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 the 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.
Richard Ackerman, Junior Warden
Michael Weatherwax, Treasurer
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.
Melinda welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Vestry. She joined St. John's in 2001 after 19 years at First Pres. She and her husband, Michael, were looking for a liturgical church closer to his Catholic upbringing and a Christ-centered church that shared a broader interpretation of scripture, fully realizing the luxury of choice. If you count an early affinity for Donne, Chesterton, Lewis, Pym, Sayers and Anglican church music, Melinda has been Episcopalian for a very long time.
You may have seen her in the choir (one of the tall altos), helping with the homeless meals, attending any number of youth activities and serving on the Youth Formation Committee under Merritt Hess as their daughter, Julia, moved through Sunday School, choristers and 7 years of acolyting. Melinda is from the Great State of Louisiana but didn't hesitate to move to her husband's hometown (FHS Class of 69). Although a Buff fan, her heart is still at Tiger Stadium. Recently retired from 31 years as Reference and Collections Director at Boulder Public Library, she enjoys singing, reading and traveling with Michael to see their sons, Ryan (New Orleans), Walker Lee (Munich) and daughter, Julia, in Bellingham. She volunteers at Fairview and is serving on a Board working to build a concert hall in Boulder.
Mark and his family (wife Mary Liz Callaway and daughters Elizabeth and Ari(anna)) have been members of St John's since the summer of 2009. Baptized and raised Catholic, some personal trials motivated Mark and Mary Liz to seek a new church, one that better matched their spiritual beliefs and moral priorities. In St. John's, they found all that they were looking for: a church that was deeply spiritual and grounded in rich tradition and rituals, and a community that was open, inclusive, and overflowing with Christ's love.
Mark was born in New Jersey and raised in Phoenix. Mark met Mary Liz at Santa Clara University in the Bay Area, where Mark received his Bachelors in Math & Computer Science. He received his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. After their marriage, Mark and Mary Liz lived in Providence, Rhode Island and Lyon, France before moving to Colorado. They have been privileged to live in Boulder for 17 years, a place they feel is a wonderful environment for their family. Mark is the Vice President of Software Architecture for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. His work often takes him to San Diego, and occasionally to India, Korea and Taiwan.
Martha (Marty) Angulo
Marty came to St. John's in 2008 because she was looking for a traditional church after moving from Chicago. Although never attending an Episcopalian church before, she found peace and comfort at St. John's.
Her life's work has been in education. Marty has formed several companies and continues to work each day. Her latest company, Knowledge Headquarters focuses on e-learning for elementary and high school students.
Marty has two sons and three grand daughters. Her undergraduate degree is from San Diego State University, Masters from Governors State (IL) and Ph.D. from Illinois State University.
Sarah became a member of St. John's in 2011.
She is single, but lovingly care for six nearly-dead house plants, and a fleet of bicycles. In her professional life, she is engineering project manager for a geophysics research support company. She manage large-scale installations of scientific instrumentation both domestically and abroad, and monitors and maintains a globally dispersed network of geophysical monitoring systems.
In her free time - "I am enjoying a new and unexpected appreciation for stillness in life, and so I tend to just "be" a lot. But if I get the urge to "do" something, I like to ride my motorcycle, play music, read
non-fiction, and sing....and be outside as much as possible."
Peter and his wife Peggy I joined St. John's in 2008.
I had been baptized and brought up in the Storrs CT Congregational Church, but like many others had drifted away from formal religion in my late teenage years. But around 2008 I felt a strong need to return. As a trial we came to a 730 service in 2008, led by Father Rol. That did it; I was hooked. It was moving to be so close to the sacraments; we have never left the front row since! In 2014 I became a regular Lector at the 730 service; reading scripture aloud to a congregation was totally new to me. Last spring, Peggy and I were both in a community bible study group. Recently I joined the soup kitchen ministry and Peggy and I were St John's delegates to the Diocesan Convention this fall. We also regularly attend the Solas services, and occasionally go to a 9:30 service, as well as the Easter vigil and late service on Christmas eve.
I am married to Peggy LeMone, 2016 vice president of the altar guild at St John's. I have four children, ages 46, 44, 36, and 34, and two grandchildren. Professionally, I have been a research scientist and administrator at NCAR since 1969; I officially retired in 2009, but still go to my NCAR office every day to do research in solar physics. I was in management for 13 years at NCAR, five as Associate Director. In this role I was responsible for the NCAR Budget and Planning office, and heavily involved in human resource and physical facilities issues.
I have a Bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard and a PhD in meteorology from MIT.
Peggy and my hobbies are principally fossil collecting and preparation, bird watching, and attending Rockies baseball and CU men's basketball games, as well as Boulder Phil concerts.