Nominees listed in alphabetical order.
Board of Trustees (three-year term)
Lay (Select 1)
Pamela Filbert, St. Timothy, Salem
Occupation: Pro-bono researcher for Oregon Black Pioneers and blog contributor for American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society. Formerly College & Career Center Coordinator-South Salem High School, Salem, OR; Professional Development Program Manager-Booz, Allen & Hamilton, New York, NY; Production Supervisor-Church Hymnal Corp. (now Church Publishing, Inc.), New York, NY; Utility Data Analyst and Newsletter Editor-Public Utility Commission of Oregon, Salem, OR.
Congregational Activities: Christian Formation-St. Timothy, Salem and St. Bede, Forest Grove; Re-Opening Plans Committee 2020-St. Timothy, Salem; Online Worship Assistant-St. Timothy, Salem; Delegate to Diocesan Convention (2x)-St. Timothy, Salem; Hoover Elementary Feeding Program Coordinator-St. Timothy, Salem; Court Child Care Program Coordinator-St. Timothy, Salem; Choir Member-St. Timothy, Salem and St. Bede, Forest Grove; Newsletter Editor-St. Bede, Forest Grove.
Diocesan Activities: Commission on Ministry, Baptismal; Commission on Ministry, Ordained; Christian Formation Commission; Clergy Spouse Program Co-Chair
Church-Wide Activities: None, except for paid publishing work with The Church Hymnal Corp. (now Church Publishing Inc.)
Personal Statement: The past several years I have been engaged in issues of legacy: exploring and evaluating the past, while weighing what should be retained or changed in the future. This work has been largely conceptual, but the Board of Trustees’ work is similar: what has been given to the Diocese of Oregon, and how can we be good stewards of it going forward? In addition to philosophical concepts around its mission, I would bring to the Board of Trustees some training in accounting and past oversight of a $1 million+ training budget.
Desiree Senechal, Good Samaritan, Corvallis
Congregational Activities: Current and past Vestry member, Current EfM (Education for Ministry) Co-mentor, Assisted (until Covid pandemic), Bookkeeper weekly in finance office with counting and depositing funds, Member of Daughters of the King, Volunteers at parish office answering phones and other duties, Office volunteer for Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers (our parish is one of about 8 other congregations in Corvallis providing services for seniors and people with disabilities), Past Choir member
Diocesan Activities: Previous and current Delegate to Diocesan Convention, Delegate to current election of Bishop-elect Akiyama
Church-Wide Activities: None in the past 10 years
Personal Statement: My prior experience that relates to this position is that before I married my husband, Ron Senechal, I was the Assistant Treasurer/Controller for the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania). I started in Bethlehem as the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Treasurer in 1985 then became the Assistant Treasurer/Controller in 1989 until 1991. I was responsible for providing financial statements and attending Diocesan Council and Trustee meetings. When I married Ron and moved to Oregon, I worked with him in the Finance Office at the Diocese from 1991 to 1996. I admit time has passed since I have been involved in Diocesan affairs, but I consider it a privilege and a ministry–a response to that still, small voice.
Katheryn Simonetti, St. James Coquille
Nomination information pending.
Clergy (Select 1)
Sara Fischer, St. Peter & Paul, Portland
Occupation: Rector, Sts. Peter & Paul/Ss Pedro y Pablo
Congregational Activities: Pastoral care, liturgical leadership, program development, stewardship, newcomer welcome and incorporation, etc.
Diocesan Activities: Diocese of Oregon: Commission on Ministry 2006-2010 (Chair 2008-2010); Clergy Conference Planning Committee, 2004-2009 (Chair 2005-2009); Standing Committee, 2011-2012; Rahab’s Sisters, Co-founder 2003, Board member 2006-2009
Diocese of Olympia: Congregational Development Grants Committee, 2016-2018; Antiracism Clergy Group, Seattle, 2018-2019
Church-Wide Activities: General Convention Deputy 2009, 2012
Personal Statement: I love the Diocese of Oregon and am thrilled to be back home after four years in Seattle. In the turbulent times in which we live, both as a nation and as a diocese in transition, I am passionate about stewardship of resources as it relates to the mission God has given us. My previous work in congregational development, and on the COM and Standing Committee has helped me support this mission. I welcome the opportunity to apply my experience leading congregations large and small to help steward our shared material resources at a diocesan level.
Dawn Reynolds, St. Thomas, Dallas
Occupation: I am currently a transitional deacon and look forward, with hope, to being ordained as a priest on December 12, 2020. Retired attorney and police performance auditor.
Congregational Activities: Between St. Thomas and our former church, St. James in Pullman, Washington I taught Sunday School for 35 years, helped run annual Labor Day Family Camps at Camp Cross in the Spokane Diocese, served as a Eucharistic Minister and member of Altar Guild. I have chaired Stewardship and other fundraising campaigns, recruited volunteers, helped with rummage sales, bazaars, sheltering homeless people, cleaning, planting, and putting up bulletin boards. Most recently, I have become a Zoom person and help others learn the technology.
Diocesan Activities: I have served on Diocesan Council and as a representative to Convocation and a delegate to Convention multiple times. While taking classes at the Academy for Formation, I volunteered to travel to help promote the program and I traveled to help teach classes on the southern coast. My activities have multiplied since becoming a postulant, then candidate, and now a transitional deacon. I feel I have made friends across the Diocese and have been able to meet and share with lay and clergy up and down our Diocese.
Church-Wide Activities: I have been a consumer of information and taken several courses offered through the National Church and various seminaries. Most recently, these courses have been on how to use technology to support and grow communities of faith.
Personal Statement: It would be an honor to serve as a Trustee. Though now retired, as an attorney I routinely reviewed financial documents and evidence. I have prosecuted fraud cases and done appellate work on criminal conspiracy cases. I value high fiduciary standards. As a board member, have helped develop and manage large budgets for multiple organizations consistent with their mission and goals: the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (Treasurer for two years), the ACLU-Washington, Polk Community Development, and any number of smaller non-profits. And I have always been a member of a small parish.
Diocesan Council (three-year terms)
Lay (select 2)
Megan Brazo-Erickson, Trinity Cathedral, Portland
Occupation: Operations and policy analyst for State of Oregon, ODHS Child Welfare
Congregational Activities: Cornerstones Community (Benedictine community); facilitating classes for adult spiritual formation; Spiritual Formation Commission; delegate for diocesan convention
Diocesan Activities: Delegate for diocesan convention, voting member of the recent bishop electing convention, member of the nominating committee
Church-Wide Activities: None
Personal Statement: I have been at Trinity Cathedral for the past 9 years, and I strive to live well within the various communities of which I am a part. To me, this means serving my community to the best of my ability and learning through that service. I offer an open heart and a desire to serve our diocese.
Ann Frazier, Christ Church, Lake Oswego
Occupation: Retired college biology teacher and research associate/project manager at a health care research institute.
Congregational Activities: Ann has attended Christ Church, Lake Oswego for 38 years. She currently serves this congregation as lector scheduler, organizer of community-building events and fund raisers for Outreach, and actively welcomed newcomers until in-person church was shut down. Over the years she has served on the vestry, as a convention delegate, Sunday school teacher and usher. When at the beach she attends St James, Lincoln City.
Diocesan Activities: Ann first served the Diocese on the 2009-10 Bishop’s Search Committee and subsequently on the Convention Planning Committee. On Diocesan Council she worked with the leadership of several congregations struggling with DPA payments. She also served on the Diocesan Disciplinary Committee and the Socially Responsible Investment Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Most recently she was a member of the Diocesan Vision Committee.
Church-Wide Activities: None
Personal Statement: Ann was born in London and raised in the Anglican Church. She came to graduate school in the USA. After moving many times, she settled with her family in Oregon in 1982. Now retired, with several grandchildren close by, she also serves on the West Linn Budget Advisory Committee and the West Linn Community Chorus Board.
Ann has a deep love for the Episcopal Church and gains great satisfaction in its service. She would love to serve the newly-elected Bishop and the Diocesan Council in the coming years, whatever the challenges.
Marty Gault, St. Alban, Albany
Occupation: Retired federal contracting and procurement manager.
Congregational Activities: St. Aidan’s, Gresham: finance committee chair, vestry member, search committee chair, Sunday School superintendent. St. Alban’s, Albany: BAC member, finance committee.
Diocesan Activities: St. Aidan’s, Gresham: convention & convocation delegate. St. Alban’s, Albany: convention & convocation delegate.
Church-Wide Activities: None
Personal Statement: I have been involved with the Episcopal Church for almost all of my life. I am retired and look forward to continuing to serve my church community. We were members of St. Aidan’s, Gresham till we sold our home & moved to Albany in 2018. We are now members of St. Alban’s, Albany. During my employment I was focused on supervising a team of federal contracting officers and paying attention to details. I believe that my knowledge & experience can provide value to the council and I look forward to being able to serve the Diocese on the Diocesan Council.
Amy Linder, St. Matthew, Eugene
Occupation: Fire Marshal, Eugene Springfield Fire
Congregational Activities: Lay Reader, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Chair of search committee, lead weekly evening prayer online, Delegate
Diocesan Activities: Attended 2019 convention, 2020 delegate, Diocesan disaster coordinator
Church-Wide Activities: Oblate Anglican Order of Preachers
Personal Statement: As a relatively new Episcopalian, I believe it is important to understand the structure and participate in maintenance and growth of the church at every level. My 25 plus years in public safety provide me a good foundation in governance and leadership. I look forward to an opportunity to get better acquainted with the diversity of our diocese and how we navigate the unprecedented challenges we are facing together.
Douglas Young, St. Martin, Lebanon
Occupation: Retired – CPA
Congregational Activities: Treasurer (10 years), Vestry (6 years), Lay Eucharist Minister
Diocesan Activities: Member of SRCI organizing committee
Church-Wide Activities: Personal Care Kits (gives daily essentials to poor and/or homeless), Mid-Valley Picnic Mass (inter-faith worship service)
Personal Statement: I have been a regular attendee at conventions for over ten years, serving as delegate, alternate delegate, teller, and other volunteer positions I have long been interested in serving the church at a diocesan level, but, until my recent retirement, did not have sufficient time to properly serve. I welcome this opportunity to be of service to my fellow Episcopalians.
Clergy (Select 2)
Ryan Baker Fones, St. Mary, Eugene
Occupation: High School French/Spanish Teacher, Episcopal Campus Ministry Chaplain
Congregational Activities: Acolyte, Lector, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Chalice Bearer, Vestry Member – Jr. Warden, Sr. Warden, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Group Leader, Confirmation Class Teacher, Confirmation Pilgrimage Chaplain, Lay Preacher, Usher, Rector Search Committee Member (2X), Men’s Bible Study Co-Facilitator
Diocesan Activities: Youth Conferences, Summer Camp Counselor, Program Director, Chaplain; Convention Delegate, Episcopal Youth Event, Joint Eugene/Springfield Episcopal Church Celebrations/Services, (Epiphany, Ascension Day, etc. )
Church-Wide Activities: Provincial Youth Events, Provincial Young Adults in Ministry Events, General Convention Alternate Deputy, 2015; Education for Ministry
Personal Statement: As I begin my ordained ministry, I am keen to learn about how we function as a diocese. I offer my own unique perspective of being brought up in this diocese from my baptism at St. James, Lincoln City at age 8, to my recent diaconal ordination at age 47. I also bring insight from a 20 year career as a high school teacher and extensive experience with family and youth ministry.
AJ Buckley, At large
Occupation: Corvallis Youth Collective Director, Episcopal supply clergy, and Kitchen; Manager for First Presbyterian Pre-School and Child Care Center in
Congregational Activities: Member of ministry team for St. Martin’s in Lebanon, leader of youth collective, preaching, teaching, presiding at worship, chaplain for campus ministry, youth and family ministries, grant writing, communications–verbal, written and online.
Diocesan Activities: Fresh Start, Supply clergy throughout the diocese, campus ministry
Church-Wide Activities: Bethany Initiative Cohort for campus ministry, Preaching Excellence; Program, Sibling in Anamchara Fellowship( a dispersed monastic order of the Episcopal Church)
Personal Statement: I believe I have both the gifts and skills necessary and the desire to serve the Diocese of Oregon as a member of Diocesan Council. I believe in the missional work of this diocese, and its congregations. I have seen the good it does, and want to be involved in concrete and practical ways. I am creative, compassionate, energy-filled, and will do the work with a humble and grateful attitude if chosen. Thank you for considering me for this important ministry in the Diocese of Oregon.
Diane Higgins-Shaffer, Calvary, Seaside
Occupation: ElderPlace/on-call hospital chaplain
Congregational Activities: Deacon assigned to Calvary Parish, Seaside, OR; Calvary Parish: Vestry member/Senior Warden, Sunday school/youth leader, Altar Guild, Representative to convocation
Diocesan Activities: Diocesan Council-2016, Lay delegate to bishop selection
Church-Wide Activities: Alternate clergy delegate to General Convention-2018, 2021; Volunteer worker at General Convention-2015
Personal Statement: In conjunction with the election of a new bishop, the diocese is also facing challenges and opportunities in the impact of the pandemic on our parishes and outreach programs. I am offering my time and experience to work collaboratively with others on the Council to discern, through the Holy Spirit, the future direction for the diocese.
Michael Watkins, St. Thomas, Eugene
Occupation: Retired software engineer.
Congregational Activities: In the short time between my arrival at St. Thomas and the virus quarantine I focused on integrating myself into the community. began attending the local inter-denominational gathering. In my past parish I served on vestry, mentored several EfM years, lead a spiritual direction group. Participated in the local ministerial alliance. On-call chaplain to the local hospital.
Diocesan Activities: In my previous diocese I served as a Natural Church Development Guide; also a President of the Cursillo secretariat.
Church-Wide Activities: None
Personal Statement: My wife and I moved to Oregon a year ago. It has been an unusual time and has presented very unusual worship circumstances. But the times have piqued my desire to serve the people of the diocese of Oregon: and this seems to be a natural way to serve.
Standing Committee (four-year term)
Lay (Select 1)
Martin Loring, St. Paul, Salem
Occupation: I am a retired Oregon public servant. After college, my first employer was a regional planning agency where I worked as a planner, Asst. Director, and acting Executive Director. My career also included work in four state agencies and an inner N.E. Portland nonprofit development company that hired me to be their first Executive Director. State agency work included technical/professional positions in the Executive and Economic Development Departments, Section Manager within the Water Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality, and Administrator of the Public Transit Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Congregational Activities: I am a cradle Episcopalian who was an acolyte, lay reader, sang in the choir, and participated in Episcopal Young Churchmen while growing up. As an adult, I have served on vestry (twice), as junior warden, and on many parish committees e.g. audit, personnel, St. Joseph’s Guild (Woodcutters) and a Men’s Gospel Study Group (which I coordinate). I am a member of the Trinity Choir (24+ years), and hope to sing again soon. I have also completed the four year course of study in Education for Ministry (EfM).
Diocesan Activities: I have served as President of the Willamette Convocation for five years; representing them as a lay member of Diocesan Council for three, one year terms (serving on the Program and Budget Committee). My service as Chair of the Search Committee for the 11th Bishop of Oregon has just concluded, as has my four years of service chairing the Constitution and Canons Committee of Convention.
Church-Wide Activities: I am the second alternate (lay) deputy to the 2021 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
Personal Statement: It seems a fitting culmination to my avocation for church governance to become part of the “council of advice” for the 11th Bishop of Oregon whom I helped call. Not only would this be personally fulfilling, I believe that I have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and passion to help our new bishop, and the Diocese, in this important transition.
Don Metheny, St. Mary, Eugene
Occupation: Retired engineer and project manager.
Congregational Activities: Usher, men’s service group, helped write parish emergency plan, Egan warming shelter volunteer. In my prior parish in Virginia: usher, vestry, senior warden, Lay Eucharist Minister, chair of evangelism, education, and stewardship commissions, frequent Convention delegate, Education for Ministry graduate, adult education leader, DOCC facilitator, life member in the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.
Diocesan Activities: Diocesan Council (4 years, budget chair last 2 years), Diocesan Finance Committee since March. In my prior Diocese of Virginia: Standing Committee (president final year), Executive Board (equivalent of our Council), convocation president two terms, Bishop’s Property Commission during the Virginia church property disputes.
Church-Wide Activities: Support and take action on Episcopal Public Policy Network issues.
Personal Statement: I was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia for over 40 years. We moved to Oregon in 2012 to be near our children and retire. I am currently a member of St. Mary’s in Eugene. I believe the challenges we face can be met with honest and compassionate dialogue and appropriate actions. I love our church and would like to continue to serve.
Clergy (Select 1)
Ernestein Flemister, St. Luke, Grants Pass
Occupation: Serving as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Congregational Activities: Choir, Acolyte trainer, Vestry, Junior Warden, priest, pastor and teacher.
Diocesan Activities: Bishop search committee and Dean of the Southern Convocation
Church-Wide Activities: Volunteered at the Church Convention when I was in seminary.
Personal Statement: These are challenging times for our country and for our church but I believe that in the midst of these challenges come many opportunities to learn and dream of a new way to be church. what has been is has not good for too many of our brothers and sisters. Whatever is to come, the church needs to play a bigger role in helping shape the new creation in a more meaningful way.
Linda Lee, St. Timothy, Brookings
Occupation: Newly ordained deacon
Congregational Activities: I have been at St Timothy’s since July 2016 and have been immersed in discernment and formation for the Diaconate. My primary focus has been advocacy for our homeless and low income community. I am also facilitating the building of a community garden for St Timothy’s.
Diocesan Activities: No previous involvement as I moved to Brookings four years ago from Sausalito, Ca. and was involved there at Christ Episcopal Church through Vestry and Outreach committee work. I have not been involved at the diocesan level.
Church-Wide Activities: Only diocesan involvement is my diaconal formation through the Academy as a postulant. I was recently ordained July 19, 2020 with my final academic semester to be completed January 2021.
Personal Statement: My previous organizational involvement has always been within the context of living within large metro areas. My interest is having the needs and concerns of Episcopalians and their ministry challenges regarded adequately in rural remote areas such as ours on the Southern Oregon coast.
Gavin Shumate, St. John, Toledo
Occupation: Priest-in-Charge, St. John’s, Toledo; OB/GYN Physician
Congregational Activities: Some of the exciting things we have done at St. John’s: together with Newport Symphony Orchestra, established Family Strings Toledo, which provides subsidized string instrument lessons for elementary school-aged children; together with Georgia Pacific and Yaquina River Art Museum, have initiated a chamber music concert series at St. John’s; formed a Ukulele Choir; increased our outreach activities; and constructed our own cardboard boat for the annual Toledo Boat Race.
Diocesan Activities: I am now concluding my third and final year on Diocesan Council, serving as chair/convener of the dynamic Mission & Ministry Committee; I am also part of the Youth Ministries Commission. Previously, I served as lead chaplain and adult chaperone for the Youth Mission Trip in 2019; served as the interim chaplain for Integrity Oregon; and organized a diocesan LGBTQ conference in 2017. I have also participated in Fresh Start, Central Convocation, as well as annual clergy conferences and diocesan conferences.
Church-Wide Activities: I served as Oregon’s Deputy to General Convention in 2015, and was recently elected as the First Clergy Alternate to General Convention 2021. I was also a recipient of a grant from the Episcopal Evangelism Society in 2016.
Personal Statement: I believe radical inclusiveness of ALL voices throughout our diverse diocese is more crucial now than ever. Not only am I a Gen-X, POC, bivocational priest/physician serving a rural congregation on the central coast, I am also a committed LGBTQIA+ advocate and active member of diocesan youth ministry. This convergence has served well throughout my Diocesan Council term, during which I was privileged to chair the dynamic Mission & Ministry Committee. With God’s help and your consent, I would love to continue to learn and grow in service to God and our diocese as a member of its Standing Committee.
Trinity Cathedral (Select 1 for a three-year term)
Barbara Brecht, St. David, Portland
Occupation: Semi Retired Clinical Social Worker
Congregational Activities: Vestry, Senior Warden; Healing Ministry; Hospitality Team Leader; Initiated community weekly gathering at St. David’s to “Say Their Names”
Diocesan Activities: Diocesan Council, Commission on Ministry for the Ordained, Metro East Convocation member, Metro East Convocation, past President, Bishop of Oregon Search Committee member, Board of Examining Chaplains for the Diaconate
Church-Wide Activities: None.
Personal Statement: I am committed to supporting our diocese as it finds venues and ways to work more closely together in maximizing our strengths and address the
many challenges we have. My experience on the Bishop of Oregon Search Committee afforded me the opportunity to get to know a number of good people throughout our diocese. It was evident there is much we can learn from each as well as a variety of ways we could support each other. I anticipate serving in this position would be a venue in which to continue supporting efforts in bringing us together as a diocese.
Kathryn Simonetti, St. James Coquille
Nomination information pending.
Camp and Retreat Board (Select 1 for a four-year term)
Holly Bullock Denniston, St. Michael & All Angels, Portland
Occupation: Senior Director of Human Resources
Congregational Activities: Vestry, youth group support, stewardship committee (including chairing for 1 year), organizing social groups/networks, coffee hour host, planning our congregations family camp at the beach
Diocesan Activities: Youth ministries commission (back in the late 1980s!)
Church-Wide Activities: None
Personal Statement: Why do I want to serve on this board? The quick answer is I love camps of all kinds. The longer answer is that going to camp had a huge impact on me. I grew up going to a variety of Episcopal church camps and Girl Scout camps – the Bishop’s Ranch, Camp Stevens, Triangle Lake. My brother went to Camp Galilee. When my boys were young, we took them, along with my parents (Fr. Rick and Ruthanne Bullock) to family camp at Triangle Lake. We had so much fun! Our youngest went to camp at Ascension School Camp in Cove, OR. The congregations we’ve been a part of, St. John’s in Milwaukie and now St. Michael’s and All Angels, have had wonderful experiences together at camp. Camp was formative in the lives of people important to me – my parents, our boys’ Godfather, Lance Peeler, my best friend and her husband (she passed away this last year). I see serving on this board as a way to honor them and to support ministries where the beautiful surroundings and relationships found in those spaces deepen people’s relationship with God.