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.

    • Robin Ingram, Senior Warden (term commenced January 2019)
      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.
    • Paul Schwendener, Junior Warden (term commenced January 2019)
      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 (22) and Lily (19) attended Sunday School and took part in activities like the Christmas pageant which Paul directed for seven years. A lifelong Episcopalian, Paul served on the Vestry 2001-2003, and has been involved at various times in organizing the Ivoryton family retreat, the Midnight Run and food delivery to Open Arms Men’s Shelter. 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    • Justin Goh (term commenced January 2019)
      Justin, his wife Roxanne, and their two children, Spencer and Giselle, have been attending St. John’s for five years. 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 ORIX Corporation, a global financial services firm, where he is focused on alternative investments and asset management. Justin graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Politics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Christina Battalia Maggard (term commenced in 2019)
      One of six children, Christina Battalia Maggard was raised in Larchmont where her parish was Sts. John and Paul, and later, 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. A proud accomplishment is restoration of the Town’s historic books; one dating from 1862, is displayed at the Town Center. This is a far cry from her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. Active in the Midnight Run for 4 years, Christina maintains the Midnight Run closet providing the supplies needed for the run. 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 on the Vestry.
    • 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.
    • Jackie Plumez(term commenced 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 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 (15) and Katie (13) and have been attending St. John’s for 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 finance and is focused on alternative investments and asset management. Mike received his MBA in International Finance from Fordham University and graduated from the University of Scranton with a BS in Economics/Finance.
    • J.B. Simko (term commenced January 2018)
      J.B. and his family moved to Larchmont in 2010, after having lived in Switzerland for nine years, and have been active members of St. John’s since 2013.  J.B can frequently be seen ushering at St. John’s. His wife Kris is active with the ECW.  They have three daughters.  J.B grew up in South Dakota, and attended school at the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School.  He is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Philip Morris International.  He and his family are active with tennis, soccer, and basketball in the community.
    • Dan VanderWoude (term commenced 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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