Vestry



Fred D., Senior Warden
Fred Day-Lewis, Junior Warden
I was born in New Hampshire and baptized, raised and confirmed at the same church where my parents were married (Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal). As a youth, I served as an acolyte, participated in youth group, and represented the youth committee to the vestry. During college and graduate school, I attended Episcopal churches on and off, and also spent some time exploring other denominations, attending Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) meetings, a Lutheran church, and occasional Unitarian services. But the Episcopal Church has always felt like home.

After moving around the country for school and work, I was glad to land in northeastern Connecticut. I work as a research hydrologist for US Geological Survey, applying geophysical methods to water-resources and environmental problems. As research faculty at UConn, I also advise and collaborate with students.

I came to St. Mark’s in 2013 along with my fiancée Lisa and Lisa’s daughter, Lila. We were married by Rev. Hilary Greer in the summer of 2013. Since then, our family has celebrated a number of life events at St. Mark’s, including my adoption of Lila (2014), the birth of Griffin (2014), and Griffin’s baptism (2015). I am thankful to have found an open, welcoming, vibrant, and supportive community in St. Mark’s. Lisa and I will forever be grateful to St. Mark’s for the support and help provided to us and Lila when Griffin was in the neonatal intensive care unit following his premature birth.



Sonya O., Junior Warden

Sonya Owen, Vestry Member
I was born in Willimantic but predominantly grew up in Washington D.C. (1yr up to middle school) and New Jersey (middle school through college).  My parents divorced when I was 1 so, CT has been my place for school breaks and summer vacations.  Both sides of my family line are Episcopalians with my baptism and confirmation both taking place at St. Paul’s in Willimantic.

I attended Rutgers University and graduated with dual majors in Political Science (B.A.) and Exercise Science (B.S.) with a minor in English.  I also picked up a later in life interest in Architecture and attended the Boston Architectural College in pursuit of a March degree.  That interest was put on hold but, will likely renew down the road.

I walked on to the Women’s Crew Team at Rutgers as a freshman and spent my college career as a D-I rower and 2x Team Captain.  While in college, I spent my summers living in Philadelphia and Chattanooga, TN while participating in National Team Development Camps and Competing in national events.

I spent my initial post-collegiate years first as an assistant coach at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and later at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH).

I transitioned into a corporate career while living in Columbus, OH and have worked for Nationwide Insurance, NorTek Solutions, McKesson, and am now in my 15th year with United Health Group.  My career has spanned a spectrum of IT roles and has taken me from Columbus, OH to Austin, TX, Basking Ridge, NJ, Minneapolis, MN, Boston, MA, and Hartford, CT.

I met my wife, Acey, through our days in the rowing world.  We will hit our 12th wedding anniversary this summer and, are the proud parents of Maggie (almost 7), Calvin (5), and Louise (5).  We moved to Mansfield in the summer of 2014 and currently live on Gurleyville Road.

Hobbies:  Architecture/ Renovation; Gardening; Bee Keeping



Steven R., Vestry Treasurer
Steven Rogers
Steve is a life-long Episcopalian who served as an altar boy at Christ Episcopal Church in East Haven, CT.  Steve fell out of church during high school and college but returned to church and joined St. Mark’s shortly after Alyson was born.After graduating from University of Connecticut in 1973, with Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Steve went to work for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection as an air pollution research engineer.Returning to UCONN, Steve earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 1978.In 1976, Steve opened the 56th store in the Subway Sandwich chain and is currently President of Subway Development Corporation of New England, which oversees the development and operation of Subway Sandwich Shops in the region.Steve has participated in mission trips to the Dominican Republic in 2000 (roommate with Bishop Rob Hirschfeld) and to Nairobi, Kenya in 2011.Other volunteer commitments include:

  • Current board member and secretary of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc.
  • Past chairman of Mansfield’s Board of Education.
  • Past president of the Greater Windham Chamber of Commerce.
  • Past president of University of Connecticut Alumni Association.

Classic cars, skiing, flying, travel, (and, sort of, golf) are hobbies of interest.

Steve and Barbara met at UCONN and celebrated 38 years of marriage last October.  They have three adult children:  Alyson, Clare, and David.



Stephanie S., Vestry Clerk
Stephanie Summers
Stephanie joined the Episcopal Church shortly after she moved to Hartford from Kansas City, Mo., in the mid-1980s. She was asked to sing during Holy Week at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, soon became a member and was baptized on Easter Vigil 1986.She and her husband, Mike, settled in Willington and joined St. Mark’s Episcopal Chapel in Storrs before their son, Nate, was born in 2000.At St. Mark’s, Stef has sung in choirs and has served on vestry, numerous music search committees, parish committees and Lion Lift. Nate has been active in Sunday School, pageants and the Covenant Soup Kitchen, along with his dad.Stef, now a freelance writer and editor, was managing editor of the former Northeast magazine, and served as features editor, specialties editor, assistant managing editor and staff writer for The Hartford Courant.

She has extensive experience in writing and editing, supervising special projects, hiring and training staffs, and overseeing newspaper and magazine content, development and design.She holds numerous national and regional editing awards and a Pulitzer for staffwide coverage of the 1981 Hyatt Regency skywalks collapse for the Kansas City Star. She now writes press materials and coordinates media coverage for Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at UConn. For three years she hosted a weekly interview show for Charter Cable Channel 14 called “Artists and Authors.” She also sings in the Vernon Chorale and has served in various volunteer roles and board positions in the arts, social causes and local initiatives.


 
Madison D., Vestry Member
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Madison grew up in St. Louis, MO. Throughout her childhood she attended St. Michael & St. George Episcopal Church; she was confirmed there, she and her husband, Bob, were married there in 2002 and her two children, Laura and Owen were baptized there on visits home in 2007 and 2009. Madison earned a BA in History from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. After college, she moved to the Washington, DC area and worked as an administrator at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry while her husband finished his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland.

In 2004, Bob accepted a position as a professor at the UConn School of Business. After moving to Connecticut, Madison worked as an administrator at Real Art Ways for five years. The Days spent 10 years in Coventry, and then decided to build a house and move to Storrs in 2014. She stays active in the community by coordinating the St. Mark’s Sunday School program and serving as PTO President of her children’s school. Madison started attending St. Mark’s in 2010, and is grateful for the warmth, humor, and intellect of the St. Mark’s community.

 


Sue G., Vestry Member

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Sue lives in Willington with her husband, Ted Urbanski, along with their three dogs, Hannah, Luke, Layla and one cat, Maggie.

Sue is a graduate of Bryant University with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Office Administration.  Sue has spent many years in school business offices. She retired in 2015 from the position of Accounts Payable Administrator at East Hartford Board of Education.

Sue is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Pet Partners pet therapy team, evaluator and instructor as well as an Intermountain Therapy Animals pet therapy team, evaluator and instructor.  She currently conducts classes at Tails U Win Canine Center in Manchester, as well as classes at Our Companions Animals Rescue’s Valerie Friedman Program Center in Manchester.

Sue is very involved with Tails of Joy, Inc. a volunteer organization of pet therapy teams and currently visits the VA facility in Rocky Hill, CT.  She also volunteers at the Manchester Office of Our Companions and the Ashford Animal Sanctuary of Our Companions.



David M., Vestry Member
David Moske

I was raised in Bolton and with the exception of a few years here and there, have lived in the area most of my life.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  After graduation, I came back in Connecticut for a while, but Salve was not done with me.  I returned to Newport to work as Director of College Activities for a few years.  Once back in Connecticut, my career took off starting with Trade Show Marketing. From there I moved into the operations end of the business where I fell into telecommunications and then eventually project management.

I walked into in St. Mark’s Chapel for Christmas Eve Mass in 2012 and knew this was where I wanted to grow spiritually.  My husband, Bob and I were married at St. Mark’s in September of 2013.   I have been working with Hilary and others on how we at St. Mark’s can reach out to the LGBT community at UCONN – any help or suggestions with this would be greatly appreciated.  Bob and I are empty nesters with our son, Alex, now in graduate school at Duke.

I am currently doing some part time Behavior Technician work while looking at new career opportunities. I really loved working in the college atmosphere and would like to do so again.  I love our New England seasons where I can work in my gardens and have been talking about restarting an old hobby of making stained glass.  I also enjoy performing on stage with local theatre groups. Most recently I have been involved with productions at The Little Theatre of Manchester.



Matthew O, Student Representative, Vestry Member
MatthewO

I have lived here in Connecticut all my life. I was born and raised in Bristol, CT. I earned by B.S. in Biology at Post University in Waterbury, CT. I began at UConn in the Fall of 2011 as a Masters student in Molecular and Cell Biology, and in the Fall of 2014 I upgraded to the Ph.D. program.

I started attending St. Mark’s in the Fall of 2015 as a Roman Catholic interested in the Anglican/Episcopalian approach to the Christian tradition, and I was moved by the beauty of the liturgy and the commitment of the parish to social justice. I felt this was really a community that knew what it meant to follow Jesus. In November of 2016, I was received by Bishop Laura Ahrens into the Episcopal Church. My parents have also been considering the Episcopal Church, and on some weekends I visit them in Bristol where we attend St. John’s Episcopal Church. I am still working toward my doctorate, and I am also a laboratory Teaching Assistant at UConn.



Steve P., Vestry Member

SteveP
I was born in Arlington, Virginia and resided in Fairfax, Virginia until relocating to Connecticut in 1997.  I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1996.  I met my wife Pat in 1995 and we had our only child, Nick, in 1997.  We reside in Tolland.  I currently work at VOYA Financial in Windsor, CT as a Compliance Director, where I have been employed for the past 20 years.  Our son Nick is attending his Freshman year at Quinnipiac University and is a member of the baseball team.

I first starting attending services at St. Mark’s in February of 2016.  I am an early riser, so I typically will attend the 7:45 a.m. service.  I grew up in the Episcopal church and attended St. Mary’s church in Arlington, VA until I was off to college.  I spent many years serving as an acolyte during my youth.  I have a renewed focus in following Christ and continue to learn ways I can become the best version of myself.

Lastly, I have coached American Legion baseball for the past five years and have a strong passion for helping these young adults find their way into becoming not only a better baseball player, but also a better citizen of our town community.