The Vestry is the governing body of the Parish and consists of 15 members of the Parish who are elected by the congregation. It is the Vestry’s responsibility to be the final decision-making body which hires the Rector, approves the parish budget, makes parish policy decisions, and spends the parish’s money on mission, ministry, and maintenance.
Mark Drew, Senior Warden
Mark, his wife Joanne, and children (Fred and Matilda) have been members of Saint Mark’s since moving to Columbus in 2008. Mark is an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Mark and Joanne first met during high school in their hometown of Bremerton, Washington, where they were married in 1989. Mark’s education and research led them to Baltimore where he earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine followed by post-doctoral studies in Saint Louis, where they discovered and became members of the Episcopal Church. At Saint Mark’s, Mark has served as Junior Warden, a member of the Open Hearts, Open Doors and Stewardship Committees and has enjoyed singing in the choir, and is active in the Mark’s Men, a social and service group. Music, movies, cooking (especially barbeque), and photography are his favorite ways to spend any extra time he can find.
Leslie Winters, Jr. Warden
As a child of the rust belt (Buffalo, Pittsburgh and then Youngstown) I moved to Columbus 46 years ago to attend the Ohio State University. While in school, I served as a page in the Ohio House of Representatives, starting me on a career in public service. After graduating from The Ohio State University and Capital Law School, I spent 30 years as legal counsel for public entities such as The Ohio State University, the Rickenbacker Port Authority, the State Personnel Board of Review and the Ohio Attorney General. I retired from the practice of law several years ago. I have been a member of St. Mark’s for about eight years. I was a member of the Vestry from 2016 to 2019. Currently, I Co-chair the Outreach Committee. I am also on the Flower Guild and a member of both the St. Mark’s knitting group and the St. Mark’s book group.
Henry M., Youth Warden
Cheryl Boop is a pediatric occupational therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she is a clinical lead for the OT, PT, and Speech Therapists who work in Homecare. Cheryl and her husband, David, have been members of Saint Mark’s since they moved to Columbus in August, 2013. They currently live in Grove City. Cheryl is a member of Saint Mark’s choir, and served as a representative to the Diocesan Convention this past November. She is excited for the opportunities ahead of us as Saint Mark’s welcomes its new rector! She is the daughter of a minister and a church organist/choir director. She is a member of Outreach, Flower Guild, as well as Saint Marks’ knitting and book groups.
Rachel Dwyer-Markwardt, Formation
Rachel has been attending Saint Mark’s with her husband, David, and their children Henry and Anna since 2012. She is a supporter of the music program and Anna sings in the Canterbury Choir. Henry also sang in the Canterbury Choir before high school, and now serves as an acolyte. Rachel is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at The Ohio State University where she teaches and researches the causes and consequences of economic inequality. Last year she was awarded the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. She and David and their family live in Worthington.
Anice Ellis, Search Committee Liaison
Anice and her husband Michael (an Episcopal Priest retired from the diocese of Maryland) joined St Mark’s in 1997. Anice has served on several vestries and is a former Sr. Warden. She is active on the Outreach committee, Supper Group and Sacred Conversations group. She is a lay reader and is eager to assist St Mark’s to grow in love, service and fellowship in Christ.
Judith Grant, Parish Life
Judith Grant has been a member of St. Mark’s since 2017. Raised Roman Catholic, Judith converted to the Episcopal faith in 2000 at St. Hugh’s of Lincoln Church in Idyllwild, CA, where she sang in the choir. She moved to Athens Ohio in 2003 to be a political science professor at Ohio University. There she was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd where she served on vestry and sang in the choir. At St. Mark’s, Judith has organized a weekend prayer retreat (2019 and 2020), participated in adult formation. When her work travel to Athens permits, she participates in Sisters in Faith and Sacred Conversations. She was a delegate to the Diocesan Convention in 2019. Having a special interest in Christian meditation, prayer and the Franciscan tradition, she especially loves the blessing of the animals and the Taizé service, and visited the Taizé community in France in 2019.
Jay Iams, Member Connection
Jay and his wife Pat are longtime, active members of Saint Mark’s. They have five children and 12 grandchildren and have been members of the Upper Arlington and Saint Mark’s communities since 1980. Jay is an Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where his clinical and research interest is prevention of premature births. He created a prenatal clinic devoted to care for pregnant women at risk of premature birth at Ohio State in 1982, and is currently the Obstetrical Lead for the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a statewide voluntary group whose goal is to assure optimal perinatal care for every pregnant woman and her baby in Ohio.
Julia, her husband Scott, and daughter (Charlotte) have been members of Saint Mark’s since 2014, enjoying the neighborly feel of St Marks as well as the music and youth programs. Julia is a cradle Episcopalian, raised in San Antonio, Texas, received her BA at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and MBA at University of Texas at Austin, then moving to Columbus in 2003. She serves on the 2nd Sunday coffee hour team and volunteered with VBS, and Charlotte is in the Canterbury Choir. Julia is the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at the Wasserstrom Company. Scott teaches math at Olentangy Liberty High School, and Charlotte is in fifth grade at Tremont Elementary in Upper Arlington.
Marilyn Karl, Member Connection
Our family joined St. Mark’s in 1994, not long after moving to Upper Arlington from Clintonville, where we had attended Indian Springs Church of Christ, the church in which I had been raised. Bill and I and our four school-aged children found St. Mark’s to be a welcoming, inclusive, active congregation with a variety of opportunities for all of us to participate in worship, service, and fellowship.
Over the years, I have been involved primarily in the ministries of formation and outreach. I have taught Sunday school, children’s chapel, and VBS, and continue to volunteer in the nursery. Outreach is my primary focus at this time, helping with meals at St. John’s, volunteering with NNEMAP and CATCH Court when I can, and organizing lunches for the Habitat volunteers. I am a member of Altar Guild. Bill and I serve together on the 3rd Sunday coffee hour team and also enjoy being part of Supper Club.
In my professional life, I have taught Special Education for over 30 years, with some time off to be a stay-at-home mom and to teach preschool. I retired from Columbus City Schools briefly a few years ago, but returned as a part time intervention specialist at Colerain Elementary School, where I continue to enjoy seeing children learn and grow.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on St. Mark’s vestry and pray that as a church we may help one another grow spiritually and truly represent Christ in our world.
Bill Mayr, Communications
Bill Mayr is retired from the Columbus Dispatch, where he served in varied reporting and editing positions. He has served as finance chair and president of the parish council in a Catholic congregation. He and his wife, Barbara, have lived in Columbus since 1986; they have two adult children
Irina Reed, Formation
Irina and her husband, George, joined Saint Mark’s in 2007. They relocated from Akron, Ohio where they attended Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and were married in 2004. Their son Alex was born in 2010 and is currently in his second year in the Canterbury Choir. Irina works at BMW Financial Services in Hilliard in an IQS Team Leader role. Irina volunteers in the nursery and is a Christmas Pageant Director. She is looking forward to serving in Children’s Formation ministry as a Vestry member.
Roman, together with his wife Laura and their two sons Lukas and Alexander have been members of Saint Mark’s since 2015 shortly after moving to Columbus. While he has enjoyed participating in worship and helped in and around the church, he has not held an official office at St Mark’s. Laura has served on the vestry and both Lukas and Alexander were members of the Canterbury choir and Lukas has since moved on to the adult choir. During weekdays Roman is a professor at the Ohio State University within the Department of Plastic Surgery with most of his time spent at the James, performing reconstructive surgery for cancer patients. He hopes that he will be able to contribute to the St. Mark’s community especially in this time of transition.
Sam is a graduate of Georgetown College in Political Science and Business Administration and was married to Nancy Brothers at Saint Mark’s. Together, Sam and Nancy have one son, Eric, who recently graduated from The University of Cincinnati. Sam has been a member of Saint Mark’s Choir for nearly 19 years, and has also served as a Vestry member, verger, lay reader, chalice bearer, and as head of the acolyte program. He looks forward to once again being involved with Vestry.
Officers Appointed by the Vestry
Each year, the Vestry appoints a Treasurer and a Clerk (Secretary) and a Treasurer. These officers are not voting members of the Vestry by virtue of being appointed to these offices.
Phil Glandon, Treasurer
Phil and his wife, Lynn have two married adult sons. PJ, his wife Grey, and their three daughters live in Gambier, OH. Kyle lives in Normal, IL with his wife Lacey and their two daughters and one son. Lynn is a retired pre-school teacher and Phil is retired after selling the battery pack manufacturing company that he started in 1982, Nexergy, Inc.
A cradle Episcopalian, originally at Saint Stephen’s on the OSU Campus, he joined Saint Mark’s after his family moved to Upper Arlington in 1962. He has been a member ever since and has known every Rector of St. Mark’s. His father Jack Glandon was a former Senior Warden, Chairman of the Endowment Fund Trustees, and Search Committee chairman. Phil followed in his father’s footsteps and has also served in each of those positions. In addition, he has been an usher for over 30 years, and has been our Treasurer since 2017. He is also an Endowment Fund Trustee.
Barb Hyre, Clerk