The Vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church in the City of New York is the legal, canonical, and fiduciary “board of trustees” for the church.
The Rector is chairman of the Vestry. Wardens, elected for up to three consecutive two-year terms, are the lay chairs of the Vestry, and have canonical authority for the parish when the rectorship is vacant. Members are elected for up to two consecutive three-year terms. Governed by national and diocesan canon law, New York State Religious Corporation law, and our own by-laws, the Vestry leads the parish in setting policies and goals, maintaining the buildings, and raising financial support for the mission of the parish.
For questions about the Vestry or to contact individual members, please email the Executive Assistant to the Rector, Millard Cook, or call 212-378-0263.
Peter Kendall, Warden
Peter joined St. Bart’s with his wife Sara and three children, Geordie, Barnaby and Billy in 1990. He served on the Vestry in the early nineties and was a member of the choir and a lay reader. Peter retired in 2005 after a long career in International business based in New York, London and Hong Kong. He was elected to the Vestry again in 2008 and has served as chair of the Compensation Committee and also as a member of several committees including Planning and Budget, Building, Investment, and the Governance Committee. He became a Warden in 2010.
Peter lives on the Upper West Side. He has recently stepped down as President of his Co-op Board and as Vice Chair of the greater New York Advisory Board of the Salvation Army to spend more time on his responsibilities at St. Barts and personal interests.
Anne Adams Rabbino, Warden
Anne is a lawyer specializing in commercial real estate. She also represents the issuer of tax-exempt debt for the benefit of museums and other cultural institutions. She is currently a partner with Bryant Rabbino LLP.
Anne has served as Warden of St. Bart’s since 2009. She has been an active Episcopalian for thirty years and joined St. Bart’s in 2003, where she was drawn by the rich spiritual life. She is very grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Warden and to work with the clergy, staff and volunteers who make St. Bart’s an exciting and interesting community.
Anne and Bob Rabbino have been married for more than 40 years and live on the Upper West Side. They are the proud and fortunate parents of two daughters who also live in New York. They have three grandchildren.
Douglas Tanner, Chancellor
My wife Carol and I moved to New York City in 2004 and began to shop around for a church among the Episcopal churches in the city. Twenty years earlier we spent three years in New York City, and I served on the Vestry of St. Michael’s on the Upper West Side. Since we settled on the Upper East Side this time to be near our daughter’s school, we focused in this area. After a couple of years of sampling, we chose St. Bart’s, attracted by the intelligent sermons from Bill Tully, the amazing music program shepherded by Bill Trafka and the warm environment created by the parishioners.
When I was asked to consider joining the vestry this early 2009, I felt humbled and pleased to be able to contribute to this great institution. The Episcopal Church has been part of our family’s lives forever. I have moved for business several times, and as a result Carol and I have lived in seven cities in our over 30 years of marriage, and we have always been a part of an Episcopal parish (Okay, for our nine years in Hong Kong we made due with the Church of England!) I have found religion to be a stabilizing force in our moves and an opportunity to meet people who like me are trying to address our complex world and grow in our faith. I have always been active in church life in one way or another, whether as a choir member and acolyte in my youth, as a member of the Vestry (Church Council for the Church of England), Sunday School teacher, men’s group member or simply enjoying the company of other parishioners with our children as they grew. It is a privilege and challenge to be involved in a church with as much history as St. Bart’s, with as beautiful, large and complex a physical facility, and with as many programs and ways it contributes to the community.
Carol and I have three children, two through college and in the early stages of spreading their wings as adults, and the last in college. We love New York and the offerings and challenges of an urban environment. We are still getting to know members of the parish here, and it is a joy to do so. I am currently on the development committee of the vestry, attempting to assist in these trying financial times and allow St. Bart’s to return to a position of being able to offer the best programs and resources to the community. We challenge ourselves to give generously to all charities, but especially both to the annual fund, to support the church’s basic mission, and to the capital campaign for St. Bart’s, to maintain and restore the grandeur of the building we have inherited.
I practice law as a partner with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, currently as the head of the securities practice. I grew up in Palo Alto, California, and received my undergraduate, MBA, and JD degrees from Stanford University. After this parochial start, I have bounced between, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. I met my wife Carol in our freshman dormitory at Stanford, and not surprisingly we are very active in Stanford activities.
Fletcher Hodges, III
Anthony P. Marshall
Percy Preston, Jr.
Catherine Belford Budd
Catherine Belford Budd is an obstetrician-gynecologist, retired from clinical practice but currently teaching part-time at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Catherine’s clinical practice was at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where her responsibilities included teaching medical students and residents in the classroom and clinical settings. She was also co-director of the medical student program for obstetrics and gynecology. Catherine received her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
At St. Bart’s Catherine is a member of the Rector Search Committee and recently completed two years as a co-chair of the Stewardship Committee. She continues to support stewardship staff by assisting in the office. Catherine is currently enrolled in EfM (Education for Ministry) and has participated in previous book and study groups. She is also a board member of Spectrum Symphony, a 501(c)(3) orchestra based in Manhattan, and an active member of the Advocacy Leadership Committee at NCJW-NY, which exposes and addresses sex trafficking through public awareness, education and advocacy.
Soon after Catherine and her husband David moved from Bucks County, Pennsylvania to Manhattan in 2011, they experienced a true St. Bart’s welcome and found their new church home. Catherine and David are inspired by the music, preaching, clergy, and community at St. Bart’s. They are members of a dedicated Circles Group which gathers monthly for dinner, fellowship and Compline.
Catherine and David have two daughters. Joanna is a Resident MD in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and lives with her husband in Minneapolis. Lauren is a RN on Labor and Delivery at Mount Sinai and lives with her husband in Brooklyn. Catherine is a flutist, enjoys playing chamber music, and loves the abundant and diverse theater and music offerings in New York City.
Hunter T. Carter
As a lawyer for nearly a quarter of a century, Hunter has worked on a broad array of commercial and corporate litigation matters while also spearheading representations seeking social justice. Hunter is a partner with the law firm of Arent Fox LLP. His professional activities are diverse, encompassing the areas of ethics, Latin America, and the LGBT community. He is a member of the New York State Bar Ethics Committee; chairs the New York City Bar Association Committee on Inter-American Affairs; and writes a blog called Colombia Law & Business Post.
Hunter co-authored the New York State Bar Association report endorsing same-sex marriage in 2009. He is currently counsel to MOVILH, the Chilean LGBTI rights group, and recently lodged a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights denouncing Chile’s denial of marriage rights to three same-sex couples.
He was elected to the editorial boards of the University of Miami Law Review and the Virginia Journal of International Law and is fluent in Spanish and French. Hunter’s social justice work has included chairing several committees and serving as a director and an officer of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, in Washington, D.C., battling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, during the 1990s. He has also served on the board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Caring for Colombia Foundation, and is currently a member of the board of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar, promoting pro bono legal services and access to justice programs throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Hunter started attending St. Bart’s in 2011 and was quickly drawn into the parish by the “radical” welcome offered here. He is moved by the insightful and caring clergy and their inspiring preaching, and the parish’s devotion to God through the weekly Eucharist. He is also deeply grateful for the soaring music, the LGBT community, and the book classes.
Hunter and his husband César Zapata, met in 2000, and were married in a joyous musical ceremony by Buddy Stallings and Edward Sunderland at St. Bart’s in June, 2012. They divide their time between New York and Medellín, Colombia, César’s hometown, where he loves to travel, read, and cook.
Peter B. de Menocal
Peter deMenocal is a professor (and recently chair) at Columbia University in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His research at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory explores how and why climate has changed in the past and how this has impacted living systems including human evolution and ancient cultures. He’s leading the new Center for Climate & Life initiative at Columbia and is active in education, outreach, and communication of climate change issues.
Peter and Yuko are parents of two cheerful, highly original twin girls, Grace and Maaya. After Peter arrived in New York in 1987 for his graduate studies at Columbia, he searched off and on for a church community until 2004 when he discovered St. Bart’s. It was at St. Bart’s where he found the spiritual home that resonated with his own values, a view that is captured in the Sunday welcome notice. He joined the church in 2010.
St. Bart’s is a rare gem in this city - a place of purpose, community, and worship that many more might appreciate. This is a time to give back in life, and a flourishing, supporting parish will need more members as well as families with children. Peter has two older brothers and a father, all of whom have been wardens or vestry members in their own parishes, so he understands the expectation and responsibility.
Peter loves the ocean and the countryside, two things in short supply in the city. So he and his family regularly go to an old farmhouse in the Berkshires or to the ocean, sailing when they can. Peter would like to return to oil painting which was a passion some years ago and Yuko and the girls have taken to the piano in earnest.
Michael T. Duffy
Michael Thomas Duffy is the Managing Director for Victory Education Partners, a national organization that supports charter schools, which is headquartered in NYC. Michael assumed this role after having served for three years as Director of the Charter School Office for the New York City Department of Education, under the leadership of Chancellor Joel Klein. In his current job he is focused on the launch of a new charter school—The Great Oaks Charter School—in Newark, in the Fall of 2011.
For over 10 years Michael has worked to build public charter schools: he was the Executive Director of the City on a Hill Charter Public School, a small college-prep high school in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston; he also helped to launch the MATCH Charter High school in Boston, leading that school’s capital campaign.
Michael’s efforts in education grew out of his work in the civil rights movement. In 1991 Massachusetts Governor William Weld appointed him as Chairman and Commissioner of the state civil rights commission. He later served as co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign, the national gay and lesbian civil rights organization. He has worked on political campaigns, beginning in 1987 when he was Finance Director for former Congressman Christopher Shay’s first Congressional campaign.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College, Hartford, Michael received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is now in the process of settling into a new home in Carnegie Hill with his partner Patrick Derosier. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Michael was officially received into the Episcopal Church when he lived in Boston and was a member of Trinity Church.
John is a thirty-one year executive of Citigroup who has held a variety of senior level positions in global finance focusing on business strategy, portfolio and risk management for the Corporate and Investment Bank and Global Consumer Group based in the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom and Brazil. He is currently the chief operational officer for Fundamental Credit Risk for Citi.
John, along with his wife Frederique Henriot, has been a member of St. Bart’s since 2002. John has previously served on the Vestry of St. Bart’s, and was chair of the Investment Committee, a member of the Planning and Budget Committee, a member of the Governance Committee, and involved in the oversight of the operations of Inside Park. Frederique’s daughters Luz and Amber are proud members of the
St. Bart’s Choristers.
John has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations in the greater New York area. John is also a Partner and Director of Heart Tail Ranch, Ltd., a family-owned ranch management enterprise in Texas.
John was born in San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in Manhattan with Frederique, Luz and Amber. His daughter, Allie, lives in Vail, Colorado, and his son, Brittain, lives in Austin, Texas. John is an enthusiastic fly-fisher and golfer.
Morihiko Goto (五藤盛彦）
Morihiko (Mori) Goto has worked on Wall Street for over 30 years and is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Goto Capital Markets, Inc. Prior to launching his own firm, he had held senior positions at several firms including Managing Director of RBS Greenwich Capital and Merrill Lynch & Company. Mori holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, where he was elected a member of Honors Seminar of Professor Michihiro Ohyama. Mori also has an MBA double major in Finance and Money & Financial Markets from Columbia Business School, which he earned in an accelerated 16-month program.
Mori is the Chair of the St. Bart's Vestry Planning and Budget Committee and serves on the Vestry Governance Committee and the Vestry Investment Committee, as well as a Trustee of the Diocesan Investment Trust of the Diocese of New York. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Crossroads Community Services, Inc., a 501(C)(3) community service corporation affiliated with St. Bart’s. He volunteers in the Crossroads’ Homeless Shelter, preparing dinner and staying overnight in the shelter to provide host and security services.
Mori Goto first experienced the “radical welcome” at St. Bart’s on Christmas Eve 2006 when, on the steps of the church, Bill Tully invited him to join the 4 pm service, notwithstanding Mori's reservations about not being a Christian. Mori was raised in Tokyo in a family where generations of his mother’s ancestors have been the ministers overseeing a reformed Buddhist temple continuously since the mid-15th century. Mori was baptized at St. Bart's on September 16, 2007, by Bill Tully and reaffirmed by Bishop Roskam on April 27, 2008.
Mori lives on the Upper East Side and enjoys the NY Philharmonic, playing jazz guitar, travel, and black diamond skiing, as well as his numerous charitable pursuits. Mori is also a Delta Society-registered Therapy-Pet handler and he brings his registered therapy dog Ellie the Toy Poodle to local nursing homes and a hospital on a monthly basis He has a daughter, Lisa, who graduated from the Brearley School and Bowdoin College and is now studying to become a physician at Drexel University College of Medicine. She joins Mori at St. Bart’s for holiday services and has also volunteered at the shelter.
Robert Gutheil recently retired after a forty-plus year career in chief executive positions in the human services field in New York City. He served as Executive Director of Episcopal Social Services (now Sheltering Arms) until retirement, following similar positions at The Salvation Army and Lutheran Social Services. The New York City Council issued a special proclamation in 2010 honoring him for a lifetime of service to the city. Other awards include the National Award for Excellence in Social Work from The Salvation Army, the Champions for Children Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Children’s Initiatives, the Leadership Award from Life Services for the Handicapped, and the Unsung Heroes from the Day Care Council of New York. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and Concordia Seminary.
He is currently a member of the Rector Search Committee at St. Bart’s. He is a long-time usher. He has served two terms on the St. Bart’s Vestry, serving on various committees and as parish Treasurer. He was the first chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Religious Inquiry, working closely with Rabbi Leonard Schoolman in those initial years. Currently he serves on several charitable boards—the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Church Club of New York, West End Residences for the Homeless, Life Services for the Handicapped, and the Day Care Council of New York. Earlier positions included the Vestry of St. Thomas Church and the Board of Episcopal Charities.
Robert and his wife Karen (who serves as a Lay Eucharist Minister) have been members of St. Bart’s since 1996. They were drawn by the church’s radical welcome, the vigor and intelligence of Bill Tully’s preaching, the high liturgical standards and the physical beauty of the sanctuary. Those same high standards, plus now an enduring network of close friends in the parish, keep them very committed here.
Robert was born and raised in New York City. He and Karen have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Manhattan and take as full advantage as possible of the city’s cultural life—opera, theater, concerts, museums and more.
Jinsoo H. Kim
Jinsoo Kim is a partner at the global law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, specializing in corporate finance transactions, including acquisition financings and debt restructuring. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked as a community organizer. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
At St. Bart’s, Jinsoo is a member of its volunteer choir, the St. Bart’s Singers and the Welcome Committee of the church, and is also active with the meditation group, the Living Christ Sangha.
Jinsoo currently serves on the board of directors of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a national legal advocacy organization based in New York City. She previously served on the boards of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and Grassroots International as well as various advisory boards of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
When she was looking for a church home in New York City, Jinsoo was drawn to St. Bart’s by the consistently relevant and powerful preaching of its clergy, the beauty of its music and sacred space and the graciousness and open-mindedness with which things seem to be done at St. Bart’s generally. St. Bart’s has been a place of great nourishment and community for her, and she is grateful to be a part of the wonderful mission of this special place.
Jinsoo was born in South Korea and immigrated to the States with her family when she was 7 years old. She grew up as a preacher’s kid in Ohio and California, and moved to the East Coast in her mid-twenties.
Mary joined St. Barts in 2007 after she and her husband Peter Sullivan moved to New York from Los Angeles. They choose St. Bart’s because they both responded to the excellent preaching, beautiful liturgy and music and overall culture here. In fact, before the move, they periodically worshipped at St. Bart’s when their travels took them to New York.
Mary has had a varied and multi-faceted career. For 19 years and until she left the work force to stay at home with their young twin daughters, Mary worked in large scale IT for companies such as IBM and Bank of America . When her daughters started junior high school, she returned to work on a part-time basis. Since then, she has researched child care and early childhood funding, prepared business plans for a Hollywood producer/wellness entrepreneur, and worked at a home-based computer software company. Before retiring in 2013, Mary worked for several years (both in LA and subsequently from NY) as operations director for a boutique PR firm in Los Angeles.
Since joining St. Bart’s, Mary has been an active member, participating in several discernment committees, serving as a Stewardship partner, working as a gift captain for the Christmas Miracles program, participating in the St. Bart’s Habitat for Humanity trip to the Dominican Republic, and volunteering at the sales desk at St. Bart’s Central. In recent years, she has been extensively involved visiting home-bound parishioners.
When Mary lived in Los Angeles, she attended All Saints Beverly Hills, where she was a member for 17 years. There she was involved in many church activities including serving as Junior and Senior Warden of the Vestry and as co-chair of the Building Committee.
Mary met Peter when they were college students in New York in the 1970s. They have 29-year old twin daughters who live in Brooklyn. Her interests include traveling, walking, reading and attending mystery conventions.
Heather Mitchell is a literary agent at the venerable Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. GSLA has a diverse list of clients, representing a wide range of national and international best selling authors in all genres of fiction and non-fiction.
Heather was born and raised in Montreal but moved to Paris in 1979 to begin her career working for the Association of Tennis Professionals, Proserv and International Management Group (IMG) where she became the first female sports agent of male professional tennis players. While still living and working in Europe in the eighties, Heather wandered into St. Bartholomew's Church and has never left her spiritual home. In December of 1994, she married her husband George Mitchell at St. Bart's, which was the first wedding at which the newly arrived Rev. Bill Tully officiated. Their children, Andrew and Claire, were both baptized at St. Bart's and serve as acolytes and members of the youth group.
The Mitchell family divides their time between New York and Maine, where Heather serves on the board of the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute. Each year, a Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from every public high school in Maine to attend college; selection is based on academic promise, financial need and a history of community service. The program has awarded over $9 million in financial assistance to more than 2,000 Maine students since it was created in 1995.
Liza Page Nelson
Liza Page Nelson is currently an independent consultant, advisor and board director-for-hire on behalf of for-profit and investment companies and non-profit enterprises. Liza’s career spans more than 30 years of managerial and operating leadership, business development, strategy, marketing, finance, investment, and consulting in for-profit companies and non-profit enterprises, with a healthcare industry focus. This includes more than 12 years in health care and technology venture capital investing with Investor Growth Capital, primarily as a Managing Director, and 10 years as an executive with the global pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Prior to Pfizer, she was with The Boston Consulting Group and Warburg Pincus. Liza has nearly 20 years of experience as a director on public and private boards and has chaired or served on audit, compensation, finance, governance, nominating and advisory committees of these boards.
Liza has been on the Vestry and a member of its Investment and Planning & Budget Committees for 3 years and served as St. Bart’s Treasurer for 2 years. She has been an Usher and a director of Crossroads Community Services, the 501(c)(3) that operates the soup kitchen, food pantry and shelter for St. Bart’s. Liza leads an Education for Ministry (EfM) seminar at St. Bart’s as the EfM Mentor.
“I began attending services at St. Bart’s in 2000, became a regular in 2008, an official member in 2010 and call St. Bart’s my spiritual home. I remain moved by “The Rule of St. Benedict” on the front steps and the “radical welcome” when St. Bart’s invites any and all to share the Eucharist table. St. Bart’s has nourished me at this table, with exquisite liturgy and music, with classes like “Life 101” and “Explore,” in book discussion seminars, through the EfM program. St. Bart’s clergy have continued to teach and nurture me through thoughtful, intelligent conversations and sermons that open mind and heart. Vestry service, for me, is an act of gratitude for the many gifts St. Bart’s has given me, and one way to support St. Bart’s in making such gifts available for others.”
Liza was raised in Southern California as a “none,” celebrating secular Christmas and Easter. She came east for college (Wesleyan), worked in Manhattan, got a Master’s (Yale) and returned to Manhattan-based work and life. Liza and her husband David Shotland live on the Upper East Side. They enjoy cooking for friends, hiking and cycling, travel and music.
Alex Robertson is President and Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Management LLC. Alex joined Tiger in 2008 after graduating from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001, Alex worked for Senator Elizabeth Dole in Washington, DC, from 2003 to 2006 as a legislative assistant. Alex serves as co-chair of the Tiger Foundation and serves as trustee at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Boys Club New York, East Lake Foundation, and The Robertson Foundation, and sits on the advisory council at Stanford GSB. Alex has attended St. Bart’s since 2008 and it is an integral component of his life. All three children—Tucker and Charlie (age 2), and Daisy (8 months)—were baptized in the chapel, and Alex and his wife Alexandra were fortunate enough to have been married by Bill Tully. The family regularly attends the 8 am service, and lives on the Upper East Side.
Barbara Case Senchak
Barbara Case Senchak is most recently a semi-retired art dealer who has developed and curated art collections for individuals and corporations for 2 decades. A former syndicated radio interview host and producer, Barbara’s focus was on women in developing
countries for which her programs were awarded by American Women in Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. She also consulted in communications for the US Department of State and NGOs.
Prior to moving to Manhattan in 2011, Barbara and her husband Andrew, and son Alex, were members of Christ Church Short Hills in New Jersey where she served on the vestry, in the choir, as stewardship chair, as usher, and where she completed Education for Ministry.
She was the parish coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and was the national co-chair for ERD’s Malaria NestforLife campaign from 2008-2012. Currently, Barbara is on ERD’s steering committee for the 75th Anniversary and a member of ERD’s Communications Advisory Committee.
In the Arts, Barbara is Membership Chairman and on the Development Committee of the MacDowell Colony, America’s first art colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Barbara and husband Andrew, who is Chairman of Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, have attended St. Bart’s since their move to Manhattan, while their son Alex is married and serves on the stewardship committee of Trinity Church in Boston where he is a professional fundraiser for non-profit organizations.
“One sermon by Buddy and I was hooked,” says Barbara who serves on the board of Crossroad’s Community service, volunteers at the shelter and food program, ushers and enjoys the ambiance and diversity of St. Bart’s community. “St. Bart’s is really the best spiritual home I have ever had.”
Susannah Wade Lewis
In December of 2014, Susannah left behind a seven-year career in residential real estate sales with Brown Harris Stevens in order to pursue graduate work in medicine and public health at Columbia University. This is an exciting return for Susannah to yet incomplete goals; it was for a laboratory research role at Memorial Sloan Kettering that Susannah originally moved to Manhattan in 2003.
Susannah was raised in the Episcopal Church and grew up as a member of Trinity Church, Boston. When she moved to Manhattan in 2003, it was her father, an Episcopal priest himself, who suggested St. Bart’s to her as a possible church home in New York. Susannah was initially drawn to the powerful worship experience of St. Bart’s -the preaching, the music, and the architecture- and to the great welcome that clergy, staff, and parishioners alike all extended. She became active with the 20’s/30’s Group as well as with Stewardship efforts. She chaired the 20’s/30’s group from 2007-2010, and in conjunction with the group, established a series of fundraising events to benefit the preservation and restoration of the church’s landmark buildings. Susannah additionally served on the Parish Council from 2005-2008 and led the Young Adults portion of the Parish Life project in 2010. From 2011-2013, Susannah co-chaired the Stewardship Campaign and, in the Spring of 2014, joined the board of the St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy where she is glad to be involved once again with the long term preservation efforts of the architectural masterpiece that is St. Bart’s.
Susannah is also active with the Leadership Committee of the Central Park Conservancy’s Greensward Circle and with the annual funds of Choate Rosemary Hall and Wellesley College. She and her husband William live on the Upper East Side with their two exceptional poodles, M. Caelius Rufus and Kippy.
Chantel N. Stevens
Chantal N. Stevens has worked in education for more than 15 years and currently serves as the National Director of Programs at A Better Chance. Prior to joining A Better Chance, Chantal worked in various roles for the City University of New York (CUNY). Working first at Baruch College, she then went on to serve as a special project coordinator on a joint initiative between the University and New York City’s Office for Human Resources Administration. In her last role at CUNY, she served as the Assistant Director for Recruitment and Admissions Counseling at The City College of New York.
Chantal joined St. Bart’s four years ago. Since becoming a member, Chantal has taken part in a variety of community service and outreach initiatives, either led by St. Bart’s or with St. Bart’s as a partner, including delivering food to needy New Yorkers with Coalition for the Homeless, Fare Share Friday and the Christmas Miracles Project. In addition to St. Bart’s, Chantal aims to stay connected to her community in different ways. She is a former board member of St. Mark the Evangelist School where she served for five years. In 2014 she served on the Spence School’s Community Standards Task Force that was charged with creating common language to appropriately educate, communicate, and emphasize clear expectations for community standards regarding behavior. Simultaneously, in June 2015, she completed a two-year term as the parent chair of the school’s annual fund. Since 2008, she has served as an advisory board member of the National Partnership for Educational Access headquartered in Boston, MA.
At St. Bart’s Chantal has felt welcomed by the congregation ever since accepting an invitation to attend service by the Mitchells, longtime parishioners. The great preaching and a true sense of “walking the walk” are just two of the things that keep her here and involved.
Chantal lives in Harlem, NY, with her daughter Zadie, who is active in the youth ministry at St. Bart’s as an acolyte and lector. In her spare time Chantal enjoys shows on Broadway, going to concerts, travelling to new locales, entertaining, dancing, and spending time with her daughter.