* Trinity’s bylaws define persons eligible to vote (“Qualified Voters”) at Cathedral meetings as:
a) Baptized in the Christian faith and adherents to the Episcopal Church,
b) At least 16 years of age,
c) Regular worshippers during the 6-month period immediately preceding the meeting, and
d) Currently known to the Treasurer as contributing to the Cathedral financially as an individual or through their household.
5 Open Seats
The Vestry is responsible for all of Trinity’s finances, investments, property, personnel policies, programs and Diocesan relations. Trinity’s bylaws define qualified persons as those “with a broad knowledge and demonstrated interest in the mission of the Cathedral as well as an understanding of nonprofit governance and a commitment to fiduciary responsibility and stewardship.”
Gary Benjamin (for a 3-year term)
Gary has been a member of Trinity since 2007. He is an attorney who has worked with churches and non-profits for more than 30 years. At Trinity, he has been part of the Greater Cleveland Congregations core team since the beginning, and he’s sung in the Cathedral Choir for 7 years. He’s also been part of the New Dean’s Welcoming Committee and the Stewardship Committee. Gary and his wife Melody Hart live in Cleveland Heights, and they attend either the 9:00 or 11:15 service. They volunteer together with Trinity’s immigration/refugee ministry. Gary’s hobbies and interests include music, politics, poetry and bicycling.
Elizabeth Billings (for a 3-year term)
Beth joined Trinity with her husband, Steven, and daughter, Maeve, in September 2007, after moving to Shaker Heights from Indianapolis. She has been a member of the Cathedral Choir, Knitting Pearls and a lector since she joined. As a choir member, she regularly attends the 11:15 service on Sunday, the weekly Choral Evensong service on Wednesdays, and monthly Solemn Sung Eucharist. In her past life, Beth was a genetic counselor, working in the area of prenatal diagnosis. In 2001, she chose to leave that field and since then has worked part-time at yarn shops, teaching knitting and selling yarn. In February 2019, Beth realized a lifelong dream and, with her friend and partner, she opened Around the Table Yarns shop in Shaker Heights. Beth is a lifelong Episcopalian and completed an adult catechism program as well as EFM, before moving to Ohio. Beth and her husband served jointly as Stewardship co-chairs in their last parish; she also taught Godly Play and was a co-leader of their congregation’s first Rite 13 program. Beth is a quietly spiritual person but as she has grown older and wiser, she has come to know that it is through all of our direct contributions and participation that the church will thrive, and be a continuing source of community, strength and leadership.
Linda Lee (for a 3-year term)
Linda Lee has been a member of Trinity since 2001 and has served on Cathedral Council, the Green Team, as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, annual organizer of Supper and Brunch Groups, as a member of Sacred Space and the Urban Farm, and as a past Sunday School Substitute. She usually attends the 9:00 service but enjoys all the services and Wednesday Choral Evensong.
Linda is a retired social worker from MetroHealth Medical Center specializing in trauma and mental health with Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University in Public Policy & Management and Social Work. She lives in Lakewood and has an adult son and married daughter in Cleveland. Linda enjoys travel, gardening, Cleveland Indians baseball and the arts, having volunteered at the Cleveland Museum of Art for many years.
Having been part of Trinity for almost 20 years and finding a rich spiritual home where all are welcome, Linda hopes to use her training and skills to benefit Trinity, its members and the community.
Janet Lechleitner (for a 2-year term)
Janet, a teacher for 19 years, is currently a middle school gifted and talented enrichment specialist, which includes coaching Science Olympiad and Model United Nations. She previously taught high school social studies. In October, Janet was appointed to fill an unexpected seat on Trinity Cathedral’s Vestry. In her Vestry work, she is co-chairing a Vestry ad hoc committee to examine Trinity’s bylaws and propose any needed changes, and has recently joined the Stewardship Committee. At Trinity, Janet is also involved in A Place at the Table, Community Gospel Reflections, ushering, EfM (Education for Ministry), the Adult Formation Committee, as well as co-leading the Education Subcommittee for Trinity’s Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) Core Team. She is excited about the opportunity to help grow Trinity as well as to continue her work with the bylaws. Most Sundays you can find her at the 9:00 service, but likes to visit the others from time to time. Janet lives in South Euclid.
Patricia Roberts (for a 3-year term)
Patty has been a member of Trinity since 2003. She served on the Vestry for six years– two as Junior Warden, and four as Senior Warden, ending in 2014. She has also served as Chair of Music & Art at Trinity Cathedral, Chair of the Music Director Search Committee, and on the Trinity Commons Executive Committee. Most recently, Patty was a member of the Dean Search Committee. On Friday mornings, you can find her hanging out at Trinity with the Knitting Pearls. She has attended several national meetings of the Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes and was a delegate to Diocesan Convention. Patty usually attends the 11:15 service, however, she always attends the 9 a.m. service when her husband, Steve, performs with Trinity’s bluegrass band. Patty and Steve have two grown children. Their daughter Lily was married at Trinity in 2014 and now lives in Washington, D.C., and their daughter Faith is a member of Trinity who also plays in the bluegrass band.
Patty lives in Ohio City and she is active in civic affairs. She chairs a local block club and is a member of the Ohio City Visioning Committee. “By serving on vestry, I will be able to provide institutional knowledge and perspective for governance and committee work, having worked on strategic planning, goals and objectives, and program evaluations for the cathedral.”
5 Open Seats
The Cathedral Council is responsible for overseeing and advising the Vestry on matters concerning the mission, outreach and community ministry, and congregational life of the Cathedral. Trinity’s bylaws define qualified persons as those “with a broad knowledge of and demonstrated interest in Congregational mission and ministry as well as a commitment to responsible stewardship.”
Audrey Hudak (for a 3-year term)
Audrey Hudak has been a member of Trinity since 2012; she usually attends the 11:15 Choral Eucharist. She is active in Cathedral Choir, the Trinity GCC Core Team, and the New Dean’s Welcoming Committee; she is co-chair of the 20s/30s group, and she has been a youth program volunteer. Audrey lives in Cleveland Heights with her Siberian cat, Georgia; she is employed in hospital administration (public health). She enjoys singing, swing dancing, visiting art galleries, hiking, community organizing, and traveling. “I would be honored to be involved in church leadership at this pivotal and exciting time, with our new dean. I want to help build clarity around what both Vestry and Council do, what ministries do inside of these Cathedral walls, as well as outside in the community. I am especially excited about the ‘Undesign the Redline’ exhibit that is coming to Trinity this fall.”
Sandra (Sandy) Luther (for a 3-year term)
Sandy is a resident of Wickliffe, has been a member of Trinity for 11 years. She and her husband George attend the 9 a.m Mostly Jazz Mass, and the monthly 5 p.m. Solemn Sung Eucharist service. She is active as an Usher, a Lector/Intercessor, and with several Trinity groups: Green Team, Becoming Beloved Community, Daughters of the King, Education for Ministry, Faith Journey Book Club and a Sunday Brunch group. She has been involved in the past with Greater Cleveland Congregations, Christian Education and as a Greeter. Sandy has attended Diocese of Ohio Convention, Winter Convocation, a Lay Clergy Leadership workshop and the Lay Preaching College (she is completing requirements for licensure). During her working years, she was a volunteer coordinator, third-party workers’ compensation administrator and account executive for a small business; she is currently retired. Some of her hobbies/interests are photography, social justice, environment, yoga and reiki. “My life experiences have been valuable to pursue a leadership role. I believe my ability to listen to all sides in order to end with a result in keeping with our mission is a valuable asset.”
Janet (Janet) L. Morrison (for a 3-year term)
Janet has been a member of Trinity since 2001. Usually attending the 11:15 Choral Eucharist, she occasionally worships at the 9 a.m. Mostly Jazz Mass and Wednesday Choral Evensong services. She is a member of the Daughters of the King and has completed the four-year Education for Ministry (EfM) program. Her hobbies and interests include knitting and crocheting, reading, and traveling. Janet is an active participant in the Knitting Pearls and the Faith Journey book group. In 2016 she retired from full-time employment as a legal assistant at a patent law firm in downtown Cleveland, returning in 2017 as a part-time employee. She lives in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood with a family of one dog and three cats. As a senior citizen, Janet notes, “It has often been expressed that the children are our future, and in recent months I have been very impressed and find great hope in the children and young adults in our church and country. We must also remember that adults are living longer and enjoying active lives. I am running as a candidate for Council to offer another voice to our older generation.”
Dan Senger (for a 3-year term)
Daniel W. (Dan) Senger is a former Franciscan and Roman Catholic priest, who has been a proud Episcopalian for almost 15 years, and a member of Trinity Cathedral for almost 6 years.
He was received into the fold at St. Clement Episcopal Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, and he soon became a member of the Vestry, involved in Servant Leadership and intergenerational Summer Bible School. Dan was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie and went to John Carroll University. He returned after ordination to teach and become Campus Minister at Padua Franciscan High School. Now he’s excited to be back for a third opportunity to be part of this dynamic city and in its midst, a church committed to social justice, hallmarked by radical inclusivity! He usually attends the 9 a.m. service and/or Solemn Sung Eucharist where he often enjoys serving in a variety of liturgical roles. Dan is a lifelong learner and educator—he is presently a Title 1 teacher at a small inner-city charter school. He’s been a teacher in Trinity Sunday School and guest leader at Chapel Chat. Last summer, he married Jimmy Estilloso in Trinity’s beautiful garden of a gallery. He loves being involved here and being part of a strong lay leadership-led faith community.
Nominees for 2020 Nominating Committee, At-Large Members
Mark Bitikofer has been attending Trinity and singing in the Cathedral Choir for over 30 years. When he’s not singing, he is a computer programmer and system administrator at Hy-Ko Products in Northfield. Mark is married to Ginger, they live in Willoughby, and have two adult sons.
Fran first came to Trinity with her sister, Janet Morrison, for Christmas and Easter services, about 10 years ago. While in discernment for Daughters of the King, mentors Elizabeth Rhines and Marilyn McDonald encouraged her to become a member of the Cathedral. Fran was confirmed and received on her birthday in March, 2014. Fran serves as Head Sacristan and as an usher. She is involved with the ministries of Becoming Beloved Community, Nooks & Crannies, the New Dean’s Welcoming Committee, and Greater Cleveland Congregations. Fran usually attends the 11:15 am service. Fran enjoys spending time with her two sisters, niece, nephew and their families. She currently lives in Old Brooklyn/Cleveland with her sister and her dog. Fran wants to help and be involved in Trinity’s spiritual and physical growth, even if it is one person/member at a time. “Love God, love your neighbor, change the world.”
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