The Vestry of the parish has the responsibility to work with the Provisional Priest in Charge in oversight for the earthly concerns of the parish, and to support the priest and parish as they oversee the spiritual concerns of the parish and community. The Vestry determines the annual budget and oversees all programs, organizations, activities, and ministries. The Vestry is comprised of four officers (two Wardens, Treasurer and Clerk) and seven members who serve as liaisons to parish ministries. All Vestry members are elected by vote of parish members at the Annual Meeting. The Vestry meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Meetings are open to all parishioners.
Mac Mummert, Senior Warden
Dr. Margaret “Mac” Mummert‘s move to Connecticut in 1977, to begin her career, brought her a long way from her Alabama roots; however, she quickly established herself as a veterinarian in southeast Connecticut. As Hospital Director for practices in New London and Groton, she provided care to her patients and their owners alike for forty years.
Mac also volunteers regularly in her community in myriad capacities, always striving to empower those in need. At High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, Mac initially volunteered as a side-walker, assisting disabled riders. She has since served on the Board of Directors for ten years: as secretary for three years, as chair of the Human Resources Advisory Committee, and a member of the Program Committee. Her significant contributions to High Hopes were honored in 2015 with the Sally Aubrey Award for Service and Leadership. Further advocating for individuals with disabilities she joined other parents in CT, traveling to Hartford during appropriation hearings and successfully advocating for increased spending to provide more disabled CT residents with
A twenty-two year member of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church, Mac has provided leadership on the parish Vestry and chairs the Pastoral Care Committee, assisting with meals, visits, etc. She currently serves as the Christian Formation liaison, where she has organized programs about racial injustice and slavery in New England during the 1800s and religion’s responsibility to address
Mac’s two children, Brian and Anya, are the light of her life. Brian is a choral conductor and singer out of Manhattan while Anya lives semi-independently in Chester and works in Norwich.
In any spare time Mac enjoys perennial gardening, cooking, hiking and travel.
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Liz Zeman, Junior Warden
Elizabeth (Liz) transferred to Saint Ann’s in 1995 from Trinity, Branford, where she had been a member for nine years. While at Trinity, she served on the vestry and sang in the choir. At Saint Ann’s, she has previously served on the vestry, been a lector, member of nominating and personnel committees and served as Directress of Altar Guild, and she continues to be a member of the Guild.
Professionally, Liz has her undergraduate degree in nursing from UCONN and her masters in public health from Southern Connecticut. Much of her career was spent in home care. Her last full time position was Vice President, Director of Operations for Home Health Care Services, a subsidiary of Life Care Services. She continues to work part time at Yale Health Center, Yale University’s HMO.
Liz looks forward to continuing to serve on the vestry of Saint Ann’s as the parish moves toward the pivotal next chapter on our Spiritual journey as a community of faith.
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Jill Whitney, Clerk
Jill is a licensed marriage and family therapist who lives and works in Old Lyme, focusing on couples and adult individuals. She’s also a writer, including a monthly column, Personal Connections, for the New London Day, a blog (KeepTheTalkGoing.com) on relationships and sexuality, and a book in process. She conducts workshops and trainings for parents, clinicians, and young people on becoming more comfortable talking about sexuality. She loves doing what she can to make people’s lives a little better.
Jill’s two children, Jordan and Kirsten Brink, were raised and confirmed at Saint Ann’s. They now live in Norwalk and Boston, respectively—fortunately, not too far away!
In her 30 years at Saint Ann’s, Jill has served as a lector, church school teacher and Godly Play storyteller, volunteer for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen, and on committees including Youth Ministry, Pastoral Care, the board of the ECW/Women of Saint Ann’s, and two discernment committees. She’s grateful to have participated in one of our mission trips to the Dominican Republic.
Jill and her partner Rob are enthusiastic swing dancers, getting out on the dance floor at least a couple times a week. When they get a chance, they also enjoy travel, walking, sailing, skiing, cross-country skiing, and kayaking around our beautiful corner of the world.
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Carol Carlson, Treasurer
Carol Carlson is a life-long Episcopalian, having been a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wethersfield since early childhood. She served on Trinity's Vestry and Altar Guild. She has been an active member of Saint Ann's since 2013. She has served as Vestry liaison for Outreach on two Saint Ann's vestries as well as Assistant to the Treasurer for Charlie Potts during his two terms as Treasurer. In December the Vestry elected Carol as Treasurer to complete Charlie's term as he continues his recovery from heart transplant surgery. She is an active participant in many of the Outreach ministries at Saint Ann's and a regular volunteer in the office.
Carol was an elected member of the Wethersfield Board of Education for four years before moving to Old Lyme in 1996. She spent her business career in the insurance industry, retiring in 2012 as the Software Development Manager for NLC Insurance Companies. Carol lives with her husband of 50 years, Dick. They are the proud parents of two sons and the delighted grandparents of three granddaughters and one grandson. She is an avid reader, gardener and chicken keeper.
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Bob Jennings, Stewardship
Bob was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and became an Episcopalian 38 years ago. He has served as Junior Warden, and on vestries, finance and search committees in previous parishes.
Bob was a mathematician involved in underwater acoustics and sonar development for 34 years. After that, he taught mathematics for 10 years. Bob is currently a substitute teacher and a math tutor. The same wife has been putting up with him for 51 years. They have two children and two grandchildren. Originally from New Jersey, Bob is a graduate and an enthusiastic supporter of all things Rutgers. It is a blessing to be a member of Saint Ann’s.
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Kathy Kronholm, Building & Grounds
Kathleen Kronholm has been a member of Saint Ann’s for over 40 years. During that time she has served as a Sunday School Teacher, served on the Vestry as a Warden and Clerk and has been
involved in outreach particularly with the relationship that the parish has with Haiti and the
Dominican Republic. Her degree in Spanish helped her organize and lead four mission trips for the parish and 10 annual youth trips to the Dominican Republic for the Diocese of Connecticut. At present, she is rotating off the Vestry as Junior Warden, serves as co-chair of the Refugee
Resettlement Committee, participates in the Essex Soup Kitchen and is serving as interim overseer of Godly Play.
In her personal life, she has three children and seven grandchildren who reside in South Carolina and California resulting in lots of fun travel!
In her professional life, Kathleen owned and operated Lad and Lassie Nursery School located at Mile Creek School and Saint Ann’s Church for over 20 years, retiring from that to work in her husband’s insurance agencies. For fun, Kathleen enjoys walking, she has completed five half marathons and one full marathon, playing the piano, quilting and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
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Polly Merrill, Nearly New Shop
Polly is completing her second of three years as a Vestry member of St Ann’s Parish, Old Lyme, CT. Polly has served for many years on the Lyman Allyn Art Museum Board, four years as Board President. Locally she has served on the Musical Masterworks Board, and was Vice Chair of The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Board for several years. In the 1970-1990’s she was an elementary school homeroom teacher, then moved into school administration. She is married, with three grown children and seven grandchildren.
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Laura Lee Miller, Communications
Laura Lee is a cradle Episcopalian and joined our Parish in 2012 when she and her husband, Brian Bowes, were married at Saint Ann's in Old Lyme. Since that time, Lyme has become home to this marketing executive who spent over 40 years in the fast paced beauty, fragrance and fashion industries in New York City. Now, the founder of BrandSolutions, Laura Lee shares time between NYC and Lyme and brings her creative vision and marketing skills to developing licensing projects for major fashion designers. Laura Lee joined the Vestry of Saint Ann's in 2016 as Communication liaison and in 2017 was asked to join the Capital Campaign Committee as a Co-Chair. She was instrumental in the drafting of the Capital Campaign brochure and worked closely with our Rector, ECF and Newt Merrill in launching and managing the Capital Campaign during 2018. In 2019, Laura Lee put on her "hard-hat" to continue work as the Co-Chair the Capital Building Projects and successfully delivered Phase One, on-time and on-budget. In addition, Laura Lee served as Junior Warden in 2018 and as Clerk in 2019. She currently serves on the Board of Managers of her NYC Condominium and the Board of The Lyman Allyn Museum in New London. Laura Lee is a kidney donor and active in the work of YNHH to promote and educate about transplantation. An organized and engaged member of our Parish, Laura Lee is also a dedicated yogi and enjoys reading, art, travel, theatre, decorating and gardening.
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Alden Rockwell Murphy, Inreach
Alden and her family have lived in Connecticut since leaving New York City, nearly 30 years ago. While in New York, Alden met her husband Jamie Murphy while they were both singing in the Blue Hill Troupe, a Gilbert & Sullivan ensemble. (As their New York Times wedding announcement stated, “They met during Yeoman of the Guard and married during Mikado.”) After receiving her Master’s Degree in Art History from Columbia University, Alden worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their Special Publications Department for nearly a decade. After raising their two boys in CT, Alden went on to obtain her second Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Lesley University in Boston. She then worked as a licensed music therapist on the staff of The Connecticut Hospice in Branford, work that enriched her life, and her life in music, immeasurably.
In their early years in CT, Alden pursued her love of theatre in many plays, both musicals and dramas/comedies, at the Ivoryton Playhouse. She has kept up her singing, studying voice with Richard Lalli (Yale School of Music faculty) and performing with the New Haven Chorale, CONCORA (CT Choral Artists), and Yale Camerata. She currently performs with The Anglican Singers and her beloved Saint Ann’s Choir.
Alden has also been active in nonprofit work in her years in CT. She has served on the boards of directors of Young Audiences of CT (now Arts 4 Learning, CT), an organization that places artists of all disciplines into schools throughout the state; she was also on the board of the Ivoryton Playhouse. She and her husband, along with two other Old Lyme residents, founded the chamber music series Musical Masterworks; currently in its 29th season, Alden now serves as President of that Board.
Alden has found her true church home in Saint Ann’s. She has been a member of the Parish since the early 1990s. Alden has enjoyed being a part of a parish that remains vital and engaged, through many transitions; she admires the tenacity and commitment of the parishioners and of all clergy she has known through these years. She has been honored to serve on the Vestry with talented, dedicated colleagues.
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Bob Stosse, Outreach
Bob wandered into Saint Ann’s a few years ago, was an hour early for the 10:30 service and there wasn’t a Griswold Forum, but he met Charlie Potts, who encouraged him to sit and talk. The rest is history! Bob has enthusiastically joined Saint Ann’s as a member of the parish, of the choir, a lector, and now has been asked to join the vestry.
Bob lives in Essex, travels throughout New England for work, and loves his weekends judging figure skating competitions, cheering on his grandson in baseball, and engaging in his wider network of giving back to others.
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Hal Swope, Christian Formation
Harold (“Hal”) Swope Jr. is from Cleveland, OH. Hal grew up on the east side of Cleveland in Highland Heights, OH. Hal is the youngest of five kids, having three sisters and one brother. Hal’s family attended Wickliffe Presbyterian Church and were very active in the church. Hal
attended Sunday School in his grade school years and continued through high school. Hal
attended Hiram College where he studied computer science and economics. Hal graduated from Hiram in 1991 and started working at Progressive Insurance located on the east side of
Cleveland. Hal continued to attend Wickliffe Presbyterian Church on Sunday’s. Hal taught
Sunday school as well as holding occasional worship services during the week.
Hal has lived on the east coast in CT since 2000. Hal is currently married to Patti Swope with six kids: Colby, Megan, Mathew, Carson, Michael and Macklin. Hal is VP CIO for Bond and Specialty Insurance for Travelers. Hal, Patti and family currently live in Old Lyme, CT.
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