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2017 Vestry Bios

11.09.16

    Short bios on the nominees for the 2017 Vestry

    Vestry 2017 Bios

    Dan Bourque (Senior Warden) The Bourques have been members of St. Patrick’s Church since 1980. Dan was born and raised in Roman Catholic tradition. However their children –Jamie and Catherine- each went to the Day School from pre-K through 6th grade. Catherine was baptized at St. Pat’s and both were confirmed there. Jamie was later married at the Church.

    Dan served on the Church vestry for 6 years (2 terms) in the 1990’s. He became treasurer and headed the Every Member Canvas for several years. He also served as the rector’s appointee to the Day School board. More recently he served a one year vestry term, the first year Kurt became rector.  Dan participates in several of the Church’s outreach programs, currently delivering casseroles to SOME and purchasing and delivering food to stock the pantry at St. Phillips, our partner parish in southeast DC. Dan occasionally sings in the choir (not frequently enough for Adele).

    After a successful 40 year career in the health care field, including positions in both the private and sectors, Dan retired in 2011 to explore new volunteer activities and to enjoy his 2 grandchildren –Reilly and Laurel.  Serving on the Vestry again would extend and reinforce a life-long family relationship with St. Patrick’s.

    Morgan Doerge (Vestry) Morgan has been a member of St. Patrick’s Church since 2010, her freshman year at The George Washington University. Her (now) husband, Johannes “Alex" Doerge, brought her along to St. Patrick’s on Sundays while he sang in the choir. Morgan was born and raised in Hildesheim, Germany in a Roman Catholic family. After attending St. Patrick’s for multiple years and falling in love (so to speak) with the community and spirit of the church, she decided to join the Episcopal Church and was confirmed at the National Cathedral in November of 2014. Morgan currently serves as a member of the Alter Guild at St. Patrick’s (go team!). Morgan is a graduate of The George Washington University and is completing her Master’s work at American University in December focusing on International Training and Education. She also works as a Graduate Academic Advisor at American University’s School of International Service. Alex is a first year law student at GW Law and continues to enjoy singing with the choir.

    Michael Flannigan (Vestry) Michael is Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs for Peabody Energy.  Michael is responsible for all aspects of the company’s international, federal and state government relations, public policy, and corporate relations. Michael most recently served as Vice President of Global Government Advocacy leading Peabody’s engagement with external stakeholders with a focus on Australia, China, the European Union, and ASEAN countries.

    He also served as Vice President of International Government Relations where he expanded Peabody’s government relations function and worked directly with the business development function on potential mergers and acquisitions. Michael is on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the American-Australian Association, Board of Governors of the National Center for APEC, and Board of Directors of the US-ASEAN Business Council. 

    Michael, his wife Allison Nyholm, and children Christian and Kaeje have been a part of the St. Patrick’s community for over 6 years.  Christian graduated from St. Patrick’s Day School two years ago and Kaeje attended St. Patrick’s Day School from nursery school through first grade. Michael has served on the Vestry since 2015.

    Julie Khuzami (Vestry) Julie is a member of both the St. Patrick’s Church and Day school community.  Currently serving in her third year of the Day School’s Spiritual Life Committee, moving to the vestry seems like a natural move for Julie.  Her daughter, Charlotte, is in 8th grade and has been an active member of the Community Service Committee, and since the fall, the Classy group.  Julie’s daughter, Grace, was a member of Music in Motion, and is now enjoying her more grown-up status as an active participant in the Jubilate Deo Choir.  Julie’s husband, Rob, is a recent Day School Trustee, serving on the Finance Committee.

    A native Texan, Julie attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Journalism.  Julie lived in New York for more than 20 years where she had a rather, uh, interesting career path including stops at Essence Magazine, Lifetime television network, a stint as stage manager, dramaturge and producer for an independent theater company, a grants manager for the Rockefeller Foundation and finally, as a project manager for a new media company.  Both of Julie’s daughters were born in New York, and her family relocated to Washington, DC in 2009, so that Rob could accept a job at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Much to the dismay of her family, Julie is an avid ukelele player, and she very much enjoys playing and singing with Grace and the St. Patrick’s Blue Grass Group in church.  Julie is looking forward to deepening her participation in the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church community.

    Lesley Krauland (Diocesan Delegate) Lesley has been a member of St. Patrick's since 1989. Lesley served on St. Patrick's Vestry for four years (1994 to 1997), and has been serving as a Lay Reader and Server for the 10:30 am service. She is currently the Retreat Director of the Diocesan Retreat Committee, and is in her second year of formation as a Deacon Postulant in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Lesley and husband Ed were married at St. Patrick's in 1993, and three of their four boys (William, Sam, James, and Edward) were baptized here. Her boys currently attend the School for the Art Institute of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Whitman High School, and Landon. She is an alumna of St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Mount Holyoke College, and has an MSW in Social Work from Catholic University. Ed is a Partner at Steptoe & Johnson. Even with many other experiences worshiping in Episcopal churches with other church communities here and far, St. Patrick's has always been the spiritual "home" for Lesley. She would be very happy and honored to serve St. Patrick's as a Diocesan Delegate.

    Garrett Lowe (Jr. Warden to the Day School) is a third generation Washingtonian and has been a member of St. Patrick’s for 9 years, though he attended nursery school at St. Patrick’s a very long time ago.  Having a Catholic mother and an Episcopalian father, he attended Holy Trinity in Georgetown on Sundays, Episcopal schools during the week, and occasionally went to two church services on important holidays.  Garrett received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Maryland.  After spending the vast majority of his life in school, Garrett now works as a tutor at Eagle Eye Tutoring in Glen Echo, which he co-owns with parishioner Tricia Duncan, working with a wide variety of children on test preparation for college admission. 

    Garrett served as a Shepherd, has donated birding excursions to both the church and school auctions in the past and has served as a Vestry member for a two year term and as Jr. Warden to the Day School for the previous three years. He and Stephanie were married nearly 16 years ago in Oklahoma and their older daughter Nora, baptized at St. John’s Lafayette Square, attends St. Patrick’s School.  Stephanie has helped deliver casseroles for the SOME ministry for several years, and is a key member of the Rummage Sale Committee. Their son Kemper was baptized at St. Patrick’s and attends St. Patrick's School as well.

    Lalie Tongour (Jr. Warden for the Church) In 2003 Mike and Lalie discovered St. Patrick's while touring the preschool for their son Jack. They also had been church shopping for a warm family-friendly neighborhood church and were immediately taken with St. Patrick's Church. It has become their church and school home ever since. Over the years, Lalie, Mike, and their three children Jack, Alec and Stella have enjoyed being active members in the community. And now, her wonderful "church lady" role model - her mother, Louise Chambers,  has also joined our community. 

    Some of Lalie's stewardship/church activities include Sunday School teaching, Flower Guild, weekly Wednesday Bible Study, Newcomer's Committee, serving on the lay committee for then Seminarian Rachel Nyback (who has been hugely successful Rector in the Diocese of LA for 12 years!), and participating in many outreach and community building events. These experiences have helped her clearly see that ours is a caring community, for each other and for the world outside our church. 

    Baptized by her grandfather at Trinity Church (Parkersburg, WV); confirmed in her hometown parish, Church of Atonement (Tenafly, NY); and married at St. Albans (Washington, DC) - Lalie has been raised in the Episcopal Church. She received a BA in history at Furman University in Greenville, SC before settling in DC where she met her husband, Mike. Her career path has taken her from book publishing to graphic design, including doing lots of volunteer work for the St. Patrick’s community. She is happy to continue service on the Vestry in the capacity of Jr. Warden.

    Robert Vaughn (Diocesan Delegate) Robert grew up in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Robert’s father came to Chickasha shortly after Indian Territory was joined with Oklahoma Territory to form the state. His father was an attorney and a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Chickasha which may explain why Robert remembers regularly going to church four times on Sunday (including Sunday School and Training Union), on Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Saturday morning.  Robert received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Laws degree from Harvard University. Robert is a professor of law emeritus at American University’s Washington College of Law. He met his wife Nancy on a blind date and married her six months later after what he recalls as “the most important closing argument I will ever make.”  After a year in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he and Nancy moved to Washington, D.C. in 1970. They came to St. Patrick’s in 1990 and over the years their three children, Amanda, Abby, and Carrie, advanced in the Christmas pageant from sheep or shepherds to angels and speaking parts. Carrie was confirmed at St. Patrick’s. The three now live in New York City. Robert has served as a member of the vestry, as the co-director and later as the director of adult Sunday School, as an usher, and as a reader. Nancy and Robert have worked together as Sunday School teachers and Nancy is a dedicated member of the choir and a mainstay in many other activities.