The Trinity Vestry  

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Kayla Kisenwether 

Senior Warden

I  began attending Trinity in 2017 and became a member in 2019. As part of the Trinity community, I volunteer at Friends of Night People and help plan events like Fresh Voices and the upcoming workshop with Debby Irving. After serving on the vestry and as Junior Warden, it is an honor to continue my service and I am so grateful for this chance to take on a larger role in helping Trinity continue as a welcoming spiritual home for all who are searching.   

John Gillespie 

Junior Warden

I been an active member of Trinity since moving to Buffalo in 2000.  I have served on vestry including as  warden during the transition to Matt's leadership.  My wife Catherine and I organized 7 medical mission trips to El Salvador.  We have 3 children and 6 grandchildren most of whom can ski better than their grandfather.

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Bing Sherrill

Treasurer

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.

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Elaine "Gretchen" Lodick

Clerk

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.

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John Alduino

 

 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.

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Erickson Contreras 

I've been a member of Trinity since 2003 when my wife Jennifer and I were welcomed into this wonderful community. During this time I've assisted in Sunday morning service as Chalice Bearer, Healer, Greeter, and Liturgist. I've also served two terms in the Vestry, as Treasurer during Rev. Karp's interim period and have helped coordinate the annual auction. I'm honored to serve in the Vestry again and put to good use my experience as a financial analyst.

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Edward Fries

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. 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. 

Timothy Lane

I have been a member of Trinity since I was a child. Along with a previous term on vestry I have served Trinity in many different ways over the years including leading the current zoom discussion groups helping with Trinity@7 services, Christmas pageants, and singing in the choir. Though life has taken me several other places on Sunday Mornings and I have always felt drawn to stay involved with Trinity. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve another term on vestry and promise to do everything I can to support Trinity in the ever-evolving life of the church.

Megan McElfresh

In 2011, I moved to Buffalo and began my own professional architectural glass studio, McElf GlassWorks. 

In fall of 2017, I became Executive Director of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA). Of course, Trinity became one of my favorite places to meet people to talk about stained glass. I actually attended my first Sunday service here early on in the pandemic when services went virtual. In 2020, I moved the SGAA offices to Trinity, and eventually my stained glass studio to the Trinity campus as well. My background in operations management, economics, and glass art is a perfect fit for the SGAA, and I hope it will be just as helpful to the vestry.

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Tom Owen

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.  

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Joanne Sundell 

My husband Dan & I joined Trinity around 2008 when my boys were just tots (they're tall teenagers now).  I've been involved in the church as a "visitor host" or greeter for many years, and as a member of the Fresh Voices team--both were ways I contributed to grow our congregation.  I work as an adjunct history instructor at SUNY Erie in Buffalo and have a small family business as well.  I enjoy gardening, yoga, and visiting with friends and family.

Jeffrey Tooke 

I came to Trinity a few years ago while searching for a church after leaving a Catholic parish where I was part of the music ministry for nearly twenty years.  Trinity has been a blessing and beacon of the inclusion of the Episcopal Church, and I am grateful that I have found a home at Trinity.  Before the pandemic, I served as a reader and chalice bearer.  Now I am the Cyber Sacristan (“the live streamer behind the curtain”) for the Trinity morning service, a co-facilitator of the Trinity discussion group, and I have also helped with tech for the Nadia Bolt-Weber Fresh Voices event.