2020 Nominee Biographies

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STANDING COMMITTEE

Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member, four-year terms, term begins at end of Convention

LAY

Robyn Amos
Richard Compean
Sean McConnell

 

CLERGY

Rev. Mauricio Wilson

 

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least 1 must be lay. Three-year terms, term begins January 1, 2020

LAY

Sherry Lund
Jeanette Dinwiddie-Moore


CLERGY

No nominations for clergy order

 

SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.

Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer


TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.

Lane Ringlee

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

STANDING COMMITTEE 

Elect: 2 — one lay member and one clergy member, four year terms, term begins at end of Convention

LAY NOMINEES

Robyn Amos

St. Cyprian's
San Francisco Deanery 

Interests 

While writing I realized my deepest interest. I love the adventure of learning. Engage my boundless curiosity and I am there engaging and exploring. Adventure for me is meeting new people and experiencing life through a different lens- local, national, or international. Language is one of my passions and I always have some form of the written word in tow. I love music of all genres, all things NPR/PBS, and all of the performing arts. Currently walking around Lake Merced 3-5 times weekly supplemented by daily walks with my dog keep my heart pumping and my soul at peace. 

Professional Association 

Currently, I am a member of the California Language Teachers Association, the Berkeley World Language Project and the American Council of Foreign Language Teachers 

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

I became an active member of St Cyprian’s within two weeks of joining in March of 1993. I have served on the Vestry, the Bishop’s Committee, Stewardship Chair, Hospitality Committee, Liturgy Committee, a Deanery Representative, and a Convention Delegate. Currently, I am serving as the Bishop’s Appointee on the Executive Council. 

Major activities beyond diocese

As an educator whose career spans more than thirty-five years, I have worked in every capacity from substitute teacher to administrator. Currently, I teach Spanish at Jefferson High School in Daly City and am Head of the World Language Department. and a member of the Leadership Team. I am a mentor /advisor of the Robotics Club and a member of the PTSA Executive Council. With the Berkeley (go Bears!)World Language Project I develop, support, and present professional development workshops for World Language Teachers. 

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

In spite of the current lack of trust in the church and organized religion people thirst for community. They will turn to the church and the church must be prepared. Reconciliation with its past and actively listening to those who have been hurt and marginalized are critical. Within those truths lie new perspectives and the seeds of innovation. The church's challenge is to meet people where they are and to faithfully and fearlessly live the Gospel so that the Beloved Community may flourish.

Why are you running for this position?

After thirty-five years the growth and broadening of my faith within the Episcopal tradition continue to sustain me. It is time for me to give back to the church I love in time and talent for the spiritual life that nourishes me. As the church faces the unknown and the uncertain my skills and experiences as a worker, a manager, and a team player who thrives when collaborating will be put to good use. I understand the work and the sensitivity required in this position. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get started. 

Nominated by Rev. Laura Curlin 
St. Cyprian's, San Francisco

Richard Compean

Grace Cathedral
San Francisco Deanery  

Interests 

Film, Philosophy/Theology, Literature, pop music and culture, Teaching College Students.

Professional Association 

California Community College Teachers

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

Formerly served on Grace Cathedral Congregation Council and as elected Grace Cathedral Trustee (2 year term). Men of Grace and Ushers.

Major activities beyond diocese

SF/Marin Food Bank and Doctors Without Borders.

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

Attraction and retention of younger church members, making religion and theology relevant to those caught up in American culture and its values, admitting the historical role of Christianity in supporting systemic racism and now acting to correct the past.

Why are you running for this position?

I want to be among those advising the Bishop on important Episcopal matters in Northern California and beyond, based on my own spiritual path and growth and the role religion has played in the lives of my adult children. Two of my literary heroes were John Donne and Jonathan Swift. I think I have experience, insight, and wisdom to offer, as well as being a good learner.

Nominated by Rev. Dorothy Tsuruta 
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Sean McConnell

St. Francis of Assisi, Novato
Marin Deanery 

Interests 

Asset-Based Community Development, international development, communications technology, video production, video & audio editing, storytelling, Episcopal Church polity, community partnerships, American roots music, live music, promoting women and musicians of color, preaching, teaching, learning, hanging out with my teenage kids and hiking California trails with my spouse.

Professional Association 

Current member of the Board of Directors of the Ritter Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Marin County; contributor and lecturer for the Iona School of Ministry's Iona Collaborative; Member, ABCD in Action of the ABCD Institute; Voting member of the Americana Music Association. Past member of the Board of Episcopal Communicators; Chair of the Standing Committee on Episcopal Church Communications & Technology.

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

I am a vestry and altar guild member at St. Francis of Assisi, Episcopal Church, Novato. I graduated with a Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley in 2000. I then went to work as Program Producer at GraceCom, the Communications Ministry of Grace Cathedral. in 2003, I became the Editor of Pacific Church News and in 2006, Bishop Marc invited me to become the Working Group Head of Communications for the Diocese of California, a position I held until 2012 when I turned my focus to churchwide ministries.

Major activities beyond diocese

As the Director of Engagement for Episcopal Relief & Development, my primary focus is to help congregations, dioceses and other ministries understand the development methodology, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). I worked in partnership with the Presiding Bishop's Canon Mark Stevenson to develop Called To Transformation, an Asset-Based Approach to Engaging Church and Community. This curriculum is now being included in diaconal formation in more than 30 dioceses. At Episcopal Relief & Development, I am also responsible for producing curricula and liturgical tools. I have held a variety of roles in every General Convention since 2003.

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

I speak to clergy throughout the Episcopal Church every day and one thing that is becoming more acute in their congregations is a focus on scarcity. This is not new. A focus on what our congregations and ministries lack has framed our ministries for years. What is different today is the anxiety of closed churches and isolation. A focus on scarcity contributes to our limited approach to issues of inclusion because it limits our imagination and our ability to see ourselves in the full diversity God dreams for us to achieve.

Why are you running for this position?

I am filled with gratitude for the role God's transformative love has played in my life, and the place where I see God's love most clearly is in the loving community of our Episcopal Church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because of this gratitude, I feel called to give back. I want to offer the gifts of my learning and my church-wide relationships to the benefit of the Diocese of California. The Episcopal Church is a community of dioceses, and I feel strongly that we can share our collective gifts with the church and with the world.

Nominated by Rev. Chip Larrimore 
Christ Church, Sausalito

CLERGY NOMINEES

Rev. Mauricio Wilson

St. Paul's/Oakland
Alameda Deanery 

Interests 

Liturgy, Governance and Polity, Black Theology, Hispanic/Latinx Ministries, School ministry, Cooking, Wines, Sports, Leadership, LGBTQI+, Accounting and Audit

Professional Association 

National Association of Episcopal Schools

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

Afro Anglican Commission, Chair Clausen House Board since 2009 St. Paul's Episcopal School Board Acting Chaplain St. Paul's Episcopal School Former Member, Executive Council (Program and Budget Committee) Former Chair Assessment Appeals Committee General Convention Alternate Deputy (2015 & 2021) 

Major activities beyond diocese

Union of Black Episcopalians Western Regional Director National Association of Episcopal Schools Board

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

There are three major issues facing the church today. The first is the continued reality of declining membership of 'mainstream" denominations such as the Episcopal Church. Second are the realities of diversity, equity, and inclusion among the voices and opinions that lead and share our theology and practices of being church. There is a strong need for us to address the historic structures that allow some voices in the church to go unheard and be discriminated against. Third, are the realities created by the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought to the surface the fragility of how to be in community.

Why are you running for this position?

I believe that all members of the Body of Christ lay and ordained, must offer their spiritual gift for the building up and sustenance of the whole. Additionally, the Episcopal Church's ordinal includes an exhortation to take once share in the councils of the church. The Standing Committee is an essential body in the polity of the Episcopal Church and one of the ways in which I believe God is calling me to serve the Diocese of California at this time.

Nominated by Rev. Dorothy Tsuruta 
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco


EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Elect: 2 — at least 1 must be lay. Three-year terms, term begins January 1, 2020

LAY NOMINEES

Sherry Lund

Christ Church Portola Valley
Peninsula Deanery 

Interests

I study classical voice (by Zoom these days), play the piano, and enjoy casual music-making as well as performances. My husband and I have been in both a non-fiction book club and a movie group for many years. International travel for work and pleasure and spending time with friends are nourishing. I am interested in adult continuing education; multi-culturalism; and continuous spiritual, personal, and professional growth. I have also long had a passion for improving health care access and services in the U.S. for underserved populations and strengthening public health and have worked on many projects to improve them. 

Professional Association 

I’m a member of and have served on the Board of a mid-Peninsula organization that matches international Stanford grad students, post-docs, scholars, and spouses with members of the local community for help with language and culture. It’s been a great way to foster good international relations, and I think of it as my tiny one-on-one contribution to world peace. Over the years, at various times, I’ve been a member of the national and Bay Area Association for Psychological Type, President of a local 800-member chapter of a national professional association, and a frequent conference speaker.

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

I’m a long-term LEM and lay reader, have chaired a Rector Search Committee and served for six months as Interim Music Director. I co-founded a Fellowship Committee that is creating new monthly events to keep us strong and connected during COVID. As a new Deanery delegate, I co-sponsored two resolutions. One is on the 2020 Convention consent agenda and the other transitioned into recommendations to the Finance team. In a previous parish/Diocese, I served on Vestry, co-founded and chaired a Small Group Ministry program; founded and participated in several Spiritual Journeys groups; and sang in the choir.

Major activities beyond diocese

My faith has guided me as the self-employed owner of an organizational consulting firm for 34 years. Most of my work has been in coaching executives one-on-one and in teams, managing organizational change, engaging cultural and personal diversity, strengthening governance, and figuring out problems for which there is no answer in a book. I’ve had the privilege of working with diverse individuals in diverse settings, e.g., CEO’s, American Indian elders, hospitals, tech firms, cities, universities, and foundations, as well as economically disadvantaged communities. Personally, I regularly and consciously reach out to individuals who are isolated, ill, or in need.

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

We need to retain and grow our congregations. People need to see how we are relevant to them and their lifestyles today. We are misread as Christians: we need to communicate that we are a spiritual community in which reason, love, compassion, and acceptance all co-exist. I’d like us to embrace all that we have learned from the COVID crisis. It has been eye-opening to see what changes are truly possible when dealing with tragedy and a global emergency. Finally, facing decreased revenues, we must find ways to be more cost-effective and efficient in managing our internal administration and operations.

Why are you running for this position?

I was honored to be asked. I have years of experience and a passion for re-energizing organizations and dealing with seemingly unsolvable challenges. I have a systems-wide vision, but couple that with the practical problem-solving required for successful implementation. I’d like to engage that experience to help ensure that the Church is here in the future. The Church has been a deeply important part of my life. It would be a privilege to serve the Church in addressing the challenges on the path ahead.

Nominated by Warren Wong
St. James, San Francisco

Jeanette Dinwiddie-Moore

St. Paul's
Alameda Deanery

Interests 

Traveling, cooking, wine tasting, and enjoying plays and music performances

Professional Association 

Fellow, American Institute of Certified Planners; member of Planning and the Black Community, Environment and Energy, and the International Planning Divisions of the American Planning Association; Site Visitor (practitioner) for the Planning Accreditation Board: a member of the California Planning Roundtable and mentor

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

I am a cradle Episcopalian and have always been active in my parish/congregation. At St. Timothy’s Danville, I was a Prayer of the People writer; Lector; Vestry member; Rector Search committee member (1 and 2); Lay Eucharistic Minister; Adopt –a- Family, Outreach and Winter Coat Drive Committee member/supporter. At St. Paul’s Oakland, I started the Prayers of the People writers, am a Lector and member of the Social Justice and the Church Regathering committees plus a Peace, Justice, and Hunger Commission member and currently serve as the co-chair for the Union of Black Episcopalians Northern California/Vivian Traylor Chapter.

Major activities beyond diocese

In the last 5 years, I have made experiencing different places of worship an integral part of my travel across the world and this county. I was blessed to be part of two pilgrimages: one to the Holy Land with Episcopalians from the Diocese of Northern California and the other was a Union of Black Episcopalian sponsored pilgrimage to Alabama. For my profession, I have been a guest lecturer on our Code of Ethics and Social Justice for an undergraduate planning class at Cal State Pomona and have moderated several conference panel sessions on the topic of Diversity in the profession.

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

The future of the church, as we know it, is in jeopardy due to two major issues: COVID-19 and a demographic shift. COVID requires us to rethink how we worship/engage as a church and faith community. The current Diocesan demographics reflect a predominately white and older/aging membership; young adults, families with children, and people of color are underrepresented. We need to intentionally explore ways to increase our membership from these underrepresented groups to ensure the church’s long-term health and sustainability. We need to be the church of our communities and be progressive, inclusive, welcoming, and inviting to all everyone.

Why are you running for this position?

By becoming a member of the Executive Council, I hope to contribute to the conversation and direction of the church as we plan the future. I believe that both my professional and church experience will be helpful in shaping a forward-thinking vision of the Church that is vibrant, more inclusive, and diverse in a loving and Christlike manner.

Nominated by Dorothy Tsuruta
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco


SECRETARY OF THE CONVENTION

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.

CLERGY NOMINEE

Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Church of Our Saviour
Marin Deanery

Interests 

family, classical piano, religious life, web programming.

Professional Association 

Professed member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory.

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

Rector, Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley (2006-present); Assistant Secretary to Diocesan Convention (2018-present); Appointed to the Diocesan Committee on Governance (2018-present); Standing Committee President (2012-2013); Standing Committee Secretary (2010-2012); President of the Marin Deanery (2009); Vicar, Christ Church – Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco (2002-2006); Secretary to Marin Deanery and Asian Ministries Commission in DioCal (2003-2008)

Major activities beyond diocese

Secretary, House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee (2015-present); Standing Commission on Governance and Structure, Constitution and Canons (2018-present); Alternate Deputy to General Convention (2019-present); Deputy to General Convention (2015); Alternate Deputy to General Convention (2009, 2012, 2018); Minister Provincial (Province 8) of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory (2015-2019); Secretary to Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Council (2003-2006)

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

- Being a truth-telling, justice-seeking, reconciling presence in a world ravaged by pandemic, environmental degradation, socio-economic inequality, and the siren song of authoritarianism.
- Seeing beyond our current crises to envision the new world Jesus calls us toward.
- Providing sanctuary for our members and the marginalized in the wider world
- Re-building a common language of faith that speaks in an increasingly diverse Church.
- Continuing to cultivate our democratic approach to discerning the Spirit’s work in our midst.
- Building renewed resilient congregations, dioceses, and church organizations that witness to Christ’s love.

Why are you running for this position?

I have been honored to serve the past year as Secretary of the Convention, and be part of the leadership that helps us navigate the challenges of gathering virtually at this time to further the work of the Church in the Diocese of California. I would be honored to serve again alongside the inspired leadership of this Diocese in the coming year, especially as we emerge from the current crises and begin to look afresh at how the Church will continue to serve in a radically altered world.

Nominated by Sarah Lawton
St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco


TREASURER OF THE DIOCESE

Elect: 1 (lay or clergy order) for a one year term.

LAY NOMINEE

Lane Ringlee

St. Stephen's 
Contra Costa Deanery

Interests 

My interests outside of the church have included leadership positions within Boy Scouts (backpacking trips, orienteering, and other activities), coaching soccer, and participating in the William & Mary Parent and Family Council. I was also the Treasurer of a local lacrosse club (501(c)(3)). In addition, I am an avid cyclist and enjoy reading history, particularly the American Civil War and Revolutionary War and European history.

Professional Association 

I have a professional involvement with the National Association of Corporate Directors and Corporate Boardmember as an invited conference speaker. I have also spoken before professional conferences sponsored by Equilar and CHRO Leadership. In addition, I have authored research that has been published by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Risk and Compliance Magazine, in addition to other professional publications.

Summary of activities within my congregation/diocese

I served on the Executive Council from 2017-2019 including as Chair and Vice-Chair and on the Finance Committee beginning in 2019. I have served in a variety of capacities as St. Stephen's of Orinda, including the Discernment Committee, usher, Outreach, finance team for weekly collection/offering accounting, and hospitality.

Major activities beyond diocese

I have served or participated in Boy Scouts, William & Mary Parent and Family Council, and youth athletic organizations as noted above. For my consulting firm, I am currently on a second term on our operating leadership committee and serve as the financial matters partner.

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

We are facing a difficult balance of expanding/maintaining our spiritual formation and strengthening our parishes and missions, with the challenges of declining average Sunday attendance and stretched endowments. We need to ensure we continue to invest in and protect our facilities, particularly in light of climate change impact on our geography. We are in a position of needing to maintain and expand the creative use of our financial and fixed asset resources. In addition, we must continually ensure our clergy are properly compensated thru a comprehensive pay and benefits program.

Why are you running for this position?

I believe I can bring my understanding and background in financial and governance matters to benefit the Diocese and deepen my involvement with The Episcopal Church. I understand the need to listen carefully and collaborate while effectively addressing confidential and difficult matters. I hope to be able to provide trusted advice to the Diocese on financial matters.

Nominated by Brad Barber
St. Stephen's, Contra Costa