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).
Andrea has been a member of Saint Mark's for three years and has serves as a Delegate to Convention, Clerk of the Vestry, and in the monthly ministry of Laundry Love. She was also one of our youth mentors. Andrea received her MA in psychology, emphasis Marriage and Family Therapy, from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2009. She has worked with youth in a variety of ways throughout the years in her career as a therapist, in addition to being a Sunday School teacher and youth mentor at Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park, and facilitating small groups for disadvantaged teens in the community. She has a passion for working with youth and being a faithful presence and support as they transition through adolescence to early adulthood.
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 Dean of Curriculum and a music teacher at the Episcopal School of Los Angeles. Jay is married to Kristen and they are parents to three dogs.
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 54 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.
Jessica has been working with the newborn to age three and potty trained children on Sunday mornings (and during other church events) since July of 2005. She has been babysitting for even longer. In the past, Jessica also served as a Saint Mark's Greeter for over three years. She is the mother of one young daughter, Nevaeh.
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 husband James grew up in England and after marrying settled here 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 are the parents of three adult children: Tessa, George and Abigail.
ASSOCIATE FOR COMMUNITY LIFE
Chey has been a member of Saint Mark’s 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. Chey was a vestry member and served as Rector’s Warden. 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 Patrick.
As a parent volunteer for the Glendale Unified School District, she has served on the PTA boards of Glendale Council, Hoover High School, and as president of the Toll Middle School Foundation. Because of her commitment to the school system, Chey has received PTA awards for Very Special Person, Honorary Service, Continuing Service and Golden Oak, the most prestigious PTA award in California given to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in the school or community.