2017 Trinity Cathedral Report of the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present to the Congregation slates for election to the Vestry and Cathedral Council as well as delegates to Diocesan Convention and congregationally elected members of the Nominating Committee. In keeping with Trinity’s bylaws, the Nominating Committee conducted an open and widely publicized solicitation of candidates; the result was a pool of talented and qualified candidates, and the Committee is grateful to all whose names were submitted for consideration. We believe that the nominees before you represent an exceptional group of leaders who will govern with wisdom and faithfulness. We commend them to you for election at the Congregational Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

— Karla Rivers, Linda Lee, Tony Wesley, Christopher Decatur, Ginger Bitikofer, Linda Lohr, Scott Blanchard and Amy Ryder Wentz

Download a PDF version of the Nomination Report here.

Nominees for Vestry, Reelection

Tim Espy, term ending 2020 (3-year term)

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.

Marie Kittredge, term ending 2020 (3-year term)
Marie has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for more than 20 years and currently serves on the Finance Committee. 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. 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

Nominees for Vestry, Election

Jane Freeman, term ending 2020 (3-year term)
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.

Nominees for Cathedral Council, Reelection

Dale Murphy, term ending 2020 (3-year term)
Dale retired from AT&T after 32 years of service. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Dale is currently serving on Cathedral Council, this past year as the Chair. In addition to his governance role, Dale volunteers for many other activities at Trinity, including Ministry Leader for Food for Families and the Concierge Corps for Music & Art at Trinity. His community volunteer experience has included Hospice of Summa, Summit AIDS Housing and the Memory and Aging Center at University Hospital. Dale lives in Cleveland’s Fairfax/University Circle neighborhood with his partner of 33 years, Bill DiTirro.

Mark Malloy, term ending 2020 (3-year term)
Mark has over 28 years in banking at PNC Bank. He has held various positions including Trust Operations, Trust Administration, Fiduciary Risk Management, Trust Tax Services, and is currently a supervisor in ACH Operations.  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 on the LGBT Ministry Team at Trinity and serves on the board of Arts and Music at Trinity.  Mark is proud to be a part of a spiritual community where all are welcome.  Mark resides in Lakewood with his husband Todd.

Nominees for Cathedral Council, Election

Beverly Moffet, term ending 2020 (3-year term)
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.

Michael Wells, term ending 2020 (3-year term)
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.

Nancy Baxter, term ending 2018 (1-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 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”!!

Ron Ross, term ending 2018 (1-year term)
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 have 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.

Nominees for 2017 Diocesan Convention Delegates

Debbie Hunter, delegate
Debbie is currently the AP/PR coordinator with the Great Lakes Science Center. She 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 resides in downtown Cleveland.

Bill DiTirro, alternate delegate
Bill is a graduate of Cleveland State with a master’s degree in business administration (Finance) and holds a certificate in Paralegal Studies. He is an active member of Trinity and currently serves on the Properties Committee, volunteers at the Urban Farm, is a docent for Cathedral tours and serves on the Concierge Corps for Music and Art. Lives in the University Circle area with his partner, Dale Murphy.

Nominees for 2018 Nominating Committee, At-Large Members

Mark Bitikofer
Mark Bitikofer has been attending Trinity and singing in the Cathedral Choir for over 30 years. When he’s not singing, he is a computer programmer and system administrator at Hy-Ko Products in Northfield. Mark is married to Ginger, they live in Willoughby, and have two adult sons.

Gail Smith
Gail Smith is in private practice as a clinical social worker; she finds her work very rewarding but also challenging. At Trinity, Gail is serves as lector and a Eucharistic minister, is a member of the Green Team, and she helps at the Urban Farm when she can. She also serves the Diocese of Ohio as a member of the Commission on Ministry. She is the proud mother of four and has six grandchildren.



Welcoming new people is one of our greatest joys at Trinity Cathedral.

Regardless of your religious background, or your beliefs, Trinity will do its best to speak to you, comfort you, challenge you and provide you with a spiritual home.