Current Occupation: I am currently self-employed working as the Financial Director of a local non-profit, NeedLink Nashville (formerly Big Brothers of Nashville).
What brought you to St. George’s? My family came to St. George’s to worship, seek Christian education, and share fellowship in community.
What excites you about St. George’s today and in the future? There is a lot to be excited about at St. George’s today and in the future. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been particularly impressed with our increased outreach efforts. From St. George’s Enterprise Ministry (SGEM) to quarterly mission events, this parish provides increasing opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community.
How do you hope to serve as a leader on the vestry? I hope to be a representative of the congregation and a servant to the needs of our parish. I welcome the opportunity to help out in a variety of capacities to support the mission of our church and our clergy.
How do you model Christian leadership at St. George’s and in the greater Nashville community? For the last ten years or so, I have been blessed to co-lead the Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study with Leslie Overby. Gathering together each fall and spring, this group of faithful women have been a tremendous spiritual support to me and to each other through praying and studying together.
I have also been fortunate to serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at The Table since its formation ten years ago. It has been exciting to see this ministry grow from Johnson Hall to now completely filling the new gymnasium space.
Over the last five years, Luanne Waltemath and I have been co-leading the efforts to partner with Jones Paideia Elementary School. Located in North Nashville, the school has a large economically disadvantaged student body. It has been a delight to coordinate the efforts of St. George’s parish with the needs of the school. We have hosted a food pantry, provided uniforms, books and art supplies, tutored, built an outdoor classroom, sent Christmas gifts, and more.
Most recently, I began working with NeedLink Nashville as their Finance Director. NeedLink primarily provides rent and utility payments to families in crisis in Davidson County. Over the last several years, demand for assistance has been high — driven by the pandemic and the effects of rising inflation.