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.
Warden and Vestry elections will take place at the Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, February 5, 2017 in the nave of the Church, following the 9 am Eucharist.
The Nominating Committee has nominated the following persons (click names for bio): Liza Page Nelson for a two-year term as Warden; Christian Burke and Tim Collins to join the Vestry for terms of three years; Morihiko Goto, Heather Mitchell, and Alexander Robertson for re-election to the Vestry for three-year terms; and Douglas Tanner to serve as a Vestry member for the final year of an unexpired three-year term.
It has been the practice of St. Bart’s not to have contested elections unless there is an issue that will come before the Vestry on which there is strong disagreement within the parish. Anyone who desires to nominate other candidates should contact Millard Cook in the office of the Rector to request a copy of the bylaws.
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. Bartholomew’s with his former wife and three children in 1990 after moving back from Hong Kong. He chose St. Bart’s, after being away from the US for ten years, because of the welcome he received here and the strong feeling of inclusiveness, which was so unlike many other experiences in New York that tended to be exclusive and exclusionary. Peter’s children were acolytes and volunteered through the Community Ministry in the shelter and feeding program. 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 with several companies including McKinsey & Co., PepsiCo, and Molson Coors, based in New York, London, Denver 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 currently lives on the Upper West Side and fairly 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. Bart’s and his personal interests. His youngest son was married at St. Bart’s in 2014, and his grandson and namesake, born to another son, was baptized at St. Bart’s the same year. His fiancée is a fellow parishioner and they will be married later this year prompting a move closer to St. Bart’s to the Upper East side.
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 the upper east side of New York City in 2004 and settled on St. Bart’s in pretty short order as our Episcopal church. We chose St. Bart’s, attracted by the intelligent and challenging sermons, the amazing music and the warm, welcoming environment.
The Episcopal Church has been part of my life since I can remember, being a chorister and acolyte as a youth and on several vestries as we have traveled between Northern California, New York, Southern California and Hong Kong. It is a privilege and challenge to be involved in a church with as much history as St. Bart’s, with its beautiful, large and complex physical facility and with as many programs and ways in which it contributes to the community.
I am retired now from legal practice at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, and after six years on St. Bart’s vestry I am now helping as the Chancellor. I grew up in Palo Alto, California, and received my undergraduate, MBA, and JD degrees from Stanford University.
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 Investment Committee, after having served as the Chair of the Vestry Planning and Budget Committee for three years, and serves on the Vestry Governance Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Diocesan Investment Trust of the Diocese of New York and 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 is an independent consultant, advisor and board director-for-hire on behalf of investment and operating companies and non-profit organizations. Liza’s experience includes managerial and operating leadership, venture capital investing, business development, strategy, marketing, finance, and management consulting, with a healthcare industry focus. Liza’s past firms include the Investor Growth Capital company of Investor AB, the global pharmaceutical company Pfizer, The Boston Consulting Group and Warburg Pincus. Liza’s board experience includes 20 years as a director on public and private boards as chair or member of their audit, compensation, finance, governance, nominating and advisory committees.
Liza has served on St. Bart’s Vestry and as a member of the Planning & Budget and Investment Committees for 5 years and also served as St. Bart’s Treasurer for 4 years. Liza leads an Education for Ministry (EfM) seminar as its Mentor and coordinates EfM at St. Bart’s. She has been an Usher and was a director of Crossroads Community, the 501(c)(3) that operates the soup kitchen, food pantry and shelter for St. Bart’s.
Liza says, “St. Bart’s is my spiritual home. I began attending in 2000 and remain moved by “The Rule of St. Benedict” on the front steps and the “radical welcome” lived out each time St. Bart’s invites any and all to the Eucharist table. St. Bart’s has nourished me at this table, and also through exquisite liturgy and music, fellowship, and learning in community with clergy and fellow laypeople. Vestry service, for me, is an act of gratitude for the many gifts St. Bart’s has given me, and one way I seek to support St. Bart’s in making such gifts available for others.” I am honored, humbled and deeply glad to be called to serve as Warden in this important time of transition.”
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 and pouring wine for friends, hiking, 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.
Vestry Nominees 2017
A native Virginian, Christian and a graduate of the University of Virginia, and he has been a long time resident of Riverdale, The Bronx where he served on the board of his co-op association for a number of years.
He officially joined the St. Bart’s family in 2002, and within minutes after receiving his yellow boutonniere, he was signed up to serve as an Usher and as a Table Leader for Life @ St. Bart’s. Since that time, his focus has been to perpetuate our Radical Welcome.
In 2007 he was elected to the Parish Council, and his main assignment was to form a Welcome Committee, which is still flourishing under its current leadership.
From 2008 to 2009 he served as Co-Chair of the Membership Development Committee of the Parish Life Project.
In 2009 he was asked to Chair our Greeters’ & Ushers’ Ministry, and he continues to lead this talented and devoted corps of parishioners. His first ushering gig had begun when he was an eighth grader in Richmond, VA at St. Stephen’s Church where his father and grandfather had served on the Vestry.
Professionally, he is a Merchandising Manager with home textiles manufacturer, WestPoint Home LLC.
Outside of church and work, he is presently serving on the Board of Stewards of the Saint Nicholas Society and on the NY Alumni Board of Woodberry Forest School. He is also an active member of The Church Club of NY, The Society of the Cincinnati, and The Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Tim Collins is a successful executive and leader, with more than 30 years of combined service with two blue chip companies, Procter & Gamble and IBM. He describes himself as a servant leader, global citizen, arts lover, ENTJ, who believes in passion, principle, laughter, the liberal arts, social media as a powerful tool to influence and effect change, and lifelong learning. Tim thinks hard work, great results and having fun go together.
After retiring from IBM, Tim started his “encore career” working for his alma mater, Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, a private, selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college founded in 1780. His role is Director and Regional Advancement Officer, a position that allows him to continue to live in New York City while traveling to meet with alumni and friends of the college around the country.
In his last role at IBM, Tim was global leader of the Human Resources Talent and Development function for IBM’s global HR organization of almost 10,000 professionals, providing support for HR succession planning, executive staffing and leadership pipeline development. He also had responsibility for HR Development and Resources, ownership for the HR function career model, career development, skills and competencies, tools and communications and leadership for global HR intern hiring and campus recruiting.
In prior positions, Tim had roles of increasing responsibility in Mergers & Acquisitions, HR outsourcing, HR Shared Service Center leadership, e-HR, Global Mobility, R&D Recruiting, Marketing, Manufacturing and Product Supply. He worked at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio and Newcastle, England for 20 years, primarily in Human Resources.
In his eight years as a member of St. Bart’s, Tim has participated in the Greeter and Usher Ministry, served as Stewardship Co-Chair, managed the @stbartsnyc Twitter feed for more than a year, and most recently served as Co-Chair of the Rector Search Committee.
Originally from Canton, Ohio, Tim grew up in Ohio and Central Kentucky, and is a 1981 graduate of Transylvania University. He lives in New York City with his husband and UK Civil Partner, Tom Wolff, the leader of MetLife’s global ethics program, and Gypsy the Havanese, who makes them both laugh at least once every day.