Vestry

Our vestry – comprising the Rector, the senior warden, the junior warden and (up to) 12 members of the parish – plays an important role at St. John’s. As a group, the vestry determines the policies and goals of the congregation, while individual members often bring specific background or experience to their roles that is valuable in the administration of the parish. Chosen for three-year terms (two-year for wardens), vestry members are recommended by a nominating committee and confirmed by the parish at the annual church meeting in January.

Back row: (left to right): Jay Klancnik, The Rev. Curtis Kennington, Frank Pierson (Treasurer), Ryan O’Connell (Senior Warden), Christopher Burrows, Michael O’Connell, Richard Berry (Clerk); Middle row: Diane Goodman, Amy Basey van den Dijssel, Candance Hall, The Rev. Joseph Greene, Suzanne Wahrhaftig, Linnet Tse (Junior Warden); Front row: Teresa Centeno Kim, Lisabeth Bruce, Susan Swanezy, Kathleen Brenner

    • Ryan O’Connell, Senior Warden (term commenced January 2017)
      Ryan and his wife Janet moved to Larchmont from New York City in 1993. Ryan was raised Roman Catholic and joined the Episcopal Church after marrying Janet. He served on the Vestry during the 1990s and is pleased to return for a second tour of duty. Their son Kevin is a second-year student at Stanford Law School, and their daughter Elizabeth recently returned from a 10-month backpacking trip in South America after working as a paralegal for four years.
      Ryan was born in New York City but spent most of his childhood in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard University (A.B., History) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After practicing law for several years, Ryan moved into the investment world. He is a fixed-income analyst covering financial institutions at Bloomberg Intelligence, the company’s group of publishing analysts. Ryan enjoys tennis, sailing, and badminton.
    • Linnet Tse, Junior Warden (term commenced January 2017)
      A life-long Episcopalian, Linnet and her husband started attending St. John’s in the late 1980’s, and became active members in the mid-1990’s upon returning to Larchmont from London with their two sons, Jeremy and Jake. She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton and an M.B.A. from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. Linnet wears many volunteer hats; she is currently working to establish The Charter High School for Law and Social Justice, scheduled to open in the southern part of the Bronx in September 2015. Most recently at St. John’s, Linnet helped develop the new St. John’s and nursery school websites and spearheaded the technology upgrade. This June, she will be joining St. John’s 10th anniversary trip to Nicaragua, her 5th consecutive trip. Besides getting dirty building houses in Nicaragua, Linnet loves cooking/eating, bicycling, traveling, birding and photography.
    • Richard K. Berry, Clerk (term commenced January 2017)
      Rick and his wife Carla moved to New Rochelle from New York City in 1990 and joined St. John’s soon thereafter.  They have three children: Matthew is completing a MSc. Degree in Urban Economic Development at University College London; Eliza completed her Masters of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB in June and is a Coastal Planner at the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission; and Susannah graduated from Hobart & Wm Smith Colleges in May and is a Case Planner in the NYC foster care system with HeartShare St. Vincent’s.  Rick graduated from Princeton University (AB, History) and Columbia University (MBA, Marketing); and worked for many years as a general management consultant (strategy) with Willis Towers Watson and Deloitte Consulting.  He is now with Market Metrics LLC (Strategic Insights, Inc.) and works with insurance company clients on distribution and related issues.  Rick has long been involved with the Princeton-in-Asia Program, which provides year-long service-oriented jobs/fellowships in 21 countries to ~150 recent college graduates.
    • Kathleen (Kathy) Brenner (term commenced January 2017)
      Kathy and her husband Andy moved to Larchmont in 1985.  They have three children who attended St. John’s nursery school, were confirmed at St. John’s and have gone on to careers in law, finance, and educational technology.  Their son Matthew was married to his wife, Jessica, at St. John’s in May of 2014.  Kathy graduated from Northwestern University and the Institute of Fine Arts.  She was previously on the vestry at the time of the Thorne bequest and amongst other projects she has worked on the committee which researched and recommended organizations for the portion of the bequest that was used as outreach.  Kathy has also been a part of the Arts Preservation Committee since its inception and is active in the Altar Guild and Lay Eucharist Ministry.  For the last 25 years Kathy has worked as an interior designer.  She works on projects in Westchester and NYC and ran the renovation of the nave at St. John’s (the best project!).
    • Lisabeth (Liz) Bruce (term commenced January 2015)
      Liz and her family moved to Larchmont from Atlanta in 2012.  Born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Liz is a 1991 graduate of the Florida State University, where she majored in elementary education.  Following FSU, Liz spent 10 years in San Francisco working in corporate banking, leaving California Federal Bank upon the birth of her first child.  Liz and her husband, David, have been married for 21 years and have three children:  Henry, William and Ellie, all three of whom acolyte and are involved in the youth programs at St. John’s.  Liz is a lifelong Episcopalian and has also served on the vestry of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco.  In Atlanta, Liz served on the board of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and was involved in the children’s outreach ministries at All Saints Episcopal Church.  Liz, David and their children (along with their ridiculously energetic German short-haired pointer, Cowboy) enjoy time together outdoors: hiking, skiing, running, horseback riding, hunting and traveling as a family.
    • Christopher Burrows (term commenced January 2016)
      Christopher and his wife Kristin moved to New Rochelle in January 2008 and began attending services at St. John’s shortly thereafter. They were previously members of St. Michael’s in New York City. They are blessed with three wonderful sons: Anders (8), Lars (6) and Lukas (3). Both Lars and Lukas were baptized at St. John’s. Anders was baptized at St. Michael’s.
      Christopher originally hails from Highland Park, Ill. He relocated to New York to attend college at Hofstra University (BA, Political Science & Philosophy). After a brief stint in the finance industry, he followed his heart and began working in the music industry. His first foray into the business was on the label side at Atlantic Records and Polygram. That led to his present position as an Operations & Logistics specialist in the Live Entertainment industry.
      In his free time, Christopher enjoys many family adventures: sailing, traveling, and great food. He’s a pretty decent cook; at least that’s what his sons tell him! Most of all, he treasures time on the Vineyard each summer where he finds peace and solace in the beaches and hills of Chilmark and where he can also indulge in his other passion: reading.
    • Diane Goodman (term commenced January 2017)
      Diane grew up in Rochester, NY as a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She graduated from Williams College and Columbia Business School and worked on Wall Street for 7 years before retiring to be a full-time parent. She and her husband Bob moved to Larchmont after they married, and joined St. John’s in 1989. They have three children; Vicky and John live and work full-time in New York City, and Katie is a student at Colgate University. Diane has been the registrar for the Larchmont Soccer League for 10 years and has enjoyed getting to know many parishioners through the soccer connection. She and Bob love to travel and are avid golfers.
    • Candace (Dacey) E. Killam Hall (term commenced January 2016)
      Dacey was raised an Episcopalian, so when she and her husband Greg bought a house from Ann and Collier Kirkham 33 years ago, it was a bonus that their first friends in Larchmont were also members of the town’s Episcopal church. Their three children–Whittemore, Austin, and Abigail– were baptized and confirmed at St. John’s; the young Halls’ involvement with St. John’s began with participation in St. John’s playgroup, followed by attendance at St. John’s nursery school, junior choir, Christmas pageant and youth group. Over the years Dacey has served as president of the ECW, vice president of St. Margaret’s, Stewardship chairwoman, church treasurer and still-learning member of the Altar Guild. She is a New Englander who has never totally lost her accent (and probably never will), and was educated at Mount Holyoke College, University of St. Andrews and Princeton University. Professionally, she spent 15 years in finance at Chemical Bank, Dillon Read & Co., Inc., and the private equity firm Saratoga Partners, LLC before returning to the classroom as a New York Teaching Fellow at a challenged high school in the Bronx. After tending to family responsibilities for the last few years, she would like to return to teaching English and composition this fall; she is never far from a Victorian novel.
    • Teresa Centeno Kim (term commenced January 2017)
      Teresa and her husband Gene relocated to New York from California and have been a part of the Larchmont community since April 2014.  Their two young children – Isabella (8) & Mateo (5) – attend Chatsworth Elementary School.  After renting for two years, they took another step towards planting deeper roots in the community by purchasing a home in the Village in April 2016.   Teresa graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Business (MBA) and worked for Citibank for 14 years prior to deciding to become a stay at home mom.  She currently co-chairs the St. Anne’s Guild at St. John’s and is the Assistant Coach for her daughter’s travel soccer team.  She is active with the International Family Group and PTA at Chatsworth Elementary and is currently forming a new Girl Scout troop with another parishioner from St. John’s.   Her hobbies include running, reading and spending time with friends, many who she has met at St. John’s!
    • James (Jay) M. Klancnik, Jr. (term commenced January 2015)
      Jay and his wife Niki and their two sons live in Larchmont and have been attending St. John’s since 2011. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University and is an ophthalmologist. His older son advises that like Jesus, Jay heals the blind.
    • Michael (Mike) O’Connell (term commenced January 2015)
      Mike and his wife Jill, and their two daughters Ellen (11) and Katherine (9), have lived in Larchmont since 2010.  They were introduced to St. John’s by their daughter Katherine who began attending nursery school there soon after arriving in town. Mike is a portfolio manager with Pine River Capital where he specializes in credit arbitrage and relative value investing.  He grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Geneseo (BA – Physics), and Columbia University (BS – Mechanical Engineering, and MBA). Prior to his career in finance, Mike worked on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, Africa and the Middle East. Being the son of an Irish immigrant Mike and his family enjoy visiting their cousins in Ireland.
    • Frank D. Pierson, Treasurer (term commenced January 2017)
      Frank and his wife, Nancy, moved to Larchmont from Bermuda in 1993 and joined St. John’s that year. They have three children: Abbie (31), Kristy (28) and Melissa (26). They also have three grandchildren, with a fourth expected in June, 2017. Frank was graduated from Colgate University (where he met Nancy) with a BA in mathematics and international relations. He worked for 37 years in the reinsurance industry as an actuary and in senior management at a number of companies. He is on the Board of Directors for Bridges to Community and the finance committee for Hearts and Homes for Refugees – Larchmont Mamaroneck. He is involved with Untied Way and serves as Chairperson for a professional committee. In his spare time, Frank likes to travel, play golf, write and solve crossword puzzles.
    • Susan Swanezy (term commenced January 2016)
      Susan has been a resident of the Larchmont community since 1991. Until joining St. John’s in 2004, Susan was a practicing Roman Catholic attending mass at Sts. John and Paul and later, St. Augustine’s. Susan and her husband, Scott, joined St. John’s to join a community that shared their values and where there was greater emphasis on service. Susan has three children, Jacqueline LeBoutillier, age 29, and Geer LeBoutillier, age 26 who both live and work or study in New York City. Their youngest, Luke, has been a participant in Sunday School and now Voyagers. He had the good fortune to be Joseph in the Christmas Pageant while Mary was a foot taller. Susan is a Partner at HodesWeill & Associates, a real estate advisory boutique that is active in the real estate investment management industry. She is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Susan enjoys cooking, gardening and skiing or playing golf with her family.
    • Amy Basey van den Dijssel (term commenced January 2017)
      Amy and her husband, Jan-Willem, moved from Geneva, Switzerland to Westchester in 2011 and joined St. John’s soon thereafter. They have two children – Sofia (13) and Emma (11). Amy was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Humanities in International Relations. She currently works part-time as a translator and copywriter. She also serves on the board of the local Sharing Shelf and is committed to the charity, ECAD, which trains service dogs for veterans and people with disabilities. Her family recently adopted one of ECAD’s Golden Retrievers, Patriot. Her passions include skiing, traveling, and spending time in her home state of Colorado.
    • Suzanne (Sue) A. Wahrhaftig (term commenced January 2015)
      Sue and her husband, Dave moved to Larchmont in 1993 from New York City and prior to that lived in Newport Beach, California. Sue graduated with a B.S. in Human Environment and Design from Michigan State University and was active in their music programs. After graduation she worked in interior design in North Carolina and California before moving to New York. Sue and Dave have three sons: John, a freshman at Wake Forest University, and twins Chris and Steve, sophomores at Hackley School. Sue is a member of the Wake Forest University Parents’ Council and enjoys spending time in Bethany Beach, Delaware with her family and three Labrador Retrievers.

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