Church Officer Nominees – 9/16

by Devin Crane

Categories: Past Events

The goal of the Congregation Nominating Committee (CNC) is to keep a balance of talent and energy to continue to build on the amazing work being performed daily by many volunteers. The committee reviewed many nominations.

With Peter Whitelock and Gerald Chinen as staff liaisons, the committee reviewed the gifts and talents of all the nominees and matched them with the needs for Ruling Elder, Deacon, Foundation Trustee and CNC. We are grateful for the nominees willing to serve. Each year we are able to confirm the health of the congregation, the strength of the staff and the programs and mission projects we support through this process.

The Congregational Meeting to vote on these Nominees is Sunday, September 16 at noon in the Sanctuary. All LOPC members are encouraged to attend. The Committee would like to thank the congregation for their continued support in this crucial process.

Congregational Nominating Committee:

Michael Kim (Chair)
Ann Loar
Randi Long
Katie Owensby
Jeff Patton
Linda Kinrade
(Deacon Representative)
Jody Black (Clerk of Session)
Peter Whitelock (Staff)
Gerald Chinen (Consulting)

After prayerful consideration, the Congregation Nominating Committee is pleased to present to the congregation the 2019 nominees for: Ruling Elders, Deacons, Youth Deacons, members of the Congregation Nominating Committee-at-large, and Foundation Trustee.


Elder Nominees

Phil Hunter has been a member of LOPC for 30 years, during which he’s taught Sunday School, chaired the Groff Visiting Scholar Program, joined several mission trips, and been a member on several committees, including Personnel, APN, and Stewardship. He and his wife have five children, two still living at home. Now retired, Phil enjoys traveling, snow skiing, golf, and volunteering for local NGOs. Phil is nominated for Communications Elder.

Linda Johnson has previously served as both an Elder and a Deacon, along with chairing Stewardship, directing Vacation Bible School, serving on the Building Campaign Team and as a Sunday School teacher. She has participated in Adult Education classes, Spiritual retreats, mission trips, and in youth groups. A member since 2011, Linda enjoys gardening, exercise, reading, and spending time with her family. Linda is the founder and CEO of Eldercare Services. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and is a certified Geriatric Care Manager. Linda is nominated for Stewardship Elder.

Ryan Feaver, husband of Karla Feaver, is a Sales leader at Oracle who enjoys reading, fantasy football, and attending the sporting events of their kids—Molly, age 11, and Charlie, turning 9 later this month. An LOPC member for about eight years, Ryan has served as a Godly Play teacher and Sowers family member, and has participated in various bible studies and men’s groups. Ryan is nominated for Membership Elder.

Tom Scovel joined LOPC in the fall of 1983, serving as an Elder and, at a previous church, a Deacon. He has been active in children’s ministry, youth programs, mission, and many other committees. A retired linguist, Tom still takes part in triathlons and has two grown children, Derick and Christine. He also raised his grandchildren, Asia and Jason, from infancy with his wife, Janene, who passed four years ago. Tom is nominated for Youth Elder.

Lynne Terril and her husband of 36 years, Jim, have two grown children, Chris and Laura. Lynne has been a member of LOPC since 1986 and has served in Special Needs ministry as a Sunday Buddy, in Godly Play, and the Friendship Voyager group. She is a new member of the Floral team. She has served two terms as an Elder and one as Deacon. Since retiring as a Special Education teacher, Lynne enjoys finding more time for her family, as well as traveling, gardening, water aerobics, and ceramics. Lynne is nominated for Care Elder.

David MacKenzie—Dr. MacK at work—is a dentist and 22-year member of LOPC. He and his wife, Jane Doty, have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Megan. Dave has been ordained as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley. He has served as an LOPC choir member and, at his previous church, as chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee. He was also a member of the Committee on Ministry at San Francisco Presbytery for three years. Dave likes great wine, cooking, gourmet restaurants, music, and international travel. David is nominated for Congregational Nominating Committee Elder.

Kara Zwier Yu is raising her young son James, with her husband Jim and rescue Cocker-mix Cooper, while on an extended leave from her career as an English teacher to high school students from the Monument Corridor. Kara was raised in a Presbyterian community in Virginia that valued Sunday school as important and engaging for both adults and children. Though not previously ordained, Kara hopes her perspective and experience will enable her to provide valuable service to the LOPC community. In her spare time she enjoys baking and travel. Kara is nominated for Spiritual Formation Elder.

Ellen Stuart has been a member of LOPC since 2010, though her husband, Mike, grew up in the LOPC community. A former teacher, Ellen’s three boys, Will, Jack, and Grant, keep her busy at home these days. In her spare time she enjoys travel, reading, and volunteering. She volunteered with Vacation Bible Camp and Kids Rock here at LOPC, and is starting her sixth year serving on the board of Seedlings. Ellen is nominated for Seedlings Elder.


Deacon Nominees

James K. Petersen III, formerly a Costco Wholesale executive, is currently self-employed as the owner of Petersen Plumbing and Petersen Acquisitions. He has been a member of LOPC for about 30 years in which time he’s volunteered to staff the Aloha Sunday luncheon and Mt. Hermon Retreat efforts. He was similarly active in his previous church communities, volunteering for various special events. James enjoys boating, water skiing, snow skiing, camping, and road trips, and likes to say “the beach is my peace.” He has never been ordained as a Deacon or Elder.

Lisa Summerlin is a Project Manager for software development at Genesys who enjoys travel, hiking, violin, and cake decorating. She and her husband John have two teen sons, Ryan and Josh, and have been members of LOPC for 15 years. Lisa was ordained as a Deacon in 2008 and has volunteered on the kitchen crew and made cakes for Kids Rock.

Virginia Ross and her husband, Mike, have two grown children: Charlie and Margaret. Virginia has been ordained as both an Elder here at LOPC and a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian in Pennsylvania. In her 21-year membership here, she has also taught in Sunday School, gone on Youth mission trips, served as a certified kitchen volunteer, and currently serves on the Mission in Society team and the board of LOPC partner Children of Faith. In her spare time she enjoys travel, hiking, and quilting.

Cheryl Tibbals is an educational consultant and author with history as an Elder both at Westminster Presbyterian in San Diego and here at LOPC, where she’s been a member for about eight years. Cheryl enjoys church events and activities, such as being a Greeter, and has served as Head Usher and a Sunday School teacher in the past. She also likes to read, write, walk with her Yorkie, and watch Disney movies with her grandkids Dashiell, Gabriella, and Townsend, children of her son Troy and his wife Christina.

Rick Burris has attended LOPC since 1959 when his parents became members, but didn’t officially join as a member until 1980 along with his wife, Kim, and their daughters, Katie and Jenny. As a retiree Rick enjoys woodworking, traveling, hiking, sailing, swimming, and spending time with his grandchildren. At LOPC he’s been a senior high advisor, and a member of the Facilities Committee, Thursday Work Group, and the Mission Task Force. Rick has participated in One Sunday events and numberous mission trips. Rick has been previously ordained as an Elder.

Richard “Dick” Curry, retired project manager and Vice President of major products with Kaiser Engineers, has been a member of LOPC for three years. During that time, he has been on church mission trips, taken part in bible studies, and joined the Windjammers Voyager group; and in his previous church—United Methodist—he was a financial secretary, video/audio sound systems manager, and IT coordinator. He likes to spend his time with photography, softball, astronomy, and computers. He also enjoys traveling, woodworking, and gardening. Dick and his wife, Susan, have three grown children: Pam, Scott, and William. He has never previously served as an Elder or Deacon.

Deborah Jean Andrews is the semi-retired mother of two grown children, Chris and Lindsay Ahlman. In her 38-year membership at LOPC, she’s been part of the Women’s Spiritual Journey Group (Core leader), Spiritual Formation retreats, Family Ministry committee, Singles Ministry Outreach, Presbyterian Women Association, the Lazers Voyager group, Divorce Recovery Workshop, and more. She has been ordained as an Elder for Family Ministry, Singles Ministry, and Stewardship. She still likes to find time for photography, creative writing, music, theatre, and people in general.

Sue West recently retired as School Office Manager for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and now has a little more space to get out into nature on walks, bike, kayak, and simply enjoy meditative mornings outside. An LOPC member since 2006, Sue and her husband, Jeff, have several children and grandchildren: daughter Sara with her husband Josh, their son Brayden and one more on the way; and son Kyle with his wife Julie and their child, Mac, with one more to come. Sue has served as an usher and Lent leader. She has never previously served as a Deacon or Elder.

Eddie Reiter and her husband Jim celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 17! Their children are all grown now—Jeremy in Berkeley with wife Christine, both MDs, with their three children, Sam, Kate, and Theo; Stuart, vegan chef in Somerville with his new wife Charlotte; and Andrew an electrical engineer in Austin. Eddie’s found family, Thuthu Tonnu, now has twin boys of her own with her husband, Ray Jackson. Eddie is a semi-retired Professor of Computer Science at CSU East Bay, and enjoys horseback riding, reading, cooking, and gardening. She has been an LOPC member for about 40 years. Eddie has previously been ordained as a Deacon, was a member of Mission in Society team, and used to teach Christian Education.

Partha Malvadkar has been a member of LOPC for two years and has participated in various ministry team efforts. Partha is currently employed as an Energy Market Manager for PG&E. He and his wife Kristin have one daughter, Emily, and in his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and basketball. He has not previously been ordained as an Elder or Deacon.

Carol King and her late husband, Tom, have three grown children, Scott, Matthew, and Debbie Ned, with a total of seven grandchildren between them. An avid reader, journal writer, and Bridge player, Carol retired as the Principal of Piedmont Middle School but currently works as a substitute teacher in the area. The Kings joined LOPC in 2004 and Carol has been active since: choir member for 14 years, member of the Choir Advisory Board and Worship and Music committee, One Sunday leader for ten years, and participant in both the Hobie Cats Voyager and Second Friday Bible Study groups. Carol has previously been ordained as a Deacon and served as Deacon Moderator.


Youth Deacon Nominees

Katie Ingrey just started her junior year at Miramonte High School and has been attending LOPC for as long as she can remember with her parents, Mimi and Ken. She attended Kids Rock, YOW, and now BTW. She became a member through confirmation two years ago, and considers summer mission trips the most meaningful and fun activities at LOPC, especially her trip to India in 2017. Her sister Ali also went through the youth program and served as a youth deacon. She has two cats, Kiki and Otis, a dog, Wilma, and enjoys golfing, skiing, boat sports, and going to Lake Tahoe.

Slade Woehrle is a junior at Acalanes High School and has five siblings: Samantha, Camryn, Skylar, Chayse, and Cash. His parents, Marty and Greg, got him involved with LOPC in preschool and he’s stayed active in the youth program, attending BTW and all the mission trips he could. His favorite was the trip to India. He loves to play the guitar and videogames, hike, watch TV, and dabble in graphic design. His family also includes four pets: a black lab named Koda and three cats named Milo, Tilly, and Honey.


Congregation Nominating Committee Nominees

Jeff Patton has been a member since 2003. Jeff is a banker and along with his wife Laura, has three children: Steven (21), Emma (17) and Jackie (12). He served as an Elder previously and on the Outreach Team and as a Bible Study Leader. At his former church Jeff served on the Board of Trustees and as a Confirmation Class Youth Advisor. He likes skiing, biking, making ice cream, and anything involving power tools.

Richard Courtney and his wife Tory have been together for 30 years and members of LOPC for the last six of those. A retired professor of economics, he enjoys spending his free time on tennis, travel, live concerts and theater, bridge, reading, and hiking. Richard has been serving as an usher and as Second Mate in the Explorers Voyager group here at LOPC, and was an Elder at North Creek Church. Richard and Tory have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Marsha McDonagh has been a member of LOPC for nine years along with her husband, Colin, and their children, Kate and Owen. Marsha is a Program Manager at Wells Fargo who enjoys spending time with her kids, particularly getting involved with their school and sporting events. She has been a member of the New Members committee, Fish group, and the Mission Task Force, and is currently part of the Sowers group.

Ann Loar, retired interior designer, has three adult children and seven grandchildren. Since joining LOPC in 1983, Ann has been ordained as a Deacon and participated in many areas, including Facilities team, Worship team, Sanctuary Renewal team, choir, ushering, Hobie Cats, Chair of the annual quilt display, and she has made over 100 quilts for babies of LOPC members. Ann also enjoys traveling, reading, and taking part in various social groups.


Foundation Nominee

Philip Placier, a member of LOPC since 1975, lives in retirement with his wife Nancy. They have three grown children. Previously an attorney, Philip now spends more of his time golfing, gardening, investing and reading. Phil has served as an elder at LOPC and this will be his second term on the LOPC Foundation.