Annual Meeting of the Parish and Nominations for Election to the Vestry in 2019


Annual Meeting of the Parish and Nominations for Election to the Vestry in 2019

The Vestry has set the time and place for the annual parish meeting in accordance with the church’s bylaws, for Sunday, February 24, 2019. The meeting will begin at 10 am in the nave of the church. All are invited to attend.

The annual election of Vestry members takes place on Sunday February 24, 2019 as well. The Vestry have nominated the following people for election: Liza Page Nelson for a second two-year term as Warden; Catherine Belford Budd, Robert Gutheil and Chantal Stevens for second three-year terms as Vestry members; Christina Brandt-Young and James (Jamie) Ferrara for initial three-year terms as Vestry members, and Mary Robin Jurkiewicz to serve as a Vestry member for the final year of an unexpired three-year term.

Additional information about the annual meeting, voting, and the nomination process may be found here

For Warden

Liza Page Nelson, Warden

Liza Page Nelson began attending services at St. Bart’s in 2000, and the relationship grew over time. Liza says, “St. Bart’s welcomed me, starting with the invitation to the Eucharist table, no questions asked, no pressure applied. The invitation extended to the work and life of our parish, and I kept saying “yes.” Without looking for it, I found in St. Bart’s a place of belonging like no other. I am ever grateful for the inspiration, refreshment and fellowship St. Bart’s continues to provide for my spiritual journey. I serve on the Vestry in gratitude for St. Bart’s in my life, and support St. Bart’s so others might find here what they’re looking for, and perhaps even more.”

Liza is a consultant, advisor and board director for companies and non-profit organizations. She has been a leader in management and operations roles. Her board experience spans more than 20 years. Her past firms include Investor Growth Capital (Investor AB), Pfizer, The Boston Consulting Group and Warburg Pincus.

Liza’s joined St. Bart’s Vestry in 2012 and served 4 years as Treasurer and 2 years as a Warden. Liza has been leading an Education for Ministry (EfM) seminar at St. Bart’s since 2014. She has been a reader, an Usher, a soup kitchen volunteer and a Crossroads Community Services board member.

Liza was raised in Southern California, 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.

Nominated to join the Vestry for terms of three years

Christina Brandt-Young

Christina Brandt-Young became a member of St. Bart’s in 2006 with her husband, Jeremy. They began attending in 2005 after hearing about its impeccable worship music, and stayed because of St. Bart’s radical welcome and engagement with the world. 

Christina is a civil rights attorney in New York City and has worked for Disability Rights Advocates, Legal Momentum, the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project, and the New York Legal Assistance Group. She is a board member and overnight shelter volunteer of Crossroads Community Services, and also volunteers with United Rescue in Jersey City.

 Christina usually attends the 11:00 service. She officiates at Evening Prayer on Fridays and at Morning Prayer on Saturdays. This led to the formation of the Laundry League, a group of St. Bartians that washes liturgical vestments throughout the year. She has served as a Stewardship Co-Chair since 2016, and she served on the Centennial Committee in 2018.

Christina and Jeremy live in Jersey City with their retired racing greyhound. They both play the viola da gamba with the Teares of the Muses, an early music ensemble housed at New York University.

James Ferrara

Jamie and his wife, Flora, started attending St. Bart’s in 2014 soon after they moved to New York City. They regularly attend the 11 am service. Jamie is a native New Yorker, and the eldest of four siblings. He was raised Roman Catholic and attended Jesuit schools for high school (Gonzaga, Wash DC), college (Xavier University, Cincinnati), and medical school (Georgetown University). He was received into the Episcopal Church at St Bart’s in May 2015.

As a physician, Jamie specialized in both pediatric and adult oncology with a special focus on bone marrow transplantation, a complex form of immunotherapy used to treat aggressive leukemias and lymphomas, and he currently serves as the Ward-Coleman Chair of Cancer Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Physicians who have trained in his laboratory, first at Harvard and then at the University of Michigan, are now transplant leaders throughout the USA, Germany, and Japan. He has received a number of prestigious awards for his research and is regularly featured as a keynote speaker at international medical conferences.

Jamie served on the most recent Rector Search Committee, where he represented new parishioners. Together with Peter de Menocal he has spoken at the Forum on faith and science. He has also volunteered for several Fair Share Fridays.

Jamie and Flora live on the Upper East Side. Their eldest son, Andrew, lives in Durham, England, and their two younger sons, David and Michael, live in New York City. Jamie is an opera enthusiast and sings in the bass section of the New York Choral Society.

Mary Robin Jurkiewicz

Mary Robin and her husband moved to New York City from Montgomery, Alabama, almost four years ago and began “church shopping” immediately, because she knew a solid church would help her feel more at home in New York City. In 2016 they found St. Bart’s and formally joined on Welcome Sunday that October. Mary Robin writes, “Being from the Deep South, I was pleased to find such a friendly church with an excellent outreach program, plus there seemed to be a fair number of Southerners here.”

Mary Robin began work as an eight-year-old filing cash tickets in one of her father’s hardware stores. She has had a wide variety of work experiences growing up working summers and Saturdays for her father’s other small businesses; this instilled in Mary Robin an ownership mentality, which she has carried with her in all endeavors. Mary Robin received her B.Architecture from Auburn University and worked for eleven years with McAlpine. She has served on volunteer boards with Holy Cross Episcopal School(K-6) and Booker T. Washington High School F.A.M.E. board; St. John’s Episcopal Church Vestry (all in Montgomery, Alabama). She also served in several volunteer leadership capacities at St. John’s.

At St. Bart’s, Mary Robin is pleased to serve on the Usher and Stewardship Committees. She attended the EXPLORE class series, and participates in Centering Prayer. She has also occasionally assisted with altar flowers and Christmas decorations, which she describes as “great fun!”

Mary Robin lives in Chelsea with her husband, Greg Tankersley; their daughter, Sullivan Tankersley, is a senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Mary Robin enjoys life long learning reading historical fiction and investment newsletters, visiting museums and traveling when at all possible.


For re-election to the Vestry for three-year terms

Catherine Belford Budd

Soon after Catherine Belford Budd 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. They are inspired by the music, preaching, clergy, and community at St. Bart’s.

Catherine 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. 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. Catherine is a flutist, enjoys playing chamber and orchestral music, and loves the abundant and diverse theater and music offerings in New York City.

At St. Bart’s, Catherine has served as a member of the Rector Search Committee that called Bishop Wolfe and co-chair of the Stewardship Committee; as well as helping to lead our “100 Celebrations” as part of the Centennial Committee. Catherine has participated in EfM (Education for Ministry) and other book and study groups. She and David are also are members of a dedicated Circles Group, which gathers monthly for dinner, fellowship and Compline.

Catherine and David have two daughters. Joanna is an MD training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and lives with her husband and two sons in a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Lauren and her husband live in Denver, where she is an RN working in Labor and Delivery.

Robert Gutheil

Robert Gutheil 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 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. Currently he serves on several charitable boards—FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies), ACT for Life Services, and the Day Care Council of New York.  Earlier positions included the Vestry of St. Thomas Church and the boards of Episcopal Charities, the Church Club of New York, and West End Residences for the Homeless.

Robert served as member of the Rector Search Committee that called Bishop Wolfe. He is also a long-time usher, two-term member of the Vestry, and has served 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.

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.

Chantal N. Stevens

Chantal N. Stevens joined St. Bart’s six years ago, and 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 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.

In addition to St. Bart’s, Chantal aims to stay connected to her community. 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.
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; the Christmas Miracles Project; and “St. Bart’s 200” volunteer projects.

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, traveling to new locales, entertaining, dancing, and spending time with her daughter.

Additional Information 

The annual parish meeting starts at 10am sharp in the nave of the Church.  All are invited and welcome.  There will be a formal presentation and time for Q&A. 

Ballots, ballot boxes, nominees’ biographies and instructions on how to vote will be available in the nave of the Church immediately following the 9am Eucharist.  The polls will be open through the 11am Eucharist service.  We encourage everyone qualified to vote to do so.  Qualified voters may vote one ballot and on that ballot may vote once for each of the nominees to be elected as Warden or Vestry member.  In the event that there is any other matter to be voted upon at the meeting, it will be announced in advance and that matter will be included on the same ballot.  There is no absentee or proxy or write-in voting.

The Canons of The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of New York state qualifications for voting in a parish meeting:  “Persons of the age of 18 years or more belonging to the parish, who have been baptized and are regular attendants of its worship and contributors to its support for at least 12 months prior to an annual election or a special meeting at which they are in attendance.”

It has not been St. Bart’s practice to have contested elections.  There are no nominations from the floor or write-in voting at the annual parish meeting.  Any parishioner who wishes to propose another candidate for the Vestry to consider for nomination should contact Lué McWilliams in the Office of the Rector or 212-378-0263 prior to Sunday, January 13, 2019.