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The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton

Bishop Provisional
The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton

Bishop Provisional

Bishop Skelton served here in the Diocese of Olympia as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle and Canon for Congregational Development. During this time, Bishop Skelton developed and launched our College for Congregational Development, which continues to this day and has spread to diocese across the United States and into Canada. Bishop Skelton was elected 9th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster in 2013, and in 2018, she was elected Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon, making her the first woman in the Anglican Church of Canada to hold the position. In October 2022, she was selected as Bishop Provisional to be effective January 1, 2023.

The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior

Assisting Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior

Assisting Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, is a Assisting Bishop here in the Diocese of Olympia.

Bishop Prior has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. He served as the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Spokane, WA. He was also the Executive Director of Camp Cross, the Director of Education and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, the Chaplain and Vice President for the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, and served on the Executive Council for the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Canon Arienne Davison

Canon to the Ordinary
The Rev. Canon Arienne Davison

Canon to the Ordinary

Arienne SiuLing Davison (she/her) was born 1.5 miles from St Mark’s Cathedral and grew up in Auburn, WA. She was baptized at Christ Church, Seattle. After attending Virginia Theological Seminary (2007), she was ordained to the priesthood and served at several Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Olympia. While working alongside faithful people in congregational ministry, she also served the diocese as the Canon for Multicultural Ministries (2011-2016).

She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and works within the diocese and in the wider Episcopal Church to teach tools for increasing the Intercultural Competency of our ministers and ministries. For the past four years, Arienne has served as trainer at the College for Congregational Development in the Dioceses of Olympia, Northern California and Spokane.

Arienne lives in Bremerton with her spouse and two children.

You can contact Arienne with questions about:

  • Diocesan PoliciesClergy
  • Transitions
  • Congregational Conflict
  • Really important ministry stuff you aren’t sure who else to talk to about it.
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Adrienne Elliott

Program Coordinator for Multicultural Ministries
Adrienne Elliott

Program Coordinator for Multicultural Ministries

Adrienne is thrilled to be returning to the diocese (mostly remotely from San Diego). After worshipping at St. Paul's, Seattle, for 6 years and organizing with the Circles of Color, Adrienne moved to San Diego in 2021 to be closer to family while pursuing a Master's in Climate Science and Policy at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to grad school, she worked for Union Presbyterian Church in communications, intersectional justice, and community partnerships. Adrienne is excited to support Cn Carla Robinson and the program with an eagerness to see what intersections may develop in environmental justice, grassroots advocacy, the larger Episcopal Church, and wider community. She is also helping the diocese organize some of its Creation Care work this next year.

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Alida García

Director of Huston Camp and Conference Center
Alida García

Director of Huston Camp and Conference Center

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The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson

Canon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation
The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson

Canon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation

The Rev. Carla Robinson, a graduate of Concordia Seminary (St Louis, MO), served as a Lutheran pastor for 13 years before coming to the Episcopal Church. She was received into the communion in 2001 and was an active member of Saint Mark’s Cathedral for several years. She has served as the Administrative Assistant for Multi-Cultural Ministry and the Secretary for Vocations in the Diocese of Olympia. Since her ordination in 2009, she has served as the curate at the Church of the Resurrection in Bellevue and as the vicar of All Saints in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood. She has served as associate priest at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, The Church of the Ascension in Magnolia, St. James in Kent, Christ Church in the University District and St. Matthew San Mateo in Auburn. In 2022 she became the Canon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation in the Diocese of Olympia.

Charles Thorne

Canon for Finance
Charles Thorne

Canon for Finance

The Canon for Finance provides oversight of all fiscal and accounting activities of the Diocese of Olympia including budgeting and forecasting processes, financial analysis, reporting, and financial planning, accounting operations, insurance needs, compliance with IRS, and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk management assessment. The Canon for Finance serves as a resource to congregations and ministries within the diocese to ensure that the congregations' fiscal matters follow accepted procedures and comply with applicable laws and regulations. The Canon for Finance also works closely with diocesan committees and boards, staff, and volunteers, to support congregations through financial training for clergy, treasurers, and wardens.

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Chuck Hamilton

Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development
Chuck Hamilton

Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development

Dan Oberg

Director, St. Andrew's House Retreat and Conference Center
Dan Oberg

Director, St. Andrew's House Retreat and Conference Center

Dan Oberg serves as Executive Director at St. Andrew’s House, a retreat & conference center owned by the Episcopal Church of Western Washington.  Dan was previously Director of the Grünewald Guild, an art & faith community near Leavenworth, for 10 years.  Prior to that experience, Dan served as a lay minister in a number of nonprofits over the past three decades, as an administrator, counselor, program coordinator, Board member and consultant.  With his MA in Marriage & Family Ministries from Fuller, Dan is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, and also received a Certificate in Leadership in the New Parish with The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.  Dan is married to his lovely wife, Lois, and has two grown sons, embarking on adventures of their own.

 

Dede Moore

Canon for Human Resources, Governance, & Convention
Dede Moore

Canon for Human Resources, Governance, & Convention

As the Canon for Human Resources, Governance, & Convention, Dede Moore's focus is on how we gather as a diocese, both through our annual convention and the Bishop’s Leadership Conference, as well as other diocesan gatherings and special events. She also continues her leadership work with our existing networks, including our governing bodies, provide oversight of human resources for Diocesan House and diocesan entities, and consult with congregations on human resources issues and questions.

Nationally, she has worked in the Secretariat of the House of Deputies at three General Conventions and on the staff of the General Board of Examining Chaplains. Dede joined the diocesan staff in 1993; previous responsibilities included executive for governance and convention, and five years as editor of the Episcopal Voice.

On her own time, she is a landscape and nature photographer, an adventuresome cook and the wife of a sometimes challenging, wonderful husband.

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The Rev. Dr. Dennis Tierney

Diocesan Property Manager
The Rev. Dr. Dennis Tierney

Diocesan Property Manager

The Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney currently serves part-time as Property Manager for the Diocese of Olympia. From 2007 to 2016, he served as Rector of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Prior to his call to Saint Barnabas, he served as Associate Rector at Saint Bede’s Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, CA where he directed adult education and formation activities as a special focus of his ministry along with responsibilities for children, youth, and family ministry. Prior to his ordination, he was originally a high school teacher of social studies and student activities director. He then served as a professor of teacher education and program administrator at The Claremont Graduate School, California State University, Fullerton, and San Jose State University. His last position before entering seminary was with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in Sacramento, California where he served as Director of the Professional Services Division at the Commission, the nation's oldest independent teaching standards board.

He is married to Dr. Grace E. Grant, professor of education emerita at Dominican University of San Rafael, California. In his spare time, he pursues an avid interest in cooking, theatre, opera, and historical murder mysteries with occasional forays into the world of YouTube.

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Edie Pehrson

Senior Accountant
Edie Pehrson

Senior Accountant

Edie is a Seattle native (raised in Shoreline). After a wonderful freshman year at Bethel College and Seminary (now known as Bethel University) in St. Paul, Minn., she returned home and earned a B.A. degree in Finance from Seattle Pacific University.

Edie's accounting career has been mostly in non-profit organizations - primarily schools - including 20 years as an accountant at Lakeside School. She also accumulated four years in for-profit accounting, served a couple of terms as a member/treasurer of her homeowners' association board, and as financial secretary for her church. Edie is an associate member of ASWA (American Society of Women Accountants), enjoys volunteering for Woodland Park Zoo, playing the piano and crocheting.

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Erik Bauer

Archivist and Records Manager
Erik Bauer

Archivist and Records Manager

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Greg Hester

Coordinator for Graphic Design & Video Production
Greg Hester

Coordinator for Graphic Design & Video Production

Greg Hester has served as Graphic Designer and Publications Specialist for the Diocese of Olympia since 2008. In addition to design and layout, Greg is responsible for the production of written, graphic and visual materials for promotional/explanatory purposes on behalf of the diocese. This includes the creation and production of logos, program brochures, web graphics, catalogs, annual reports, invitations, manuals, mailers, business cards and letterhead. Greg is also heading up our efforts in video recording and production. Before joining the diocesan staff he worked in real estate marketing, most recently as graphic designer for John F. Buchan Homes.

Greg is a Seattle native and graduated from the Washington State University honors college. Besides Cougar athletics he enjoys history, photography, fishing, playing the piano, watching and collecting memorabilia from the original Star Trek and listening to classic Elton John.

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Greg Hope

Director of Refugee Resettlement Office
Greg Hope

Director of Refugee Resettlement Office

The Rev. Canon Ivar Hillesland

Acting Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership Formation
The Rev. Canon Ivar Hillesland

Acting Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership Formation

Ivar oversees congregational development, including The College for Congregational Development, and the coordination and deployment of diocesan consultants for Mutual Ministry Reviews and Vestry Retreats.

Ivar has been working in our diocese and beyond as a congregational and intercultural consultant as well as teaching with the College for Congregational Development since 2015.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Yale Divinity School, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, he was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 2012 and continues to minister at Church of the Apostles (COTA), a joint Episcopal/Lutheran worshiping community in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. In the NW Washington Lutheran Synod, he also serves on the Synod Council, Personnel Committee, and Strategic Team for Authentic Diversity and is passionate about building the relationship between Lutherans and Episcopalians.

Raised in Pasco, WA, he now lives in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Targhee, three boys (Olyver, Odin and Orion) and their adorable dog Matilda. He is also an avid musician who loves to lead and write music for the church (thereverbcollective.com).

The Rev. Deacon Jeffrey Boyce

Missioner to the Unhoused
The Rev. Deacon Jeffrey Boyce

Missioner to the Unhoused

In accordance with the Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, the Missioner for the Unhoused will

  • Advocate locally and regionally for faith-based and community solutions to housing insecurity and threats to the unhoused.
  • Be present to those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.
  • Support efforts of congregations in the Diocese of Olympia to adopt Gospel-based responses to housing insecurity and threats to people experiencing homelessness.

Jim Beckwith

Treasurer
Jim Beckwith

Treasurer

In this role Jim will provide links between our finance office and governing bodies, and he will bring items and issues to the notice of the appropriate governing body – Diocesan Council, Joint Finance Panel, Board of Directors – at the appropriate time for discussion and action. He will also be available as a contact for congregations that have questions about financial issues, as well as mission congregations needing signatures on use agreements and contracts.

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John Kydd

Missioner for Climate Care and Climate Justice
John Kydd

Missioner for Climate Care and Climate Justice

John is an apple who has not strayed far from the tree. Born and educated in Seattle, he then moved to Bainbridge Island to raise his family. Trained as a lawyer, researcher and social worker, he initially focused upon family and child rights and then shifted to address the threat of climate change with the belief that faith communities will play a critical role in addressing the challenges of Climate Justice. John is a member of Grace Episcopal, a Greenfaith Fellow, and the Climate Change Director for the Maqasid Institute. John loves this land and its inhabitants and feels lucky to learn ever more about how little he knows.

Josh Hornbeck

Canon Missioner for Communications
Josh Hornbeck

Canon Missioner for Communications

As Canon Missioner for Communications, Josh tells stories from across the diocese and uses the wide variety of communication platforms to deepen connections between individual parishes, missions, and ministries, broadening impact and reaching new communities through social media channels.

Josh worked for the Seattle International Film Festival's Digital Marketing Department, aiding in the development of a new digital and social media marketing strategy for the 2016 festival and year-round cinema. He was the writer and director of Seattle Pacific University’s touring theatre troupe and has been a freelance writer for a number churches, universities, and nonprofit organizations across the Puget Sound. He has a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.

He enjoys spending time at home with his wife and their two cats, is an avid reader and film lover, and is passionate about the intersection of faith, art, and social justice.

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Judith Andrews

Chancellor
Judith Andrews

Chancellor

Kerry Allman

Internet Strategist
Kerry Allman

Internet Strategist

Kerry is responsible for the overall internet strategy for the diocese. This includes not only diocesan functions, but also the monitoring and supplying of resources to congregations in order that they might have a meaningful presence in cyberspace. He is also responsible for the maintenance, oversight and coordination of computer hardware, software and network systems for Diocesan House. In addition, he manages the diocesan leadership database, serves as the webmaster for the diocesan website and provides technical support for diocesan staff. As an integral part of the Office of Bishop and the diocese in general, he serves as a technical advisor and creative partner in maintaining and improving diocesan communications.

In his free time, he entertains his wife with home remodeling projects, travel, dog walking and an extensive collection of classic movies.

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Lori Hardow

Finance Assistant and Insurance Coordinator
Lori Hardow

Finance Assistant and Insurance Coordinator

Lori is a Seattle native, her family has been in Seattle since 1910. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Music Education and sings in the Seattle Bach Choir, Sine Nomine and Canzonetta. In her spare time she gardens, makes quilts and does genealogy research.

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The Rev. Canon Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn

Title IV Intake Officer
The Rev. Canon Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn

Title IV Intake Officer

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Mark Swanson

Building Manager
Mark Swanson

Building Manager

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The Rev. Mary Bol

Pan African Missioner
The Rev. Mary Bol

Pan African Missioner

Matt-Koski

Matt Koski

Resource Coordinator
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Matt Koski

Resource Coordinator

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Mekdes Teleale

Staff Accountant
Mekdes Teleale

Staff Accountant

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Sue Tait

Director of Resource Center
Sue Tait

Director of Resource Center

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Sumonnat Puttavon

Associate Director of Refugee Resettlement Office
Sumonnat Puttavon

Associate Director of Refugee Resettlement Office

Dr. Thea Mirabella Maeve Wyatt

Canon Missioner for Congregational Transitions and Education for Spiritual Leadership
Dr. Thea Mirabella Maeve Wyatt

Canon Missioner for Congregational Transitions and Education for Spiritual Leadership

A former United Methodist clergywoman, Dr Thea Mirabella Maeve Wyatt worked previously within the local church as a parish minister and as Executive Director for the Wesley Foundation, a campus ministry to the University of Washington. After engaging in doctoral study in Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Leadership, she spent 15 years teaching at Seattle University (for the Department of Theology and Religious studies, as well as The School for Theology and Ministry), during which time her academic research led to published articles and presentations on how to cultivate creative spiritual leadership. More recently, Dr. Wyatt has served the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia as a trainer for the College of Congregational Development and as a consultant within the Congregational Consulting Network, offering guidance to spiritual leaders, fostering awareness of developmental growth opportunities around intercultural competence, and journeying with faith communities during periods of clergy transition.

Over the course of her ministry, Dr. Wyatt has worked extensively designing and facilitating educational workshops and retreats in a variety of contexts, often utilizing the expressive arts. Indeed, Mirabella Maeve is herself a practicing artist, acting as an Artist-in-Residence for St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, where she is also a member. When not dabbling in various art forms, as a dancer, performer, writer, and visual artist, she can be found meditating by the lake, perusing interior design magazines, reading mystery novels, or playing games with her beloved husband and daughter.

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Tonja May

Acting Executive Assistant
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Tonja May

Acting Executive Assistant

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Valerie Reinke

Canon Missioner for Faith Formation
Valerie Reinke

Canon Missioner for Faith Formation

Valerie comes to the Office of the Bishop from Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, where she has spent the last five years coordinating their Children & Families Ministry. She is the author of a curriculum for 2nd- 4th grades, "Storytellers," that uses children's books as a jumping off point for discussing Christian values and scriptural teachings. She was part of the leadership team that brought Grace’s Summer Day Camp to the children of farm workers last year in collaboration with La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Vernon.

Prior to landing in the Pacific Northwest, Valerie spent three years as the Christian Education Director at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Keller, Texas, where she initiated a weekly “Wednesday Night Live” program, which included dinner and break-out discussion groups for all ages. Before discovering a vocation in the church, she worked with public libraries throughout California helping them develop services for adults with low literacy skills, ultimately spending six years at the California State Library, managing the statewide adult literacy effort. In 2012, Valerie and her family moved to Bainbridge Island where she began writing creatively, gradually becoming a regular contributor to Bainbridge Island Magazine and the founding editor of Grace’s seasonal blog, Lenten Muse (www.lentenmuse.wordpress.com), which gathers the art, poetry, photography, and writing of Grace members to enrich and deepen the experience of Lent. In her spare time, she reads, practices yoga, and enjoys the company of her family: husband, Fred, and teenagers Ricky and Cara.

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