The Vestry is the governing board of the parish and consists of the rector, the wardens, and lay members. The Vestry at Holy Communion currently has 15 members. Each year at the annual parish meeting, the congregation elects new members for three-year terms. Once in place, the Vestry annually elects its officers: The senior warden, the junior warden, a clerk, and a treasurer. The treasurer typically serves three one-year terms in succession, with an assistant treasurer being elected in the final year for purposes of transition and training.
The rector presides at meetings of the Vestry, which handles the parish’s business and strategic matters. In partnership with the rector, the Vestry develops and approves the annual parish budget. The Vestry also sets the parish’s strategic priorities and evaluates progress towards those goals.
Additionally, the Vestry serves as a council of advice for the rector. The rector, by church law, is the parish’s chief liturgical and pastoral officer. The Vestry meets at 5:45 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month in January through October and on the third Tuesday of the month in November and December.
Liz Crowder, Senior Warden
Richard Williamson, Junior Warden
Kyle Smith, Clerk
Jack Straton, Treasurer
Michael Faber, Assistant Treasurer
Terms expire January 2023: Liz Crowder, Jean McGhee, Judy Phillips, Dan Poag, and Kyle Smith
Terms expire January 2024: Thomas Carlisle, Bradley Fogelman, Barton Lynch, Jack Nelson, and Romaine Scott
Terms expire January 2025: Tay Chafin, Janice Hall, Lisa Holt, Shannon Mattern, and Richard Williamson
Thomas is a native of Holly Springs, Mississippi and graduated from Ole Miss in 2009. He currently works as a Commercial Lender at FirstBank. Thomas and his wife Meade have two daughters, Caroline (3.5) and Mary Miller (5 months). The Carlisles have been attending Holy Communion since 2017. Thomas enjoys serving the church by ushering during the 10:30 AM service and was elected to the vestry in 2021.
Tay Chafin has been involved in Holy Communion for many years and fondly remember the Sunday morning bible study classes from former rector Reynolds Cheney as well as the way that her spiritual beliefs have been strengthened through Education for Ministry (EfM) and her children’s confirmation classes. Tay has been active most recently at the 5:30 Sunday evening service, helping with set-up and clean-up.
With a M.A. from the University of Memphis in Learning Disabilities, Tay taught for many years at Presbyterian Day School, kindergarten through fourth grade. She also worked for 21 years at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in the education department.
Liz has been a member of Church of the Holy Communion for 20 years. She was elected to the vestry in 2020, served as Junior Warden in 2021 and is currently Senior Warden. She serves as a lay eucharistic minister, is the longest tenured member of the Holy Communion Ringers bell choir, is active in the church’s cooking ministries and serves as one of the parish wedding coordinators. She recently completed a term on the Endowment Committee.
Liz spent her early years in the United Methodist Church and joined the Episcopal Church while attending the University of Illinois. After graduation, she spent 18 years at Illinois Power Company in a variety of roles in finance and human resources. She was married and her two children were baptized at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Decatur, Illinois where she was a member of the altar guild. She moved to the Memphis area in 1998 when she accepted a position in the Strategic Finance Department of FedEx Corporation. While attending St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, she began serving as a lay eucharistic minister.
In 2020, Liz retired from her role as Director – Corporate Finance in the FedEx Treasury Department where her team was responsible for global debt and equity capital markets access, long-term cash flow and balance sheet forecasting and managing a portfolio of leveraged aircraft leases. She is a three-time winner of FedEx’s Five Star Award. Recently, she started an encore career with Organized Advantage as a professional organizer for both residential and small business clients. She is an active member of LeBonheur Club, currently serving as their Parliamentarian.
Michael has been a member of Holy Communion since 2010. He has served as Chair of the Stewardship Committee and was recently elected assistant treasurer in 2022.
Growing up in Memphis, Michael was confirmed in the Methodist church as a child and was introduced to the Episcopal Church upon meeting his wife, Alexis, in 2005. Michael and Alexis have two grade school aged boys, who were both baptized at Holy Communion. The family has been active in the church, participating in youth sports and many other activities offered by Holy Communion.
Michael is currently employed at Royal Furniture Company where he serves as President. Prior to his work at Royal Furniture Company, Michael was employed at the investment bank Credit Suisse in New York and London until 2003. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and is active in the community, having served on both for-profit and non-profit boards, such as Presbyterian Day School, the Porter Leath Foundation, and National Guard Products.
Bradley Fogelman has been a member of Holy Communion since 2008. She grew up in Huntsville, AL, and attended Vanderbilt University, living in Nashville until she married Robert Fogelman II and moved to Memphis. Bradley and Robert have two children, son Foster and daughter Eliza.
As a lifelong Episcopalian, Bradley notes that church has helped support her through many stages and events in life. Now as a part of this leadership team, she says, “I am excited about the growing energy here and proud to call Holy Communion my home of faith. The construction projects and Covid have shown me the enthusiasm, vision, confidence, and determination that this congregation has for the church. I look forward to seeing the current vision of the church being fulfilled with the same determination and enthusiasm.”
In addition to serving on the Vestry, Bradley has assisted with the Pastoral Care Committee, Celebration Sunday, Nave Design Committee, Shrimp Dinner Committee, Flower Guild, and numerous hunger outreach efforts. Her children have participated in Children’s Choir, Holy Communion’s recreational sports, and the acolyte program. From this involvement, Bradley has learned different skills and assessed the different needs of the congregation. “I feel that I bring an open mind and heart to my role on Vestry,” says Bradley, “and bring positive energy and ideas to any task at hand.”
Heavily involved in the Memphis community, Bradley volunteers and serves on the boards of Junior League of Memphis, Iris Orchestra, Presbyterial Day School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis University School, Salvation Army, and the Children’s Museum of Memphis. She notes that her volunteer experiences have allowed her to collaborate with others, navigate tough decisions, and explore new ideas and solutions.
Janice Hall was confirmed at Holy Communion in 1986 and was a member until 1993. She rejoined Holy Communion in 2019 upon returning to Memphis, after living in New York City for 20 years and attending St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Janice is actively involved in the food ministries at Holy Communion and co-leads the gleaning program. She is a member of the pastoral care team and a newly elected member of the vestry. She played a key leadership role in the design, development and implementation of Holy Communion’s new website, mobile app, and the integration of the new church management system.
After a 28-year career at the Estée Lauder Cosmetic Companies, Inc., Janice retired in 2019. Her last position was Sr. Vice President Global Sales Capability and Fast-To-Action. Prior to this role she was the first Senior Vice President of Global Employee Engagement and Organization Effectiveness. While in this role she also led the development and execution of the Global HR Strategy and played a leadership role on the Global HR Transformation team. Other roles included Vice President Global Talent Management and various sales leadership roles.
After retiring, Janice launched Kinderhill Consulting, which focuses on business strategy and transformation and leadership and talent development. She serves on the Mercy Hospital Systems Co-Worker Experience Committee of the Board and on the Talent Plus, Inc. Advisory Board.
She serves on the Theater Memphis Board of Directors and is a member of the marketing committee. She was Vice-Chair of the American Heart Association Board, NYC and was the Corporate Chair for Go Red for Women, NYC, where she led the first ever $2 million campaign and was the recipient of the Leadership from the Heart Award. She served on the Advisory Board for the Young Women’s Leadership School of Harlem and was a job coach and mentor for the First Step Program/New Your Coalition for the Homeless.
Born and raised in Chattanooga, TN where her family attended the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain, TN, Barton attended Girls’ Preparatory School and Hollins College, graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Tennessee. She moved to Memphis as an assistant buyer for Goldsmiths’ Department Store. Her career path was filled with different companies, but always in the role of “salesperson.” Whether “selling “for Goldsmiths, United Cerebral Palsy, The Principal Financial Group, Risk Assessment Laboratory, or her own floral design busines, she learned that most careers are about relationships.
As a young girl, Barton was part of the Junior Altar Guild of her parish because girls were not allowed to be acolytes! In Memphis, she initially attended Saint John’s Episcopal Church, serving on the flower guild and as Sunday School teacher. She and her sons, Alexander and Webster Canale, moved to Holy Communion in 1986. While working full time during weekdays, she enjoyed working with the Flower Guild on Saturdays. Barton married Mike Lynch in 1999. Soon, Mike and Barton were asked to help lead the Acolyte Program. “I am still carrying the torch for this ministry that we both loved,” says Barton. In addition to serving as vestry member and acolyte mentor, Barton participates in the Floral Festival Ministry, More than a Meal, and Supper Clubs.
Barton’s hobbies include golf, gardening (anywhere), Mah Jong, flower arranging, Pilates, walking, dogs, reading historical fiction and mysteries, and being involved with ladies’ organizations and friends. She also holds a judging position with the Garden Club of America. But Barton says her real passion is her children, Alex and Webster, daughter-in-law Lyndal, grandchildren, Mae and Kain, and her dog, Beau (as well as the six other dogs she has loved).
Shannon has been a member of Holy Communion since 2010. She enjoys serving Holy Communion through her work on the vestry, as Lay Eucharist Minister, volunteer for children’s activities, and the newly formed Floral Festival Ministry
Shannon was born in Alameda, CA but raised in Memphis, TN. After graduating from Briarcrest High School, she attended Auburn University where she received a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Upon graduation, she returned to Memphis. She has been happily married to Richard for almost 20 years. They have two wonderful boys, Beckett and Hudson.
After a distinguished 20-year career at Regional One Health, she joined LeBonheur Children’s Hospital where she works with premature and medically fragile infants in the neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient areas.
In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, reading, and playing with her three goldendoodles, who tend to run the house.
Jean Vaughan McGhee is a lifelong Episcopalian who has spent much of her life at the corner of Perkins and Walnut Grove. She started attending Holy Communion in the second grade, and attended St. Mary’s Episcopal School for 12 years. There were many years that Jean attended worship services six days a week. While at St. Mary’s, Jean served as Chapel Committee Chairman, assisting with daily chapel for the student body. After graduating from St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Jean received a B.S. in physics from Georgia Tech and then returned to Memphis to work for NexAir.
In 2006, Jean and her husband, Shawn McGhee, founded Hollywood Feed. Jean’s passion for both the pets and people of her community has played an instrumental role in turning three local stores into an expanding regional chain with nearly 180 stores in 19 states. Not surprisingly her favorite yearly celebration is the Blessing of the Animals held on the church steps. She has three dogs, three cats, and an occasional foster pet who knows a soft heart when it encounters Jean.
For several years at Holy Communion Jean was the chair of the Mary and Martha Guild, a group founded for continued faith and fellowship of young parents. Most recently she chaired the annual Shrimp Dinner, helped to cook and deliver food to Constance Abbey, and has served on the vestry since 2020.
Jean is the mother of Tess, Ellie, Davis, and Carmen McGhee.
Originally from Iowa, Jack and Debbie have lived in Memphis for over 40 years. Jack is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army as an Air Defense Artillery platoon leader and Motor Pool Officer. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa and completed his M.B.A. in 2010 at Union University.
Jack spent 26 years as General Manager of Cook & Love Shoes before joining AutoZone in 2005. He retired from AutoZone in 2018 where he had been the Supply Chain Manager responsible for inventory control of the Undercar, Minor Repair, Commodities, Tune-Up, and Wash & Wax teams.
He is an “L.L.E.” (Life-long Episcopalian) and remembers first using the proposed 1978 prayer book as an acolyte in the mid-1960s. He and Debbie were active members at St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, then Bartlett, where he served on several vestries and occasionally held the roles of Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Treasurer. He was involved with numerous ministries, including teaching church school for elementary, middle, and high school students, adult formation, R.A.I.N. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), Outreach Committee, Stewardship Committee, Capital Fundraising, and Eucharistic Minister. He was elected to the vestry at Holy Communion in 2021 and has been involved with the Good Neighbor Team and the Constance Abbey lunch ministry. He also sings in the Parish Choir. He and Debbie have one son, Matthew, who lives with his husband, Jason, in Nashville.
Holy Communion has been Judy’s spiritual home for most of her adult life. Raised in another tradition, she chose to be baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal church as a young adult. Judy’s children were nurtured, baptized and confirmed at Holy Communion, the youth pilgrimages being high points in their faith journeys.
Throughout the years, Judy has found opportunities to learn and give back, from teaching Sunday school, VBS and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to food drives, food preparation, tutoring and Habitat builds.
Professionally, Judy’s focus has always been on children, from Children’s social services and Mother’s Day Out to children’s ministry at Holy Communion and at other local Episcopal churches. While the latter required her attendance on Sunday mornings, Holy Communion always remained her spiritual base.
With our newly renovated campus and the waning pandemic, Judy believes Holy Communion is poised to build on a strong foundation of learning and community involvement and launch new initiatives moving forward. It is truly “a good time to be at Holy Communion” and she feels blessed to be a part of it.
Dan was confirmed at Church of the Holy Communion in 1996. He was elected to the vestry in 2001, and has also served as a member of the endowment committee and the outreach committee. He was a member of the building committee from 2019 until the completion of construction and reopening of the sanctuary. Dan was elected to the vestry again in 2020. He actively supports the hunger ministries at Holy Communion.
Having grown up in the Methodist Church, Dan discovered the Unitarian Universalist Church while attending Princeton University and continued to be involved with the UU Fellowship in Atlanta while obtaining an M.B.A. at Emory University. He attended the Church of the River in Memphis until joining the Church of the Holy Communion.
With the development of Saddle Creek in Germantown, TN Dan is credited with being the co-creator of the Lifestyle Center concept, which significantly changed the shopping center industry. He formed a series of companies with different partners that developed and managed Lifestyle Centers around the United States. Dan retired as President and CEO of Poag Shopping Centers, LLC, and his son, Joshua Poag, took over leadership of the company. He currently serves as Chairman.
Dan has served as President of Theatre Memphis and Chairman of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He was a co-founder of the Memphis chapter of the Urban Land Institute and was elected to the Society of Entrepreneurs of Memphis in 2007. He has also been an active member of several other civic and cultural organizations in Memphis.
Kyle is a lifelong Memphian and grew up in the Church of Christ tradition. Kyle and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons, Steven and Edward. Since 1995, Kyle and Elizabeth have been deeply involved at Holy Communion. Kyle was baptized as an adult and confirmed at Holy Communion. Throughout his years of church service, Kyle has been a previous vestry member, usher, acolyte master, teen Sunday school leader, youth group chaperone, outreach committee member, and diocesan finance committee member.
Kyle attended Memphis University School and earned a B.A. in economics and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He has run his family’s local swimming pool business since 1994, managing a staff of 40 employees currently. He continues to grow the business using new customer contact technology and updated human resource strategies.
Jack Straton has served as Treasurer of Church of the Holy Communion since January 2019. He also serves as an Usher, Eucharist Minister, and Lector. During the week, he is the Chief Financial Officer of Stratas Foods. His primary responsibilities include the finance, accounting, IT and legal operations of Stratas.
The Stratons moved to Memphis from Dallas in 1998, when Jack joined ACH Food Companies, Inc. While at ACH, he created and led the company’s Program Management Office, which led M&A initiatives, strategic projects, and new product development programs. Following completion of his education, he began his career with Trammell Crow Company, a diversified real estate development and management company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
In addition to his service at church, Jack helps coach seventh and eighth grade lacrosse at Memphis University School and has served in several volunteer leadership roles for the Boy Scouts as well as President of the Board of the Pink Palace Family of Museums (now the Museum of Science & History). He is married to Cindy and they have three adult children—John (living in Memphis), Rebekah (living in Houston, TX), and Susannah (living in Dallas, TX).
Richard has been attending Church of the Holy Communion for ten years. After joining in 2015, Richard started teaching the Junior High Formation Class. He later served on the 2018-2020 Vestry as Secretary (2019) and Junior Warden. (2020). In 2022, Richard was elected to the Vestry for a second term and was asked to serve as the Junior Warden. His involvement with the youth program continues as he is now teaching the Senior High Formation Class. He also participated in the 2022 Youth Pilgrimage.
Richard grew up attending Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN. He spent numerous weekdays and weekends at HHUMC while his mother played the organ and his father led various committee meetings. Richard returned to Memphis after graduating from Mississippi State University and worked for 15 years with International Paper and RANK Group (Evergreen Packaging & UCI-FRAM). Richard went on to obtain his Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis in 2013. He is now the Executive Vice President at Bryce Corporation.
Richard and his wife, Allison, married at Church of the Holy Communion in 2015. They have two boys who are actively involved in the children’s ministries at Holy Communion. Recognizing the value of community, Richard serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Odyssey. He is also an alumnus and board member of the Memphis Boychoir.