2017 Nominee Biographies

Certified Election Results

 
 
Las​ ​Biografías​ ​de​ ​los​ ​Nominados​ ​del​ ​2017

 

STANDING COMMITTEE

Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member as annually required

LAY

Michael Chambers

Albe Larsen

 

CLERGY

Paul Fromberg

Pam Jester

 

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least 1 must be lay

LAY

Patrick Anderson

Charlie Mader

 

SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

Elect: 1 (any order)

David Frangquist

 

TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (any order)

Robert McCaskill


Note: It is not the practice of the Nominations Committee to edit or correct submitted nominee biographies.

Position descriptions here.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE

Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member as annually required

 

LAY NOMINEES 

Michael Chambers

Trinity+St. Peter's, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
I have season tickets for the Giants. I enjoy going to the games with my daughters. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and gardening.

Professional associations:
I have been licensed to practice law in California since 1987. I have been a trial attorney for CSAA Insurance Exchange since 1992.

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:
I am completing my three year term on the Executive Council. I have been involved with the San Francisco Deanery Executive Committee and as a delegate. I have served Trinity+St. Peter's as Senior Warden and Treasurer.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I am a board member for the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals. We seek to provide legal assistance to those members of our community who cannot afford to pay for legal services.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are:
Our congregations are aging and we have had difficulty attracting and retaining younger members. We also need to find ways for congregations to share clergy and resources. The more we are open to collaborate with each other the more we will be able to accomplish in our community.

Why are you running for this position?
I want to help congregations to explore ways to attract younger members. I also want to help encourage congregations to seek out partners to assist in our mission efforts.

Nominated by Patricia Cunningham

 

 

Albe Larsen

St. Matthew's, San Mateo
Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
My principal avocation is in working to bring transformational opportunities to as many as possible of the 1.2+ billion people who haven't as much as a light bulb. This work is done through IEEE Smart Village, a program that brings electricity through creating locally owned sustainable businesses in off-grid or poor-grid regions of the developing world and couples that with educational opportunity using web-based classes, with the goal of education from pre-K to end of life and already has a proven Master's in Development Practice, technical training, and soon-to-be-launched in Papua New Guinea K-6 education. Other: Reading; travel; gardening; cooking.

Professional associations:
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. I am the Society Secretary and Newsletter editor IEEE Smart Village Special Events Manager.

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:
At St. Matthew's I serve as a visiting Eucharistic Minister, and am the UTO and Outreach Chair for our League for Service (ECW). I have served three terms as League president and as a member of the Altar Guild. In the Diocese I currently serve on Executive Council representing the Peninsula Deanery and have served seven years as president of the Diocesan Altar Guild and on the board for ~15 years. I served two terms on the Diocesan Nominating Committee, was on the Bishop's Committee at Holy Family and a lector and member of the property development committee.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I am a member of the Province VIII leadership group and serve as president of the Province VIII Altar Guild. I am also on the board of the National Altar Guild Association and served for six years as its newsletter editor. I am currently on the Nominations Committee for NAGA and am the chair of the Scholarship Committee.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are:
Relevance of the church in today's world: I see not just THE but also most major religions addressing how the church (temple, mosque) are of importance in today's society. School and work schedules don't allow church to have the central place it once had, with the exception of conservative and fundamentalist groups. I see towns with schools that make it difficult for children to participate in certain activities if they are active church members, and I see an erosion of fundamental moral values common to all the great religions.  Second, I see within our own church, as well as within others, the striving for but lack of inclusivity. To address the changing demographics of our country we need to embrace and include newcomers and rather than the old "they don't do it our way," try to look at other traditions and learn from them and incorporate what is relevant and comforting to new communities in our worship. I have seen first-hand the damage this attitude of "my way is the only right way" can have within a congregation. Teaching open-heartedness is essential for our communities to thrive. Youth need to be better integrated so that the church has a future.

Why are you running for this position?
First, I believe that if one is a member of an organization, one has a responsibility to serve it as fully as possible. As a member of St. Matthew's and of the Diocese of California, I not only feel obliged, but also want to serve the greater church community to the best of my ability. I also feel that I have the background and experience to serve effectively as a member of the Standing Committee. Professionally, at MIT, I was Assistant Director of the a Division of a laboratory within the Institute and was responsible for the Division's physical property and well as for its personnel. I learned early on to listen to each employee and understand what their needs were to be effective parts of our team. I also learned a great deal about budget management, and continue that today as part of my professional society's Finance Committee. I  believe that, while I can contribute to the Standing Committee, I will also learn from it in greater depth about the operation of our Diocese. Serving the Diocese in this capacity will be both an opportunity to serve using skills I have developed over decades, and a challenge to learn. 

Nominated by David Frangquist

 

CLERGY NOMINEES

Paul Fromberg

St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
My professional interests include liturgy and ritual theory, writing about all things church, teaching graduate students, church growth, congregational development, transformational learning processes, canons and church governance. The things that interest me about my congregation are teaching about spiritual resilience and the spirituality of resistance, creative systems management, sharing the work of ministry with as many people as possible, and developing liturgies that feed people's hungry souls. My personal interests include icon painting, cooking good food, talking about politics, walking the dog, quiet, and being with my husband Grant. 

Professional associations:

  • Member, Gathering of Leaders.
  • President, The Food Pantry.
  • Member, Gathering the Next Generation. 

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:

  • Rector, St. Gregory of Nyssa: Vestry oversight, preaching, teaching, healing, feeding, celebrating.
  • Adjunct Faculty, The Church Divinity School of the Pacific: Practical Theology and Leadership in Ministry.
  • Chaplain, Summer Camp at St. Dorothy's Rest: Summer Staff training week.
  • Doctor of Ministry, The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2014: Thesis - The Influence of Aesthetic Experience and Social Engagement in Transformation.  
  • Member, Resolutions Committee (2009).
  • Member, Liturgy and Music Commission (2005 - 2009).    

Major activities beyond diocese:

  • Member and Chaplain, Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church.
  • Keynote Speaker, The 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
  • Publication: "The Art of Transformation," Church Publishing, 2017.
  • Adjunct Faculty, School for Formation, The Episcopal Church in Minnesota.
  • Keynote Speaker, National Worship Conference, the Anglican Church of Canada.
  • Speaker and Liturgist, The Wild Goose Festival.
  • Deputy to the 78th General Convention.
  • Alternate Deputy to the 77th General Convention.  

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are:

  • Living the Gospel in a fractured political era.
  • Love as an organizational principle.
  • De-centralized organization of parishes.
  • Empowering resilience and flexibility in the church’s members.
  • Reimagining the way that the church is organized, administered and empowered for ministry.
  • Remaining open to the transforming power of God and trusting that change will not harm God's people.
  • Raising up a new generation of leaders for the church – both lay and ordained – and trusting that their gifts will accomplish God’s purpose for the world.
  • Patterning our church communities on the life of Christ instead of exclusivity, competition, and scarcity.
  • Letting God be God while honoring the divine image in each person we encounter.
  • Loving our enemies.
  • Being future focused and not simply repeating the triumphs and failures of the past.
  • Attending to cultural shifts and changes around us that bear on the church’s work.
  • Welcoming people into the church who are not like us in terms of race, economics, gender, sexual orientation, language, or belief.
  • Reclaiming evangelism as the proper work of liberal Christianity.
  • Letting people know that there is something happening in the Episcopal Church that has the power to transform their lives and communities. 

Why are you running for this position?
I feel called to offer my perspective, experience, and abilities to serve the Diocese of California on the Standing Committee. I am blessed to lead and serve a vital congregation; the people of St. Gregory's share with me a deep and expansive ministry of God’s Mission in the world. I have energy and vision for the church that is being called into the future. As a member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, I have gained a deeper appreciation for Constitution and Canons of the Church, as well as the challenges of Church governance. The SCLM is engaged in vital work for the life of the Church, and I am grateful to be an active part of this work – particularly understanding how our common life is bound together by our common prayer. As Episcopalians, we have done great work in creating a public theology that proclaims God’s culture of justice, love, and mercy. This is the place from which to work for the sake of our diocese’s ministry in the world. There is much to be done; I will bring my best effort to this work and hope that I will have the opportunity to serve. 

Nominated by Warren Wong

 
 

Pam Jester

All Saints, San Leandro
Southern Alameda Deanery

Interests:
My interests outside of church include hiking, dogs, movies, gardening and exploring the wealth of culture and natural beauty in the Bay Area.

Professional associations:
Current: American Association of Episcopal Deacons, Interfaith Domestic Violence Program of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, Alameda County Mental Health Hearing Officer Program. Inactive member of the State Bar of California.
Previous: Alameda County Bar Association (President 2006), California Women Lawyers (President 1986), State Bar of California Women In the Law Committee (Chair 1989), Voluntary Legal Services Corporation (Vice President 2010), Continuing Education of the Bar (Executive Director 2002-2015). 

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:
Working with Outreach and Social Ministries teams to make All Saints, San Leandro more visible in the community. Working with neighborhood association to better understand the concerns of the community. Working with the Interfaith Domestic Violence Program of the Alameda County Family Justice Center to inform, equip, empower, and support the faith community to prevent and intervene in domestic violence. Leading Women’s Spirituality Group.

Major activities beyond diocese:
At this time, I am focused on the Diocese of California.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are:
With the country as divided as ours is, it is more important than ever for church to be a place of solace while also being a place in which we reach out to the poor, the sick, the marginalized and the outsiders. The tradition of the Episcopal Church allows us to do both. Living and working in a highly secular area like the Bay Area, a significant challenge for our church is reaching the “spiritual but not religious” populations whose values may reflect those of Episcopalians. 

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for Standing Committee because I am passionate about good governance and have a deep love for our church. During my legal career, I served as president of two bar associations and as an officer for two other law-related non-profit organizations. This experience taught me how to address difficult and complex issues while maintaining collegial relationships with other board members. I also learned that good governance empowers the entire organization. I believe strongly that good governance requires diverse leadership. Currently, there is no deacon on the Standing Committee. The deacon’s role of interpreting to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world informs the perspective that I will bring to the deliberations of the Standing Committee.

Nominated by Justin Cannon

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least 1 must be lay

 

LAY NOMINEES

Patrick Anderson

Trinity†St. Peter's, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
I have been active in Cursillo for more than a quarter century. I served on 10 Cursillo teams and as Rector of one of them. I am the current vice president of the national Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Committee, the vice chairman of the San Francisco Bay Area General Cursillo Secretariat, and have served several years on the San Francisco/San Mateo Secretariat. I publish newsletters both for the local and national Cursillo organizations.

Professional associations:
I am retired. I have worked as a reporter and managing editor of a local newspaper, human resources and labor relations analyst, supervisor, and communications manager for a large state agency. 

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:
Starting in late 1986, I served numerous terms on the St. Peter's Vestry in the roles of Vestry Clerk, Junior Warden and Senior Warden. I was Senior Warden when our congregation demolished the quake-damaged church and constructed affordable housing for developmentally disabled adults. I currently serve as Senior Warden of Trinity†St. Peter's. I also co-founded the Trinity†St. Peter's Men's Group, which meets monthly.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I serve on the national Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Committee, and I publish the ECMC's monthly newsletter. I have authored a novel entitled Second Born, which is a reimagining of the life of Jesus during the "lost years" from age 12 to the beginning of his ministry; it will be published in the late fall of 2017.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are:
Throughout the country but especially here in the Bay Area, young people are abandoning the church. Possible causes include demographics, social trends, liturgy, and lack of outreach. In past generations, parents raised their children in the church and, after the children briefly departed during young adulthood, they returned to the church when they settled down. However, a larger proportion of the current generation was not raised in the church and therefore does not see it as a "home" to return to. Our challenge is to go outside our own comfort zone of Christian circles, to appeal to seekers who may not yet have known church as a regular staple in their lives. We must listen to their needs so that we can be the Spirit's instruments to entice and welcome them into the church.

Why are you running for this position?
In my 30 years as a lay leader in my congregation and in Cursillo, I've learned that governance of the church must not rest solely on the shoulders of clergy. All too often, priests are called upon to master all of the diverse spiritual gifts Paul lists in Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12. That is more burden than our precious clergy should have to bear. Lay people must also bear responsibility for the nourishment and nurture of the church. I want to make the Diocese of California a beacon for young people.

Nominated by Patricia Cunningham

 

 

Charlie Mader

St. Aidan's, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
I enjoy travelling around the State of California with my little niece; exploring, hiking, and camping. We just finished our summer road trip to the Gold Country, Bodie, Mono Lake, and Yosemite. 

Professional associations:
I am licensed California Real Estate broker and I belong to following trade associations: National Assn of Realtors California Assn of Realtors San Francisco Assn of Realtors  I also serve on the Forms Committee and the Managers Council of the SF Assn of Realtors.

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:
It's been a busy first year on Exec Council for me. I am attending the meetings and learning ropes of all that goes on "behind the scenes". I'm also busy out protesting our change in government and bearing witness to oppression, standing up for the weak and vulnerable. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
Most of my family moved to Sonoma over the summer. My mother to assisted living and my sister and niece to the City of Sonoma, to take a new position. I've been helping out with both their moves and getting my niece settled in a new school and congregation (Trinity-Sonoma), and it's been keeping me pretty busy.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are:
Number 1 is of course standing up for those being persecuted by our new Administration. It sickens me to see the clock turned back 100 years. Also there is climate change and ecology, which I care deeply about. Declining membership is an issue, but I firmly believe that that will come, if we keep the doors (and our minds) open.

Why are you running for this position?
I recently bought an electric car and I've become an evangelist for EV's (Electric Vehicles). I would like to work with the sustainability commission for the Diocese with the goal of getting car charging stations in all accessible parking lots owned by the Diocese.

Nominated by David Frangquist

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SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

Elect: 1 (any order)


David Frangquist

St. Aidan’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
History, com­puters and com­munications, Christian voca­tion, parliamen­tary law, labyrinth design.  

Professional associations:
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  


Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:

  • Secretary of Convention
  • Committee on Dispatch of Business 2007-2017
  • Committee on Governance 2010-2012
  • Standing Committee class of 2008 (Secretary 2006, Vice President 2008)
  • Diocesan Council 2002-2004
  • Pacific Church News Advisory Board 2002-2005
  • pre­senter at Diocesan Ministry Conferences (voca­tions track)
  • Convention Delegate
  • Vestry (4 times)
  • Parish Treasurer
  • Congregation Vocations Committee
  • Senior Warden
  • Rector Search Committee
  • labyrinth builder
  • thespian
  • Mother Superior (St. Dymphna’s)

Major activities beyond diocese:
Carleton College Alumni Association, Colorado River runner.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
Reinventing Church to present the Gospel of Christ in new and relevant ways. As our society becomes increasingly polarized and many people associate Christianity with only one side of the political divide, we need to broadcast that we are a different kind of Christianity, truly concerned with justice and compassion. We need to convey the importance of Christian community and corporate action to a society where religion has become private and personal for many people. We need to communicate our true excitement about Christ to a skeptical people. At the same time, we need to find new ways to use our resources effectively and mobilize the power of the Holy Spirit embodied in all our members.

Why are you running for this position?
I was first called to this work when the Rev. Channing Smith asked me to run after I had served as Secretary of Standing Committee and led the organization of the Special Convention that elected Bishop Marc. I have found the work to be interesting and rewarding. I believe I am called to do more, especially since we have not yet found me a successor. There is still much to do to promote transparency and communication in our diocese and to improve the effectiveness of Diocesan Convention. It has been exciting to serve Christ in this way.

Nominated by Diane FitzGibbon & Albe Larsen

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TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (any order)

Robert McCaskill

St. Stephen’s, Belvedere
Marin Deanery

Interests:
Nonprofit organizations, environmental protection, travel, snow skiing, and water skiing.

Professional associations:
Retired CPA (past member of American Institute of CPAs and California Institute of CPAs).

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese:
Diocese:

  • Treasurer of the Diocese (2009-present)
  • Diocesan Finance Committee (2002-present)
  • Program & Budget Committee (2008-present)
  • Diocesan Audit Committee (2006-present)
  • Diocesan Investment Committee (2009-present)
  • Diocese Board of Directors (2006-2008)
  • Governance Review Steering Committee (2007-2008)

St. Stephen's Church:

  • Vestry, Senior Warden (2010)
  • Treasurer (2001-present)
  • Co-Chair Capital Campaign (2013)


Major activities beyond diocese:

  • Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (board member)
  • Belvedere City Council (2012-present)
  • Mayor (2014)
  • Marin Clean Energy (board member)
  • Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation (board member)
  • Marin Academy (Finance Committee) 


In my opinion the major issues facing the church today are
As the financial condition of many of our parish churches continues to suffer, we must continue to seek an appropriate balance between the financial needs of the Diocese and those of its individual churches, and work to identify innovative ways that the Diocese can give meaningful assistance to its congregations in the areas of stewardship and membership growth.

Why are you running for this position?
I am a retired CPA and have served both as a board member and as treasurer of various nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Having served as the treasurer of my own congregation for many years, I have an understanding of the financial pressures that many of our churches face. As a member of the Diocese's finance committee since 2002, I also have a good understanding of the accounting and financial issues of the Diocese.


Nominated by Roulhac Austin

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