The Trinity Vestry
I began attending Trinity @ 7 about 14 years ago. The peace and quiet of this service speaks to me as do the jazz, the readings and the shared silent meditation. I am grateful to have a spiritual home at Trinity. I believe in service and have been volunteering at Trinity almost from the start. As a warden, I would bring my enthusiasm, compassion and humor to the work, maybe even to the meetings. I have a modicum of writing skills and am a good group facilitator. In my work life, I serve as the program coordinator for the Women's Respite Program. 2019 will be 10 years since I married John Long, a retired Presbyterian minister, in Trinity's Christ Chapel.
Judy Atkinson Miller
This is an exciting time in the life of Trinity Church! I have served 2 years on Vestry with a fine group of people, and I look forward to continuing my service as Jr. Warden.
I continue my career work with assisting our senior population navigate life changes. I have had a rewarding career assisting our senior population navigate life changes. One year ago, I became a member of Compass House executive board, representing Trinity Church. This has been an important learning experience and I will continue to service and keep Trinity informed. Personally, I’ve expanded my community to, “women of the world“ and have started a Chapter with DiningForWomen.org I serve as Chapter leader. A wonderful program serving Women & Girls in developing countries.
After moving into the city from Orchard Park, I came to Trinity in 1985. Carole Bellanca and I were married by Ward Ewing in 1988. After retiring from Moog, I became involved with rental properties, which lead to work on the Trinity Property Committee. Concern that there was insufficient financial information available to Trinity members lead to the weekly essays in the Trinity e-news. Since there are only so many financial numbers one can write about, other subjects like Loons and Santa Claus have crept into the essays. It seems a natural progression move into the treasurer’s role as Alison retires.
I moved to Buffalo from Belize where I was a high school teacher and head of department for over 10 years. In 2014, I served as a volunteer at Heart, Love and Soul Kitchen in Niagara Falls and worked in the sales and banking sector for two years. I am currently enjoying many rewarding and challenging days as a substitute teacher with the Buffalo Public Schools. My first experience with Trinity Church was in December of 2010. I serve Trinity as a healer, reader, host at Trinity @ 7 and recently as a member of the choir. I enjoy being a part of this great group of people who have welcomed me and made me feel at home. I offer my talents and service as I grow and learn from my new family here at Trinity.
John has been attending Trinity since 2017. Prior to moving to Western New York, he lived in several places in Ohio and was very active in Episcopal church life serving as Senior Warden in Xenia Ohio and on Vestries in Springfield,Worthington and Youngstown. John is currently the Development Director for ConnectLife and has over 30 years of non-profit public health experience. John lives in the Town of Tonawanda with his wife Amy and 11-year old Jamie.
I have belonged to Trinity Church for approximately 15 years. Professionally, I worked for Child and Family Services for almost 40 years. There, I provided family therapy, group therapy, child play therapy, and preventive services. In retirement, I continue being a poet, an amateur photographer, a lover of modern classical and jazz with a history of singing in choirs. I'm an activist member of The Western New York Peace Center, currently Vice Chair on the Board. I'm also a member of Veterans for Peace, having served in the US Army. At Trinity, I'm a healer and at Trinity @ 7, a reader. I hope that doing Silver Sneakers classes at JCC and walking, as well as glorying in the nutritious food and inspiration of my partner Susan, will keep me well energized to participate as a member of the vestry!
I have been a member of Trinity Church since 2003, along with my wife, Patty Kibler-Fries, and children Sara and Jacob. Patty and I were introduced to Trinity by a tour of the church and its magnificent windows during the Allentown Festival in 2001. We later ended our “church shopping” with a second visit, prompted by positive comments from others familiar with Trinity, and have never left. Trinity’s warm welcome was immediate, and we were impressed with the diversity, community involvement and children’s programs. I have served as a chalice bearer and Patty as a lector since coming to Trinity.
I am a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a Master’s degree in History. I have worked for 39 years at the NY State Insurance Fund. Trinity has a very bright future as both a welcoming house of prayer and a cultural and architectural jewel.
It has been a pleasure to be a member of the Trinity Church family for the past six years. I'm more than happy to volunteer my time for whatever needs to be done for the Sunday service whether it be greeting, reading, serving as a chalice bearer, or most recently, baking. I currently work at Population Health Collaborative as the Director of Programs. As of January 2019, our organization has taken space at Trinity, and we are thrilled with our new arrangement. Prior to Population Health, I have a Master of Health Administration from D'Youville College and am currently pursuing my Doctoral degree at D'Youville in Health Policy. For fun, I enjoy running and cycling in all seasons. I have also taught fitness classes for the past 24 years, currently at Catalyst Fitness. For downtime, I enjoy reading. I live in Elmwood Village with my three fur babies.
I was on the vestry for 3 years when Ward Ewing was ending his tenure and Cam Miller was coming on board. It was a great experience to be able to work for Trinity Church. It has been a mainstay for me and my family since 1976. I would be very happy to be able to pay back, in a small way, what has been given to us over the years by serving on the vestry.
Christina Kinney has been a member of Trinity since 2015, coming to Buffalo after graduating with a BA in voice performance from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. She works as an auto auction associate at Fiserv Lending Solutions and performs with Buffalo Choral Arts Society, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Buffalo Opera Unlimited. At Trinity, she is a choir singer and soloist, a host and organizer for Trinity @7 and serves on the Presence Committee. She looks forward to serving Trinity further as a Vestry member.
Kayla began attending Trinity in 2017 and volunteers on the Fresh Voices Planning Team, Friends of Night People Crew, and Kitchen Committee. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike with Slow Roll and the East Side Bike Club, hiking and backpacking with family and friends, volunteering at FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Lego League events, and spoiling her dog.
Elaine "Gretchen" Lodick
I’ve always loved to sing and my spouse Michael made a deal with me that if I joined the choir, he would come to church. And so I joined and he came and I’ve been a member of the choir for approximately 8 years now. Trinity is so many things to me, a place to sing, to be among loving, kind, respectful, caring people, a place to belong. I have 3 children, all in their 30s now who all live out of town, and I’m a legal secretary at Barclay Damon LLP.
I have been a member of Trinity for 3 years and presently sing with choir. I have a BA in Speech Pathology from the State University of NY at Buffalo. I served 4 years in the United States Air Force with a year of that in Danang, South Vietnam as a Chaplain Services Specialist. I lived in New York City for 12 years as a professional actor before moving back to Buffalo to take care of my parents. I worked for 32 years for the Center for Financial Training as Senior Vice President, NY Regional Director. I am presently retired but still perform as an actor here in the Buffalo region. I am very committed to Trinity and would proudly serve on the Vestry if so chosen. This church and it's people have become like family even though Sue keeps making me bake cookies.