The Very Reverend Bernard J. “BJ” Owens

The Very Reverend Bernard J. Owens


The Rev. Sarah J Shofstall

The Rev. Sarah J Shofstall

Priest Associate


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Todd Wilson

Director of Music

Todd was appointed director of music and worship at...

Trinity Cathedral in 2011. Wilson, one of America’s leading concert organists, has been Trinity’s organist and artist-in-residence since late 2009. A native Ohioan, he was director of music and organist at The Church of the Covenant in Cleveland for nineteen years, and continues as head of the organ department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Diane Swander

Chief Operating Officer

Diane joined Trinity in 2011. She received her...

bachelors from Kent State University and masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Diane has devoted her career to building nonprofit organizations as effective agents of change, serving in various management capacities in community development. She is also a Level-2 accredited yoga teacher in the Satyandanda tradition and RYT-500, working toward “being the change she wants to see in the world.”
Contact Diane: for information about operations, human resources, finance, contracts, insurance, retail leasing, risk management, and organizational development.
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Kate McFadden

Children, Youth & Family Minister

Kate McFadden comes to Trinity from Yopko Public Relations where...

she was a Public Relations and Social Media Specialist. Kate is a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. Moving to Cleveland in 2014, she has made Trinity her “home church.” She is an active member of the Trinity, having served as a Youth Leader, Sunday School teacher and Clerk of Cathedral Council. Kate attended Ohio University, earning a B.S. in Journalism and Strategic Communications and specializing in Business (Marketing) and Women’s and Gender Studies. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Trinity team,” she said. “I’m looking forward to building on Chris Decatur’s work and growing Trinity’s Children, Youth and Family Ministry.”
Contact Kate: for Children & Youth Programming
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Ginger Bitikofer

Associate for Membership & Congregational Life

Ginger joined the Trinity staff in 2005. She graduated from...

the College of William and Mary in Virginia and previously worked for The May Company in human resources and customer service. She’s been a member of the Cathedral since the mid-1980s and has sung in the choir, served on the Vestry and led various small groups.
Contact Ginger: to get connected with small groups and other ministries, learn about becoming a member, or plan a baptism, wedding or funeral.
Tonya Ryan

Tonya Ryan

Accounting Manager

Tonya Ryan has been an accountant for 22 years. She joined...

Tonya has been an accountant for 22 years. She joined Trinity in 2006 and is committed to being of service to the faithful stewards of the Cathedral. Her favorite quote is from John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: “I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.”

Rita Asbury

Rita Asbury


Rita Asbury joined the Cathedral staff in 2003. In addition to....

her bookkeeper position, she has enjoyed assisting the kitchen with the Sunday lunch program, coffee hour and catering for various group meetings and events held at Trinity.
Contact Rita: with questions about pledges, pledge statements, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.
Doreen Hughes

Doreen Hughes

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Doreen Hughes joined the Trinity staff in 2013. As an...

OSBA-certified paralegal, she worked in the legal department at Management Recruiters International, Inc. for 15 years. After her position with MRI moved to Philadelphia she did not know where she would be employed next but always said, “Wherever God puts me, that’s where I will be.”

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Melvina Blair

Space Use and Hospitality Coordinator

Melvina joined the staff of Trinity Cathedral in...

2006. Prior to that, she worked for Bishop Hollingsworth and also spent many years as a nonprofit administrator.
Contact Melvina: for information about space rental.

Sam Hubish

Web Administrator

Sam has been a member of Trinity since 2000. He is...

a 1979 graduate of Cooper School of Art where he studied painting and printmaking. Upon leaving Cooper he taught Printmaking at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp. He is a cabinet maker trained in set and exhibit design. Sam is the owner of the website development company,Ltd. provides Trinity with web development, maintenance, audio recording, photography, and other technical needs. When not building websites Sam hones his art as a certified barbecue judge for the Kansas City Barbecue Society. He also enjoys foraging for mushrooms, looking at the stars, and Geocaching with his son.

Corinne Wallner

Corinne Wallner

Facilities & Events Manager


Learn more about the role of Trinity’s Vestry here.

Amy is a cradle Episcopalian and has been a member of Trinity for more than a decade....

She is serving her second full term on Vestry, and has been Senior Warden since 2016.  By day, Amy is an employment lawyer and a shareholder with the law firm Littler Mendelson.  Law is a second career for Amy – prior to attending Cleveland Marshall College of Law, she worked as a community organizer for Ohio Citizen Action for ten years.
Amy and her husband Pete live in South Euclid with their vivacious children Mary Helen and Budd.

Tony Wesley, Junior Warden

Thankful husband of Al and the still perplexed father of Cate....

 In former lives, he was a Franciscan friar, a partner in an accounting firm, and a CFO and COO of a number of companies on the East Coast. More or less retired, he does spend some time developing residential properties on the east side and providing adult financial supervision to a number of entrepreneurs. Currently, Tony volunteers in the Trinity Development Office. Previously he was the treasurer of the Hathaway Brown Parents Association, DANCECleveland, and East Side Interfaith Ministries. Al, Cate and Tony moved back to Cleveland in 2010. Tony and Cate have been members of Trinity since 2012.  Trinity, its clergy and its members have captured both of their hearts. Tony firmly believes that GIFTS MULTIPLY! 

Tony identifies as a cis-gendered male, queer and trans(gressive).

Linda Anderson

David Cratty

David and his wife, Gayle, have been attending Trinity since...

1999. He has served terms on Cathedral Council and the Vestry as both Junior Warden and Senior Warden. In addition, David is Trinity’s representative to the Marion-Sterling School Community Partnership, where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. For 37 years, he was a member of the faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, retiring as Professor Emeritus of English.

Beau Daane, M.A., MBA,

Beau has been actively involved at Trinity for...

nearly ten years. He is the Director of Sustainable Development at Covia and has worked for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and the Weatherhead School of Management. A graduate of University School, Daane enjoys gardening, CrossFit, mentoring students, is active in his church, and served for ten years on the Western Reserve Land Conservancy board.

Tim Espy, Treasurer

Tim is a Partner in IBM’s Global Business Consulting division as...

the delivery executive responsible for the Oracle service line. Tim has been a member of Trinity since moving to Cleveland in 2010. Tim was very active in his previous church in Chicago (St. Paul Lutheran) serving on the personnel, stewardship and finance committees as well as Vice President of the Congregational Council. Tim, his wife Debbie, and their two teenage boys live in Shaker Heights.

Jane Freeman

Jane is the Director of Behavioral Science in the Family Medicine Residency Program of Cleveland Clinic...

Akron General. She also has an independent psychotherapy practice. With the wider church, she was a deputy to General Convention in 2015 and will serve as deputy again in 2018. She has also been on the Disciplinary Panel for the trial of a bishop. At the diocesan level, she is currently on the Constitution and Canons Committee and recently completed her term on Standing Committee. She previously served on Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, Disciplinary Panel, Episcopal Search Committee, Discernment Committees and on the Bishop’s Advisory Committee For Applicants for Ordained Ministry. At the parochial level, she has served on vestries in other Episcopal Churches, most recently at St. Paul’s Church Akron, where she was the Senior Warden, and had chaired Mission and Outreach Committee, Capital Campaign, and Building Committee, and served as Verger, Lector, and Eucharistic Minister/Visitor. She joined Trinity Cathedral about five years ago and helps facilitate the Sunday Gospel Reflections discussions. She is married to Bruce and they have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters.

Melody Hart

Melody is a senior manager at...

OM Group, Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience in finance, including cash management, financing, budgeting, financial risk management and systems. Her experience spans multiple industries including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, not-for- profit and consulting. Melody has served on a number of not-for-profit and church boards in the past. She is currently a board member and finance committee member of Mercado Global, a fair-trade organization focused on empowerment of women in Guatemala through education and opportunity. She has been on Trinity’s Vestry since 2010 and serves on the Audit, Investment and Finance Committees. She resides in Cleveland Heights.

Paul Herrgesell

Paul has been a member of Trinity since 2006...

He enjoys working at the Urban Farm, and serves on the Property Committee; he has also been a Sunday School teacher. He can usually be found at the 9:00 service, but enjoys attending all of the Sunday services and Wednesday Choral Evensong.  Paul is self-employed as a cryogenic consultant and has an engineering degree from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Paul is married to Beth Cooper and together they are avid supporters of Music & Art at Trinity Cathedral. They live in Cleveland Heights and have 2 grown daughters, Katie and Janet.

Marie Kittredge

Marie has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for more than...

20 years and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Marie came to Cleveland in 1988 by way of Boston and then Cincinnati. She and her husband Clark Broida live in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, and have raised their four children there. Over the years she has served in a variety of Trinity ministries, including lay reader; Sunday School teacher; and Trinity Episcopal Service Corps Advisory Board member.

Janet Lechleitner

-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. She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, and her master’s from Cleveland State University. At Trinity, Janet is involved in A Place at the Table, Community Gospel Reflections on Sundays, Becoming Beloved Community, ushering, as well as co-leading the Education Subcommittee for Trinity’s GCC Core Team. She is also excited to be starting EfM (Education for Ministry) at Trinity.

Dale Murphy, Council Chair

Dale retired from AT&T after 32 years of service. He is a...

graduate of Cleveland State University with a bachelors in English. Dale volunteers for many activities at Trinity, including: Food For Families, the MidWinter Feast, and Wednesday evening community suppers. His volunteer experience has included Hospice of Summa, Summit AIDS Housing and University Memory and Aging Center. Dale and his partner of 30 years live in University Circle.

Bryan Sickbert

After several years of residence in Colorado Bryan and...

Mary Sickbert moved back to Cleveland and rejoined Trinity in 2013. Bryan previously served as a member of the Vestry and Trinity treasurer. He retired this January after 23 years of service as President/CEO of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Bryan has an extensive background in nonprofit governance and management consulting. He holds masters degrees in both theology and business. Currently Bryan enjoys being a part of the Trinity choir and pitching in with various volunteer opportunities.

Cathedral Council

Learn more about the role of Trinity’s Cathedral Council here.

Dale Murphy, Cathedral Council Chair

Dale retired from AT&T after 32 years of service. He is a...

graduate of Cleveland State University with a bachelors in English. Dale volunteers for many activities at Trinity, including: Food For Families, the MidWinter Feast, and Wednesday evening community suppers. His volunteer experience has included Hospice of Summa, Summit AIDS Housing and University Memory and Aging Center. Dale and his partner of 30 years live in University Circle.

Ron Ross, Vice Chair

Ron retired from University Hospitals Seidman Cancer ...

Center after 37 plus years as an advance practice nurse. He graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s and master’s in nursing and have been married since August 2014 to Duane Culler.

Ron has been a member of Trinity Cathedral since 2001 and been involved in many ministries such as Vestry, Cathedral Council, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Food for Families, and ushering. He normally attends the 11:15

Choral Eucharistic worship service. Two afternoons per week, Ron volunteers on the bone marrow/stem cell transplant division at Seidman Cancer Center listening and talking to patients. He is also involved with our Patient and Family Advisory Council at Seidman.

Ron and his partner Duane live in East Cleveland in the Forest Hill neighborhood with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bailey and Guinness.

Diane Barnhill

Diane relocated from Maryland’s Eastern Shore in...

January 2013. A native New Yorker, she migrated to Chestertown, Md., where she was a parishioner at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. There she served as lay reader, chalicist, altar guild director, treasurer, Vestry and search committee member and diocesan convention delegate. Diane holds degrees in philosophy and psychology and a master’s in English and communications. She is retired from Bell Labs/AT&T where she was manager of technical publications, conducted campus recruiting, and served as instructor in technical writing in conjunction with RPI. Here in Cleveland, she is active both at Trinity Cathedral and the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Diane has six children, fourteen grandchildren and one great grandson. She is happily active in her 10-year-old grandson’s life — the person who drew her to Cleveland.

Nancy Baxter

After serving as a Lay Professional in churches in three states for over 30 years, Nancy retired and is now

helping with “God’s work in the world”. Her background as an educator led naturally to positions as Minister/Director of Education and Youth Ministry, which were followed by directing work with youth and families in a Cleveland neighborhood. Currently, Nancy is a consultant and Neighborhood Program Officer with the MyCom Network, a youth development initiative in Cuyahoga County. A “cradle” Episcopalian, Nancy grew up at St. Peter’s in Ashtabula, has four grown children, and loves each of her nine grandchildren who manage to keep her very busy and involved in “fun”!!

David Lawrence

A native Clevelander, David is currently an instructor of English and...

First Year Experience at Lakeland Community College. Originally drawn to Trinity due to its Gospel-driven message of radical hospitality and inclusivity, he has been an active member of the Cathedral since 2016. David currently serves as an acolyte, usher and Eucharistic minister, as well as chair of the Cathedral Life committee. Prior to moving back to Cleveland, he was a member at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Albuquerque for seven years, serving on the Youth Adult Ministry Team, participating as a Eucharistic minister and lector. He was also on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Assisted Living (now closed) for many years. David holds undergraduate degrees in English, Biology and Chemistry, and graduate degrees in Humanities and English. He lives in Shaker Square.

Sandra Luther

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.”

Mark Malloy

Mark has more than 25 years experience at ...

PNC Bank. He has held various positions in their Asset Management Group including Trust Operations, Trust Administration, Fiduciary Risk Management and is currently a senior trust tax accountant. Mark enjoys singing and has been a member of the North Coast Men’s Chorus since 1999, has held various music ministry positions in years past for Catholic Churches in Lorain and Amherst, Ohio. He currently serves as a co-chair of the newly developed LGBT Ministry Team at Trinity. Mark is proud to be a part of a spiritual community where all are welcome. He was received into The Episcopal Church March 2014 along with Todd, his partner and husband of 33 years. They enjoy traveling to Provincetown, Mass., where they were legally married July 28, 2011. Mark and Todd reside in Lakewood.

Aretha McCreary

Aretha has been active at Trinity Cathedral for 48 years. She has...

recently retired, after working 44 years in the insurance industry. At Trinity, she has served multiple terms on Vestry, has been on a variety of committees (including Library, Personnel, Health & Wellness, Children’s Education, Nominating and Search Committees), has participated in a number of lay ministries (including lector, acolyte, lay Eucharistic minister, altar guild, usher), has taught Sunday School, and is currently on the Core Team for Greater Cleveland Congregations. Aretha frequently attends church with her two grandsons, Aundre Lindsay and Angelo McCreary.

Karla Rivers

Karla has had a career in information technology with ...

PNC Bank for more than 30 years. Karla is responsible for analysis, testing coordination and quality assurance in the Call Center. Along with her information technology background, Karla has a degree from Capital University in Church Music and has a background in visual arts and creative writing. Karla has been attending Trinity since 1980 and serves as a chalice bearer, sacristan and lector. She is married to Michael Graska. They reside in Brecksville with their two cats, Shelby and Thibodaux.

Pam Turos

Pam is a social worker, freelance writer, and founder of...

Good Cause Creative and the Good Cause Blog where she uses her non-profit experience to help socially conscious organizations develop an online presence. Raised in Youngstown, she moved to Cleveland in 2000 and came to Trinity three years ago. Her past employers include The Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Clinic and Hospice of the Western Reserve. When she’s not spending time with her husband and three children, Pam can be found practicing yoga or volunteering at Campus International School. She serves on the Youth and Educational development committee for The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio’s camp and retreat farm project and participates in Greater Cleveland Congregations social justice initiatives. Pam says, “I am so thankful to have found such an inclusive community, where my children are surrounded by adults who are truly committed to making the world a better place.”

Abigail (Abby) Weaver

Abby and her husband Chris live in Lakewood with their two sons, Elliot and Sidney...

They have been attending Trinity since 2011 and worship at the 9 a.m. Mostly Jazz Mass. Prior to becoming a full-time mom, Abby was a Pre-K and first grade schoolteacher. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Ohio Northern University and her graduate degree from Cleveland State University. Abby currently teaches “Godly Play” in Trinity’s Sunday School. She is also active in Trinity’s Food For Families program. On her role and the future of Trinity she says, “I’m hoping to become more involved at Trinity as the church continues to navigate this period of transition. Younger families need a voice, for we are the future of the church.”

Michael Wells

Michael Wells is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University,...

 where he still teaches courses in research and writing. He also has a retirement therapy job as a bookseller at Appletree Books in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was initially drawn to Trinity Cathedral by its historical interest, which he says, “stems from the appeal of that which is antique, romantic, hierarchical, ceremonial, and universal.” He has now been a member of the congregation for 18 years. He found the “Middle Way” so attractive that he is still walking it. While the author of a number of articles and short biographies that focus on Trinity itself, its windows, and the history of the Episcopal Church in NE Ohio, Wells has tried to be of service to Trinity as a catechist, sacristan, acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, and verger. He is a Trinity docent and chaired the Bicentennial History Committee. He trained as a Stephen Minister, served on Trinity’s GCC Education Committee, and volunteers at Food for Families.