The vestry is the elected body within the St. John's congregation that, with the clergy, leads the parish and acts as stewards of St. John's. The vestry helps to discern the vision toward which God is drawing St. John's, articulates and communicates that vision, holds the community accountable for its realization of that vision, and keeps the mission of the Church and that of St. John's clearly before the parish community. The vestry also has the responsibility of managing and monitoring the finances of St. John's and approving decisions regarding personnel, major initiatives, and other significant activities of St. John's.
We invite any interested parishioner who has been a member of St. John's for at least six months, to consider running for the Vestry. Please contact Bill Woodwrd, Senior Warden if you are interested.
Judy Smetana, Senior Warden
Judy has been a member of St. John's since 1998. She came to St. John's because of its openness and acceptance — two characteristics that are very important to her because she feels they closely radiate the teachings of Jesus.
Professionally, Judy has worked in human resources and organizational development for many years, both nationally and internationally. Currently, she is a lecturer for CU Denver and Fielding Graduate University. She is also the founder of jbscoaching.com, where she specializes in coaching individuals and consulting with organizations on team building and leadership development. Judy holds a PhD in organizational performance and change.
She has a son, Martin, who is a college student and an avid downhill mountain biker.
In her free time Judy enjoys running with her sister Monica and her dog Izzy, as well as hiking, reading, writing, traveling, and dabbling in photography.
Judy lives in Boulder.
Coming from an ELCA Lutheran background in Iowa, Krista spent 15 years as a Unitarian Universalist before deciding to learn more about Christianity. That research brought her to the Episcopal Church in Kauai — a place for questioning and learning — where she was living at that time. Then, after a bit of time with the Methodists at Glide Memorial in San Francisco, Krista moved to Boulder in 2003 and joined St. John’s.
She found a wonderful community of friends and ministers in Education for Ministry (EfM), and, as her faith deepened, she felt called to be confirmed and became involved in ministry at St. John’s. Since that time, she has served as head of adult education, was in the founding Listening to the Holy Spirit group, served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and led prayers of the people.
Krista has also served at diocese, where she graduated from the two-year Congregational Development Institute (CDI) program and completed the process to become a trainer for that program. She has also served on the Mission Strategy Committee which manages and plans the health and growth of the diocese. And, most recently, she was honored to serve on the search committee for our new rector, which was an immensely rewarding experience.
Professionally, Krista has an M.S. in human resources design from The Claremont Graduate University and has used that degree for over 15 years in the fields of organizational development and human resources. She has been blessed to work with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and the federal government in both internal and external consulting roles helping those organizations to be healthier and more effective.
St. John’s is a place where Krista truly feels God’s presence and a community where she feels loved and supported. She is honored to return that support through a role on the vestry.
Currently, Krista and her husband, Patrick, are looking for a new home and she is preparing to re-enter the workforce after being a full-time mother to their two-year old son, Garrett.
Jeff is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the St. John’s vestry. He and his family (wife d’Layne and daughters Halea, Liana, and Solani) have been coming here since moving to Boulder in 2002. He says that at St. John’s they’ve found a Christ-centered home that casts its gaze not only on our community but also on the global one we live in. Jeff believes that our diverse and multi-generational congregation forms the unique backbone that allows our ministries to thrive. Among our members he has found a congregation filled with passionate and dedicated people driven by their faith. He hopes to become a part of a vestry that helps to give wings to these goals.
As an ob/gyn physician in Boulder, Jeff has been blessed to be a part of many families in our community. His work has taught him that people of all walks of life share a common thread, and that that bond can be strengthened and nurtured through the teaching, love, and compassion of Jesus Christ.
Here at St John’s, Jeff has taught Sunday School and/or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for five years. He’s participated in several stewardship campaigns as well as in our international outreach ministries. Outside of the parish, Jeff is involved with medical missions both locally and in Central America.
The Kerr-Laytons live in Boulder.
John was raised until early adulthood in Connecticut, and attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hartford with his family, where he participated in an all-male choir as a soprano while his voice allowed. His parents both having been raised in Colorado, the family moved back to Denver in 1967, but John spent his college years with little church affiliation. He met and married Linda Blair in Denver in 1971, and after John’s three years of Navy service they moved to Boulder.
The Black’s calling to join a church was revived with the arrival of daughter Frances in 1977. St. John’s Boulder offered a natural attraction for the new parents who both shared an Episcopal upbringing, and whose worship traditions aligned with what they found at St John’s. Both Frances and her younger sister Emily were baptized here by Fr. Jim McKeown, and John and Linda made some of their closest friends at St. John’s during their years here. John finally returned to choral music when he joined our choir, then led by Doug Eaton, and has learned a wealth of wonderful music since, especially under the exceptional skills in directing and organ performance that grace our current music staff.
John assisted Linda for several years at monthly soup kitchen, and co-directed our youth program with other parents for a time in the 1990s. He retired from technical management at IBM in 2010, and being freed from the intensive travel and frequent absences of that career, felt called to support our diverse and welcoming parish community by serving on the vestry.
He continues to live in Boulder with Linda, and enjoys frequent visits with his three grandchildren in New England and Arizona.
Sally joined St. John’s shortly after she moved to Boulder from New York City. She has just recently finished her Master’s of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and is working as a chaplain at Halcyon Hospice. She understands pastoral care as serving others and serving God with love, and believes that naming and dreaming of how we care for each other within and outside of the church enriches our identities as members of Christ’s body incarnate, and helps us live out our baptismal ministry.
Sally has been in many pastoral care ministries at St. John’s, and completed the four year EfM class. Sally is grateful to St. John’s for providing a spiritual home for both learning and practicing Centering Prayer. If pressed, she identifies as a contemplative who is active in the world.
Michael is a baptized and raised Catholic who was blessed with good friends in the St. John’s congregation who convinced him to come on over as a better fit for his spiritual and life beliefs. After 30 years in Boulder, Michael joined St. John’s in January 2008. He joined the Finance Committee in June 2011 and became the church treasurer the following September, a position which he still holds. He is a regular participant at the 7:30 a.m. service at St. John’s.
Michael is a CPA and the President of Weatherwax & Associates, P.C., a tax practice in Boulder. He has a BS with distinction from Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University - Pueblo) and an MSBA from the University of Denver. When not engaged in his CPA practice, Michael gets great joy from his community and professional service activities. He has served on the board and/or committees of more than 20 non-profit organizations and has served as the president or chairman of Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, Boulder Rotary Club, Colorado Society of CPAs, Colorado State Board of Accountancy, Community Action Development Corp. and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
Michael has been married to his wife Linda since 1968 and has two adult children, Kristin and Justin, and five grandchildren, two in Colorado with their father and three with their mother in San Diego. After years of traveling in an Air Force family, Michael is delighted to have been in Boulder since 1977.
With work experience planning exit strategies for business owners, developing mortgage calculations for large financial institutions, designing database systems for large corporations, managing start-up workplace teams, coaching high school and club volleyball, and growing and creating church groups, I bring a broad background to the St. John’s vestry. Educationally, I have degrees from UCLA and Fuller Seminary. Our family began attending St. John’s in 2004, soon after we moved here from California. While at St. John's, I have helped with the youth program; participated in the stewardship committee, foyer dinners, and men’s Bible study; and served as an usher. What I enjoy about St. John’s is its openness, its vitality, and its compassion.
Mark, his wife, Trude, and their daughters, Leah (who attends the University of Nevada, Reno) and Jessica, live in Longmont.
I came to St. John's in 2008 as someone who was new to Christianity, and I was very hesitant to accept the idea of going to church. I was not raised with Christianity, and it always seemed like a weird thing that was just not for me. However, with persistence of loving friends who encouraged my involvement and having a need for stronger community in my life, I finally walked through the doors of St. John's and nervously sat in the back with the exit close by. I'm very happy to say that working through my anxieties of becoming a part of a Christian community has been a glorious awakening for me, and I've only seen a reflection of the love of the Eucharist moving through the community here. It's my honor to serve this community in whatever way God sees fit, and I'm blessed to deepen my connections with everyone here. Three years ago, I was baptized and confirmed, and helped lead the youth mission trip to Washington state all within the same year. I continue to participate in several ministries including ushering, Tap House Theology, Saving Jesus Redux, Friday Bible study, Listening to the Holy Spirit, and breakfast table. In the fall of 2013, I coordinated a visitation with Western mystic, William Lemieux, and worked with the St. John's staff and clergy to host his two presentations titled "Why God?" for both St. John’s parishioners and the public. My service on the vestry allows me to get further involved with the community that has given me so much, and to give back to the church in any way I can.
Eric lives in Boulder.
I was born and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico, attended New Mexico State University, and graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in computer science. I joined IBM Boulder soon after graduation and have worked for IBM and Ricoh since then as an engineer working with large digital printing systems. During the time my family lived in Arvada, I was a volunteer with the Arvada Fire Department, retiring in 2000. As a captain I was actively involved with personnel matters, budgets, and operations. I currently volunteer with Community Food Share and Longmont Fire. I have been married my wife, Kathe, for 33 years, and have two wonderful adult daughters. My Episcopal life began at St. Aidan’s in 1980, and Kathe and I transferred to St. John’s in 1998. We have been members of the choir for more than 15 years. I feel that St. John’s is a wonderful church family and I want to help it grow and prosper, and to be a warm and welcoming place for young families. My primary hobby is cooking.
Charlie and Kathe live in Lafayette.