Vestry

The Vestry of the parish has the responsibility to work with the Rector 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. 

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Charlie Potts, Senior Warden

Charlie became a member of Saint Ann’s Parish in 2016, after moving to Old Lyme from Freeport, ME, with his artist wife, Lindy Lyman and transferring from Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Yarmouth. They continue to be grateful for the warm and welcoming community of Saint Ann’s.

 

Lindy and Charlie were married in Denver, CO in 2012. Between them, they have four sons, three daughters-in-law, five grandsons, and two granddaughters. Their oldest grandchild is 21 and their youngest is 10 months.

Growing up in New York City, and later in Glen Cove on Long Island, Charlie attended church school and was confirmed at Saint John’s of Lattingtown, in Locust Valley, NY. He graduated from Williams College in 1968 (BA in Psychology) and from UConn in 1974 (MBA). Professionally, he has served as an Employee Benefits consultant, a Manufacturer’s Representative, a Registered Investment Advisor, and as a principal in a Real Estate and Investment company.

 

After 40+ years in the business world, Charlie was called in a different direction and enrolled at the University of Saint Joseph’ School of Education in 2009. He received his Initial Educator’s Certification in English in 2011 and later added additional certifications in History, Economics, Business, and Humanities. He has taught middle school, high school and vocational school classes in Colorado, Maine, and Connecticut. In 2020, Charlie completed Education for Ministry a four-year seminar course in Theology offered through The Beecken Center for Faith, Learning, and Ministry.

 

Charlie has served Saint Ann’s as Assistant Treasurer (2017) and then as Treasurer (2018 & 2019). He has served on several committees including the parish Investment Committee, on Soup Kitchen teams, as a member of the Altar Guild, and as a Lector, Crucifer, Acolyte, and Intercessor. In 2021, with Alden Murphy, he co-chaired the successful “Lift Up” fund-raising campaign. He has served on the ECCT Finance Committee. He is also very grateful to serve as Worship Leader for a weekly service of Morning Prayer (Tues @ 10:00 a.m.) and as co-leader of Bible Study (Sun @ 9:30 a.m. and Mon @ 5:00 p.m.).

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Becca Pote, Junior Warden

Becca retired from teaching in 2019, having spent forty-one joyful, fulfilling years working with the children of Region Eighteen. With her husband, John, she has called Old Lyme home for four decades, and they have been members of St. Ann's for thirty-five years. Their daughters, Emily and Chelsea, were raised, confirmed, and served as acolytes here. They are greatly anticipating meeting Emily's Leo, their first grandchild, post vaccination.

Raised Baptist (Mom) and Greek Orthodox (Dad), Becca was confirmed at Saint Ann's by Bishop Rowthorn. Past iterations of her service to the church include vestry member, search committee member, Nearly New and soup kitchen volunteer, church school teaching, pageant coordination, reading, usher- ing, and ECW/Women of Saint Ann's board member.

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Peter Griffin, Treasurer

Peter is a life-long Episcopalian and has been a member of Saint Ann’s for 40 years.  He has served Saint Ann’s in various positions over the years including Treasurer and Senior Warden.

 

Peter and his wife Candide were married at Saint Ann’s in 2005. Peter’s first wife Pam and his parents Gloria and Robert (Grif) are interred in our Memorial Garden. He is an engineer by training with B.S. and M.S. from Cornell University and MBA from UCONN.  He has recently retired after 22 years as President of Essex Products Group and Greaves Corporation, a manufacturing company located in Centerbrook, CT.

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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 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 St. Ann’s. They now live in Norwalk and Boston, respectively—fortunately, not too far away! 

In her 30 years at St. 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 St. Ann’s, and two discernment committees. She’s grateful to have participated in one of our mission trips to the Dominican Republic. 

In the before-times—and hopefully again soon—Jill and her partner Rob were 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. 

Contact Jill at jillwhitneyol@gmail.com

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Gigi Becker, Nearly New

Gigi has lived in Lyme for 30 years while raising her, now grown, sons Joe and James Rhodes. She is an avid cyclist, gardener and skier and loves having travel adventures with her sons and extended family. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and has worked professionally in the region at UCFS, Waterford Youth Services, Lymes Youth Services and supervised an Infant Mental Health Program for LEARN. More recently she was clinical supervisor at Clifford Beers Clinic and a trauma consultant to Saint Martin de' Porres Academy, both in New Haven.

Gigi was raised an Episcopalian. At Christ Church, Greenwich she attended Sunday school, sang in the choir, participated in mission trips to West Virginia and taught Sunday school. When living in Boston she enjoyed the inspiring and remarkable sermons of Rev. Spencer Rice and being a part of Trinity Church.

Gigi is happy to be part of the welcoming community and work of Saint Ann's.

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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.

Contact Bob at jenningsrc46@gmail.com

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David Griswold, Fellowship

David Griswold grew up in Old Lyme and served as an acolyte when Saint Ann’s was located in the Nearly New Building. His mother, Rosalie Griswold McCook was a leader in the building of the current church, and his step-father, John McCook, served as Senior Warden.

David obtained a Master’s degree in Education and upon graduation, served as an officer in the Marines. After service, he entered education as a teacher and coach at Yale University and Trinity College. Building on his education experience, he started a consulting firms with emphasis on employment for veterans.

Returning to Old Lyme, David was drawn back to Saint Ann’s by the kindness extended by Reverend Mark Robinson and the enthusiasm of Mother Anita. He continued his consulting business and has served the community in the VFW, the Federation of Beaches, Black Hall Association, Senior Center, and local political organizations.

David and Elaine have three children and five grandchildren who live in California and Kentucky.

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Carolyn Kilroy, Outreach

Carolyn Kilroy has been a member of Saint Ann’s since 1997, when she moved her young family to SE CT subsequent to a job relocation. Carolyn was born and raised in rural WI. Her passion for learning took her to UT (BS), then MN (MS, DVM), followed by IL where she taught veterinary students while completing a PhD. Along the journey she took 2 years off from academia to practice small animal emergency critical care medicine. Carolyn joined Pfizer Animal Health in 1995 and currently continues her career with Pfizer as a global R&D project manager in COVID antivirals.

Carolyn was invited to serve at Saint Ann’s as a chalice bearer when she first arrived, a call which she didn’t feel worthy of but accepted nonetheless and continues to serve Saint Ann’s in that capacity. Over the years she has also served on the vestry, chaired the outreach committee, participated in and chaired Saint Ann’s Shoreline Soup Kitchen outreach, and was actively involved in Saint Ann’s youth ministry for middle and high school students. She considers herself honored to have also been able to travel to the Dominican Republic on 3 occasions as part of Saint Ann’s parish outreach, including a personal meeting with the Dominican Episcopal Bishop.

Carolyn currently lives in Old Lyme with her son Luke and her beloved 4-legged family members. Her four children remain her passion, as she supports each on their journey to discover and pursue their own life passions.

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June Davison, Communications

June Davison joined Saint Ann’s Choir in 1995 as an avid lover of church music, with its close connection to God. This began a ten-year discernment about church, ending in her reception as an Episcopalian in 2005. In 2020 she finished the four-year theology program from University of the South (Sewanee), Education for Ministry.

After a 45-year career in teaching on the secondary and college level and independent college counseling in New England and North Carolina, she recently returned to Connecticut to rejoin her family, especially her grandson Jackson James, recently baptized at Saint Ann’s. Of course, in 2018, she rejoined the Choir.

Professionally, June studied English at Boston College (Newton) and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. In Anglo-Irish Language and Literature from University College, Dublin. She was an Aetna Fellow at UConn in Rhetoric and Composition.

While a member of St. James, Wilmington, NC, a parish of 600 families, June sang 15 years in the choir, enjoyed working with Episcopal Church Women (Saint Ann’s Guild), the Care Guild, and helping with communication, such as the Parish Directory. Since returning to Saint Ann’s, she has been assisting with stewardship and learning about the Altar Guild. June looks forward to helping our parish in its service to God and the community, near and far.

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Todd Lefurge, Building & Grounds

Todd Lefurge grew up in New Jersey and moved to Connecticut in 1995 to start a job with Pfizer. He left Pfizer in 2011, pursuing other opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry and currently works for a company based in Philadelphia, but is able to work remotely from home most of the time. Todd is the father of four children, ages 15 through 24. His two youngest daughters live with him. Although raised in the Roman Catholic church, since the age of 16, Todd has explored and been a member of other Christian denominations over the years as part of his spiritual journey, settling at Saint Ann’s a few years ago and becoming a member. He is active in the choir and is looking to expand his service in the church community.