Memorial Episcopal Church

Wardens, Vestry & Officers

Officers and Vestry
The vestry is the governing body of Memorial Church, elected to represent the people of the parish. Our vestry is made up of twelve parish members, the senior and junior warden, and the rector. Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting held each January and serve three-year terms of office.  Parishioners are welcome to share their thoughts and ideas about God’s vision for us and how to make that vision a reality at Memorial. Please feel free to speak with any vestry member about your ideas for Memorial.

Beth Drummond Casey, Senior Warden, Class of 2019

Beth Drummond Casey, a native of the Berkshires in Western Mass, came to Memorial right out of college in the late 70’s, subbing for Nancy Kelso one weekend in the choir and never looking back! She got to know her husband Tom in the choir – one of four soprano/tenor match-ups at the time. They married at Memorial in ’81, with the church choir leading the Processional while joyfully singing St. Patrick. (Was this a nod to Beth and Tom’s Irish Catholic upbringings? Hard to know…) Since then Beth has served in several capacities at Memorial: a member of the congregation while raising now-young-adults Harry, Liza, and Maggie; Godly Play teacher; member of the Vestry that called Martha Macgill; and most recently as Stewardship campaign co-chair. She worked for 28 years as a teacher or administrator at Gilman and Park, for 8 years was the founding Executive Director of Middle Grades Partnership, and is currently Lower School Head at Roland Park Country School. In her spare time Beth sings with the women’s a cappella group Out Too Late¸ tries to hit at least five digits each day on her “Fitbit” and loves to read novels.

Monty Howard, Vestry Class of 2018, Junior Warden

Monty HowardMonty is a cradle Episcopalian from California who’s attended churches in CA, VA, RI, MN, TX, DE and DC before coming to Baltimore in 1998. Monty and former Organist Doug Forbes had both been boy sopranos at Washington National Cathedral. He joined the choir immediately, and was a key performer in the first four Memorial musicals. He has also been a graphic designer to the church when posters, invites or flyers are required, and has been very involved in FESTIVAL ON THE HILL. He has also been involved in volunteer coordination for Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School and is Secretary of the Board at Memorial Apartments. Monty has been an Architectural Graphic Designer for 35 years and has owned WMHGD LLC for the past 10 years. He and fellow parishioner Steve Howard (no relation) have been partners for 10 years and moved to Bolton Hill from TV Hill in 2007.

David Clewell, Vestry Class of 2017

David Clewell

David Clewell has been a lifelong member of the Memorial Episcopal family.  Over his twenty-plus years, he has participated in Godly Play, Rite 13, and Youth Group; served as a member of the Rector’s Search Committee (1999-2000) and Finance committee; and served in worship as an acolyte and a reader.  Outside of Memorial Episcopal, he works at T. Rowe Price and earned an MBA from the R. H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland.  He lives in Woodberry with wife, Janice, and their cat, Amelia.

Denise Weeks, Vestry Class of 2017

Denise Weeks-001“And a child shall lead them.”  Denise arrived at Memorial Episcopal Church in 2002 via her then five year old daughter Paris who thought Memorial had the best Sunday school ever.  In a desire to know more, she joined the new members/inquirers group and was confirmed as a member at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in May 2006.  She became a partner in the youth ministry, first teaching Sunday school and then as a coordinator of the Sunday school program.  In the theatre outreach, she has performed in Memorial’s productions of “Cats” and “Annie.”  Denise has helped out where needed at Festival on the Hill, Memorial Apartments Christmas Dinner, and the Samaritan Kitchen.  She looks forward to a service on the Vestry.

Nora Adams, Class of 2017, Registrar

noraadamsNora Adams grew up in Ohio and South Carolina.  Raised Roman Catholic, she started attending services at Memorial in the summer of 2005 after moving to Baltimore from Atlanta, GA.  She was received into the Episcopal Church in the spring of 2007. At Memorial, Nora volunteers her time behind the scenes to support Memorial Players and is currently serving as Registrar.  She also attends Connect gatherings, a group of people who gather for dinner and reflection once a month. In her professional life Nora works as Director of Food Safety for Wilkins Rogers Mills, a regional flour mill.  Nora lives in Columbia with her partner of 15 years, Mary Goodwin.  Two cats, Sangria and Riesling, round out the family.  Nora and Mary find Memorial to be an uplifting spiritual home with a diverse community of supportive and gifted people!

Erin Penniston, Vestry Class of 2017

epennistonErin and her husband, Tom joined the Memorial community when they moved to Bolton Hill in 2009.  Since that time, their family has grown to include Aliona, Jude and Matilda.  They love living in Bolton Hill where they can walk to the places they learn, work, play and pray (and watch House of Cards filming)!  Erin remains drawn to Memorial’s diversity, theater arts, and outreach ministries, and she hopes to see her children grow up engaging in this community.  As a lifelong Episcopalian, Erin considers this vestry nomination an opportunity to strengthen her spiritual growth, continue her call to service, and share Memorial’s Episcopal ideology with her family.

 Amy Krulak, Vestry Class of 2018

Amy KrulakAmy is a lifelong Episcopalian and a member of Memorial since she and her fiancee Alastair Palmer joined the church in August of 1991.  They went on to marry and baptize their three children in this, their church home.  Amy has been on the board of the Samaritan Community since 1994, even doing a stint as Board President.   Amy keeps busy working full time for Baltimore City Public Schools and is based at City Neighbors High School.  Their daughter Zoë is now a sophomore at Tulane University.   Gordon is in 11th grade at Towson High School and Henry is an 8th grader at Dumbarton Middle School.   Amy feels like she would like to take a greater role during this transition period, having been busy with babies during the last transition. She would be honored to support Memorial through service on the vestry and the opportunity to spend more time with the people and community that she loves.

Bev Sanderson, Vestry Class of 2018

Bev Sanderson cropBev visited Memorial to satisfy the cajoling of a friend, and decided to stay and figure out what all the excitement was about.  Intrigued by this fresh new language (she had spoken Presbyterian for 30 years), she was intrigued by the diverse community and fearlessness to have differing opinions and speaking one’s mind AND heart. It took two joining members classes to convert her, and in 2013 she decided to make the commitment after reading the 39 Articles of Faith and reflecting on them. Bev stays at Memorial because, quite simply, it is a community that nurtures her faith journey. One way she can support the life of the church is to be willing to become a Vestry Member. As a new grandmother, Bev keeps fit by running after a 2 year old and a 14 month old; she enjoys reading, gardening and laughing and talking with friends.

Wendy Shuford, Vestry Class of 2019

Wendy Rambo Shuford became an Episcopalian as a teenager and became a member of Memorial in December of ’75. She has been a youth advisor in three churches, including Memorial’s “Talk In”. Since she has been at memorial, she has been part of “Spiritual Companions”, a prayer shawl ministry and in charge of “Meals Appeal”, and has done make up for the musical. One thing she appreciates about Memorial is the “round robin” of giving rides to one another when needed. Before coming to Baltimore in 1972, she worked in Botswana as a nurse. She was at GBMC for 31 years and retired in 2005. She worked at Claggett as a nurse over many summers, served on the Claggett Committee, and now serves on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Diocese. Outside of Memorial she hosts musicians in her living room, is now on her 8th year volunteering in the classroom at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School, and is a swimmer. This will be her first time on a vestry and is she is honored to do so.

Marjorie Forster, Vestry Class of 2019

Marjorie Forster grew up in England and was raised in the Church of England. She joined Memorial Episcopal Church in 1998 and was attracted to this community because of its diversity, and to a church that welcomes every one regardless of religion, race or persuasion. At Memorial over the years Marjorie has volunteered her time as Usher, Chalicist, Co-Chaired Festival on the Hill for several years, Co-Chaired with Mary Goodwin the recent Profile Committee in preparation for the Rector Search, is a contributing member of the “Meals Appeals” program, and as a baker supports various Memorial events including Memorial Players and the Christmas Fair. Marjorie is a member of the Connect group that gathers monthly for dinner and discussion. Until her retirement on June 1, 2015 Marjorie worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore as an Assistant Vice President, Research and Global Health Initiatives. Marjorie lives in Bolton Hill with her dog, Sandee, and cat, Obsidian. The Memorial Community is unique and she looks forward to the opportunity of being part of the Vestry.

Dale Balfour, Vestry Class of 2019

In 1994, I had just completed a Masters in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and was wondering what God intended me to do with it. Barney Farnham, with whom I was serving on Diocesan Council, mentioned that he needed a Director of Christian Education. For six years I ran the church school and adult education programs at Memorial. Barney was a wonderful boss, teacher and friend, and I miss him still. After I retired from that job, I took on the food pantry at the Samaritan Community, which I am still running, or it’s running me – whatever! My other preoccupations are gardening, which I enjoy sharing with the Memorial altar, traveling, especially where there are birds to see, taking adult courses in art and literature, and bridge.
I have been married to Bill for 55 of my 75 years; we have a grown son and daughter and three thoroughly delightful teenage granddaughters.
I served a previous term on the Memorial vestry, early in Martha Macgill’s tenure. I also was on the vestry at St. Thomas, Garrison Forest, have been on several Diocesan committees and been a deputy to five General Conventions.
I drive past any number of Episcopal churches to get to Memorial because it is such a special place!

Paul Seaton, Treasurer