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Theresa Luby
Sr. Warden
2016-2018
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Eric Byer
2017-2019
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Ken Courter
2017-2019
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Sharon Easley
2015-2017
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Mike Gibson
2016-2018
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Janie Jones
2015-2017
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Donna Martin
2017-2019
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Marion "Buz" Price
2017-2019
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Nancy Scott Whiting
2015-2017
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Dave Schmidt
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Carol Bonifant,
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Theresa Luby
Sr. Warden
2016-2018
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My name is Theresa Luby and it is my privilege to  serve on the St. Davidís Vestry. My husband Joe and our daughters Megan (13) and Grace (6) have been residents of Ashburn since 2002. We came to St. David's for our children by way of the preschool in 2006. Soon after, it became clear that the school is an extension of the church and the loving community that existed there. The joy in worship here was overwhelming to me and I knew that I wanted to make St. David's my church home.

When we made the decision to commit to this community, we jumped right in and we have never looked back. As a mom, I feel that it is important to show my girls how to be engaged with their church community. I started this path for myself by joining a weekly small group - a commitment I still make today. Where we can, we get the girls involved from Choir to GIRLS group to Youth Group.

It is also important to me that we try to instill in the girls a spirit of service. I started my volunteering here at St. David's on the Communications Ministry. Since then, I have worn many hats. I was a co-lead of the Sunday school. I led the Communications Ministry for two years. I co-led the GIRLS group. Currently, I am a co-lead VBS and the Quilt Ministry. I am also a Lay Eucharistic Visitor seeing a woman in Leesburg every other week to bring her Communion, the Word and some much needed fellowship. As time permits, I also like to roll up my sleeves for our outreach programs Ė Grace to Go, Backpack Buddies, Loudoun Interfaith, etc. These are tangible ways that my kids can see how to give back some of the grace that we have received. Each of these experiences has been a labor of love. Each has taught me a great deal about myself, my faith and this faith community.

In 2015, I had the honor of filling a partial term on the Vestry. It was my privilege to serve as Junior Warden and chair the committee on Stewardship. I feel that we accomplished a lot last year and with Godís grace, I feel I have grown spiritually. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and doing more this year. Why? The answer is simply because I love this place. I have a strong commitment to this community and knowledge of how to get things done here. I feel called to do Godís work here because this is my church home.

Outside of my roles here, I am also a wife and mother. No other role will ever be as important as the role of leading these two girls to be engaged citizens and women of faith. I view everything I do here for St. David's to be a part of that. In my career, I am an IT professional. I hold a DOD clearance and work for a government contractor in Arlington. My primary focus is on Information Assurance/IT processes as well as needs analysis, requirements definition and project implementation. Each of these areas requires skill in communications and collaboration in a team environment.

God willing, I hope to continue to use these skills in service to the Vestry here at St. David's. Thank you and peace be with you.


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Eric Byer
2017-2019
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My name is Eric Byer and I am running for the opportunity to serve on the St. Davidís Vestry.  My wife ZoŽ and I moved to Ashburn in 1999 and are raising our four children, Dylan (12), Brody (9), Abby Grace (7) and Myla Cate (3) in Ashburn Village.   We joined St. Davidís in 2005.  I am a cradle Episcopalian; I grew up attending church in northern New Jersey and was confirmed when I was 13.  

My wife and I came to St. Davidís looking to continue our faith as Episcopalians.  We stay with St. Davidís because we found this community of faith to be a wonderful place for our family to worship and learn about leading a God centered life.  Since joining St. Davidís I have participated in covenant group, bible study including the Crown Financial Ministry class, menís groups, and I led the churchís stewardship campaign in 2013.  My family and I typically attend the 9 am service.  In the past I attended the earlier service as well.

Currently I am the president of a trade association in Arlington, VA and have more than twenty years of experience in government and public affairs as well as organizational operations.  I believe my experience within finance, operations and public relations with non-profits will serve the St. Davidís community well as it looks to expand its offerings and build a parish hall.   

As a member of the vestry, I will work to ensure that St. Davidís improves its financial footing while securing greater volunteer participation to ensure long-term success.  I hope to provide assistance to the community through prayerfully considering opportunities, events and issues that may impact our faithful community.  I yearn to take my relationship with God to a new level through participating in church leadership.  I feel our family has benefited greatly from our membership in St. Davidís and I feel called to give back using my experiences in strengths.  Thank you for your consideration.


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Ken Courter
2017-2019
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My work as a Realtor has shown me the diversity and growth of Loudoun County, Virginia.  As a History/Psychology major Iíve learned the importance of the human element in the impact of the past on the future.  In the past year, the Holy Spirit has inspired me to create opportunities to engage our resources and talents to help others in Loudoun County, VA.  I was raised a Congregationalist and married a Roman Catholic.  These disciplines of faith have inspired me to work to helping others to overcome social injustice and hardships. 

In April 2016, I created the Ashburn Cares food drive.  Loudoun Interfaith Relief received 6,000 pounds of food donations and over $20,000 in contributions.  I recently accepted the Domestic Outreach position at St. Davidís and currently the President Elect of the Ashburn Rotary.

Another volunteer calling has been to teach at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center in Leesburg.  We are now creating a ministry to help those incarcerated to seek employment and improve their life skills. 

Work Experience: 

Since graduating The George Washington University Iíve worked in publishing for nearly 40 years.  This included national and local titles.  My positions included the revenue of the business and traveled extensively.  My current work is real estate with Keller Williams.  

Co-Founded New Dominion magazine with local investor group.  Other work includes The Journal newspapers and Washingtonian magazine.

Volunteer Experience: 

Recently elected as the President of the Ashburn Rotary in 2017 to 2018.  I have held the position of Secretary and also schedule weekly speakers.

Member of the St. Davidís Brotherhood of St. Andrews and Marketing Committee for the church. 

Board of the Ronald McDonald House.  Helped in building the current two properties in Washington, DC and at Inova Hospital in Fairfax.

Member of the G.W.G. Bowen Homestead Association in Eddyville, NY. 

Education:

Bachelor of Arts American Studies, The George Washington University

Graduate Studies at George Mason University.

Special Qualifications: 

Father of four young men with families and three granddaughters.

Travel extensively throughout the world.  Iíve seen and appreciate the beauty of preserving and protecting our culture.  Neighbors helping neighbors is a working model for our communities to help those less fortunate.


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Sharon Easley
2015-2017
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My husband Richard and I began attending St. Davidís in the fall of 1996. At that time we were worshipping in what is now the pre-school. What is interesting about St. Davidís is that there were so many parallels between the Episcopal Church we attended in Georgetown Texas (where we were married) and St. Davidís. Both churches started out as missions with small congregations where we all knew each other, experienced the growing pains of becoming a Parish, built a new church building, and several others which I wonít mention here. The most important similarity between St. Davidís and Grace Episcopal Church was the way we felt the very first time we attended. In both cases we came to one service, felt something very special from the people we met, and stayed and became part of the church family which included serving as well as attending.

My education and experience is quite varied. I graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Biology and Psychology and double minors in Chemistry and Zoology. Iíve taken just about every Biology and Psychology class that there is. I worked in the Healthcare Industry for major companies Prudential and Blue Cross Blue Shield and also served as an executive assistant to high level executives at two firms in Washington DC. For almost 15 years now I have been working for my husband in his transportation consulting firm. In addition to research and writing, program and project management, etc. for our clients; I am also the office manager, the human resources coordinator, the bookkeeper, the IT manager, and whatever else needs to be done.

My husband Richard and I were part of the first class of St. Davidís Shepherd group leaders, when the program first started at St. Davidís, and we have participated in the small group bible study ever since. I have served St. Davidís in many capacities over the years including serving as an usher and coordinating the usher schedule for several years, co-leader of the Communications ministry for several years, served on St. Davidís 20th Anniversary Celebration committee, ministry team and mission team member of the El Hogar and Bromley international ministries for over ten years, and the ministry leader for the Salvation Army Apple Tree and Holiday Coalition Angle Tree for several years. I have served with many of you here at St. Davidís and my work with you, and our serving others, richly blesses me. My husband Richard and I regularly participate in the 10:45 service and sometimes at the 9:00 when we donít sleep in.

I hope that my years of experience serving at St. Davidís is a testament to my dedication to this church, the parishioners, and those that we serve both locally and internationally. Probably the most important skill that I bring to the Vestry from a professional experience standpoint is that I know how to get a great deal of things done with not a lot of resources - which we have had to do from time to time here at St. Davidís. Thank God for the Internet-(mostly)! While working for Richard Iíve had to figure out how to do a great many things that I hadnít necessarily done before; but the business is going on year 18 so we must be doing something right. Working for a small firm you need to be prepared to do whatever needs to be done, and I feel the same way about serving on St. Davidís Vestry. Iím prepared to do what is needed, and if Iím not the most knowledgeable about it Iíll do the research to gain the knowledge I need.

Why did I choose to server on Vestry at this time (2015-2017)? Iíve been asked to run for Vestry several times over the years, and each of those times, after prayerful consideration, I said no. This time I felt in my heart that it was time. I take to heart the scripture which says ďto whom much is given much is required.Ē I have been unbelievably, and undeservedly, blessed in my life. I am so grateful to God for these many blessings. Worshiping here at St. Davidís is most certainly one of them. The best way that I know how to say thank you is to serve God in whatever capacity he may call me. Serving on the Vestry is a very serious commitment; it involves accepting responsibility for guiding the course of St. Davidís over a three year term. I strive to seek and understand the will of God and to put that before my personal wants when making decisions put before the vestry. I also welcome input from parishioners as their representative on the Vestry. I do promise however that I will do my best to keep St. Davidís the most special and remarkable place that it is. Thank you. Sharon Easley


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Mike Gibson
2016-2018
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My name is Mike Gibson, and I currently serve on the Vestry at St. Davidís. I live in Ashburn with my 2 beautiful daughters, Holly (15) and Kelly (14), and we are blessed to call St. Davidís our church home.

I believe in service, commitment and giving back to others in all aspects of my life. Here at St. Davidís, I currently serve as Youth Leader, Service Leader for the Brotherhood of St. Andrews, and member of the Prayer Team. I am active in outreach, and I support other ministries whenever and wherever I can (including Junior Daughters of the King which my daughters belong to).

To me, service is not about being recognized for what you do. Itís not about getting credit. Itís not about getting a pat on the back. Itís about lifting others up. Itís about supporting the mission. Itís about giving back selflessly. Itís about doing the right thing. Itís about looking for ways to impact those around you in a positive way. Itís about changing lives.

I have worked for the same worldwide hotel company for 30 years, and I have experience and expertise managing and working with people, organizational processes, budgets, forecasts, strategic planning, customer service, communications, employee satisfaction and conflict resolution. I am active and have held leadership positions in various industry trade associations, including President of a local chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Goose Creek Village Homeownerís Association, a 656 home community in Ashburn. As Treasurer, I am responsible for developing and managing a $575,000 annual community budget. I have served on the Board of Directors of 2 other Homeownerís Associations in Ashburn, holding various positions including President, Vice President and Treasurer.

There is so much that our St. Davidís community has done to serve the Lord, serve our members, and serve our community, and so much more that we want to do! There are vast untapped synergies that exist among members and ministries, and I am blessed and humbled to be able contribute my experience, my energy, my passion, my vision, and my commitment to the St. Davidís family.

Peace.


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Janie Jones
2015-2017
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I am Janie Jones, and I am honored to be nominated to serve on St. Davidís vestry. My husband Conrad and I have been married for 34 years and have two sons (Cort, 30 and Patrick, 27). Weíve lived in Ashburn Village since moving here in early 1999. In our search for a new church home, God led us to St. Davidís later that summer. Iíve shared with many of you the story of how we were led to find St. Davidís, and there is no doubt it was Godís plan for us to be here.

I was raised in Warsaw, Va. in a loving Christian home, and I was a member of Warsaw Baptist Church until I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church shortly after Conrad and I were married. My mom and dad both served as Deacons in the Baptist church while I was growing up and they remain active in that church today. They continue to be my inspiration.

In January of 2000, Fr. Stephen McWhorter, our founding Rector, asked me if I would join his staff and lead the Youth Ministry of St. Davidís. I felt God was calling me to serve, and with two teen sons and my passion for working with young people, I was thrilled to accept the offer. Over the next 5 years, the youth of St. Davidís exploded with energy. We published a monthly ďTeen TimesĒ newsletter, attended local Christian teen gatherings, sponsored needy families during the holidays, worked in the local soup kitchen and began having Youth Sundays at least once a year. One of my treasured memories was from 2001; with the support of the vestry, Fr. Stephen and several parents, we organized the very first REACH Mission trip for our youth. That year we took 7 senior high youth to Weston, WVa for one week of mission work. Over the next several years, those numbers grew to having over 60 youth and adults going on that mission. Itís so fulfilling to see we have continued this faith building mission trip for our young people for 14 continuous years!

In 2006, I was a part of the El Hogar mission trip to Honduras. I received so much more that week than I could have ever given. The opportunity to be with fellow parishioners and serve those who are in need is what our Outreach mission work is all about.

I also served on the Rector Search Committee for 9 months searching for a new Rector when Father Stephen announced his retirement. This opportunity was such a learning experience for me, to get a feel for what our church wanted for succeeding leadership and the selection process of a candidate to be brought forward to the vestry for calling.

I currently serve on our Welcoming Team, knowing it to be such an important ministry. Greeting new visitors coming to St. Davidís searching for a new church home, and making them feel the sense of welcoming community we have here is critical. God wants us to share our love of Him with others, and welcoming new visitors is one way we can show our love and do our work for Christ.

Professionally, I have been in customer service for over 20 years. The past 8 years, I have been blessed to work at the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion in Front Desk Administration. The Sports Pavilion is managed by WTS International which manages over 75 other facilities worldwide. In 2010, I received the WTS International Basics To Excellence Award for my performance at AVSP. I love my work there, and the awesome people I come in contact with every day...plus I get to exercise Ė one of my favorite things!

If elected to serve on our vestry, I pledge a high level of commitment to serving our church. Iíll continue my service on the Welcoming Team and any vestry committees as needed. I feel we are here not only to seek continuity, but embrace change. To discern with Rev. Mary Kay and the vestry what our parish is called to do and have prudent oversight of that work, and of course, always seeking Godís guidance in our work.


Donna Martin
2017
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I am honored to be asked to be a candidate for our 2017 Vestry. While my husband Philip and I only began attending St. Davidís a mere eight months ago, it is hard to think about a church life before St. Davidís. That statement is significant and profound because having a meaningful church life is very important to us. That leads me to the Vestry candidacy.

My Reasons for wanting to be on the Vestry

My leadership skills and experience are significant and can be put to great use in St. Davidís. My ability to inspire others and motivate them to ďget on boardĒ projects and teams that I volunteer to lead is a gift. I am highly organized, possess an exemplary work ethic, and exhibit professionalism in all I do. I endeavor to set a good example for others. I feel God has led Philip and me to St. Davidís and He is expecting great things from us. (In fact, Philip is like my ďsecret weaponĒ)

My Background

Philip and I moved to Loudoun County in 2010 and are proud to live in Belmont Country Club. We are very involved in Belmont and believe that too can be leveraged to help grow our covenant community. I was born in the small town of Brockton outside of Boston. I grew up in a loving family with a strong Catholic upbringing. Early in my development, as a young woman I began to aspire to a greater life and career than what I saw around me. I chose professional sales and began to learn all I could about it. Against great odds, in a challenging business climate with no formal training, I set out to be successful. I have been in the audio-visual and videoconferencing field now for twenty-nine years. I have achieved much success and fulfillment and have been blessed more than I could ever have imagined as a young girl in Brockton, Massachusetts.

We have not had children of our own, however, helping my nieces and nephews, my sisters and brother, along with the daughters of several Indian families we are close to, and others along the way, is hugely important to me and very gratifying. I have been in the Leadership roles and on the Boards of numerous professional associations such as the International Facility Management Association, Commercial Real Estate Women, and our homeowners association in Reston. I also help Philip with many activities in his Leesburg Rotary Club. In Reston, I was Director of the Stewardship Committee at St. Anneís Episcopal Church and served on the Womenís Leadership Committee for the Womenís Ministry at Reston Bible Church.

Summary

While relatively new to St. Davidís, I believe that we (you and I) have been brought together at this time for a purpose. My talents can help with our Stewardship, Membership, and Development plans to help significantly grow our covenant community. I am a team player and a strong leader. I know I can make a difference and look forward to the opportunity to serve. Thank you for considering me and envisioning how I can contribute more to growing St. Davidís. I welcome the opportunity to talk with others in the selection process to enable them to get to know me better. 


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Marion "Buz" Price
2017-2019
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My name is Marion Shelly Price, but, everyone calls me ďBuz.Ē My wife, Kitty, and I moved to Ashburn from Dallas six years ago, to retire close to our daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons. We visited several Episcopal churches and found St. Davidís to be the parish that was right for us. We became members of St. Davidís three years ago, and regularly attend the 9 AM service. 

Kitty and I have three adult children; our son living in Memphis is VP at Raymond James Financial; our son living in Tokyo teaches English at the Tokyo University of Science and Technology; and our daughter here in northern Virginia is a professional actor, teacher and mother of two sons, the youngest is currently enrolled at St. Davidís preschool.

My wife and I have been confirmed Episcopalians for over 45 years. During that time, I have served in various capacities including: Sunday School Teacher, Usher, Venture in Mission Chair, Vestry member (2x), Jr. Warden, Stewardship Chair (St. Johnís, Memphis); Usher, Vestry member (2x), Stewardship Chair, Jr. Warden, Sr. Warden (Church of The Holy Communion, Memphis), Board of Directors (St. Maryís Episcopal School, Memphis). 

Since joining St. Davidís I have served as: Usher, Member of the Marketing Committee (2x), Member of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (Vice Director). 

Professional background:  A senior advertising, public relations and marketing professional with over 45 years of experience in leadership positions with leading international agencies and corporations. Most recently I retired as COO of Javelin Marketing Group, Dallas, a division of Omnicom Group Worldwide. Having led the agency advertising and marketing teams for clients such as: AT&T, Mitsubishi, San Antonio Spurs, Dominoís Pizza, Bendix, Cotton Inc. and others. Served as volunteer mentor for returning wounded military veterans and was recognized as national ďMentor of the QuarterĒ by the American Corporate Partners national veterans mentoring organization. 

Since ďretiringĒ and moving to Virginia, I have continued to do marketing consulting for a limited number of clients.

Academic: BFA, University of Memphis; PDM, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Military Service: Active duty, U.S. Navy, Communications Officer, CIC and Anti-Submarine Helicopter Drone Pilot, U.S.S. Corry, DD-817. Flight Instructor, U.S. Navy Unmanned Aircraft Weapons and RECON Systems, Dam Neck, VA. Reserve duty: Commanding officer, Fleet Intelligence Rapid Support Team 1379; Area Commander, Naval Intelligence Area 8; Retired after 34 years active and reserve service as a U.S. Navy Captain (O6).

My hope for St. Davidís is sustained growth for tomorrow while maintaining the diverse, friendly, open culture we are blessed to have today. 

I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve St. Davidís. My prayer is that I may faithfully serve our parish, using my experience and talent to help us to grow and prosper in fellowship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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Nancy Whiting
2015-2017
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Iím a cradle Episcopalian who embraces a wide view of Godís love and has also worshipped and given service in churches of other denominations. I began worshipping at St. Davidís Episcopal Church during 1992 while transitioning from my urban life into retirement in the small Ashburn suburban community. My four adult children were living in four different states and we had three grandchildrenóthey now number six plus two great-grandchildren.

Church service. Baptized and confirmed in the church of my childhood, I taught Sunday School, enjoyed the young peopleís fellowship (YPF) group or working with the choir during my teenage years. Sadly, a fire destroyed the church, but several years later I joined St. Ann & The Holy Trinity and served on the vestry, finance committee and chaired two annual Episcopal Charities Appealsóan initiative of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Long Island. After the death of my husband in 1996, I began assisting Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Leesburg serving out his unexpired term as finance chairman. I continued to come occasionally to St. Davidís to celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday or Wednesday at 6 a.m. The sanctuary was in Mercer Hall. We have come a long way with Godís help.

In December, 2003, Presiding Bishop Clayton Matthews received me at St. Davidís during the service of confirmation and reception and my Christian journey continues supported and strengthened through corporate worship, my Tuesday night Shepherd Group family for the past 7 Ĺ years and the warm friendships Iíve made and cherish at St. Davidís. It was an honor to serve on St. Davidís 20th Anniversary Committee as banquet arrangements lead for the event in 2010 and later that year as chair of St. Davidís Ministry Fair.

Professional experience. My career in education began at an Episcopal school as an early childhood teacher. I joined the New York City Public Schools System, where I taught in middle school, before moving into the Division of High Schools to teach high school English. Eventually I served as a high school principal and was named director, Office of High School Projects, with responsibility for program design and development of federal, state and private sector funding for 110+ schools with a budget that reached $80 million before retiring and moving to Virginia.

Education

New York University, New York, New York, BS, MA, Ed.D.
I have served as adjunct faculty at Corazon Campus of New York University, Puerto Rico.

Community Service Affiliation. The Links, Incorporated. ďThe Links, Incorporated founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.Ē

A member since 1987, Iíve been privileged to serve as lead interior designer on the building renovation 2009-2011 upon completion of which the organization was awarded LEED Gold Ė Certification ĖLeadership in Energy & Environmental Design-- by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the first African American organization to receive that award.

My hope is to focus my time on the Vestry on strengthening our financial condition and embracing stewardship as a core year-round principle. In addition, I would like to lend my background in music and the creative and performing arts to open a discussion on the arts at St. Davidís.

 
 

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