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Vestry

The 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 Assistant Commissioner 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.

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.

John S. Van der Veer, Baptized and Confirmed at Grace Episcopal Church, Rutherford, NJ.  Graduated Rutherford, HS and Hobart College, Geneva, NY with a BA in American History.  Retired after career in automotive sales, advertising sales, promotion and media marketing.  Active in community having served the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and on boards of YMCA, Rotary, Saratoga Springs History Museum and Home of the Good Shepherd.  Coached youth hockey and baseball.  Bethesda member since 1978.  Served Bethesda on Vestry as Jr. Warden and Treasurer as well as usher, LEV and Lector. He loves sports.  He played football, basketball and baseball in High School and football and baseball in college.  He is in the Albany Twilight League Baseball Hall of Fame and enjoy golf as a Senior Citizen.

Mayumi Kato, was born in Japan, and attended an Episcopal boarding school in England. She studied semiconductor Physics at University of Tokyo, and obtained a Ph.D. in Physics in 2000. In same year, she joined Lam Research, one of the largest semiconductor Equipment Company, in CA. She has two daughters. In 2011, she moved to Saratoga Springs to support GLOBALFOUNDRIES as a Senior Staff Process Engineer at Lam Research, and became a member of Bethesda Episcopal Church. She currently serves Bethesda on Vestry as Clerk as well as Bell Ringer. She became more involved in our community. She teaches Zumba® at Saratoga YMCA and Fab8 Fitness, and hosted Zumba® charity event to support American Diabetes Association last few years.

John S. Huppuch, Jr. is a native Saratogian whose family has resided here for over 100 years and has been a member of Bethesda for over 65 years. After graduating from the University of Vermont he went to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the martial art/healing art of HwaRangDo. In 2000 John returned to Saratoga to care for his ailing mother. He is now semi-retired but works to benefit various non-profit organizations in the area, and is usually accompanied by his loyal canine, Bailey.

Marcia  MacDonald, as a Lifelong Episcopalian,  joined Bethesda after she and Jerry were married there in l988. Marcia has been a 25 year member of the Flower and Fruit Mission which supports Womens’ Health at Saratoga Hospital, and also volunteers for Hospice, Skidmore, and the Senior Center. She is the proud mother of three and grandmother of seven.

Jami Piraino grew up in rural Rensselaer County. In 1997, she and her husband, Anthony, settled down to raise their two boys (Anthony, now 23, and Christian, 22) in Quaker Springs. She has worked in various capacities within the mortgage industry; since 2010, for SEFCU Mortgage Services as a Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator and a sales and marketing assistant. She has a deep love for the Word of God and its impact on people’s lives, and is working towards completion of a certificate program in Theology/ Biblical Studies with Wilmington School of the Bible.

Ann (Casey) Bullock grew up in Schenectady. She was graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in German, and from Albany Law School, and now practices law with her father in the law firm of Casey and Casey in Clifton Park. Although raised in the Reformed Church, Ann and her husband, Robert (Bob) Bullock, came to Bethesda largely because of the music program. Their daughters, Kate and Emma, both sang with the Treble Choir. Ann sings in the choir and Bob serves on the altar as verger.

Field Horne, A native of Westchester County, Field came to Saratoga Springs 40 years ago to run the county historical society, but long ago moved into the writing of history and arranging of archival collections. Following an unexpected conversion, he deliberately sought out the Episcopal Church, spending 11 years at Holy Cross Troy and 25 years at Christ Church Ballston Spa, where he initiated its Lessons and Carols, a successful outreach now 25 years old. He made the move to Bethesda initially to help with the new parish house project. He loves to travel abroad and to play soccer, managing the Saratoga Football Club, composed of men over age 40.