership and social justice ministries. Lee Anne will remain in the Columbus area and will begin her new ministry on August 1.
David Robinson, Chief Financial Officer
(513) 421.0311 ext. 114
Responsibilities include: Oversight of all diocesan financial operation including; diocesan budget; accounting operations; Mission share review requests; church loan administration, endowments; diocesan property management; investments; records retention; Treasurer’s workshops; Church insurance; diocesan administrator for Church Pension Group, corporate secretary to Church Foundation, 412 Sycamore Inc., and Trustees of the Diocese; liaison to Budget Committee, Advisory Committee on Compensation and Resources, Stewardship, Finance Committee. Church-wide: Conference of Diocesan Executives.
Ann Sabo, Executive Assistant to the Bishop
(513) 421.0311 ext. 103
Ann Sabo joined the staff in November 2015 and is just as excited to be here as the day she started. Ann provides administrative support to Bishop Breidenthal and is currently assisting in the areas of CoM and Transitions. Ann has enjoyed a long career in the executive administrative field for more than 20 years in the Computer Software, Paper, and Home Building industries.
Ann is married, a mother of 4 and grandmother of 2. She lives in Loveland, OH and enjoys travel, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Tammie Vanoss, Director of Information Technology
(513) 421.0311 ext. 113
Tammie has been a member of the diocesan staff since 2015. She hopes to bring 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. After becoming a mom, Tammie began freelance web development and loved every moment of staying at home with her daughter. Tammie is married to Jon Boss II; they are the parents of middle schooler, Geneva. The Boss family, along with a plethora of dogs and cats, live in Wyoming and attend Ascension & Holy Trinity.
Erick Williams, Receptionist
Erick Williams has worked for the diocese since July 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!
Erick has been married to his wife Tina for 31 years. They have one daughter, Ericka. Erick enjoys roller skating and working around his home.
Amy Boyd, Executive Director
Robin Kimbler, Guest Services Manager
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
Cathy White, Housekeeping Coordinator
Harry White, Facilities Coordinator
Bethany McCarty, Farm Manager
Berniece Colliflower, Food Service/Housekeeping Assistant
The Rev. Terri Thornton, ECSF Ministry Leader
The Rev. Leslie Flemming, 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
Joseph Dehner, Chancellor
Rob Kranz, Treasurer