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2019 Elected Officials

Click on the tabs below to read the bio of our newly elected diocesan officials.  Included is their answer to the following question: You are busy at work, at home, and with your congregation, why is this a good time to add diocesan service to your plate?

Diocesan Council – Northern Convocation Rep, Lay – Sandy Bjork

After my retirement as a nurse attorney, we moved to Chestertown in 2007.  I have been an active member of Emmanuel Church, Chester Parish in the Northern Convocation, where I have been a choir member, helped with the Kitchen Krew, Flower Guild, other parish activities and am currently Senior Warden. With my health care background, I have been honored to serve on the Board of For All Seasons, the behavioral health and rape crisis center, serving the five mid Shore counties and am currently vice president of the Chester River Health Foundation Board. I have learned a lot and continue to learn about the functioning of the Diocese or Easton by being privileged to serve on Constitution and Canons and the Commission on Ministry.                       

I am a RN with a B.S. in Health Care Administration and a J.D. with a certificate in Health Law. My career path has been direct patient care, utilization review and case management. Following Law School, I worked with member of the radiology community developing guidelines and standards for radiologic procedures.

My husband and I enjoy travel in the US and abroad, golf, and local theater. I was pleased to spend almost ten years of singing with the Chester River Chorale.

We are fortunate to have our children and grandchildren living on the Western Shore and in New York so there are many trips back over the Bay Bridge.                                                                     

When I looked at the question to be answered (Why is this a good time to add diocesan service to your plate?), I initially came up short, not immediately having a good answer coming to mind. On reflection, I believe that achieving the inclusion of all of God’s children as identified as the role our Diocese is pursuing in living out God’s Mission takes precedence over the “busyness” that one finds oneself in. With that in mind, I would be honored to serve on Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council – Southern Convocation Rep, Clergy – The Rev. David Michaud

Diocesan Council – At-Large Rep, Lay – Debra DragoneI am the Rector of St. Peter’s Church in Salisbury in the Southern Convocation where I have served for 5 ½ years.  During this time at St. Peter’s we have seen growth in our ministries and numbers as we strive to know and to share the love of Christ.  I have previously served as Rector of St. Andrew’s Princess Anne and was ordained in the Diocese of Easton in 2007. Previous to ordained ministry I served as the CEO of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.  I grew up in Salisbury and have spent many years on the Eastern Shore.  I am married with two adult children.

Currently I am the Chair of the Diocese’s Green Hill Church Committee, a member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, and a member of the Diocesan Grants Committee.  Previously I served as Co-Chair of the Diocesan Discernment Committee; Vice President of Diocesan Council; member of: Bishop Search Committee, Camp Wright Committee, Nominating Committee, Disciplinary Board, and Communications Task Force. Deputy to General Convention 2015, Alternate Deputy to General Convention 2012 and 2018; Appointed General Convention Assistant Secretary for Digital Systems 2012, 2015, 2018.

I believe that given my skills and experiences in parishes, the diocese and the wider church I would be able to make valuable contributions as a member of Diocesan Council.  Through the leadership of Bishop Marray the Diocese of Easton is embarking upon some exciting ministries and I would work diligently as a member of Council to help implement the vision of the diocese.

Diocesan Council – Middle Convocation Rep, Lay – Richard Savington
A native of the Eastern Shore, I went away for my undergraduate studies and law school, returning to rear my children here with my wife, a local Emergency Medicine physician. Attending Washington & Lee University and Loyola University and after a career in finance, I studied at University of Baltimore School of Law receiving my J.D. with a concentration in Tax Law and Estates and Trust. I’m currently in private practice in Easton, where my daughter is in Eighth grade at my Alma Mater, Saints Peter & Paul School. My son is studying at Marymount Manhattan University in New York City. I worship at St. Paul’s Trappe, where I serve on the vestry and was a member of the search committee for our new clergy. My family always emphasized service to others and actively participated in the life of our church and I have tried to continue that tradition in my life. I, too was at a loss when I considered the question; Why is this a good time to add diocesan service to your plate? But after some consideration this new opportunity is a natural progression in a life of service which began as a child. My family always emphasized giving back and to whom much is given much is expected. Even my choice to pursue a legal career was part of my overreaching desire to help others and make a difference in other’s lives.  I believe this next chapter will allow me to give back and make a positive impact on our church family and our community at large. I would be honored to serve on Diocesan Council.
Diocesan Council – At-Large Rep, Lay – Debra Dragone
#1 Involvement or Leadership of a congregation – St. Clements Church: North Kent Parish, Massey a) Organist for worship since the age of 12 b) Leadership Positions Held: Senior Warden, Treasurer and Registrar c) Vestry person numerous terms d) Lay Reader during transitional ministry e) VBS Director &VBS teacher numerous terms f) Lay Representative to Diocesan Convention several years #2 Involvement or Leadership in the Convention, Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, and other Committees of the Diocese a) Secretary to Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton for latter years of Bishop Shand episcopate through 2014 – approximately 6 years. b) Teller at Annual Convention under the episcopate of Bishop Martin Townsend. c) Previous Member of Board of Managers d) Previous Chair of Finance Department 4 year term ending 2018 e) Just accepted Finance Administrator for Board of Managers as Chris Maxwell is transitioning to an appointed position with the Board #3 Sustained involvement and/or leadership in Diocesan wide ministries such as EDW, UTO, CW, Retreat House, etc. a) Supporting CW ministry as member of the Advisory Board – and specifically with financial advisory work as needed. This is a new ministry since 2016 #4 Professional Experience, Education, Family Avocations….. a) Cradle Episcopalian in the same parish since birth. Married to John b) BS in Mathematical Science & Business Administration; MS in Accounting c) Licensed as an active CPA in Maryland d) Faculty Member of Lerner College of Business & Economics at University of Delaware e) Faculty Advisor: Professional Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi Greek Sorority: Alpha Delta Pi And for fun: Irish Dance Club! f) Treasurer of St. Paul’s Cathedral Trust in America #5 Advocation and Question: My calling is to give back each day for the bounty and grace God has given me. To that end, while serving and facilitating such non profit organizations as St. Paul’s Cathedral Trust as needed, I also love the one on one of teaching Latino children piano lessons as part of our ministry at St. Clement’s. Although I am seeking a financial position as a member of the Board of Managers and my contributions would be strictly financial in nature, good stewardship of parochial and diocesan funds allow all of us to serve our congregations and communities to the fullest of our means.
Diocesan Council – At-Large Rep, Clergy – The Rev. Frank S. St. Amour, III SSC
The Revd. Frank S. St.Amour, III, SSC St. Paul’s, Kent – Northern Convocation Chair, Disciplinary Board In parish ministry since 1983 with twelve years as a National Guard Chaplain. Also, as a Rural Dean and member of the Church Growth Committee in NJ; in Bethlehem, on the Commission on Ministry, Congregational Renewal Committee and the Grants Committee; and, in WNY, on the Diocesan Council. A Rotarian for twenty-five years, I have held many offices and am currently Treasurer of the Chestertown Club. You are busy at work, at home, and at your congregation, why is this a good time to add diocesan service to your plate? Diocesan service, like community service, goes with the ministry. May one hope the Convention feels I could serve this Diocese on Council.
Standing Committee, Lay – John Dragone
Greetings, my name is John Dragone and I reside in the Northern Convocation. I have been a member of St. Clements Massey since the early 1980’s. Spouse Debra and I were married at St. Clements. Over the course of those years, I have served as a vestry person, a Vacation Bible School and Sunday school teacher. I am currently serving as Senior Warden. At the Diocesan level, I was appointed to an ad hoc Committee on Parish Apportionment by Bishop Shand. It was during this assignment that I became attuned to the fact that our small parishes, including St. Clements, are faced with many similar challenges as we work to secure our futures. I have also served on the Compensation and Personnel Committee at the request of both Bishop Parsley and Bishop Marray. A graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, I sailed for a number of years in the U.S. Merchant Marine as a deck officer, including Captain. Since coming ashore, I have worked for various shipping companies in Operations and Labor Relations. I am currently employed by American President Lines Maritime as Director of Labor Relations, where we operate nine (9) U.S. Flag container ships in worldwide trade. In my role, I have responsibility for the negotiation and administration several collective bargaining agreements. Although we all claim that we are too busy with day-to-day issues – myself included – I am at a good place in my career in terms of schedule flexibility and available vacation days as well as home life to be able to carve out the time necessary to serve at the Diocesan level. Avocations over the years have come and gone, however they currently revolve around golf and being outdoors with our Dalmatian Gracie.
Standing Committee, Clergy – The Rev. Mark Delcuze

Mark Delcuze has served at ChristChurch Parish, Kent Island since 2013. In the Diocese of Easton he has served as Vice President of Diocesan Council, Chaplain and Member of the Bishop Nominating Committee for the XI Bishop of Easton, and as a member of the Clericus Planning Team. Ordained for 33 years, he has served as Ecumenical Officer in three dioceses, as Title IV Consultant in two dioceses, and as Three-time Clergy Deputy to General Convention (Southern Virginia). He has Chaired the Finance Committee for Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, MA and Chair of Personnel for the Virginia Council of Churches. For the past four years, he has been an Instructor in the School fo Adult Learning at Chesapeake College. Married to Mimi Delcuze for 35 years, he has two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren. He plays the guitar and ukulele and has been known to write a hymn or two.

– Your answer to the following: You are busy at work, at home, and at your congregation, why is this a good time to add diocesan service to your plate?

Serving Christ in the church is primary to my vocation. This means always having one major diocesan responsibility in addition to my parish work.

Board of Managers, Lay – Debra Dragone
#1 Involvement or Leadership of a congregation – St. Clements Church: North Kent Parish, Massey a) Organist for worship since the age of 12 b) Leadership Positions Held: Senior Warden, Treasurer and Registrar c) Vestry person numerous terms d) Lay Reader during transitional ministry e) VBS Director &VBS teacher numerous terms f) Lay Representative to Diocesan Convention several years #2 Involvement or Leadership in the Convention, Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, and other Committees of the Diocese a) Secretary to Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton for latter years of Bishop Shand episcopate through 2014 – approximately 6 years. b) Teller at Annual Convention under the episcopate of Bishop Martin Townsend. c) Previous Member of Board of Managers d) Previous Chair of Finance Department 4 year term ending 2018 e) Just accepted Finance Administrator for Board of Managers as Chris Maxwell is transitioning to an appointed position with the Board #3 Sustained involvement and/or leadership in Diocesan wide ministries such as EDW, UTO, CW, Retreat House, etc. a) Supporting CW ministry as member of the Advisory Board – and specifically with financial advisory work as needed. This is a new ministry since 2016 #4 Professional Experience, Education, Family Avocations….. a) Cradle Episcopalian in the same parish since birth. Married to John b) BS in Mathematical Science & Business Administration; MS in Accounting c) Licensed as an active CPA in Maryland d) Faculty Member of Lerner College of Business & Economics at University of Delaware e) Faculty Advisor: Professional Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi Greek Sorority: Alpha Delta Pi And for fun: Irish Dance Club! f) Treasurer of St. Paul’s Cathedral Trust in America #5 Advocation and Question: My calling is to give back each day for the bounty and grace God has given me. To that end, while serving and facilitating such non profit organizations as St. Paul’s Cathedral Trust as needed, I also love the one on one of teaching Latino children piano lessons as part of our ministry at St. Clement’s. Although I am seeking a financial position as a member of the Board of Managers and my contributions would be strictly financial in nature, good stewardship of parochial and diocesan funds allow all of us to serve our congregations and communities to the fullest of our means.
Board of Managers, Lay – Tom Mendenhall

Tom Mendenhall in retirement serves as consulting CFO to For All Seasons, Inc., the Eastern Shore’s leading agency in Behavioral Health counseling and Rape Crisis Support. Previously he served as Director – School Advancement & Finance at Wye River Upper School, a high school for students with learning differences in Centreville.   Throughout his career he has served as a chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and general manager at several small-to medium sized companies where his experience included turnaround and business restructuring activities focusing on general management, marketing, and finance.  Early in his career he spent five years in commercial banking.

He spent ten years with Martin Marietta Corporation as Manager – Corporate Cash, and Assistant Treasurer-Cash & Banking where he managed a short term investment portfolio of over $200 million.

He has served on several nonprofit boards.  He has been mentioned in two books: MERGER: The Exclusive Inside Story of the Bendix-Martin Marietta Takeover War, by Peter Hartz, and Leadership is a Covenant by Leonard J. Moisan, PhD.

Tom holds a Masters in Management from the Alfred P. Sloan School at MIT, and a BS from Drexel University, where he later served on the Visiting Committee of the College of Business and Administration.  During 2011 and 2012 he obtained the Certificate in Fundraising Management, and the Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. In 2017 he received the Certificate in Special Education Advocacy at the College of William & Mary Law School.

Tom is married with four children and eight grandchildren.  He enjoys fishing, reading and writing.  He is a member of Christ Church in St. Michaels where he resides and serves on the Vestry as Finance Chair. He has served on the Diocesan Council and its Finance Committee, and currently serves as President of the Standing Committee.  Since 2014 he has served as chair of the Camp Wright Committee.

Answer to question: I have been involved in Diocesan work for 6 years; it is simply part of what I do and how I serve.