The Vestry is the governing body or board of directors of the parish. Its members are elected at the annual general meeting for staggered three-year terms.

Current Vestry Members (bios below):

Charles A. McGee II, Co-Senior Warden (Vestry Chair)
Kevin Walsh (2023), Co-Senior Warden (Rector’s Advisor)
David Waldow (2025), Junior Warden
Alicia Lehrle, Clerk
Curt Germundson, Treasurer
Keri Beck (2025)
Roosevelt Carter (2023)
Andrew D’Antonio (2024)
Sally Fraser (2025)
Sammi Harvey (2024)
Bindhu Newell (2024)
Holly Puckett, (2023)
Calvin Richardson (2025)

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Vestry Communication Covenant

Current Vestry Members

Charles A. McGee II: Co-Senior Warden

I am humbled to once more be called to serve as a member of the vestry, for I believe service to God is the rent we pay for living on earth. I come with steadfast faith and am blessed with a wealth of experience in administering the affairs of a church that makes me a suitable fit to work in unison with like-minded individuals to articulate what God has called Grace Memorial Episcopal Church to be for this and succeeding generations.

My family history in the Episcopal Church spans four generations. And, I have been very active in the church from my formative years, serving as a youth, acolyte, and so forth. I also attended church schools, both Catholic and Episcopal,  throughout my academic career in Liberia and the US and recently graduated from the College for Congregational Development. Earlier, I served three terms on the vestry, as well as delegate to the Diocesan Convention. Currently I am an usher, acolyte, lay reader, chalice bearer, Licensed Lay Eucharistic Minister, member of the Pastoral Committee, and Verger.

I fled the Liberian Civil War and joined my brother, James Skirving Smith at Grace Memorial 1991. I was later reunited with my family. I holds B.Sc. in Political Science, B.A. in Secondary Education, M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Diploma in Criminal Justice Administration, and graduate of the College for Congregational Development.

I worked in the Office of the President of Liberia, before becoming Chief of Staff to the Chief of Police. In the United States, he has served as a school and licensed nursing home administrator, Policy Assistant to the Mayor of Portland and is an adjunct professor and Lead Community Account Manager at the United Way. I serve on many boards including the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon where is a member of the Diocesan Program Assessment Committee, and IRCO Africa House Board. My wife, Cecelia, and I have five children and eight grandchildren.

Kevin Walsh: Co-Senior Warden

When I was asked to join the Vestry, I looked at this as an invitation from God. It is an opportunity and I would be happy to serve. I sang at Trinity Cathedral for 30 years, where my husband John was Canon Musician for 38 years. I was not able to be considered as a Chapter member as a result of being partnered to a staff member.

We have been coming to Grace since 2011. John and I were married at Grace by Fr. Steven Schneider and Mother Esme Jo Culver on Monday September 8, 2014.  I manage a $500,000 Recording Department Budget, multiple and concurrent recording projects in Portland and across the United States, South America and England. I am adaptable, a good listener, and well-liked by those with whom I have worked.

I am a professional musician and have performed as soloist and in ensemble throughout Oregon in concerts, liturgical celebrations, and Church/Cathedral performances. I have sung for countless weddings and funerals for the past 45 plus years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Portland State University and a Master’s Degree in Church Music from University of Portland. I was a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland for three years. In 1993 I was received into the Episcopal Church at Trinity Cathedral.

David Waldow: Junior Warden

For the past 15 years, my son has been my responsibility while my wife worked. Now that he is becoming more independent, I feel that I can start to be more engaged with the various communities that I am involved with.

I worked for many years in the Portland architecture community prior to becoming a caretaker for my son and am fairly familiar with some of the development processes that need to occur in order to build a multi-use urban building. I might be of additional assistance in aiding the Vestry with the potential task of developing the campus. 

David is age 48, Married to Rachel Sanborn, son Brennan Waldow. Church member since 2008.

Born in Santa Rosa CA, Architecture degree from U of Oregon. Worked in architecture in Portland from 1996 until 2010. From 2010 until last Spring, home schooled our son.

Alicia Lehrle: Clerk

My family became members of Grace in the mid-1960s, and I maintained contact with Grace during the 20 years I migrated around the Pacific Northwest before returning home to the Portland area for good in 1993. Over the years, I have participated in the Altar Guild, Church School, Bell Choir, and Healing Prayer Ministry. I am a professed member of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis. My work life has included a long period at Standard Insurance Company drafting contracts, and also bookselling, commercial printing, and a short stint in a pet store many years ago, which I fortunately left as I kept taking my work home with me (dogs, birds, fish, reptiles, etc.). My volunteer activities outside of church have included many years with SMART (a literacy program for elementary school students) and work as both a volunteer and board member with Off The Couch Events (a socialization program for differently-abled adults). I very much enjoy time with my family, including the non-human members, gardening, the Oregon coast, a good book and a good beer.

Curt Germundson: Treasurer

I have been a member of Grace since 1992.  The Grace community has been a key component of my growth as an individual, as a husband and as a father.  Grace has always been an organization that is close to my heart.  Because of this experience and the spiritual guidance I find as I walk the journey I wish to pay it forward to help others.

Executive experience, accounting and financial management experience, non-profit and low income housing development experience.  Certified public accountant and a die hard do-it-yourselfer; just ask Susan.

Over the course of his career, Curt has led a variety of organizations. Most recently he served Evosus holding position of Chief Executive Officer and VP of Finance. Prior to co-founding Evosus he founded and practiced public accounting for Germundson & Company, CPA’s. Curt holds a Bachelor degree in Financial Accounting from National University.

Roosevelt Carter

I genuinely appreciate the spiritual home I have come to know at Grace and realize it is time for me to use whatever talents and abilities I have to serve. My background includes: Budget and Finance Management at Metro; Project management and Housing Development Coordinator for the City of Milwaukie; and Operations and Airport Manager for the Port of Portland.

Andrew D’Antonio

Grace Memorial has become a spiritual home for me and my husband since we moved to Portland in 2019. I would like to deepen my involvement with the community, get to know people better, and offer my particular skillset as a resource to help further the church’s mission. I am excited about Grace’s new building project, and I would love to be a part of making this come to fruition. I bring to the Vestry a background working in music schools & arts administration including strategic planning, event planning, donor relations and fundraising. I have worked in supervisory rolls for the past 10 years, and I would say one of my strengths is setting goals, creating timelines, and helping make sure things stay on schedule..

Sally Fraser

Information forthcoming!

Sammi Harvey

Though I have no previous board experience and am fairly new to the Episcopal church, I believe serving on the Vestry would be a fantastic way to get even more plugged into our community. I have been eager to find more ways to volunteer and serve our parish over the past year and I feel honored to have received a nomination. As a former evangelical and also as a young millennial, I believe I bring a unique perspective to the table that’ll be helpful as we dream towards the future of Grace memorial. As for skillsets, I have a degree in English Writing and Minor in Marketing from Lipscomb University. I am an avid reader and very competent in Social Media, particularly Instagram. My husband and I run a small business that’s social justice oriented (@goodgoodgoodco) and I am an advocate for mental health awareness. I am hoping to continue my education in the next year by going back to Graduate school to pursue becoming a Marriage, Family & Couple Therapist.

Bindhu Newell

Information forthcoming!

Holly Puckett / Sister Petra, n/OSB

I care deeply about Grace and serving God and God’s  people, and feel like the Vestry is a place where I can continue to do that. I have skills and experience that are useful to the vestry: a good understanding of nonprofit rules and laws on the local, statewide, and national level; systems for small business, including best practices for human resources, accounting, and donation management. I also volunteer in lots of lay person roles around church so I can offer perspective from several different groups when that is helpful. I am in my third year of religious studies  toward life vows in a Benedictine Order with a dispersed community called the Order of St. Luke. This means I am spending a few hours each day in prayers and study, discerning my call to follow Christ through new monasticism.

Calvin Richardson

Information forthcoming!

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