Nominees

2012 Certified Election Results



Executive Council

Secretary of Convention

Treasurer of the Diocese


Standing Committee

4-year term — 1 clergy position (2012-2016);  1 lay position (2012-2016)

 

CLERGY POSITION

The Rev. Tommy Dillon
St. Aidan’s, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
I am interested in developing connections between people and communities. For me, this has especially come about through the gifts of international travel, storytelling, photography, and music (playing the guitar). As a priest, I am interested in deepening the connection between congregations and the communities we serve. I deeply believe that we are called to look outward, and to help our congregations connect with God’s ongoing healing and renewal that is already happening around us.

Professional associations:
I have been blessed to be a part of the Gathering of Leaders, which is a group of entrepreneurial ordained leaders who are dedicated to the missionary call of Christ in growing the church in spiritual depth and in numbers. This group of diverse leaders from many different dioceses has given me significant hope for the future church into which we are now living: we are liberal and conservative, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight, and of many differing gifts and abilities, but we all have one focus: a healthy, vibrant, mission-minded Episcopal Church. 

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
My leadership at St. Aidan’s has been focused on deepening our spiritual roots while expanding our vision and presence in our community. I’ve partnered with many gifted lay leaders in growing our neighborhood food pantry, developing a neighborhood disaster preparedness resilience group, exploring a Sunday afternoon emerging church community at St. Aidan’s, deepening our stewardship and giving, engaging in spiritual conversations with seekers and spiritual agnostics through our Sacred Cocktails Ministry in the Castro, and welcoming many newcomers into our inclusive, Spirit-filled community. In our diocese, I am the chaplain for the Diocesan Altar Guild, diocesan disaster preparedness coordinator, nave chaplain at Grace Cathedral, a spiritual director for Cursillo and board member for Sojourn Chaplaincy, San Francisco General Hospital. I have also served as a summer camp chaplain at St. Dorothy’s Rest and as chair of the Episcopal Bay Area Salvadoran Coalition.

Major activities beyond diocese:
Beyond our diocese, I’ve lead yearly mission trips and pilgrimages and served as a retreat leader and teacher for several church and nonprofit organizations. I’ve been active in Integrity/Believe OUTLoud, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, CREDO Renewal Program for Clergy, and at the Lambeth Conference. I’ve been active with Foundation Cristosal, which is dedicated to human rights and development in El Salvador, and in our local chapter of Human Rights Campaign.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
I believe that there has been a dramatic shift, even in the past five years, in the patterns of American church life. People do not attend as often, denominational loyalty is on the decline, and confidence in the institutional church is at an all-time low. I think that we, as progressive Christians, have two options: we can either wring our hands about this and see this as our main problem and challenge, or we can get on with being the church in new and different and innovative ways and let the Holy Spirit sort out the larger institutional and sociological issues, knowing that God is with us and that we are the vessels of God’s grace for the world. I am a leader who is passionate about letting the old pass away so that the new can come to us in resurrection, and I believe that we are on the cusp of something very new and holy happening in the world.

Why are you running for this position?
I have a deep love and respect for the Episcopal Diocese of California. I believe that we have in our Gospel a profound message of hope, inclusion, healing, and renewal to offer a broken and hurting world. I believe that we are poised to be a tremendous blessing of God, through Jesus Christ, to the Bay Area and beyond in the world. I feel called to bring the gifts, talents, and experiences that God has given me to help us work together to face the challenges we share as a diocese with honesty, to use our strengths to move us to new places as we see the new world that surrounds us with fresh eyes, and to rely on God’s grace to surprise us in joyful and unexpected ways.

Nominated by: David Frangquist

 

The Rev. John Kirkley
St. James, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and traveling with my family. I’m an avid reader, especially fiction, history, theology, politics, and culture. Since my son is now in his fourth year at the San Francisco Ballet School, I’m beginning to acquire an appreciation for dance.

Professional associations:
Shalem Society for Contemplative Leadership

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I’m the rector of St. James, San Francisco, and previously have served St. John the Evangelist and Holy Innocents, San Francisco, as a priest, and St. Mark’s, Berkeley, as a lay leader. I serve on the boards of St. James Preschool and the Community Learning Center at St. James. I serve on the diocesan convention resolutions committee, and previously served on the governance committee, and the board of Oasis California. I co-chaired the diocesan task force on marriage and blessings in 2005-2006. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
I’m currently a member of the board of directors of the California Counseling Institute. I served as an alternate deputy to the 2006 General Convention and was a member of the steering committee of the claiming the blessing collaborative from 2002-2006. From 2002-2004 I was part of the staff of Every Voice Network, which developed the Via Media series and other curricula for the Episcopal Church.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
Missional. We are in a post-christendom context where the church is optional and viewed with indifference, when not treated with outright contempt. At the same time, we have institutional structures designed for a very different (and historically brief) mid-twentieth century boom time in the life of the church. There is a basic disconnect between our mission context and the way we organize ourselves for mission. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve lost our nerve as followers of Jesus. We are living in a time of civilizational decline, with economic and ecological exhaustion, and escalating conflicts to secure basic resources like energy, food, and water. There is a great deal of fear and uncertainty in our society. As the people of God, we need to offer a sense of hope for the journey. Our challenge is to create sustainable christian communities that will nurture the common good. My sense is that we are moving into a period of renewed emphasis on local community, local culture and local economy. I think this presents the church with a wonderful opportunity to engage people in developing the spiritual resources vital to God’s work of mending the world. That is the invitation we have to extend. 

Why are you running for this position?
I see this as an opportunity to foster the common good of the church and the Bay Area. I would like to offer leadership that combines wide experience of the larger church with strong roots in our diocese. I bring a strong commitment to deep listening, creative thinking, and promoting partnerships within and beyond the church. Much good work has been done to evaluate, reorganize, and promote collaboration among the diocesan governance structures. I want to build on that work, investing our resources strategically and creatively in response to the missional challenges we face.

Nominated by: Mary Balmana

 

The Rev. Annette Rankin
Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley
Marin Deanery

Interests:
I am interested in the natural world and in literature. Professionally, as a psychotherapist, I am committed to advocacy, trauma recovery, and working with parents and couples. 

Professional associations:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Consultation to mental health professionals concerning the incorporation of spirituality in psychotherapy, especially as it concerns recovery from trauma; retreats for women around the topics of forgiving, peace-making, and incorporating the unaccepted aspects of one’s person into a new whole; and in my professional life, advocacy for abused and neglected children, treatment planning and training for those who work with abused children, and consultation.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
It seems to me that the major issue facing the church is maintaining a balance between fidelity to the members who have always loved and cherished the institution of the church and value it as a vital spiritual life force, and becoming relevant to those people in the world who have been disappointed and alienated that they have ceased to value anything beyond themselves. In view of that idea, the church as a mission to those people, who are quite marginalized from the Body of Christ, although perhaps more populous in number than the Body we know, would seem to be an important concern.

Why are you running for this position?
I enjoy the process of governance, having been an administrator for most of my life. I believe that my long experience of listening to others from every aspect of life as well, of building consensus and of planning, implementing and evaluating programs and strategies, could be helpful to the diocese, and I would like to be helpful to this diocese as a whole. It seems to me that as long as I have any of the skills which might be required to be an effective member of the Standing Committee, I would like to offer them.

Nominated by: Sue Thompson

 

The Rev. Lori Walton
St. James, Fremont
Southern Alameda Deanery

Interests:
I am working on increasing my culinary skills and spend my spare time writing poetry and watching film. I am interested in the study of cultural demonstrations of ritual and belief, and enjoy time with my two dogs and (fairly) new husband. My greatest joy is hanging out with my daughter, and I love to explore the coastal areas of California. Currently, I am working hard at learning American sign language so that I may more fully integrate into the deaf community found in Fremont.

Professional associations:
Current member of the Tri-City Interfaith Council. Past member of Multi-Faith Voices for Peace and Justice.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Since October 2010, I have served as the rector of St. James in Fremont and am a member of the Southern Alameda Deanery. I have taught several courses on small group formation in various environments. I was also a part of the first wave of mission effectiveness studies in the diocese, taking part in an in-depth study of one of our mission congregations.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I acted as chair of the Province VIII Circle of Disciples Conference in 2009 and as a workshop leader at the Western Christian Educators Conference in 2011. I was part of the conference team for the anti-racism conference, Diversity by Design, for the Diocese of Northern California. I am also actively working with people who struggle with addiction.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
Much has been said and written on this subject, and the issues are complex. The perfect storm of a changing culture, a redefinition of the family unit, a more nomadic society, and shifting priorities, combined with biblical illiteracy, a misunderstanding of the various shades of Christianity, and the Episcopal Church’s past tendency to remain within the church buildings in hopes that others would find us has brought us to a point of having to re-examine our identity and place in the world. Along with other mainline denominations, we are at a critical point in our history that will require a dismantling of what we've always known and where we find our comfort in order to build something new, relevant, and life-giving.

Why are you running for this position?
I have been in the Bay Area my entire life and deeply love the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of California. Having served at St. James for almost two years, I feel it is time to step into a role within the councils of the larger church. I chose Standing Committee as I feel I can effectively contribute to the conversation around congregational and diocesan health, and am passionate about assisting in the building of communities and the infrastructure that is required to do so. In addition, I believe my prior background in finance and business could be of use in the Standing Committee structure. And, perhaps most importantly, somebody invited me.

Nominated by: Rob Keim

LAY POSITION

Hale Foote
Christ Church, Alameda
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
I enjoy hiking, reading, photography, cooking, windsurfing, sailing. My wife and I are also now learning how to be parents of our post-college children!

Professional associations:
Several diverse trade associations and civic organizations.

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I have served in many different capacities: vestry (twice), deanery, chair of the Youth Commission, Architectural Committee, co-chair of Stewardship Commission and the Capital Campaign Fund, parish retreat leader. Several of these positions allowed me to help make our church campus much more handicap-accessible. I have led several search processes: for rector, interim rector, and children and youth leaders. I continue to find joy in teaching middle school Sunday School. Our family has been a strong supporter of St. Dorothy’s Rest and The Bishop’s Ranch.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
We need to continue to make the church relevant to people’s lives, while remaining true to our heritage and traditions. Change, especially where we live in the Bay Area, is inevitable and the church must continue to be open to it. But precisely because of that constant change, we need to teach that there are eternal values put forth by the church. And to do that, we need a strong and healthy diocese.

Why are you running for this position?
I was honored to be invited to run. My work experience, both as a practicing lawyer and now as the owner of a high-tech manufacturing business, would allow me to contribute to the diocese. I am familiar with budgets, planning, and personnel issues. I see serving on the Standing Committee as an important way to support lay and clergy leaders in their ministry.

Nominated by: Sue Thompson

 

Brenda M. Paulin
St. Augustine’s, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Reading, jogging, working out, bicycling, tutoring elementary students, all things church.

Professional associations:
None at this time as I am a retired Human Resources professional. (40+ years Federal Service). I was a certificated member of the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I am in my second year on Executive Council, elected from the Alameda Deanery. I serve as secretary. I am a Standing Committee appointee to the Bishop’s Compensation Committee. I am now serving my second term on the vestry. During my first term I was the clerk. I served on the search committee that called Rev. Dr. Monrelle Williams, and I am now doing a second term as deanery representative. I am a member of the Altar Guild, serving as treasurer. I am also a LEM and a member of St. Monnica’s Guild.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I am the president of the Northern California/Vivian Traylor Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
Church growth and vitality. We need to find a way to bring our youth back to church and participating in worship and liturgical careers. I also want to see more people of color in leadership roles in the church, be it clergy or lay.

Why are you running for this position?
I am currently serving on Executive Council, what I see as the business side of the diocese. I would like to become part of what I see as the spiritual side. I feel our leadership should be diverse and represent all peoples of the diocese. My passion for my church pushes me to grow and this is the direction in which I am being taken
.

Nominated by: Jean Brennan

 

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Executive Council

3-year term — 2 positions, at least one must be lay (2012-2015)

 

Gareth Ashley
St. Michael and All Angels, Concord
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests:
As the father of two children who graduated from the pre-school at St Michael’s, my primary interest is in finding ways to support young children and their families through the church. 

Professional associations:
I am an IT Consultant in the architecture and engineering industry, I am a chartered manager, I hold a law degree and postgraduate certification in business, I am also an accredited professional in the US Green Building Council’s LEED program. I am also active in a number of trade associations, particularly the Airports Council International, where I am a frequent panelist at their Business and IT committee meetings. 

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I am currently chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pre-School at St Michael’s, having previously served as parent trustee and secretary. It has been a great pleasure and honor to help the school grow so it can continue to help children grow surrounded by God’s love. I am also deanery representative and an active member of the Men’s Group. 

Major activities beyond diocese:
After work and children there isn’t much time for other activities, however I believe it is important to use your talents to give back to the community wherever possible; as such I am currently a member of the Measure C Oversight Committee, providing the Mount Diablo Unified School District with advice on design and construction projects.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
Declining membership is the biggest challenge facing the Episcopal Church (and other denominations); there are other challenges, e.g. financial and governance, but these can be seen as a function of shrinking congregations. There is no shortage of people in need, the church needs to find ways to reach out and help them in a way that resonates and reflects God’s love.

Why are you running for this position?
I am a life-long and well-travelled Episcopalian, I have lived and worked in a number of countries on varied design and construction projects; and the thing that keeps me driven is the belief that my work positively shapes and impacts the communities they serve. One of the unique things about our diocese is its diversity, both geographically and demographically. Each congregation has strengths and is best placed to be in tune with the needs of its community. I would like to help find ways to better equip and enable these constituents to serve the needs of their communities in a way that is relevant, has the maximum impact and is cost effective.

Self-nominated

 

Diane FitzGibbon
St. Elizabeth’s, South San Francisco
Peninsula Deanery

Interests:
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to movies, listening to music — especially classical, oldies from the 30s and 40s and classic rock from the 60s and 70s. I enjoy traveling and being a tour guide for out-of-town guests. 

Professional associations:
National Notary Association, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I’m on the Bishop’s Committee at St. Elizabeth’s (term expires Jan 2013) serving as Clerk. I’m a member of the Peninsula Deanery and am a convener. I was sr. warden 2008-09 during my first term on the Bishop’s Committee at St. Elizabeth’s. I’m a eucharistic minister, a lector, and sing in the choir. I’ve taught Sunday school for nine years.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I’m on the board of directors of my credit union where we deal with policy and fiduciary issues. I’m board president of my homeowners association. I’m also a Notary Public.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
Not getting enough youth involved with the church. The youth are our future. It’s to our benefit that they be involved, not only at the spiritual level, but also giving of time and talent. 

Why are you running for this position?
I enjoy being involved in the infrastructure of the diocese, and I feel my skills and knowledge will be beneficial.

Nominated by: Donald Mulliken

 

Karma Quick
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco Deanery

Interests:
Disability rights, disability policy, and disability advocacy; social justice and inclusion, women’s education, music of all kinds (but particularly classical), dancing, skiing, swimming, travelling (or any activity where I am outdoors to enjoy God’s creation), making organic ice cream, and using the talents God has blessed me with to live life to its fullest. 

Professional associations:
California Association Parent-Child Advocacy

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
I serve on Grace’s Greeter’s Guild, the Welcome Committee, and on Grace’s deanery delegation (as vice convener). While serving on Grace’s deanery, I have worked to make our work more visible and accessible to the congregation by helping to design a more informative deanery page on the Cathedral’s website, by working to host a deanery town hall meeting and coffee hour, and by leading efforts to increase fellowship with other parishes in San Francisco and in the diocese. Additionally, I helped to promote greater communication in and accessibility to the 162nd Diocesan Convention through the use of real-time captioning.

Major activities beyond diocese:
I am blessed to be growing a special education advocacy business with a good friend and colleague who is a special education attorney. I belong to the Philanthropic Educational Organization, the Cottey College Alumnae Association (Executive Board), and the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco (Board of Directors).

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
First and foremost, we face challenges of declining resources and membership. We must be inwardly and outwardly flexible to meet the needs and desires of our members and all who need our welcome, our community, and God’s love. We must continue to build our Church by reaching out to our fellow congregations — and fellow denominations and faiths — not only in ministry, but also in worship and fellowship to strengthen Christ’s body and allow for greater service to our community and to each other. Our church has an incredible resource in its younger members, its youth and young professionals who desire to become involved and who have a voice and vision for our Church. Finally, on a national level, we have welcomed diversity to our church by actively addressing the ordination of transgendered clergy and supporting immigration rights of same-sex partners. While we must continue this inclusion, I believe our Church needs an increased awareness of full disability access on all levels to allow more of God’s children to become involved in, aware of, and benefitted by our work. We have only just begun to create policy that will make our church accessible to all.

Why are you running for this position?
I have been inspired by the work and ministry of the diocese in the last two years while serving on Grace’s deanery, and feel called to become more involved on a diocesan level by helping to carry out the work of the convention. I believe that my previous board experience and policy experience will benefit the work of the Executive Council, and feel that I can bring a new voice and perspective to the council and diocese as a person with a disability who desires that the church be accessible to all God’s children.

Nominated by: Scott Pomerenk

 

Mauricio Wilson
St. Paul’s, Oakland
Alameda Deanery

Interests:
Youth ministry, liturgics, church governance (polity), financial management, social justice, Hispanic Ministry, creating diverse and inclusive communities, cooking, and wine tasting

Summary of activities within my congregation / diocese:
Rector St. Paul’s, Oakland, Bishop Marc’s appointee to Executive Council, co-chair diocesan Committee on Nominations, St. Paul’s Episcopal School board, Clausen House board

Major activities beyond diocese:
NAES Haiti church/school partnership

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
The perceived decline in the desire or need for faith communities in society. Finding creative ways to be financially sustainable in the midst of crisis. Commitment to action (less talk) to achieve true social justice. Having a better understanding of the global impact of local decisions and actions (the butterfly effect), especially in regard to the environment and the economy.

Why are you running for this position?
Being part of the councils of the church is integral to every clergy person’s call to ministry. I believe every member of the body is responsible for helping the church move forward in fulfilling God’s purposes. Serving as a member of this diocesan board is one of the ways in which God is calling me to serve.

Nominated by: Sheila Sims

 

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Secretary of Convention

1-year term — 1 position, 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 2007-2012, 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 (3 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 are:
Restructuring our church to present the Gospel of Christ in new and relevant ways. We must learn to refashion our institutions and use our resources effectively to communicate our true excitement about Christ to a skeptical people. 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 must mobilize the power of the Holy Spirit embodied in all our members. In this time of economic, environmental and political crisis, the world needs Christ more than ever.

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 there is more I am called to do. There is still much to do to promote transparency and communication in our diocese and to improve the effectiveness of diocesan convention. I am pleased to serve Christ in this way.

Nominated by: Cynthia Clifford

 

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Treasurer of the Diocese

1-year term — 1 position, any order

 

Robert McCaskill
St. Stephen’s, Belvedere
Marin Deanery
 
Interests:
Nonprofit organizations, travel, snow skiing, and water skiing.
 
Professional associations:
Retired CPA (past member of American Insitute 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 to present), Program & Budget Committee (2008 to present), Diocesan Audit Committee (2006 to present), Diocesan Investment Committee (2009 to present), Diocesan Board of Directors (2006-2008), Governance Review Steering Committee (2007-2008).
Congregation — Vestry, Senior Warden (2010), Treasurer (2001 to present).

Major activities beyond diocese:
Global Aids Interfaith Alliance (board member), Belvedere Community Foundation (board member), Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation (board member), Marin Academy (finance committee and former board chair), Belvedere City Council member.

In my opinion the major issues facing the church are:
As the financial condition of many of our parish churches declines, 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 churches in the areas of stewardship and growth.

Why are you running for this position?
I am a retired CPA and have served both as a board member and a treasurer of various nonprofit organizations in the bay area over the past twenty years. Having served as the treasurer of my own congregation for many years, I have an understanding of the financial pressures that many of our parish 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: Lauran Pifke

 

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