The Bishop and the Bishop’s Staff ~ Diocesan Contacts
Alphabetical Listing. For listings by offices please see links to the left of the page (on desktop) or in main menu (on mobile devices).
Ms. Karin Almquist
Assists in developing and implementing systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial information.
The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate
Liaison for Global Mission
Office: 212-316-7432; Fax: 212-932-7345
The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate assists the bishops in oversight of the diocese’s global mission connections and relationships. She also works with local communities of the diocese to foster and develop their ministry partnerships at home and abroad.
Mr. Patrick Bergquist
Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities
Office: 212-316-7426; Fax: 212-316-7431
Patrick is responsible for oversight of all grant-making and program assistance activities including grants management, program development, and program relations. He also oversees Episcopal Charities’ social media, web site, and electronic communications.
The Rev. Dr. Eugene Bourquin, Deacon
Pastoral Missioner to the Deaf
Ms. Arlene Bullard
Bishop Dietsche’s Assistant for Special Projects & Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary
Office: 212-932-7363; Fax: 212-932-7318
Arlene Bullard manages the diocesan database and bishops’ visitation schedule; provides support to the clergy spouse/partner group and Anti-racism Committee; coordinates training for Licensed Eucharistic Visitors.
Ms. Charmagne Castillo
Office: 212-316-7435; Fax: 212-932-7328
Charmagne Castillo provides support in carrying out the responsibilities of the Finance office, most particularly with regard to accounts payable and cash receipts.
Ms. Michelle Chang
Executive Assistant to the Bishop Suffragan and the Assistant Bishop
Office: 212-316-7484; Fax: 212-316-7405
Michelle Chang provides a wide range of administrative and coordinating support for Bishops Shin and Glasspool, including organizing meetings, appointments and engagements and acting as the main contact person for the Bishop Suffragan’s and Assistant Bishop’s offices.
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Ms. Emily Collie-Beard
Volunteer Coordinator, Episcopal Charities
The Rev. Canon Victor Conrado
Canon for Congregational Vitality and Formation
Ms. Audrey Cousin
Office: 212-316-7479; Fax: 212-932-7328
Assists with general accounting and administrative functions, including interacting with congregations regarding parochial reports and assessment inquiries.
Ms. Mildney (Mai) Dal
Office: 212-316-7434; Fax: 212-932-7328
MIldney Dal ensures the integrity of accounting information by recording, verifying, consolidating, and entering transactions as well as assisting in reporting financial information.
The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche
Ms. Judith Douglas
Executive Director, NYSJC
Judith Douglas provides leadership and responsibility for the operations of the Episcopal Service Corps NY (d/b/a New York Service and Justice Collaborative) Includes oversight of the administration, development, communications, marketing, formation of the nonprofit, as well as supporting board activities and relations.
Ms. Gloria Fitzgerald
Director of Office Services
Office: 212-316-7422; Fax: 212-316-7405
Gloria Fitzgerald oversees office services and administration including phone and mail services for the entire Cathedral Close, Diocesan House reception, conference room calendars, meeting catering, and management of special diocesan events.
Mr. Andrew Gary
Assistant to the Chief of Finance and Operations, Communications & Editorial Assistant, Safeguarding Online Manager
Office: 212-932-7322; Fax: 212-932-7323
Andrew Gary assists the Chief of Finance and Operations and the Director of Communications. He also manages Safeguarding Online, the newly-implemented web-based sexual misconduct awareness and prevention training program, for the Transition Ministry Office.
The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool
Mr. José Henao
Office: 212-316-7417; Fax: 212-316-7405
José Henao receives, sorts and distributes incoming mail for the entire Cathedral Close, and processes outgoing mail for the cathedral and diocesan offices. He also assists with meeting set-up and other Office Services responsibilities.
Ms. Esslie Hughes
Chief of Finance and Operations
Office: 212-316-7409; Fax: 212-316-7481
Esslie Hughes oversees all financial and administrative operations, providing support to the Diocesan Trustees and Trustee committees, including the Adjustment Board. She also serves as a resource on all related matters to congregations in the diocese.
Ms. Michele Kearney
Mr. Wayne Kempton
The Rev. Ryan Kuratko
Campus and Young Adult Missioner for Northern New York City
The Rev. Deacon Denise J. LaVetty
Director of Deacon Formation and Transition
Ms. Melissa Lopez-Sanchez
Executive Assistant to Bishop Dietsche
Office: 212-316-7413; Fax: 212-932-7318
Melissa Lopez-Sanchez provides administrative and coordinating support to Bishop Dietsche, including organizing meetings, appointments and engagements and acting as the main contact person for the Bishop’s office.
Ms. Sharon Luke
Global Women’s Fund Liaison, Receptionist
Ms. Zoraida Marte
Mr. Alito Orsini
The Rev. Canon John D. Perris
Canon to the Ordinary
Office: 212.316.7415; Fax: 212 932 7318
The Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person
Canon for Pastoral Care
Office: 212-932-7355; Fax: 212-932-7368
Canon Person provides pastoral ministry to clergy and their families, including counseling, pastoral liturgies, and referrals for outside counseling. She also assists in planning parish visitations and other episcopal ministries within parish settings.”
Mr. Nicholas Richardson
Ms. Sara Saavedra
The Rev. Megan E. Sanders
Chaplain, Canterbury Downtown
The Rev. Megan E. Sanders Is Episcopal chaplain to students in lower Manhattan through Canterbury Downtown; coordinates the Young Adult Network, and provides support for 20s/30s outreach ministries in congregations around the city.
Ms. Mary Beth Sasso
The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
Office: 212-316-7465; Fax: 212-316-7405
The Rev. Canon Charles W. Simmons
Ms. Chontel Simmons
Director of Human Resources
Oversees all human resources functions for the diocesan staff and provides human resources advice and support to the diocese’s congregations.
Mr. Geoff Smith
Director of Technology
The Rev. Canon Nora Smith
Canon for Transition Ministry, Intake Officer
Office: 212-316-7421; Cell: 917-319-3959
Works with the parishes in the “in-between time” when the current priest leaves and they begin to discern and search for the next one; also responsible for licensure and transfer of clergy and supply clergy.
Ms. Elaine Song
Program Manager, NYSJC
Ms. Elizabeth Starling
Director of Development, Episcopal Charities
Office: 212-932-7376; Fax: 212-316-7431
Ms. Val Stelcen
Executive Assistant to the Bishop for the Mid-Hudson
Office: 845-338-1086; Fax: 845-338-1154
Val Stelcen provides pastoral and diocesan support to parishes and an open line of com munication to the Bishop; acts as Mid- Hudson regional liaison to the Bishop and the Bishop’s staff; and manages various Mid-Hudson committees and programs.
Mr. Egbert Stolk
Director of Diocesan Property Services
Ms. Amalia Vavala
Administrative Assistant, Episcopal Charities