Vestry Candidate Statements
I was born and raised in a small town on the island of Puerto Rico. I was raised Catholic although I did not go to church on a regular basis. However, as a young child I wanted to become a nun, but once I matured that changed quickly.
I attended the University of Puerto Rico, but I did not finish my degree for lack of financial funds. I moved to New York and there went to the School of Applied Bookkeeping and became a bookkeeper. I have worked my entire adult life as a full charge bookkeeper, although nowadays I am semi-retired and still work part-time as a bookkeeper. I am also a certified tax preparer and I work in that field every year during tax season.
I moved to Hemet, CA in 1994 and eventually found the Church of the Good Shepherd in 2012 and became a member. Since then, I have been involved in different ministries in the church: I am an Altar Guild member, an usher and was also part of the Search Committee that recommended the Rev. Susan Latimer to be our Rector.
My wish to serve on the Vestry is for the purpose of continuing to serve our Lord and somehow help our church to keep on growing.
Peace and Love,
Born in New York City, N.Y., I grew up and graduated from high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, and later from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, Illinois. I enlisted in the Navy in 1963 prior to graduating from high school, was accepted into an officer commissioning program while in Recruit Training (Boot Camp), and allowed to defer active service until completing my college degree. I also earned a Master’s degree in 1972.
After graduating from college in 1968, I spent the next 32 years in the Navy retiring as a Vice Admiral in 2001. As a civilian, I worked the next 11 years for two defense contractors as a vice-president managing engineering and personnel services contracts for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and several Department of Defense agencies. I retired from active business life in 2012 and moved with Debbie from Coronado to Hemet. Quiet, country air, no traffic jams, fewer people.
I have been an Episcopalian since my freshman year at SIU. Courtesy of the Navy and multiple moves, Debbie and I have been members of seven different parishes from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii. Despite spending 17 of my 38 Navy years at sea, I have served as an acolyte, lector and chalice bearer (licensed lay leader), usher, Diocesan convention delegate, treasurer, finance committee member, junior warden, senior warden and have chaired two Rector search committees in this time. I served on Good Shepherd’s Vestry from 2014-2017, and am excited at the prospect of continuing my service to this parish and our community.
It was humbling to be asked again to consider serving on the Vestry. I moved to Hemet in 1977 and became a member of Good Shepherd in 1979. I was baptized & confirmed in St. John’s Church in Corona, California. Being a long-time member Good Shepherd I have seen many changes & growth spiritually in Good Shepherd.
I have served in many capacities as a Vestry member, Audit Committee member, Vestry Clerk, Usher, and Sunday School teacher. Currently I am serving as Director of Altar Guild, Chalice Bearer, Chime Choir, Finance Committee, and Gift Shop. I would hope I can be a good servant to Good Shepherd.