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I served a partial term on the St. Davidís Vestry over the last two years and as Senior Warden in 2013. We have accomplished a great deal in particular over the last year working with Rev. Mary Kay on several very active initiatives including defining our parish direction, revising and communicating the vision, implementing periodic parish updates between the annual meetings, year-round stewardship, intentional messaging/marketing initiatives, staff re-alignment, updating the next three-year strategic plan and more. My volunteer and professional experiences, as well as my organizational and communications skills, have been a positive asset to the group. In this place where lives are transformed through Christ, I would like to continue to contribute to the Vestry leadership team of St. Davidís.
I began coming to St. Davidís in 1999 with my husband, Rich, when Fr. Stephen McWhorter gleefully greeted us and remembered our names the following Sundays thereafter. It was such a refreshing, positive experience of Godís love and intent for our lives! I volunteered on the first ďcommunications teamĒ with Dwight Zscheile, held a church staff position for a year under Fr. Stephen (while pregnant with my son,) and have volunteered and participated in various capacities over the last 14 years (cottage meetings, budgeting exercises, strategy discussions, Ministry Fair with Mary Kay, Web site implementations, Vestry, etc.) I co-created, structured and then co-led for three years the Communications Ministry, which supported over 30 ministries and continue to take photos at services for the Web site among other Web support activities.
My son attended St. Davidís Preschool for two years, and I volunteered as Co-President and then President of the Parents of Preschools (POPS - parent board) those two years. I also co-chaired the annual Preschool Auctions and chaired the communications committee for two years. The auction is the preschoolís largest fundraiser for scholarships and extra educational student activities, and we raised as much money with a picnic silent auction as we did with a formal dinner live/silent auction with less cost, time and logistics. Following my tenure on the POPS Board, I was honored to be asked to serve on the Preschool Board of Directors, of which I am now in my fourth year of service.
Education and professional experience: I have a Bachelorís of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing from Auburn University (War Eagle!) My background includes being on both sides of corporate technology and PR agency marketing positions (from print advertising, brochures, Web sites, publishing, Public Relations campaigns, etc.) to the business side of running a services business as Chief Operating Officer (overseeing client services, operations/finance/admin, HR, etc.) After 13 years, I made the decision to stop working full time in 2004 to focus on family, welcomed our son, Connor, into our family in 2005, and in 2006 went to work part time for a little over a year as the Vice President, Operations for a fast growing $10M Web application services/software firm. For the past five and a half years I have been doing finance, administration and operations consulting part time for a social media marketing firm in Silver Spring, MD.
My son is now 8 years old (and keeps me busy, amazed and grounded,) and Rich and I will celebrate our 17 year wedding anniversary in May.
This is a really exciting time at St. Davidís and I have been honored to serve on the Vestry as we move forward to support Godís work here through our ministries and Covenant Community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve another Vestry term to continue advancing our forward momentum and accomplish what God has called us here to do.
I am originally from Toms River, New Jersey, but have resided in the Washington, DC Metro area since 1992. I live in the Lansdowne community with my two children, Madeline, 6, and Turner, 3. I attended the University of Maryland in College Park and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business. I am an accomplished business planning and strategic marketing professional with 20+ years of cross-industry experience in a variety of Fortune 500 companies. Currently, I work from home, raising my two children and managing operations for a small IT consulting business. I also provide ad hoc marketing consulting services to established businesses and start-ups.
Throughout my career as a creative communicator and effective cross-functional team leader, I have cultivated a track record of accomplishments in marketing acquisition and retention, product design and development (including branding and development of marketing materials) and business planning. I seek to leverage this experience to serve the St. Davidís community and help the leadership team achieve its short- and long-term goals.
My career began at Marriott International at their corporate headquarters. I designed and executed a number of direct marketing campaigns and developed product brand and marketing materials for the Marriott Employeesí Federal Credit Union. Later, I moved into the Marriott Lodging organization. There, I traveled around the United States and Europe acting as a sales strategy consultant, helping account managers grow their business by delivering value-add products to Marriottís top business customers. My ability to understand the companiesí complex business issues and creatively develop solutions for them differentiated Marriott from itsí competitors and resulted in increased customer loyalty.
After leaving Marriott, I spent a few years as a management consultant, focusing on projects that helped clients increase sales and improve their customersí experience through web-based solutions. On one engagement, I was part of a cross-functional team that conducted worldwide strategic analysis of ExxonMobilís downstream business. This team designed and implemented ExxonMobilís first company portal and led the effort to design cutting-edge mobile services for their service station convenience stores. Through this experience and projects like it, I became adept at operationalizing high-level strategy, driving implementation activities and measuring results.
Later, I worked for Sprint where I eventually moved from customer acquisition marketing to retention marketing. I managed a $29M direct marketing program designed to prevent customer defection. Under my watch, accurate direct mail tracking mechanisms were instituted. Response rates were consistently high at 5-7%, while costs decreased 20% and overall company churn decreased. While at Sprint, I also worked in the Corporate Strategy group managing a team that conducted business planning and analysis for the C-level executive team.
Currently, I manage day-to-day operations for a small IT consulting company. I also provide marketing consulting for small and medium businesses.
This depth and breadth of experience make me uniquely positioned to assist the Vestry in growing St. Davidís Church and expanding its community reach.
My family has been involved with the St. Davidís community since 2008, when my daughter enrolled at St. Davidís Preschool. I volunteered as a Room Mom for her 3-year and 4-year old classes, providing classroom assistance to the preschool teachers and creating programs that enhanced the experience for students and their parents. I have also assisted in the preschool Auction effort annually, by securing donations from local businesses and assisting on site at the event.
Currently, I am the co-chair of the St. Davidís Restoring Eden project and have spent the last year designing and implementing the vegetable garden and contemplative space hardscape. I worked diligently to ensure that the garden construct conveyed the vision for the project and confirmed that the grant funds and donations were spent as efficiently as possible. Like many of the dedicated members of the church, I have also invested many hours of ďsweat equityĒ in the church garden.
Our family regularly attends the 9:00am service and the adult homily that follows. My children are members of the Cherub Choir and participated in the Christmas Pageant. We also regularly donate to the Backpack Buddies program.
I believe that St. Davidís Episcopal Church is a very special community and I am passionate about creating opportunities to share this experience with others. As a Vestry team member, my primary focus will be to drive the growth of the church base. When I am not taking care of my children or working, I enjoy running, gardening, cooking, hiking, new adventures, traveling and music of all types.
In 1978, Karl C. Colder was confirmed and became a member of St. Gabrielís Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL. Since that time I have continued my membership in the Episcopal Church. Based on my qualifications, professional, and educational background, I believe I can provide a breadth of experience, enthusiasm, and professionalism to the St. Davidís Vestry Team. My wife Sherry and I, along with our three children (Karl, Jr., Cory, and Ashley) currently reside in Ashburn, are members of St. Davidís, and have enjoyed the experience. I currently serve as a Crucifer, Chalice Bearer, Acolyte, and a member of one of several Shepherdsí Groups at St. Davidís. Should I be elected to serve as a member of St. Davidís Vestry, my priorities would be to continue the effort in the spiritual growth of the church through stewardship, youth, and community outreach initiatives.
My wife Lisa and I have been married for over 20 years and have been blessed with two great kids: our son Kyle, a sophomore at Virginia Tech studying Civil Engineering and our daughter and future nurse Kelly, a junior at Briar Woods High School.
My family and I set roots in Ashburn back in 2000. We discovered St. Davidís while "church shopping" and we immediately felt a connection with Father Stephen McWhorter and his ďfootball sermons.Ē For the most part, however, we were just pew sitters who werenít really involved.
My childhood was dramatically different from the lifestyle that most families in Loudoun County are accustomed to. My family did not have a lot of money and we moved frequently because my father moved from job to job. Throughout all of our struggles, my mother was our rock! She was the responsible one who held the family together. She was also the one who instilled a strong faith in her children, taking us to Sunday school and church every week at the local Baptist church. In high school, I was lucky enough to have a teacher who took a vested interest in me and encouraged me to go to college. I know now that God played a strong part in this and I am incredibly blessed to say that I am a first generation college graduate. I received my Bachelorsí Degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and, eventually, my Masterís Degree in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University.
My "aha moment" came in December 2005, when Claudia Castro visited us from Honduras and spoke to the parish about her work at El Hogar. Her message came to me at a time when I was searching for a way to give back.
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. - 1 Peter 4:10-11
I knew that God had blessed me with the talent and initiative to rise above my upbringing and I felt compelled to help others. I asked God for guidance, and he answered through Claudia. I immediately signed up for the trip to Honduras. El Hogar was a life-changing event for me and I became an active member of the St. Davidís community.
As I became more involved with church activities, I gravitated toward St. Davidís Outreach ministries. One of my goals as a father was to teach my kids the value of service to others and to realize that most people do not live like we do here in Loudoun County. Just as I did, my family answered the call. My son Kyle has attended REACH for 6 years, my daughter Kelly for 5, and my wife for 4. My son Kyle has also traveled to Honduras with the El Hogar Mission Team.
Since joining St. Davidís, I have served in the following roles:
In my professional career, I currently serve as a Senior Technical Manager and Lead Engineer in support of a team of 50 engineers. I believe that my job experience allows me to effectively multi-task, manage multiple projects and work well in a team-oriented environment.
I am deeply honored elected to the Vestry. I believe this is a natural progression in my Christian growth and I want to help the St. Davidís community through my leadership and service.
Hello fellow members of St. Davidís Church, my name is Keith Korin of Ashburn, VA. I have been married to my wife Cindy for 6.5 years and have two beautiful children: Madeline 5 years old, and Thomas 3 years old. Just over two years ago, Cindy and I started looking for somewhere our children could start their spiritual journey while we could continue ours. After visiting St. Davidís and as well as others churches in the area, we felt most comfortable with St. Davidís not only spiritually but with respect to the fellowship provided. This past year Cindy, Madeline and Tommy were baptized in the spring of 2012 at St. Davidís and this act has made my faith along with my familyís faith grow stronger inside the walls of the church and in our personal lives. As I continue each day to grow in my faith, I believe serving on the vestry may be part of that journey. Having grown up in the Methodist Church, faith has always been important but has not always played the most important role in my life due to many obstacles that individuals can fall into. My 2 plus years coming to St. Davidís has helped strengthen my faith in God and the church and I am looking forward to moving forward in this process.
Currently I work at Washington Gas Energy Services as a Field Sales Operations Supervisor for the Mid-Atlantic Region. My business background can be summed up as a proven, talented senior sales executive with a 16 year track record of results in penetrating markets, developing territories and growing sales. I graduated from Marshall University with an undergraduate degree in Sports Marketing and Management and a post graduate degree in Education along with being a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Over the last several years I have volunteered with the Loudoun County Habitat for Humanity and I currently coach basketball for the Farmwell Middle School Basketball League for 7th and 8th grade students and Madelineís U-5 Loudoun Soccer Team. I am honored that I was asked to submit my name for the vestry and feel that my 16 years of business experience that includes but not limited to planning and budgets, sales forecasting, revenue growth, team building, workforce planning and recruitment would be a huge asset to the church and meeting the goals and handling the churches needs that have already been set by the vestry. In the past year at St. Davidís, we have attended several of the church functions including movie night, the spring auction and the Easter egg hunt. Madeline and Tommy both attend Sunday school regularly and Cindy and I served as volunteer teachers in 2012 and will continue to offer our time in 2013. As a family we have also assisted with backpack buddies and will also volunteer to help in 2013.
Compared to many that are already serving the vestry, my journey with St Davidís is relatively young in tenure but my spiritual journey has been a lifelong commitment and will continue for a long time to come. I want to be part of the vestry because I feel I can make a difference for the church and the community it serves along with growing my own spiritual needs and strengthening my faith.
If elected to the vestry my focus and priorities would be the following:
I am Suzy Nathan and I am running for Vestry to be in service to the St. David's community. I have been attending St. David's since 1999 after my husband, Corbin, and I moved to Ashburn. Since then we have had three children - Emma, Grace and Jacob. We feel blessed to raise our children in this spiritual environment.
My professional experience includes 13 years of marketing and communications for large and small organizations. These include environmental consulting firms, non-profit foundations and tech companies. My experience ranges from producing collateral material to strategic planning for product launches. I enjoyed being a project lead, collaboratively working with people from different departments, with varying areas of expertise and skill sets.
In 2004 I decided to stay home full time with my children. Since then I have been more involved in volunteer work. So far my service here at St. David's has mainly been in Family Ministries, including Co-Director of VBS for 4 years, Family Fellowship Night Co-Lead, GIRLS Group Leader, and assisting with the Christmas Pageant. I also sat on the board of St. David's Preschool for 6 years. All 3 of my children attended the preschool and I have a great appreciation for the wonderful service done there for preschool families. In addition, I was fortunate to assistant teach at the Preschool for one year. Outside of St. David's I am active in my childrens' schools and for their sports teams.
I feel my professional and personal experience will benefit St. David's as a member of the Vestry leadership team. Communication and collaboration are key to any committee. I also have a great respect for the current leaders here at St. David's. My experiences prepare me well for participating on a leadership committee like the Vestry.
If elected, I would like to continue to strengthen the Family and Youth Ministries, specifically how they can further support Outreach programs. Additionally, I would like to focus on reaching out to all families in the Ashburn area to continue to invite them to our parish.
Many thanks and peace to you.
My name is Nancy Ruttenberg. My family and I have been members of St. Davidís since 2001. I am a wife, a mother and a nurse. Eric and I have been married for 18 years and our faith has been the foundation of our marriage. I am the mother of two extraordinary girls who remind me every day that God is good. As a pediatric nurse, I have experienced miracle of healing and the gift of peace that faith can bestow. Who I am is why I feel at home at St. Davidís. It is a place where the Spirit thrives and as a result the community of St. Davidís continues to grow.
Being an active member of a church is a value I have learned from my mother, who served on every committee known to man. She taught me never be a pew sitter. As a result, I currently serve on the Altar Guild, Verge, and help coordinate the acolytes for the 10:45 service. In the past, I have been a youth mentor, a shepherd group member, LEM minister, delegate to the Dioceses of Virginia and a Crown graduate. Serving on the Vestry, although an enormous responsibility, is simply a natural progression of my active faith. I also have the advantage of living with a former Vestry member. Miraculously, he has not dissuaded me. Rather he has encouraged me to be a part of the current Vestry.
Aside from being an active member of St. Davidís I am currently a Resource Nurse for Loudoun County Public Schools. I supervise the Health Clinic Assistants in the elementary schools and develop health-related training programs for school personnel. This is my 9th year working in the school system. I love being a part of a coordinated team that focuses on the optimal well being of a child. Nursing has a way of providing daily reminders of the good that exists in the world. My other full time job is being a mother to Caroline (17) and Julia (14). Anyone who is a mother or who has had a mother can empathize with the enormous responsibility that encompasses this job. My goal is to instill in my daughters the values of faith and service that my mother passed on to me.
If I am selected as a member of the Vestry, I will bring a high level of commitment to the position. I have a collaborative spirit that allows me to work well in groups with differing opinions. I do not have a specific platform or agenda. My goal is to serve in the best interest of the entire community of St. Davidís. I would like to see the local outreach programs expand, because I see a deep and growing need in our deceptively affluent area for not only economic but spiritual help. As the mother of teenagers, I would like to expand our youth programs because they are the future of any church. I would also like to help cultivate an atmosphere where every member feels inspired to be an active participant in the St. Davidís community. I feel honored to be nominated as a member of the Vestry and would be privileged to serve God and the St. Davidís community.
Personal / Professional Accomplishments related to my service on the Vestry: I have been a practicing Episcopalian (and very involved in the church) my entire life. As a young adult, I participated in the Young Peopleís Fellowship (YPF, a ministry designed for the youth of the parish) and as an acolyte for many years. Since then, I served on the Vestry (at Saint Davidís Episcopal Church in Gales Ferry, CT). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and sincerely hope to have the privilege to serve all of you, and our broader community, in this capacity at St. Davidís.
I have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the Wharton School. I served in our nationís nuclear submarine force for 6 years to begin my career. Since then, Iíve held executive positions at several outstanding organizations, among them Westinghouse, Gateway, and AOL. I believe that my background and education would serve me well on the Vestry for our church. I feel that I would bring a strong sense of perspective, balance, and financial acumen to our church leadership team.
My involvement with St. Davidís: Since October 2010, I have enjoyed the privilege of serving as the Treasurer here at St. Davidís, working alongside our CFO, clergy, Vestry, and many others. I have been an active member of the St. Davidís community since 1995. During my time at St. Davidís, I have been active in many activities, among them (a) discernment committee for Holly Hanback (the precursor to her candidacy for ordainment as an Episcopal deacon), (b) Truth or Consequences workshop facilitator, (c) active in support of our churchís causes, programs, and charities, among them the Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry, Relay for Life, and Shepherd Group. I have always given of my first fruits to our church and our community.
Why Iím running for Vestry: I very much want to expand my Christian leadership in our church. Iím running for our Vestry for the continued opportunity to serve God, His Christian community, and each one of you.
My Vestry priorities: Continue to evolve and improve our Christian faith community, including the following: (1) continue our investment in, and recognition of, outstanding leadership for our church, (2) maintain and nurture a strong Christian foundation among our children and young adults, the future of our parish community, (3) support a strong financial framework for our church, and (4) build upon our momentum in spreading Godís word, within our church, among other Christians, and among those who do not yet know Him.
I would be honored and privileged to serve all of you in this capacity if called to do so. Many thanks for considering my candidacy.
I started coming to St. Davidís in 2011 through the gentle invitations of my now wife, Kris Levin-Snow. Since that time I have been warmly welcomed into our faith community here at St. Davidís by so many wonderful and generous folks. I was happily married here at St. Davidís this past summer. Reverend Mary Kay officiated and we were supported our family and friends in a ceremony that incorporated several elements from our weekly 9:00 am family service that we love so much. Between us, Kris and I have five energetic young children who always keep us on our toes, and you will find our clan filling up most of a whole row of the pews on Sunday mornings. And together we host a Shepherdís Group at our home on Sunday evenings which focuses on families and parishioners with small children who seek to grow their spiritual life in a family welcoming setting.
In the greater community, I have lived in Loudoun County for over 12 years and in Virginia for nearly 20 years. I am a partner in a small law firm in Leesburg that serves individuals and families. My children are all in local schools (including St. Davidís Preschool!). I am and have been actively involved on the boards of several non-profit organizations that focus on helping those who are underprivileged and overlooked in our community.
I have attended several different churches in my life, but I have never experienced one so full of life and Godís love as St. Davidís. I am very thankful that God has brought me here to St. Davidís. I truly feel at home here. St. Davidís has fed me spiritually in so many ways in the past 2 years, and it has inspired me to feed others in similar ways. I love all of the ministries and outreach that I witness going on in St. Davidís. I am excited to be involved in the newly revived Menís Ministry, which I believe is a wonderful way for fathers and men in our faith community to not only bond, but also help each other build a stronger faith life in our homes, our church, and our individual daily lives. I strongly believe that each of us has a role to play in bringing Godís word and love to our community, both inside and outside of the church walls.
I feel called to be involved on the Vestry here at St. Davidís. It is my hope that I can draw on my prior board experience and on my active faith life to assist in continuing to energize our church community. I love the message we have all heard this past year of being ďAll In,Ē and I want to help the Vestry and the St. Davidís community build this momentum to draw more and more families and individuals out of their shells and into our inspiring wave of faith in action.
ďShow me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.Ē James 2:18