The Very Rev. Bernard J Owens

The Very Reverend Bernard J. Owens


The Reverend Adrienne Koch

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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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


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,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.

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


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.”

Paul Herrgesell
Junior Warden

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.

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.

Darrell Lausche

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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

of Cleveland State University with a BA in English. Dale volunteers for many activities at Trinity, the Diocese and the Episcopal Church. Activities include: Food for Families, M & A @ Trinity events, setup for Wednesday evening community supper, Diocesan Convention and Convocation and General Convention. His other volunteer experiences has included Hospice of Summa, Summit AIDS Housing and the University Memory and Aging Center. Dale and Bill, his partner of 35 years, live in Wickliffe.

Ron Ross

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.

Dan McGuire

Diane Alice Blanc

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”!!

Audrey Hudak

Audrey Hudak has been a member of Trinity since 2012. She usually attends the 11:15 Choral Eucharist.

Audrey 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.”

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.

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.

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.