With the help of the Holy Spirit, our vestry is the governing body of our church. Elected to three-year terms, vestry members make decisions regarding facilities, vision and direction of St. Mark’s and have overall fiscal responsibility for the church.
Gary Gunthorpe, Member, 2016-2018 Term
Gary grew up in Mount Vernon, New York and graduated from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) in 1970. After college, Gary worked for Ohio Bell in Sales and Marketing and transferred to Mountain Bell’s Farmington, New Mexico Sales Office in 1976. Since moving to New Mexico he has managed and/or owned businesses in numerous fields including telecommunications, home audio retail, commercial sound installation, concert sound, commercial construction, solar project development and business consulting.
A new member of St Mark’s since 2015, Gary is active on the Solar and Mardi Gras Party Committees and has participated in several St. Mark’s sponsored Albuquerque Interfaith events. Gary looks forward to joining the vestry to participate in the guidance of the parish’s growth and financial well-being.
Robin Hammer, Member, 2016-2018 Term
God is love. These three words changed my life. I did not grow up in the church, and for most of my childhood and early adulthood, did not think organized religion had much to offer me. But when my then 4-year-old daughter asked me, “When are you going to take me to church to learn about God?” I was called to look for a church home in Albuquerque. After visiting several area churches, I felt at home at St. Michael’s Episcopal. My family and I started attending St. Michael’s a year or two before Father Christopher and his family arrived. It was there, with the help of Father Christopher and others, where I first gained the insight that if I knew love, I could learn to know God. I was called to show the love of Christ by serving as a Sunday school teacher in the Montessori-based Godly Play program every week and helping with other church committees. When Father Christopher became the Rector at St. Mark’s, I transferred our family’s membership to St. Mark’s the same week with the hope to continue seeking God’s love through the church.
At St. Mark’s, I have been the leader of the Godly Play program for four years. I am spiritually fed through working alongside other adults to teach children about Christ and God’s love. I have also assisted the church with special events, such as the Easter, Mardi Gras, and Epiphany parties. In 2012, members of the Diocesan convention elected me to a three-year term as a member of the Cathedral Chapter, which is a body created to assist in the selection of a new Dean of the Cathedral.
My primary and most rewarding occupation is being the mother of two great teenagers, which requires lots of patience and love. In my professional life, I am a career government lawyer, having served in many capacities in public and non-profit law over the past 23 years. I have focused my legal career on governmental accountability. I believe my work with non-profit law would be of benefit to the vestry.
I grow in spiritual life by the sense of community I enjoy at St. Mark’s each week: through Father Christopher’s inspirational words, the hearty dialogue with my fellow church goers, and my volunteer work. At the end of each Sunday morning at St. Mark’s, I am revitalized to enter the week to serve God in the world. I would like to serve on the vestry to help continue the great work St. Mark’s is performing by bringing God’s love to our community, both inside and outside the church walls.
Doug Moore, Member, 2016-2018 Term
I was born and raised in Albuquerque. I attended the University of New Mexico where I received a B.S. in Chemistry. After spending a couple of years in West Africa, I returned to Albuquerque and have happily resided here since. I have worked in the biology department at the University of New Mexico since 1974 doing ecological research and am now looking to retire in the near future. It was at UNM that I met my wife Terrie. We were married in 1979 and have 2 grown sons. My wife and I joined St Marks in 2013 and have enjoyed the new relationships that we have developed since then.
Sherry Reeder, Member, 2017-2019 Term
The past 5 years have been an exciting time of change, growth, and building of our church family; the next 3 years will be a critical time for deepening of relationships, adapting to growth and becoming financially self-sustaining. I am excited about the possible opportunity of serving on the Vestry during this important phase in St. Mark’s history.
I was raised Methodist and was confirmed into the Episcopal church at the Cathedral in 1999. St. Mark’s first welcomed me (and my spouse Miranda) 6 years ago. From the beginning, I have found myself plugged into a vibrant and welcoming faith community that extends the joy and meaning of Christ’s table beyond the communion rail. Participating in small group classes, working on projects around the church, leading some pastoral care classes, enjoying the hugs and updates from the children as they wander into the kitchen, and now organizing the Coffee hospitality teams have firmly embedded me into our wonderful church family.
My most powerful personal spiritual formation has been through Education for Ministry (EFM) which I completed in 2006 under the mentorship of Susan Butler. My formal education is in nursing, and I completed my doctorate degree in executive organizational leadership in 2015; my area of research involves the extent to which leaders can influence compassion in others. Many of the same skills I use in my job as a hospital leader are required of a vestry member: active listening, evaluating possibilities, giving constructive and empowering feedback, discerning strategic plans for the future, negotiating compromise, and building of relationships, teams and community.
Thoughtful management of our growth, continued building of community both inside and outside of our walls, transformative outreach, religious development of children and adults, support of one another, using the gifts and talents within our church family, and applying our faith to our lives will help us visualize the path of our church in the coming years. If elected to the Vestry, I would bring a passion for service and dedication into the well-being of our extraordinary faith community during these next three important years of our shared story of St. Mark’s.
Laurie Moye, Member, 2017-2019 Term
Laurie is a lifelong Episcopalian and has made St Mark’s her church home. She has been chair of the Buildings Assets Committee since its founding in 2012, originally called Recasting of Building Assets. She is also a member of the Core Team for the Summer of Listening. Laurie also enjoys painting Icons with the NM School of Sacred Arts here at St Mark’s.
Laurie has an Associate of Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri; a Bachelor of University Studies and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from UNM. She has worked in both local and state government, for local developers, a local architecture, planning and engineering firm and currently works for PNM.
Laurie looks forward to joining the vestry to participate more fully in the continued growth of the parish and its financial well-being.
Joan Camera, Member, 2017-2019 Term
My parents raised me in Catholic schools, until high school when my dad asked me to make a decision: a new refrigerator or tuition. I chose the refrigerator. Oh, I wasn’t being too altruistic. I was tired of wearing school uniforms!
I went back to college when my kids were in grade school. I have a BBA in Accounting and Finance and am a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
I have been a member of St Mark’s for about a year and a half.
I am active on the Finance Committee and St Martin’s breakfasts. I would love to be a member of Vestry.
Meredithe Sweeney, Member, 2018-2020 Term
I have been attending St. Mark’s since the winter of 2015, so about three years now. My husband of almost 10 years, Roc, and I were proudly confirmed in October of that year. I am not a lifelong Episcopalian. I was raised in a Bible church, however, the Episcopalian Church, specifically St. Mark’s, felt like home from the first day. I have fallen in love with the liturgy and the traditions in which we are privileged to participate.
In the 3 years I have been attending St. Mark’s, I have helped lead 2 small groups; what was originally called “Conversations on Race in America,” and “Spirituality of Fundraising.” I was on the Stewardship Committee for 2016 and 2017, and I just recently began working with the Rite 13 students, and I am loving that. Aren’t they just the greatest? I help with planning for small groups and I am also the lead for the snack team for week 3 (We’re always looking for new snack preppers, if you are interested…).
I look forward to being able to give back and contribute in that way.
Ken Stalter, Member, 2018-2020 Term
If you are reading this, you are likely called to worship in the liturgical tradition in the midst of a welcoming and vital faith community. That is what my wife Katharine and I sought when we needed a spiritual home for our new family. Like many of you, after that first visit to St. Mark’s, we never looked anywhere else.
Raised in an American Baptist church, I am now a confirmed Episcopalian, thanks to God’s grace and my life at St. Mark’s. As a parent, spouse, and attorney, I am continually learning and relearning how to follow Jesus in these roles.
The coming years will bring new challenges for St. Mark’s. I am grateful to grow in Christ with this community, and look forward to serving in whatever capacity I am able.
Susan Smith-Pierce, Member, 2018-2020 Term
As a child Susan and her family attended St. Mark’s where she was confirmed. Years later in 2012, Susan attended the Easter Service and the Inquirer’s Class and once again became a member of St. Mark’s.
Since then Susan has served as co-leader of the Inquirer’s Class and has participated in the ministries of Healing Prayer, Pastoral Care, and Intercessory Prayer. She co-led a women’s Advent retreat with Rev. Pat Green, and taught a class on keeping a spiritual journal. Each of these experiences have contributed to the deepening and broadening of Susan’s faith and knowledge as an Episcopalian.
Susan has a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is an independently licensed clinical counselor. She has worked as a therapist and counseling professor at Webster University and the University of New Mexico as well as directing the internship and training programs at Southwest Family Guidance Center. She continues to offer workshops for practicing therapists on using expressive arts as a source of self-care and sustaining resilience.
Miranda Eastham, Treasurer
Miranda has been a member of St. Mark’s since 2012 and has served both on the vestry at The Cathedral Church of St. John and as its treasurer. Miranda has also served as a Convention Delegate in the Diocese of the Rio Grande and chaired two stewardship campaigns. She holds a B.S. in Business Information Systems and an M.B.A., both from the University of Colorado.