Clergy

The Very Rev. Bernard J Owens

The Very Reverend Bernard J. Owens

Dean

The Reverend Adrienne Koch

Priest Associate

Staff

Photo: Todd Wilson

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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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.
Rita Asbury

Rita Asbury

Bookkeeper

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.
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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.
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.”

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 aSimpleMachine.com.,Ltd. aSimpleMachine.com 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.

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.”

Shannon Smoot

Youth and Children’s
Program Coordinator

Originally from a small town in Western New York, Shannon has been in the Cleveland area for the last 20 years...

and joined the Trinity staff in August of 2020. She received her bachelor of arts degree at Kent State University and was formerly the head of the children’s and youth program at Lakewood UMC. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys her husband, Jason, and their five children. They can often be found having adventures in the sunshine! When not on a beach or in a pool, you may find me Shannon in her garden, working on home projects, out for a bike ride or a run, or with her nose in a book.

Corinne Wallner

Corinne Wallner

Facilities & Events Manager

Vestry

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

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 the 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.”

Janet Lechleitner
Junior Warden

Janet, a teacher for over 20 years, is currently a middle school gifted and talented enrichment, which includes coaching 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, the Adult Formation Committee (especially Bible Study), the Stewardship Committee, Trinity’s GCC (Greater Cleveland Congregations) Core Team, and previously co-chaired the ad hoc Bylaws Committee.

Paul Herrgesell
Treasurer

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.

Darrell Lausche
Clerk

Gary Benjamin

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

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.

Kim DeNero-Ackroyd

Kim DeNero-Ackroyd has been a member of Trinity since 2001, soon after she and her husband...

 Jeff Ackroyd, moved to Cleveland Heights from Charlotte, North Carolina. They typically attend the 9 a.m. service.

She was a Youth Group leader for 10 years, from 2003-2013, and has been a lay reader and a volunteer with A Place at the Table for many years.

She has been the Deputy Director of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library since 2011 and holds a BA in English from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas.

Martin Hermes

Diane Hexter

It has been a gift to be a member of Trinity for 23 years...

This is the first time I have served on the Vestry and I am looking forward to these next 3 years. The beautiful music at 11:15 service holds me captive every week.  I serve also as a Eucharist Minister, Lector, co-chair for the Flower Guild,  and have been a Convention Delegate several times.   In the past 10 years I have served the church on several Diocesan Committees. I was on Commission on Ministry for 4-5 years, on Diocesan Council for 4 years, on the Diocesan Nominating Committee for 2 years, and presently serving on a committee to develop Lay Discernment.  One of my most rewarding experiences is to Mentor EfM classes for the past 8 years. Professionally, I am an Interior Designer for 15 years, Realtor for 21 years and received National Recognition for 10 years.  I am married to my Husband Michael for 21 years and have shared in our Real Estate business together. I have 2 natural children and 2 step children. There 9 grandchildren in the family with one to arrive in 3 weeks.  Thank you for your trust in me.

Linda Lee

Linda 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.

David Miano

Cynthia Ries

The Very Rev. Bernard Owens

Dean

Audrey Hudak

Council Chair

The Rev. Adrienne Koch

Staff Liaison

Cathedral Council

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

Audrey Hudak

Audrey Hudak is a community leader and a Project Manager at the Cleveland Clinic where she manages...

Value Based Operations and Community Relations based projects. Audrey manages complex projects for Cleveland Clinic Community Care. Outside of work she is a board member of Americans Making Immigrants Safe (AMIS.org) a nonprofit that through simple, targeted, rapid response efforts, AMIS, Inc. organizes support for Northeast Ohio immigrants in crisis. She is Chairwoman of Trinity Cathedral Council where she is responsible for overseeing and advising the Vestry on matters concerning the mission, outreach and community ministry, and congregational life of the Cathedral. Audrey is a graduate of the College of Wooster, BA in History, and CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs, MPA focused on financial management. Audrey is a graduate of the Cleveland Leadership Center Civic Leader Institute, winter 2020 cohort. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her fluffy cat Alberta Einstein. 

Ron Ross
Co-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.

Daniel (Dan) McGuire
Clerk

Dan has been a Trinity Cathedral member since 2017...

Since joining Trinity he’s been an 8 a.m. Sunday Service Usher, member of the LGBTQ Committee, Finance Committee and Urban Farm.  He was received into the Episcopal Church in 2018.

Dan was born and raised in Cleveland near East 79th Street and Superior.  When in high school his family moved to Bratenahl where he now lives.  Dan’s mother has lived in this house since 1970.  The past 15 years have been spent performing historic renovation to a century home.  For entertainment, both Dan and his Mom rely on their cat, Pumpkin.

Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Dyke College and a Masters in Accountancy at Bowling Green State University. He maintains a CPA license in Ohio. He is currently a Senior Project Manager at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. where he works on IT infrastructure projects.

In 1987 Dan moved from Ohio to New York City where he lived until returning to Cleveland in 2015.  He still misses NYC a great deal!

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”!!

Barbara Crouse

Willian (Bill) Fuller

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

She has been a member of Trinity for approximately 15 years...

Sandra Luther is currently a member of Cathedral Council. She lives in Wickliffe with her husband George and their two furry friends — dog Sara and cat Ziggy. Sandra serves as an Usher, Lector and Intercessor. She has finished Education For Ministry and is a member of Daughters of the King, EPF and Green Team. Other interests are Faith Book Group, social justice issues, yoga, reiki and photography

Aretha McCreary

Janet Morrison

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

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.

Gail Smith

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.”

Patricia (Patty) Roberts, Senior Warden

Vestry Representative

Janet Lechleitner, Jr. Warden

Vestry Representative

Emma Gittins

Youth Representative

The Very Rev. Bernard J Owens, Dean

Staff Representative

The Rev. Adrienne Koch, Priest Associate

Staff Representative

Ginger Bitikofer
Assoc. for Membership & Congregational Life

Staff Representative