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.
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.
Tom Blueher, Member, 2019-2021 Term
I am excited at the prospect of serving our community of St. Mark’s by being a member of the Vestry. In October 2014 I first stopped by to check out St. Mark’s and I have done my best to be in attendance every Sunday since. The combination of the historical, the liturgy and the encouragement to think, to question and to learn hooked me.
I was born and raised in New Mexico with eight siblings, left for four years of college back East, then returned to graduate from UNM School of Law. I have practiced law in New Mexico since 1981. I am so fortunate to have my bride of 37 years and two wonderful adult children. If you cannot find me from March to October, I suggest you look in the vegetable patch – a favorite hobby since childhood.
I have learned much from participating on the Stewardship Team, working with the small group organizing committee, gladly signing on to experience our one on one conversation efforts, and of course proudly serving on Team One Coffee Group. I am invigorated by the community that our membership is constantly creating at St. Mark’s, and I look forward to being an active participant as we move forward.
Karen Longenecker, Member, 2019-2021 Term
I have been serving in the Episcopal Church in various capacities for most of my adult life. This experience most recently includes a six-year term on the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. Executive Council is the international governing board of the corporate Episcopal Church. My experience on Executive Council was full of budgets, resolutions, motions and project development for the whole world-wide Episcopal Church. I was elected Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on World Mission, a subcommittee of Executive Council, which focused on international relations, the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church outside of the United States. I deeply enjoyed my time on Executive Council and learned more than I could imagine about church governance and finance. I feel my experience on Executive Council prepared me for a vestry position on Saint Mark’s and look forward to hopefully serving Saint Mark’s in this capacity, should I be elected.
Professionally I am a Clinical Social Worker for the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability. I work with high-risk families, especially young children birth to three whose parents have struggled with drug addiction, trauma and poverty. My job is deeply fulfilling and often difficult, it is where I find the Holy Spirit to be the most present in my life. Second to my job, I find the Holy Spirit when I’m skiing, playing in the snow, being with my dog or spending time with a very loving and supportive community that thankfully surrounds me.
Adam Squire, Member, 2019-2021 Term
I have been attending St. Mark’s since I was a child; my mother, Chris, began attending when she was a teenager. My wife Darcey and I completed pre-marital counseling at St. Mark’s and became members in 2006. My kids, William and James, have been attending since the first two weeks of their lives. Growing up in this church has offered numerous opportunities to participate. As a kid I was an acolyte, played on the St. Mark’s Softball Team, and rang bells in the Church Bell Choir. In adulthood I was Co-Chair of the Search for a New Rector Committee, an acolyte, and a children’s education instructor for Rite 13. In 2018, I was appointed to the position of Clerk by the Vestry. I clerked for several months before a seat on the Vestry was vacated, and I was elected by the Vestry to fulfill the remaining term. My current involvement at St. Mark’s includes being a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Servant of Worship, a member of the Vestry, and a Journey to Adulthood Instructor. In my professional life I am a Certified Public Accountant and a Tax Senior at a one of the 10 largest accounting firms in the nation. In addition to income tax accounting, I have gained vast experience in financial accounting through auditing a variety of corporations, higher educational institutions, governmental entities, and non-profits.
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.