Clergy

The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston

The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston

Acting Dean

Staff

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 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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Doreen Hughes

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, Communications Manager, Contracted

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.

Corinne Wallner

Corinne Wallner

Facilities & Events Manager

Holly Tomasch

Holly Tomasch

Development & Communications Director

Holly came to Trinity Cathedral three years ago to help with...

fundraising projects and the bicentennial celebration. In January 2017, she assumed the new position of development & communications director. Previous to Trinity, Holly has worked at several Greater Cleveland higher education and cultural arts nonprofit organizations. Holly attended Mount Holyoke College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Case Western Reserve University, earning degrees in biochemistry and nonprofit management. “Trinity has been a special place for me since I first visited as a teen. It is amazing that here I am many years later!”

Contact Holly about communications, marketing, donations and giving opportunities.

Vestry

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

Amy was educated at the University of Redlands, spending...

the next ten years as Cleveland Program Director with Ohio Citizen Action. She earned her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Lesley Wells, on the US District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Currently, Amy is an associate with the law firm of Littler Mendelson. She serves as chair of the Personnel Committee.

Jeff Baddeley is a partner at Buckley King. He is...

married to Laura Rocker, a child psychiatrist. There is no truth to the rumor that she considers her marriage to be a pro bono extension of her practice. Jeff’s stepdaughter Rosa lives and works in New York City. He has served on the Vestry since 2009 and has served on Finance, Investment and Property Committees.

216.583.7036 (office), 216.583.7036 (home)

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 Fairmount Santrol 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.

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.

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.

Anthony Wesley

Born in Chicago some 58 years ago, Tony is the...

thankful husband of Al and the perpetually 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. Happily retired, he does spend some time developing residential properties on the east side and advising a tech start-up in Seattle. Currently, Tony volunteers extensively 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.

Wendy Wilson-Walker

Wendy has been active at Trinity for eight years and lives in...

Brecksville. Wendy served on Cathedral Council during 2011, is a member of Trinity’s Greater Cleveland Congregations leadership team, is part of Cathedral Council’s Neighborhood Ministries team, served as an usher and has participated with Knitting Pearls. She has been employed with AT&T since 1968, currently as a Network Operations Area Manager with offices in Lakewood, Ohio and Indianapolis.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston, ex officio

Biographical Information

Cathedral Council

Learn more about the role of Trinity’s Vestry 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.

Amy Maurer, Vice Chair

Amy has been attending Trinity with her family for...

three years. Originally from Carlisle, Pa., Amy settled in the Cleveland area in 1999 after graduating from college. She has a BFA from Syracuse University in Surface Pattern Design. She worked seven years in the professional design field, first designing wallcovering for IHDG and then giftware for American Greetings. Currently Amy is a stay-at-home mother to her two daughters, Anna, 8 and Lila 5. She is married to Ian Maurer and their family resides in Lakewood, Ohio. Amy has been a member of the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA for six years and served on their board for two years. Amy was baptized and confirmed in the United Church of Christ but recently re-confirmed her faith at Trinity Cathedral. Amy is part of the Parents and Caregivers Group. She looks forward to becoming more involved with Trinity and its mission and commitment to the city of 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”!!

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.

Rev. Ward Hines

Ward and his wife Suzanne have been active in the...

congregational life of Trinity Cathedral since the spring of 2011. In 2010, he retired after 40 years of working as a practitioner of pastoral ministry in the local church. Though retired, he remains an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Even so, Trinity is where he and Suzanne have chosen to worship and participate in the life of the larger church universal. Ward says, “There is much about this congregation that attracts us. Perhaps most importantly, we are drawn to the blending of biblical faith and social justice that we find embraced by both the leadership in this place as well as by so many who call Trinity their church home. Trinity’s commitment to being in ministry both within the congregation and also beyond its four walls is a critical aspect of what it means to be the church. This commitment is also why I have agreed to accept the Nominating Committee’s request that I serve on the Cathedral Council.”

Linda Lee

Linda joined Cathedral Council in 2012. A Licensed Independent...

Social Worker, with 20 years experience, Linda specializes in mental health and trauma with adults and children. She currently works part-time at MetroHealth Medical Center. Linda has been an active member at Trinity since 2001, working on the Urban Farm, as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, co-organizer of Supper Groups and has helped out with a variety of other ministries, including Blessings in a Backpack and led the Community Outreach Committee (now disbanded). She lives in Lakewood and has two adult children in the Cleveland area.

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.

Kate McFadden

Beverly Moffet

Beverly has a BA from Macalester College, an M Div from Pacific School of Religion, and ...

a JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. After working at Oberlin College in the campus ministry for several years, she shifted fields to law.  The next few years she and Lesley Wells practiced law together. Thereafter she spent many years as a Magistrate, becoming Chief Magistrate of the Domestic Relations Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, from which position she retired.

At Trinity Bev volunteers with Food for Families, has been involved in Anti-Death Penalty work, is a reactivated member of the GCC Core Team, working on gun violence issues and health care in particular, and is a member of the LGBT Ministry Team.

Bev and Judy Eckelmeyer, her partner of 36 years, were married on August 1, 2015, when Obergefell vs. Hodges made same gender marriage legal throughout the US. They and their 3 cats live in Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie.

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.

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.

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.”

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.