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Vestry

8The vestry is an integral part of strategic planning and goal setting for the mission of the parish. The vestry has fiduciary responsibility for budgeting to achieve these plans and goals and for taking care of the building and grounds.  The group meets monthly to discuss the goals and programs of the church and to allocate the funds for outreach and ongoing church activities.

VESTRY PROFILES

The Very Reverend Marshall J. Vang is presently engaged as the Interim Rector of Bethesda, a ministry which commenced on January 2, 2012.  His responsibilities include the leadership of all liturgical celebrations, pastoral care of the congregation, and oversight of the Vestry, the governing body of Bethesda. When requested by the Bishop of Albany, he also assists in diocesan matters.  From 1998 to 2010 he served as Dean of The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, and from 1987 to 1998 as Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Schenectady.

Darren T. Miller, Senior Warden, is Director of Operations in the Office of Special Investigations, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, having previously served as Senior Counsel at the Attorney General’s Office, and as Deputy Inspector General at the NYS Inspector General’s Office.  As Senior Warden, Mr. Miller oversees all activities of the Vestry and parish operations, with particular emphasis on financial management.  He is a graduate of Brown University and Albany Law School

Catherine White Berheide, a life-long Episcopalian and member of Bethesda Episcopal Church since 1979, was elected Junior Warden in 2015.  She is Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College.  A sociologist of work, she has published five books and over 50 scholarly articles on work, gender, and undergraduate education. In 2003, she received the Hans O. Mauksch Award for distinguished contributions to undergraduate sociology and has twice been named a Carnegie Scholar.  A former Secretary of the American Sociological Association, she currently serves as President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Jane Agee is a retired professor (State University of New York, Albany, retired 2013) of literature and qualitative research. Member of Vestry of Bethesda Episcopal Church since 2015. Editor of history of Bethesda, co-director of Bethesda Archive, and lay reader. Active member of Saratoga Arts Council and Saratoga Preservation Foundation.

Gordon Boyd, chair of the Building Committee and co-chair of the Capital Campaign, is a former policy analyst for the State Legislature, founded an energy consulting business, now merged with a company in Chicago, that serves municipal and business customers across New York State.  He was a religious volunteer for seven years at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility, is a father and grandfather, and sings in the Bethesda choir.  He is active in civic affairs, having served on a number of local and statewide boards and commissions.

Mark Claverie is employed by SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY in the Information Technology Services division.  He manages a group of 20 employees, primarily programmer/analysts and web developers, who are responsible for supporting the college administrative applications and web sites.  His title is Director of Enterprise Architecture and Applications.  He has been employed by the college for 16 years.

Mark Griffin works in computer assisted manufacturing and factory systems at Global Foundries, the microchip maker in Malta, NY.  He is a long time faithful member of Bethesda and former volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, as well as a former student at Empire State College.

Geneva Henderson works at the Casey and Casey law firm as a paralegal and closing coordinator. She also teaches memoir writing classes to senior citizens and works as a free-lance proofreader and writing coach.

Denise Warner Limoli is Associate Professor of Ballet at Skidmore College. She specializes in the classical ballet repertoire and teaches all levels of ballet technique, history and pedagogy. She is a published author and exhibit curator; she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Dance and as a Dance Panelist for the NY State Council on the Arts.

Sara Manny has a Masters in French and a degree in secondary education. She taught French to children and adults for 5 years before starting a family. Now she is a full time mom and able to volunteer at her children’s schools. She is also an active member of the church and the local YMCAs.

Mary M. Withington received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 1978 and her J.D. from Albany Law School in 1981.  Ms. Withington has been a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. since 1982, serving as a Supervising Attorney since 1986.  Her current practice is primarily in the areas of disability and family law.   Ms. Withington is currently president of the Board of Directors of the Home of the Good Shepherd, serves on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Youth Coalition of Warren and Washington Counties, and is co-chair of Bethesda’s Capital Campaign.