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.

    • Robin Ingram, Senior Warden (term commenced January 2019)
      Email: [email protected]
      Robin brings a wealth of leadership experience and a long history of involvement with St. John’s and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Robin and her husband Dave have been members of St. John’s for almost 20 years. During that time, Robin has served on the Vestry, the Stewardship Committee, and the Rector Search Committee, represented St. John’s at two Diocesan conventions and has served at eight General Conventions. Robin has been Coordinator of the Midnight Run, a Nursery Advisory Board member, an Open Arms Volunteer, and continues to be an active member of the choir and a Eucharistic Lay Minister. She has served on the Diocesan Standing Committee (2012-2016) and was a member of the Diocesan Strategic Planning Committee (2015-2016). After heading the middle school at Horace Mann School for 14 years, Robin is now working as an Associate in the Admissions Office. Robin became an Episcopalian after being raised in the Baptist Church.
    • Christina Battalia, Junior Warden (term commenced in January 2020)
      Christina was raised in the Town of Mamaroneck, one of six children, whose family parish was Sts. John and Paul, and later as a member of St. Augustine’s. Her marriage to Ollie Maggard (one of eight and a third generation St. John’s parishioner) brought Christina to us. Christina is a mother of 3, and stepmother of 2, which she and Ollie affectionately call their ‘bonus kids’! Christina says she was drawn to St. John’s by its welcoming nature and robust community involvement. Since 2007 she has served in the elected position of Mamaroneck Town Clerk, where she interacts with the public daily, and finds it very rewarding to be making a positive difference in her community. Quite different from being Town Clerk, Christina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, and continues to practice her art. Active in the Midnight Run for 5 years, Christina maintains the Midnight Run closet providing the supplies needed for the run. Currently she sits on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and has been instrumental in a number of projects including the preparation of the Rectory for the Masons. In addition to art, her passions include cooking, reading and entertaining her large extended family. When asked, Christina graciously said she would be honored to serve as Junior Warden.
    • Lila Bankston (term commenced in 2019)
      Lila is currently an independent jewelry appraiser, having previously worked as a jewelry specialist first at Phillips and then at Christie’s auction houses. A native Alabamian and lifelong Episcopalian, Lila, her husband Roland, and daughter Evelyn (age 7) moved from New York City to Larchmont and St. John’s in 2015. She had the pleasure of serving on the 2018-2019 Search Committee, recently joined the ECW, has served as a Sunday School volunteer, and has also participated in various events at St. John’s, including the annual Easter Egg hunt and Christmas Bazaar. Lila’s family enjoys travel and she is hoping her daughter will learn to enjoy hiking as much as she does. One of her favorite things about St. John’s is it’s warm and welcoming community. She is honored to serve on the Vestry.
    • Pete Bennitt (term commenced in 2018)
      Pete and his family have been members of St. John’s for 13 years.  He and Sonita have three children. Pete and two of his children participated in St. John’s trip to Nicaragua in 2017, where Pete quickly became an expert cement mixer! Pete has worked in finance since 1998; he is currently at Imperial Capital where he is a senior Vice President in the debt capital markets group. He has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BS and BA from Lehigh University.
    • Betsy Bradley (term commenced in 2019)
      Betsy was baptized and confirmed at St John’s, where she sang in the Junior Choir and spilled candle wax on many pairs of cotton gloves as a teenage acolyte. She lived and worked in New York City for twenty years before returning to Larchmont and St. John’s in 2016 with her husband, Eric Lai, and their daughter, Phoebe (who was baptized at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn). Betsy, who graduated from Harvard College and has a Ph.D. in American Literature from New York University, currently serves as the Senior Director of Programs and Engagement for Historic Hudson Valley, and she is the author of several books about New York City history and culture. She chairs the Author Visits committee for the Murray Avenue School PTA, and recently retired after a decade on the board of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Betsy is looking forward to her daughter being old enough to participate in the Midnight Run, but for now she and Phoebe content themselves with making spectacular bag lunches for the event.
    • Dami Burckin (term commenced in 2018)
      Dami Burckin and her family first moved to Larchmont in 2006, left in 2013 and returned again in 2016.  She has two children, the youngest of whom was Baptized at St. John’s.  Dami was raised Catholic but became an Episcopalian at St. John’s in 2013.  Her husband, Jon, was raised in the Reform Jewish tradition and although her family fully participates at St. John’s, they consider themselves to be an Interfaith family and also celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days.  Dami served as secretary of the ECW and co-chair of the Cultural Arts Committee on the Chatsworth PTA prior to their 2013 departure and has since served on the Stewardship Committee at St. John’s and co-chair of the Food Allergy Committee on the Chatsworth PTA.  She also enjoys the Contemplative Prayer Group and credits it for deepening both her faith and her experience at St. John’s.  Dami has a BA in History from the University of Virginia and worked in the entertainment industry prior to taking time to raise her family.
    • Todd DeSimone (term commenced in 2020)
      Todd and his family moved to Larchmont in December 2015 from Manhattan. Todd grew up in Pound Ridge, New York. Todd and his wife (Brandis) have two children, Blakely (5) and Ryan (2.5), both of whom attend St. John’s Nursery School. Blakely was baptized at the Church of the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Manhattan. Ryan was baptized at St. John’s. Todd’s family have been active parishioners of St. John’s since 2016. In that time, Todd has provided Midnight Run supplies, he has attended the Men’s Dinners, he has ushered, and his daughter has participated in the Christmas Pageants. Todd is also a member of Larchmont Yacht Club, where he serves on the legal committee. Todd is the General Counsel of an East Coast-based construction company and he brings a wealth of experience in real estate, construction, insurance, and finance that will be helpful to assist St. John’s with its management of finances and the church facilities. Todd became an Episcopalian after being raised in the Catholic Church.
    • Justin Goh (term commenced in January 2019)
      Justin and his family have been attending St. John’s since 2012. They have been active members of Episcopal parishes in several cities, and the children were baptized at St. John’s. Justin currently serves on the Investment Committee, previously served on the Stewardship Committee, and has participated in several Midnight Runs. The rest of the family participates in multiple church activities including ECW, Voyagers, Sunday School, and the Christmas Pageant. Justin and family feel blessed to have found St. John’s and be part of the Church fellowship. Justin is a Managing Director at Mariner Investment Group, an asset management firm. Justin graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Politics.
    • Karen Hall (term commenced in 2018)
      Karen and her family have been actively involved in the St. John’s community since moving to Larchmont in January 2012.  She and Taddy have two children. Karen served on the ECW board for two years, organizes the ECW Christmas wreath fundraising event, is a member of the Sunday School Committee and teaches in the Sunday School program. She is actively involved in the community; she serves on the Larchmont Parks and Trees Committee, has served on the Chatsworth PTA board, and developed and leads the Chatsworth Elementary School GArden program.  Karen has a BS in Computer and Information Science and worked in the digital media industry in sales and marketing for 15 years before taking a break to raise her family.
    • Frank D. Pierson, Treasurer (term commenced in January 2017)
      Email: [email protected]
      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.
    • Jackie Plumez (term commenced in January 2019)
      Jackie Plumez joined St. John’s in 1979 when her baby daughter was baptized. Since then she has been an active member holding such positions as co-chair of the Bazaar, chair of the silent auction, member of the search committee and the ECW Board. She has worked with the Diocese on various projects including being a founding member of Anglican Women’s Empowerment, which for many years brought women from around the world to the UN to learn how to lobby for social justice in their home countries. Dr. Plumez is a practicing psychologist and career counselor in Larchmont. She has written four nonfiction books and is currently attempting to be a novelist. She is a frequent public speaker and media interviewee.
    • Michael Raso (term commenced in January 2019)
      Mike’s connection to Larchmont goes back to his grandfather who ran a few businesses on Palmer Avenue. He and his wife Wendy have lived in Larchmont since 2000. They have two children, Andrew (16) and Katie (14) and have been attending St. John’s for over 3 years, moving over from St Augustine’s. As an Interfaith family, they are also celebrate the Jewish Holidays. From the first time they entered St. John’s they were made to feel welcome and part of the community immediately. Mike currently serves on the Investment Committee, attends the Men’s Dinner and is involved with Youth Soccer and Wrestling. Mike works in private equity focusing on business development and investor relations. Mike received his MBA in International Finance from Fordham University and graduated from the University of Scranton with a BS in Economics/Finance.
    • Paul Schwendener (term commenced in January 2020)
      Paul and his wife Barbara visited St. John’s the first weekend after they moved to Larchmont in 1998, and that was the end of church shopping! Children Leon (23) and Lily (20) attended Sunday School and took part in activities like the Christmas pageant which Paul directed for seven years. A lifelong Episcopalian, Paul has been a member of the Vestry 2001-2003, and served a one-year term as Junior Warden in 2019. He has been involved at various times in organizing the Ivoryton family retreat, the Midnight Run and the Easter Appeal. He is currently leader of the Saturday morning men’s group. Paul has worked in the classical music recording business since 1989, with projects ranging from a complete Mozart Edition to an Archive of Jewish Music to the All-Star Orchestra series on Public Television. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.
    • Dan VanderWoude (term commenced in 2018)
      Dan and his family moved to Larchmont from Chicago in 2012, and have been members of St. John’s since 2014.  As Dan says, “after a rough patch in his daughter’s health in 2013 we started attending a few different churches in the area.  A new one each week or two. When we got to St. John’s we felt so welcomed that we just stopped looking and started attending.” Dan and Polly have two children. Dan is Vice President and Chief of Staff at Alon Benfield, where he helps launch new growth efforts, define strategies, research issues/opportunities, and coach/support leaders. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Vestry Meeting Minutes are available in the “For Members” section.

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