Trinity’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on May 6 beginning at 9 a.m. in Cathedral Hall. Due to the Annual Meeting, only the 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services will be held.

 

Election of lay leaders by members* will be held during the Annual Meeting. Please note that paper ballots will be used this year since there are more candidates than open seats. You can review the candidates’ bios below. It is very important that members attend and vote for these leaders who will work closely with our acting and new deans.
* 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.
 

Vestry

4 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.”
Paul Herrgesell (for a 3-year term)

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.

MJ Hilker (for a 3-year term)

MJ brings over 25 years of experience in financing and investing in growing businesses. Her career has also included turnaround and crisis consulting to troubled companies and heading up financial operations as CFO. She is currently Vice President at Peoples Bank, in Beachwood, Ohio. Previously she served on Vestry and as Trinity’s Treasurer. While serving in that capacity, she also chaired the Finance and Budget and Endowment Committees and served on both the Nominating and Audit Committees. Her non-profit experience is extensive, with particular emphasis on finance. MJ earned a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business and Economics from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. MJ lives in Fairview Park with her partner of over 21 years, Mary Alice Mastrovito. She has attended Trinity for over 20 years.

William E. (Will) Seifert-Kessell (for a 3-year term)

Will comes to Trinity with a broad spiritual background. He attended McCormick Theological Seminary and has been part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Roman Catholic and Unity churches. Since coming to Trinity in 2016, he is a regular at many of Trinity’s worship services, attending the 9 a.m. Mostly Jazz Mass, 11:15 Choral Eucharist and Wednesday Choral Evensong. Will serves as a hospitality volunteer and is an active participant in Trinity’s Wednesday adult formation classes. He is also a formative member of Trinity’s emerging, Becoming Beloved Community group. Speaking on his involvement at Trinity he says, “Having made Trinity my spiritual home, I want to use my experience, talents, and energies to the benefit of this place.” Will is a semi-retired psychotherapist, specializing in family counseling and violence, with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He enjoys photography, reading, and music. Will is the father of one son (William); he lives in East Cleveland with his partner Kelly Henderson.

Bryan Sickbert (for a 3-year term)

After several years living in SW Colorado, Bryan and his wife Mary moved back to Cleveland Heights and rejoined Trinity in 2013. Bryan previously served as a member of the Vestry and Trinity’s Treasurer. He retired on January 1, 2015, from 23 years’ 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 non-profit governance and management consulting. He holds masters’ degrees in both Theology and Business. Currently, Bryan enjoys being a part of the Cathedral Choir and pitching in with various volunteer opportunities. He and his wife also love spending time with their grandchildren.

Timothy D. (Tim) Smith (for a 3-year term)

Tim has been a member of the Trinity community for more than 40 years. Attending from 1974 to 1981 and again from 2002 to present. He has served as a verger for the last 14 years, assisting at the 9 a.m. Mostly Jazz Mass, 11:15 Choral Eucharist, Wednesday Choral Evensong, and virtually all “special” services. Tim has been a fixture at the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival for the last 35 years. Tim, on his time here at Trinity says, “Trinity Cathedral has been a huge part of my life for four decades. As a former youth rep to Vestry and youth delegate to Diocesan Council in the late ’70s, I was raised with a deep understanding of church law and canons and have a strong sense of the general business side of the church —and—as executive director of a non-profit educational organization, I understand the fiduciary responsibilities as well.” Tim, an urban farmer, is the Executive Director of Community Greenhouse Partners. He is the bass player for the FM Project, a Steely Dan tribute band. He enjoys music, puzzles, politics, science fiction books and movies. Longtime residents of Cleveland Heights, Tim and his wife Danielle Coppola-Smith will be moving to Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood at the end of April.

Tony Wesley  (for a 3-year term)

Tony is the thankful husband of Al Cowger 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, Tony spends 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 and serves as a Eucharistic minister. 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).

Cathedral Council

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.”
Diane Barnhill  ( for a 2-year term)

A native New Yorker, Diane migrated to Chestertown, Md., where she was a parishioner at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. There she served as lector, Eucharistic minister, altar guild director, treasurer, Vestry and search committee member and a 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 the manager of technical publications, conducted campus recruiting, and served as an instructor in technical writing in conjunction with RPI. Here in Cleveland, she is active both at Trinity Cathedral (since 2013) and the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Diane has six children, fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. She lives in Cleveland. .

Nancy Baxter (for a 3-year term)

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 in areas of youth development. 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”!! She lives in Lakewood and usually attends the 9 a.m. service with two of her grandchildren.

David Lawrence (for  a 3-year term)

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 (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.”

Ron Ross (for a 3-year term)

Ron retired from University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center after 37 plus years as an advanced practice nurse. He graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. Ron has been married to Duane Culler since August 2015. Ron has been a member of Trinity Cathedral since 2001 and been involved in many ministries: Vestry, Cathedral Council, Eucharistic visitor, Food for Families, and as an usher. He usually attends the 11:15 Choral Eucharist. 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 co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Seidman. Ron and Duane live in East Cleveland, in the Forest Hill neighborhood, with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bailey and Guinness.

Abigail (Abby) Weaver (for a 3-year term)

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.”

Nominees for 2018 Diocesan Convention Delegates

Bill DiTirro, delegate

Bill is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) and he holds a certificate in Paralegal Studies. At Trinity he serves on the Property Committee, volunteers at the Urban Farm, is a docent for Cathedral tours and serves on the Concierge Corps for Music & Art. Bill lives in the University Circle area with his partner, Dale Murphy.

Deborah (Debbie) Likins-Fowler, alternate delegate

Debbie has been an active parishioner of Trinity Cathedral for 17 years. Raised as a ‘fierce’ Presbyterian, she was confirmed in 1973 and served as Eucharistic minister, lector, Sunday School teacher, and choir member at several other Episcopal churches before moving to Northeast Ohio in 2001. She retired as a professional computer analyst in 2015 and resides in N. Ridgeville. Debbie helps facilitate “Community Gospel Reflections,” Trinity’s regular Bible Study on Sunday mornings. She has been a Eucharistic visitor for the past 25 years and enjoys visiting people who are home-bound. These days, her passion is Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice, both at the parish and Diocesan levels. She also serves on the Diocesan Commission for Racial Understanding.

Debbie is married to Dr. Robert (Bob) Fowler, a Professor in the Department of Religion at Baldwin Wallace University. Between them, they have four adult children and six grandchildren. In her spare time, she is a ‘weather weenie’ (especially in the spring) and enjoys reading and hand crafts year-round.

Debbie would like to be a delegate to Diocesan Convention because she is interested in how the vocation of a Cathedral Church intersects with and supports that of its Diocese.

Nominees for 2019 Nominating Committee, At-Large Members

Debbie Hunter

Debbie has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for more than 30 years and is actively involved in many areas, including A Place at the Table, Daughters of the King, the Trinity Prayer Tree, and Eucharistic ministry. Debbie has been a diocesan delegate and alternate in the past and has been a member of Cathedral Council, the Vestry, and the Dean Search Committee. She is currently a member of EPF/Episcopal Peace Fellowship, has volunteered at three General Conventions, and is a former member of the Faith and Action Committee of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. Debbie is currently the AP/PR coordinator at the Great Lakes Science Center; she resides in downtown Cleveland.

Catherine Smythe Zajc

Catherine has worked in the nonprofit sector as a prospect researcher and fundraising research consultant, specializing in major gifts & capital campaigns, for more than 25 years. Earlier in her career, she was a research librarian in Washington, D.C. and New York City. A “preacher’s kid” raised in the Presbyterian Church, Catherine first worshiped at Trinity Cathedral on Palm Sunday in 2004. Warmly welcomed and deeply moved by its sacred space and inclusive congregation, she knew she had found a spiritual home, and has been involved in the life of the Cathedral ever since.

A regular attendee at the Early Eucharist service, Catherine delights in the intimacy of the Chapel and fellowship with her “eight-o’clockers.” In service to Trinity, she is a longtime Lector/Intercessor and member of The Prayer Tree, and also serves as Eucharistic Minister. She has previously served on the Stewardship Committee and in other volunteer capacities.

Catherine’s contented life in Tremont, shared with husband John and beagle, McKenzie, includes enjoying the visual & performing arts, reading nonfiction, and solving crosswords in pen. When they travel, visiting libraries, museums & churches are her priorities.

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