Director of Music and Sacred Arts
Ron graduated from the University of Richmond, VA with a B.A. in Organ Performance and Religion. Prior to coming to Saint Mark's, he was for seven years Director of Music at Saint James', Lancaster, PA, the largest parish in the Diocese of Southeast Pennsylvania and resident musical director at the Fulton Theatre.
As a composer: Around the World in 80 Days (book and lyrics by Julianne Homokay), When Butter Churns to Gold (book by Peter Welkin, lyrics by Randi Wolfe), A Christmas Carol (book by Barry Kornhauser). Choral works have been published by GIA Publications (Chicago, IL) and MorningStar Music Publishers (St. Louis, MO).
818.240.3860, ext. 107
Prior to joining Saint Mark’s in 2012, Andrea served as a Sunday School teacher and youth mentor at Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park, CA. She holds an MA in psychology, emphasis Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in adolescent/teen development. In addition to her work as a therapist, Andrea has served the church in many capacities including as a delegate to Convention, clerk to the Vestry, and is currently a member of the Program Group for Youth and Young Adult Ministry (PGYM) for the Diocese of Los Angeles. She has a passion for working with youth and for providing opportunities to deepen and enrich youth experiences in the church community.
Assistant Director of Music
Jay has a Master of Music Education in choral and general music from Northwestern University. He has experience teaching music at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Jay also spent time teaching composition and improvisation in Cook County Juvenile Detention Center as a part of Jail Arts Initiative in Chicago. In addition to his duties at Saint Mark's, Jay is the head of upper school at Westmark School in Encino. Jay is married to Kristen and they are parents to five dogs: Winston, Puccini, Clover, Otter and Penny.
818.240.3860, ext. 107
Elaine has been a member of Saint Mark’s since 1962 after coming from Toronto, Canada. She has two children and four grandchildren. She has served in many areas during her 57 years as a member of the parish. She has been member of the vestry several times, the Rector's Warden for four years and Clerk of the Vestry. She has been a member of the Altar Guild for over 25 years, serving as Directress for 23 years. After volunteering her time in the Church office for nine years, she became an employee on November 1, 2005 in the office as the Administrator and Secretary to the Clergy. Elaine takes a deep interest in Saint Mark’s and its future.
818.240.3860, ext. 101
Akemi has been a member of Saint Mark’s Church since 2014. She has always loved working with children and went to school to receive child development units. She started out as a shadow teacher in the church and has recently been promoted to work in the nursery. She is also an employee of Saint Mark's Preschool. Akemi grew up in Los Angeles, California. She has three children: Maria, Michael, and Paige.
Julia has been with Saint Mark’s Preschool since 2001, expertly handling all manner of things related to enrollment, scheduling and parent communication and relations. She was promoted to the position of Director in 2011. Julia and her husband James grew up in England and after marrying settled in the states. Julia received her undergraduate degree in history at Kingston University, a masters degree in history from London School of Economics, and child development units from UCLA and Cerro Coso College. She and James have three adult children: Tessa, George and Abigail.
818.240.3860, ext. 102
Associate for Community Life
Chey has been a member since 2010 when she and her family moved to California from Memphis, Tennessee. She serves the parish as Associate for Community Life, coordinating communications, pastoral care and stewardship. She is a former vestry member and Rector’s Warden at Saint Mark’s. Chey has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Memphis. She is married to Bill Widdop, a veterinarian, and together they have two children, Henry and Jane, and three four-legged kiddos: Belle, Nellie, and Toto.