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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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.
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, Nearly New, Assistant 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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Bob McGill, Christian Formation
Bob and his wife Daphne moved to Essex Meadows in September 2015. It was their second retirement, the first being to Williamstown MA, where Bob had gone to college some 40 years before. There they were members of St. John's Episcopal Church where Bob had been a member of the student vestry. The then rector had officiated at their wedding. More recently, Bob had served as chair of the finance committee and, briefly, as member of the vestry. Upon arrival at the "Meadows," George Razee introduced them to St. Ann's. To Bob’s delight, the rector turned out to be a cousin of his college roommate. The warmth and kindliness of the congregation made them feel they were among friends. They are happy to be counted among the congregation and Bob will do my best to serve on the vestry.
Becca Pote, Outreach
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 Saint 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, lectoring, ushering, and ECW/Women of Saint Ann's board member.
Dick Shriver, Communications
The result of curiosity more than strategy or ability, Dick Shriver was privileged to experience, in fifty years of problem-solving positions, large corporations, small businesses, US politics, national security, banking and merchant banking, domestic finance and law enforcement, rule of law development and economic development in troubled nations, and higher education. At Saint Ann’s, Dick has served as a member of the vestry, chair of the stewardship committee, treasurer and senior warden.
Hal Swope, Inreach
Harold (“Hal”) Swope Jr. is from Cleveland, OH. Hal grew up on the east side of Cleveland in Highland Heights, OH. He 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. He 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. He 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. He 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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