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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 Secretary) 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 Monday of each month. Meetings are open to all parishioners. 

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Charlie Potts, Senior Warden

Charlie joined 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. Between them, they have four sons, three daughters-in- law, five grandsons, and two granddaughters.

Growing up in New York City, and later in Glen Cove on Long Island, Charlie has degrees in Psychology, Busi- ness, and Education. Professionally, he has served as an Employee Benefits consultant, a Manufacturer’s Repre- sentative, a Registered Investment Advisor, and as a principal in a Real Estate and Investment company. In 2011, he received an Educator’s Certification in English, later adding additional certifications in History, Eco- nomics, Business, and Humanities. In 2020, Charlie completed Education for Ministry, a four-year seminar course in Theology offered through The Beecken Center for Faith, Learning, and Ministry.

At Saint Ann’s, Charlie has served as Assistant Treasurer (2017), as Treasurer (2018 & 2019), and as Senior Warden (2022) as well as a member of the Investment Committee, the Soup Kitchen Mission, the Altar Guild, and as a Lector, Crucifer, Acolyte, and Intercessor. He is most grateful for the opportunity to lead Tuesday Morning Prayer (Tues @ 10:00 a.m.) and co-lead weekly Bible Study (Sun @ 9:30 a.m. and Mon @ 5:00 p.m.).

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Becca Pote, Junior Warden

A retired teacher, Becca and her husband, John have called Old Lyme home for over four decades. They have been members of Saint Ann’s for almost as long. Their daughters, Emily and Chelsea, were raised, confirmed, and served as acolytes here.

Raised Baptist (Mom) and Greek Orthodox (Dad), Becca was confirmed here by Bishop Rowthorn. Past iter- ations of her service to the church include vestry member, search committee member, Nearly New and soup kitchen volunteer, church school teaching, pageant coordination, lecturing, ushering, and ECW/Women of Saint Ann’s board member.

Becca enjoys reading, walking, gardening (mostly chasing deer), and being three-year old Leo’s Gran.

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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, Secretary

Jill is a licensed marriage and family therapist who lives and works in Old Lyme, focusing on couples and adult individuals. 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 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, 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. 

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David Griswold, Christian Formation

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 retired after 27 years in 2022.

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 stu- dents. 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 4 children remain her passion, as she supports each on their journey to discover and pursue their own life passions.

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Bob Jennings, Nearly New

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 53 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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Carol Carlson, Communications & 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 2019, the Vestry elected Carol as Treasurer to complete Charlie's term and continued to serve the following term as treasurer during his recov- ery from heart transplant surgery. She also served as Vestry Liaison to the Nearly New Shop. She is an active participant in many of the Outreach ministries at Saint Ann's and a regular volunteer at the Nearly New Shop.

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 52 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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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.

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Mark Read, Fellowship

Mark Read was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church in Rye, NY, and was active in the youth fellowship there. He attended Amherst College (earning a BA in English), where he was active in the Amherst Christian Fellowship. He has attended Grace Church in New York City, where he led a Bible study group, and St Dunstan’s in Carmel, CA. He joined the Building and Grounds committee at Saint Ann’s this past fall.

Mark works full-time for Sensei Project Solutions where he advises clients on project management systems based on the Microsoft platform. His clients have included multi-national corporations, municipal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Mark served on the Berkeley City Club Board of Directors (and as President for 3 years) overseeing operations and restoration projects for this 90-plus-year-old organization, and is currently Treasurer of Little Simon Properties Inc, a 118-year old Adirondack camp.

Mark was married and has two children. He lived in California for 25 years and moved to Old Lyme last year to be with his mother, Jean Read, who lives in the house her parents had built in 1961, up RT 156 across from the Lohmann Buck Twining Preserve.

Steve Wilson, Stewardship

Steven has owned a home in Old Lyme since 2006 and has been a full-time resident since 2018. He lives with his wife of 24 years, Jan Wysocki, and his children, Alden (19) and Lea (17).

Steven graduated from SUNY Stony Brook and has had a long and storied career in technology culminating as Director of Technology for Baron Capital, NY, NY. He is a founding partner of Stoics Society, a young company offering a variety of men’s and women’s accessories locally and online.

Steven was raised Roman Catholic but sought more meaning than the Church provided. His search for deeper meaning led him to read The Bible (beginning in his 40’s). A random page from a random religious book on a shelf in a local bookstore that literally said “visit me in church” combined with a serendipitous meeting of a church member who invited him to visit Saint Ann’s led him to this church. Mother Anita’s sermons and leadership caused him to stay and further, be received as Episcopalian in June, 2022. Steven has never felt more at home in a place of worship.

 

He currently serves as chairman of the Region 18 Board of Education (since 2019) and has served on the Old Lyme Country Club Board as Communications Governor (2016-2019) and the Philosophy Day School Board (NYC) (2007). He also serves on the Policy and Communications Committee, Finance and Facilities Commit- tee, and attended every meeting of the Community Conversation on Racism as a Public Health Crisis while it was active.

Steven’s hobbies include golf, skiing, fabricating objects with metal, plastic, wood, glass, and epoxy. An avid writer, he is more than halfway finished with his first novel and has written myriad short stories and several children’s books.

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