2021 Vestry Nominations

Nominees for election to the Vestry:

Sue Torfin

  I’ve been a member of St. Andrew’s for 20 years and have treasured the wise spiritual leadership, the challenges to my mind and heart, and the connection with a remarkable community.  Some of the ways in which I have been involved in our evolving congregation are 15 years singing with our glorious choir, 3 years on vestry, 4 years co-leading ELF planning, and 2 years co-leading Safe Haven through which we housed homeless women on Friday nights for several years. I have over the last few  years become our representative to The Interfaith Alliance and have worked to engage members of the congregation in advocacy for social change.  Toward that goal, I’ve recently joined the Social Justice Ministry, which is taking on the challenge to promote more direct advocacy of the congregation in racial and economic justice. At every new stage in our evolution, the parish takes on new goals and heads in new directions, such as the development of the parking lots that we are anticipating and planning for.  I’m hopeful that at this time in our life together, we also feel called to have a direct and deep impact on the social welfare of those in need of social change for them to live a safe, productive, and fulfilled life.  I look forward to promoting this growing edge of our congregational life whether or not you choose for me to be on the vestry.

Shawn Nowlan

  Having served a year on the St. Andrew’s Vestry, I am again humbled and honored to have been asked to run for Vestry here at St. Andrew’s.  In the last year, I have appreciated the chance to serve, and would love to continue. As a quick summary, I was born and raised in Boulder Colorado to parents from Nebraska.  I followed my parents back to their alma mater, Union College in Lincoln Nebraska.  After college, I received my J.D. from the University of Nebraska, and began practicing law with a legal specialty in retirement and pension plans, as well as non-profit federal tax law.  In 2004, I moved back to Colorado for an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver.  I now continue my non-profit and retirement law practice for the Office of Chief Counsel for the IRS here in Denver. My parents were Seventh-day Adventists, but very early I began to have experience with the Anglican tradition, starting (in retrospect) with C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.  I loved the books so much I started reading everything I could find by Lewis and grew to love Lewis’s take on Christian spirituality (and discovered it was Anglican).  In law school, one of my colleagues invited me to the Church of the Holy Trinity, where I joined the choir, and I ultimately was received into the Episcopal Church in 1993. Soon after moving back to Colorado, I heard about St. Andrew’s and its music program, and dabbled in attending for years.  In fact, I recommended the parish my dear friend (Eric McCalla), and he liked it so much he began attending and volunteering – and he drew me into a closer relationship with the parish.  While attending, also I re-established my participation in the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, and I am now a Mentor for St. Andrew’s joint EFM group with the Church of the Holy Redeemer.  In 2018, the parish and clergy proved an amazing help and support as I began a journey that ultimately led to a kidney transplant in January of 2019.  The LEV ministry touched me deeply throughout this process. Currently, I participate in the LEV ministry and in EFM, as well as serving on the Vestry.  I love the exceptionally beautiful liturgy and music we find here at St. Andrew’s.  At the same time, I deeply cherish this parish’s intentional and proactive outreach ministries that focus on many of the most marginalized parts of our society – including the proposed project with Attention Homes.  To me, St. Andrew’s embodies the best parts of the Anglo-Catholic tradition in the Episcopal Church (and Anglican Communion generally).   I would like to do my part in preserving and carrying this tradition into the coming years.

Nancy Hodges

  I began attending St Andrews about 1995. I was looking for a church home and spent several months visiting Episcopal Churches in and near Denver. After worshipping at St Andrews, and becoming familiar with the mission, programs and people, I remained. I found the beauty of the space, liturgy and music magnificent. The clergy and parishioners were welcoming and intentionally inclusive. There was optimism that our collective efforts to some part of God’s work would matter. These same qualities are why I remain at St Andrews today. Over the years, I have been a volunteer at Irving Street, a vestry member, a senior warden, an usher, a coffee maker, a catechumenate sponsor and I taught Sunday school.  I am now in my 4th year of EFM. I grew up in Minnesota. My parents and grandparents were regular church goers and church was part of our family life. Occasions, be they joyful or sorrowful often involved church. My family attended a (then) small Episcopal Church, north of Saint Paul, where I was confirmed. After high school I went to Colorado State University and received a BA in English. I then went to the University of Denver School of Social Work.  During the summers of my college years, I worked at a state “home” for people with developmental disabilities. I cannot describe the certainty of knowing, from that first summer experience, that I would spend my professional years somehow involved with this specific group of humanity.  I worked for 40 plus years with children/adults (and their families) with developmental disabilities. I was the director of social services at a state institution when huge numbers of people were placed back into the community, with inadequate and too little planning. I took a breather and traveled around Mexico for about 18 months. When I came home, I began working as a social worker in community non-profits. I spent the last years before retirement, as the director of family and children’s services, in a non- profit that contracted with the state, to provide day and residential services to adults and children, in Denver County. I currently work part-time in a small Adams county non-profit that finds appropriate foster care for children with special needs. I also volunteer with several adults who have no family or advocate.

Maryella Morley

  I was born in Texas and have lived in many states…..and now I call Colorado my home, living in Broomfield.  I am a cradle Episcopalian with my previous parish being St Barnabas on the Desert in AZ.   I was very involved in several ministries:  Lay Eucharistic Ministry, lay reader, co-chair of Silent/Live Auction that funded our 13 Outreach Ministries. I co-chaired for 5 years  Silent /Live Auction at St Barnabas proceeds from this auction funded our 13 ministries.  I also served on a vestry at St Francis in Greensboro, NC, as secretary, during a time when we hired an interim.  Quite an experience.  I also served as a Stephen Minister and was facilitator for a supervision group.  Additionally, I sang in the choir; a ministry I continued at St Barnabas. While at St. Barnabas, I was involved in Centering Prayer, a practice I have continued here at St Andrews, twice a week.  I was quite involved at the 5:30 service just prior to COVID.  I have been a member here for 3-1/2 years and last year served on the Stewardship Committee.  I am a people person and not afraid to introduce myself to the stranger.  I am also on the “lawn mowing” rotation in the summer months. I retired in 2016 and moved from Phoenix to Colorado because my daughter lives here.  I love the mountains!  And, I am the very proud grandmother “Grammy” to Finley Victoria Hutto. I have been affirmed as a leader at St Francis, St Barnabas and here, at St Andrews.  I feel the time is right for me to serve again in this capacity.  If we have not already met, I look forward to that 1:1 time with you.

Liz Evans

 

 

 

My earliest memory is listening to my mother play hymns on the piano. She was the church pianist, before there was an organ.  I knew every hymn by heart!  My dad was the church treasurer.  Going to  church on Sundays was such a joy!  I sang in the junior choir and was thrilled and honored when I was invited to join the Junior Altar Guild at 10 years old! My love for the Episcopal Church has never ceased.  I have been blessed to be able to earn a living as an adult as a parish administrator for Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen, CO (1988-2002). Moving to Denver in 2002, I worked at the Iliff School of Theology, volunteering as Altar Guild coordinator for the Anglican Studies program.  Bishop Robert O’Neill asked me to be his executive assistant for the Diocese of Colorado when he was elected bishop.  I served faithfully for 5 years, until I “semi-retired” to help raise my three small grandchildren.  I have served part-time as Parish Administrator at St. Philip and St. James Episcopal Church in Denver since 2011, where I am still employed. I joined St. Andrew’s church in 2003 and served on the vestry from 2006-2009.  I joined the Altar Guild five minutes after joining the church (!), and have served as Sacristan since 2007. If elected to the Vestry, I will bring an extensive knowledge of the Episcopal Church and an undying passion to serve.

Lisa Sisneros- Candidate for Jr. Warden 

  I’ve been a member of St. Andrew’s for over 20 years, and served on the Vestry from 2013-2016. I was born and raised in the Catholic Church, but left in my mid-20’s when I felt that my soul was no longer being fed. After a number of years searching for a church, I found St. Andrew’s on Christmas Eve and immediately felt welcome. I was invited to the service for the music, but stayed for the community (and the music!). Although I had been a singer in the Catholic Church for many years, I chose instead to sign up to do readings and, later, to train as an acolyte. In my other life, I am an Orthopedic Technologist. After 25 years of clinic work, I began working independently as an instructor teaching medical staffs in the proper application of splints and casts for orthopedic injuries.  My wife, Carol, and I love traveling, our cats, and singing with our chorus, Harmony: a Colorado chorale. We also enjoy volunteering in the Paleontology Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The St. Andrew’s community has been a steady, positive part of my life, and I am honored to be asked to serve as Jr. Warden.

Linda Mack 

  It was a sunny November “Christ the King” Sunday in 2016 when I first entered the doors of St. Andrews as a worshiper. The year had been a tough one, and having completed years of work as a church musician, I sought connection. Following a warm welcome from Tim, Ralph, and Mtr. Elizabeth, I was accepted as a choir member, and I’ve been part of this congregation ever since that November day.  My journey with the Episcopal Church actually began many years before. Growing up in the Bay Area of California, my parents, members of a fundamentalist church, would take us to services at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco as a family friendly sightseeing activity. The magnificent music and the liturgy reached into my young soul.  While an organ major in Michigan, I was employed by an Episcopal Church near my college, and I found a home there, spiritually, socially, and musically. In the intervening years I completed a Master of Music in Organ Performance, a Master of Library Science, and have served a number of churches as organist/music director in California, Michigan, Salt Lake City, and Denver.  During the 25 years prior to moving to Colorado I was an academic music librarian as well. I remained a member of the church of my childhood due to employment requirements, but quietly attended the Episcopal confirmation class. In 2012 my husband Ed was offered a position at Denver Health so in anticipation of moving to Colorado, I contacted my priest from that confirmation class (who had become the Dean of the Buffalo Cathedral), and I was at long last confirmed on “Ascension Day” in New York! I am so grateful to be in Colorado, the most beautiful of states, near 2 of our 3 grandchildren, and a part of St. Andrews, my dream congregation.  I’ve been largely active as a musician, singing in the choir, supplying for Ralph when he needs a break, helping organizing Friends of Music events, distributing & filing choir music,  but, particularly during this pandemic time, I’ve been grateful for other connections—Friday prayers, Coffee Hour, ELF, Movie Group, backyard moveable feasts, election & BOV discussions, etc.  I’m honored to be invited to run for vestry, and if chosen, I will enthusiastically support the “Sanctuary in the City” mission of this my wonderful parish home.

Jane Stanczyk

  In the fall of 2016, a relative asked me to accompany him to a Sunday service at St. Andrews. Though a bit nervous to attend a new church, I wanted to be supportive and said yes. Thankfully, he chose a safe seat near the back, where I hoped not to be noticed as a stranger. Well, the service was lovely and our safe seat in the back had that extra benefit of nearness to the wonderful choir. But, when the service ended, instead of slipping out the back, he informed me that we needed to go downstairs for coffee. Well, now I was really nervous!  But that was where I discovered something better than the inspiring liturgy, and the thoughtful sermon, and the beautiful music. I discovered the best part of St. Andrews – there are no strangers here! We were welcomed and accepted that very first Sunday! I did not “think” I wanted to return, I “felt” that I needed to return. St Andrew’s is unlike the churches I have attended in the past. I was raised in a Presbyterian church in a small town in Pennsylvania. My late husband and I raised our three daughters according to his family’s Catholic tradition. Though I worshipped God in those services I always felt that I did not fit in those communities.  I am not always certain in my faith; I have many doubts and questions. I seek and honor the truths in other religions; they add depth to my Christian spirituality. That members of the St Andrews community share their doubts and questions is so comforting. That members of the St Andrews community recognize the value of other spiritual practices is so supportive. The openness and acceptance that I have experienced and witnessed at St Andrews is so powerful. As I have learned of all that this parish has done in the past, does now, and plans for the future, I see how this far this power extends. This St Andrews power has, is, and will transform the world.  I am honored to be nominated for the vestry and would be honored to serve St Andrew’s in this way. 

 

Dwight Shellman

  I have been a member of St. Andrew’s since 2015, and my husband Rodney Lizcano and I live just a few blocks away in Five Points. I was born in Denver, raised in Aspen, and received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.. I served as law clerk to Justice William Erickson of the Colorado Supreme County after law school, and then for the next 15 years worked as an associate attorney and later partner of a Denver law firm now known as Moye White. I later opened a solo practice in Denver and then worked for several years as a contract attorney for various firms in New York City. I returned to Colorado to care for my ailing father in Aspen, and by chance was hired as the elections manager in Pitkin County, where I discovered a passion for the field of election administration. I currently work as the County Regulation & Support Manager for the Elections Division of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. I am a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, having been baptized as an infant at Church of the Ascension in Denver, and confirmed as a teenager at Christ Church in Aspen. If elected as a member of the vestry, I will support and foster St. Andrew’s culture of inclusiveness and community engagement, and demonstrate our collective faith in and commitment to the gospel and power of our lord and savior Jesus Christ, by loving, caring for and supporting the marginalized, dispossessed and most vulnerable members of our community. Thank you.

 

 

 

Eligibility to Vote: All members of the parish over age 16 who are Communicants in good standing (“who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God”) are entitled to vote. Voting by proxy is not permitted