OUR VESTRY

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. 

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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.

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Jeff Devereaux

Member, 2019-2021 Term

As one of the younger members of our congregation, I am excited that I am able to serve our church community as one of its Vestry members. Having grown up in a Pentecostal tradition, I came to the Episcopal Church via St. Mark's after having been asked to leave my church for being gay. I found in St. Mark's not only a place where I could celebrate God and live authentically as a queer person, but also a church home that is enlivening and inspiring. Not only do I serve on the Vestry, I also assist as a Servant of Worship and have been involved in our Stewardship and Community Outreach efforts in the past. If you are interested in our church community, I highly encourage you to join us either in-person or online for our many service offerings and ways to get engaged with our lively church community. 

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Kate Spielmann

Member, 2019-2021 Term

I retired from the faculty at Arizona State about 5 years ago where I was in the schools of Anthropology and of Sustainability. I’m an archaeologist by training.

 

My husband, Bill, and I have a daughter who is 30 and living in Atlanta. She and her fiancé will be married (outside, distanced, small gathering….) in late May. We’re thrilled about that.

 

I’ve been a life-long Episcopalian, my father having been an Episcopal priest. After moving to Albuquerque in the summer of 2018, I joined St. Marks that fall and have come to value the parish immensely for its wonderful clergy, music, and parishioners. I was a member of one of St Mark’s coffee groups for perhaps a year before that all shut down, and am interested in continuing to serve the parish on its vestry. I was a vestry member a number of years ago at the Church of the Epiphany in Tempe and valued that participation very much.

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Laurel Cabral

Member, 2020-2022 Term

I’m a native of Albuquerque with a deep love of all the diversity in our State. My husband and I started attending St. Marks 5+ years ago while I was going through a health crisis. We got married here in 2014, and have seen the church grow and begin to thrive in the time we’ve been here. I’m the head Greeter- leading the Welcome Ministry, the Clerk for the Vestry, on Coffee Team 3, part of the Summer of Conversations team, part of the Stewardship ministry, a Counter on Monday mornings, and all-around helper-outer where I can.

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Aric Elsenheimer

Member, 2020-2022 Term

This is an exciting time to be part of St. Mark’s. We are a growing and vibrant church with both a commitment to the traditions of the Episcopal church and a willingness to experiment when given something new. I consider myself very blessed to be part of St. Mark’s, and I want to thank each one of you for making this such a wonderful church community for me, Rachel, and our sons Tug and Robin.

I grew up in a small Presbyterian congregation in upstate New York, and the life of the church was a deeply important part of my childhood. I have fond memories of spending many Sunday mornings clearing the church sidewalks of snow and, once cleared, going inside to ring the bell. I am so grateful to be a part of a faith community where I am able to see my sons experience the rituals, traditions, and faith of the church. I love that my oldest, Tug, genuinely looks forward to carrying the cross or a candle as part of the processional. I love that the both of them look forward to the nativity play as one of the highlights of their year. And I love that they have a wonderful community of people, of all ages, that they can look to as models and mentors.

I am honored to serve on Vestry to help in the decision making of our ever-growing parish. I’ve been on a couple other church and non-profit teams and committees—the details of which would be terribly uninteresting to recount. Although in high school I did serve on the Trustees at my church, a committee responsible for the physical building. And one of the first things I did was to make sure they got someone new to clear the sidewalks of snow.

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Melanie Peterson

Member, 2020-2022 Term

I grew up in Albuquerque, as did my parents, and I love living here, especially the beauty of the land and the culture. I met my wonderful husband David in the summer of 1990, we were married in 1991, and we have three beautiful children together. In my professional life, I’m a middle school English teacher, so (no surprise) I love to read. I also love cooking, hiking, and road trips with my family.

Although I am fairly new to the Episcopal faith tradition, I am an enthusiastic Episcopalian. I have attended St. Mark’s since 2011, and I was confirmed in 2016. Although I grew up in a church-going family, it was a very different tradition, and I love my newfound spiritual home: the liturgy, the ritual, and the ethos of worship nurture my spirituality in ways that are continually surprising and challenging. I have been a Godly Play storyteller for about ten years, and working with young children in this particular ministry, with its emphasis on joy and wonder in the narrative arc of God’s love for his people, has been healing and inspiring. I have also participated in two Summers of Conversation, deepening my connection to this special place. The community at St. Mark’s has been a great blessing to me, and although I am a little shy and overwhelmed by crowds, I treasure the relationships I have developed. I look forward to an opportunity to serve St. Mark’s in a new way, and hope to be able to contribute to the growth and vitality of our church.

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Charles "Barry" Hogge

Member, 2021-2023 Term

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, I attended VPI (Virginia Tech now), and went to grad school there before finishing my graduate work at Johns Hopkins. I came to Albuquerque for active duty in the Air Force in 1968. Four years later, I separated from the Air Force (as a captain) and took a job at what is now the Air Force Research Laboratory on Kirtland AFB. I retired from the laboratory in 2000 and have continued to work in that laboratory in a variety of arrangements, one of which was as an employee of New Mexico Tech (in Socorro). Today, I have a consulting business with other major tech companies and still work for the Laboratory.

 

In my first marriage, I had the good fortune to have two sons. When Kristin and I married in 1981, we were blessed again with two sons of our own as well as two wonderful boys from her first marriage. Today, our boys range in age from 30 to 50 years old, and all but the youngest one live outside New Mexico. When I was young, I attended a Methodist, then Lutheran, then Methodist and finally another Lutheran church after finally coming to Albuquerque. When Kristin and I married, we began attending St. John’s Cathedral, where she had been raised. We attended the Cathedral until 1999, at which time we moved to the east mountains near Edgewood, NM. There was no Episcopal church in Edgewood, but a small group of new and old locals were just beginning to foster one. Attending services in the Edgewood Elementary School gymnasium on old Route 66, we eventually built a small, frame/metal building of our own north of town, and so we began to grow Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Edgewood. I had the privilege of being on their vestry during those early (and difficult) years.

 

A little over ten years ago, we built a townhouse on Candelaria near the nature center and I began looking for a new church. The very first time I came to St Mark’s, I knew that I had found my home and I have been here ever since. A couple of years ago we lost one of our beloved boys, a tragedy that we continue to struggle with now. St Mark’s, Fr. Christopher and many others were our anchor and beacon during those dark days. St Marks is my home. It has been there when we needed it, and I will be there for it. 

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George McJimsey

Member, 2021-2023 Term

I grew up in Colorado Springs with my two sisters - raised by parents who were professors at Colorado College and active members of Grace Church and Stephen's Episcopal Church. My belief that the life of the mind informs and strengthens the life of faith (and that, indeed, they are one) grew, no doubt, through my upbringing on a college campus and a church nearby. This, and a recognition that the strength of any community -be it faith-based or otherwise - flows from the willingness of its members to participate, and to foster the relationships that will help it to grow. It is this commitment to participation and relationships that I hope to bring to the Vestry at St. Mark's.

 

My wife Brenna and I - and sons Rowan and Malcolm - found our spiritual home at St. Mark's three years ago. We have become "members" week by week - day by day - through worship and conversation and have always felt welcome. Meanwhile, I continue to explore the contours of the life of the mind (and perhaps of life in general) with middle and high school students at Sandia Preparatory School, where I have taught for twenty-one years.

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Lucy Sinkular

Member, 2021-2023 Term

I was raised and confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith, and was received into the Episcopal Church in 1995, at St. Mark’s in Albuquerque. Although my husband Scott and I lived in Albuquerque when we were newlyweds, we were absent from the parish from 1997 to 2017 while we moved around the world for Scott’s military career. During this time, we also raised our two children Emily and John, who are now 22 and 21 years old.

I have always felt drawn into a closer relationship with God. In every parish we have called home throughout 28 years of marriage, I have volunteered in some capacity or another. I have attended Bible Studies, been a Lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Vestry member, a stewardship worker and a Sunday school teacher. Now, I feel a strong calling to serve St. Mark’s as a member of the Vestry. I would like to assist in the mission of the clergy and our members as we all strive together to make something beautiful for God in our neighborhood. To me, those are not just words! I think we each have an opportunity to serve Christ in one another. I would like to have a part in helping each member deepen his or her faith and also help our members discover their unique gifts. I think serving on the Vestry would allow me to contribute to our community in a really good way.

 

Professionally, I have been an attorney for 25 years. I practice family law as a shareholder at Atkinson & Kelsey, PA. Even though it may seem sad, I do enjoy using my abilities to help families in transition and crisis. I also serve as a Commissioner for the New Mexico State Bar Association and am involved as the President of the Women’s State Bar. In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, running and spending time with my wonderful partner, Scott. 
 

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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.

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Ken Reese

Assistant Treasurer

No bio available at this time.