In The Episcopal Church, the vestry is a committee elected by the congregation to work with the rector in managing the business affairs of the church and providing leadership to the Parish. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and support the mission of the congregation to ensure effective organization and planning and to manage resources and finances.

From among the members of the vestry, the Rector chooses a Senior Warden, who runs the monthly meetings and works closely with the Rector to strategize and prioritize activities and needs. The vestry chooses the Junior Warden, who looks after the rectory, the facilities and property of the church. The vestry members are selected and voted on by the Parish at the annual meeting. The term “vestry” originally came from a room in the church where sacred vessels and vestments were kept or meetings were held.

Each vestry member is assigned as a ministry liaison, including ministries, such as Fellowship, Stewardship, Communication, Finance, Pastoral Care, Outreach, and Youth programs. In most cases each vestry member has a 3 year term and can sign up for an additional term. There is also a vestry clerk, who takes the minutes at the meetings and a treasurer to manage the accounting and financial systems. These two positions are not considered vestry members.

Joyce Wing, Senior Warden

Term Ends 2022

Joyce Wing

Joyce has attended ECA for 30 years with her husband Steve and two children Taylor and Evelyn. She retired almost 2 years ago and now helps cook meals at ECA twice a month to feed approximately 350 needy people. She helps at the ECA kid camps using creative science experiments and fun projects. She is the treasurer for the South Sudan Youth Opportunity program that supports the educational needs of 19 children now located in Kenya.

As part of the vestry she is focusing on Communication which consists of writing articles for multiple newsletters, planning and redesigning the current website, and coordinating social media efforts. Her son recently volunteered as the Webmaster. She and her family were attracted to ECA by the friendliness, the multiple generations, and the wonderful welcoming, family feeling. Joyce and her husband enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, reading, attending the theater, and getting together with family and friends.

Don Hall, Junior Warden

Term Ends 2023

Don Hall, and his wife Sharon, have been attending ECA since 2003. Sharon also attended ECA as a child with her parents Fran and Sandy Sandrock, and was actively involved with the church youth group. Their 3 children, Ryan, Brennan, and Meghan, have all served as ECA acolytes and been involved with youth programs. Don and Sharon both support the Montgomery Meals outreach program, with Sharon leading program coordination, and Don assisting as a server. Don has worked for PG&E in a leadership role for the past 35 years. He enjoys cooking for the family, enjoying a glass of wine, and rooting for the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers.

Kelli Casale, Stewardship

Term Ends 2022

Kelli Casale

Kelli Casale has been attending ECA for almost 30 years. This is her 3rd time serving on the vestry. He husband Matt likes to help out at the Sunday bbq’s in the summer. Kelli and Matt have three children PJ and Alyce Gallego and Lauren Gundersen.

Kelli enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Judi Dimicelli, Outreach

Term Ends 2022

Judi Dimicelli

Judi Dimicelli became part of the ECA community in November of 2015 and was officially received in October of 2016. Since then, she has participated on such committees as the Connection Team, Pastoral Care, and Village House Prep and in the Wednesday evening discussions and Thursday morning Bible Study groups. She has tried as well to contribute in helpful ways in various capacities to the ECA community.

Alain Guichard, Communication

Term Ends 2023

Alain Guichard

Alain was born in Paris, France and moved to California in 1977. He was a chef for many years and still loves cooking. He has cooked for many ECA Fellowship events. He married Elizabeth, who is the joy of his life, in 2001. ECA has been his spiritual home since the eighties on and off but he is very present now. He is happy to be on the Vestry and is looking to do good things with the vestry team.

Todd Lukanc, Finance Liaison

Term Ends 2021

Todd and Ellen found ECA as a result of a search to baptize the first of two sons 30 years ago. Their entire family has enjoyed the ECA church family ever since. They have jumped in to help in many ways, and at times get help when they have needed it. They love the fellowship and caring environment of ECA. Todd and Ellen have both enjoyed several supporting roles on Vestry, the Joint Venture board, Pastor Search Committees, building maintenance, and many more. This is Todd’s 3rd opportunity to support ECA on Vestry as the Finance liaison, he has done a wonderful job with others to cleanly transfer to a new financial system. He creates easy to understand reports for the Vestry that covers multiple monthly financial topics. He is a wonderful asset!

Wendy Martin, Fellowship

Term Ends 2021

Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin is a native of Cupertino, CA where she was a member of St. Jude’s Episcopal Church from the time she was baptized as an infant by Fr. Clancey and continuing through her childhood and teen years when Fr. John Buenz was Rector. Wendy transitioned to ECA in about 2008 with her two children, Nicholas and Ashley. This is her second term on vestry, helps serve with Montgomery Meals, has helped with children and youth over the years, and with many ECA events over the years. During the day, she continues to make the long haul to Palo Alto where she works in a law firm. For fun, she enjoys watching movies, reading, going for walks, and plans to pick up where she left off (pre-kids) with her family tree search.

Nancy Romer, Fellowship & Welcoming

Term Ends 2021

Nancy Romer

Nancy and her husband, George have been members of ECA since 1970. Over the years, she has been involved in almost every committee in the church, including being the Youth Group Leader during the 80’s when her 2 children were in school. Recently, she served several years on the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese, including being the chairperson. She is excited to be back on the Vestry and to be part of the “church of the future”.

Marianne Schmidt, Pastoral Care

Term Ends 2023

Marianne and her husband, Mike, have been members of ECA for five years and appreciate the warmth of the fellowship and the opportunities for spiritual growth. They raised their four children in Humboldt County and settled in San Jose after spending three years working in education in Cairo, Egypt. Marianne recently retired as an elementary principal after thirty-five years in education. She and her husband like to hike, travel, and discuss grand concepts with friends.