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The Bishop and the Bishop’s Staff ~ Diocesan Contacts

Alphabetical Listing

Ms. Mercedes Arellano

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Accounting Manager 28Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7534 Work Fax: 212-316-7481

Mercedes Arellano assists in developing and implementing systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial information.

The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate

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Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries Latino/Hispanic Ministries Work Phone: 212-316-7432 Work Fax: 212-316-7405

The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate is responsible for on-the-ground mission development to help churches explore, welcome, serve, and involve our Latino/ Hispanic communities in congregational and diocesan life and ministry.

Ms. Gina Brown

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Receptionist Office Services Work Phone: 212-932-7326 Work Fax: 212-316-7405

Gina Brown is the receptionist at Diocesan House and is also responsible for general administrative duties.

Ms. Arlene Bullard

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Bishop Dietsche’s Assistant for Special Projects, Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary 17Bishop Dietsche’s Office Work Phone: 212-932-7363 Work 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, Licensed Eucharistic Ministers and Worship Leaders; processes all lay licensing.

Ms. Charmagne Castillo

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Staff Accountant 29Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7435 Work 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

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Executive Assistant to the Bishop Suffragan and the Assistant Bishop 17 Work Phone: 212-316-7484 Work 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.

Ms Audrey Cousin

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Junior Accountant 30Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7479 Work Fax: 212-932-7328

Assists with general accounting and administrative functions, including interacting with congregations regarding parochial reports and assessment inquiries.

Rachel Crosby

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Program Intern 60Episcopal Charities

Rachel joined Episcopal Charities through the New York Intern Program, and assists with all aspects of grant-making, workshops, and social media.

Ms. Mildney (Mai) Dal

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Senior Accountant 28Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7434 Work 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 M.L. Dietsche

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Bishop of New York 10Bishop Dietsche’s Office Work Phone: 212-316-7413 Work Fax: 212-932-7318

Bishop Dietsche was consecrated a bishop in March, 2012, and was installed as the 16th Bishop of New York on February 2, 2013 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. For more about Bishop Dietsche, please click here.

Mr. Henry Enright

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Director of Development, Episcopal Charities 52Episcopal Charities Work Phone: 212-932-7376 Work Fax: 212-316-7431

Henry Enright heads the fundraising efforts of Episcopal Charities, helping to generate funding for grants to parish-affiliated outreach programs.

Ms. Gloria Fitzgerald

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Manager of Office Services Office Services Work Phone: 212-316-7422 Work 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

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Assistant to the Chief of Finance and Operations and to the Director of Communications; Safeguarding Online Manager 28Communications Office Work Phone: 212-932-7322 Work Fax: 212-932-7323

Andrew Gary assists the Archdeacon for Mission and the Director of Communications. 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

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Assistant Bishop 13Assistant Bishop Work Phone: 212-316-7442

Mr. José Henao

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Mailroom Clerk Office Services Work Phone: 212-316-7417 Work 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 W. Hughes

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Chief of Finance and Operations 21Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7409 Work 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

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Executive Director, DIT; Asst. Treasurer & Asst. Secretary, TEP 24Diocesan Investment Trust Work Phone: 212-932-7312 Work Fax: 212-316-7405

Michele Kearney administers day-to-day the trusts, investment vehicles, and programs of the Trustees of the Estate and Property of the Diocesan Convention, including the DIT Fund, Parish Endowment Management Services (PEMS), and others.

Mr. Wayne Kempton

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Archivist and Historiographer <a href="">Archives</a> Work Phone: 212-316-7419 Work Fax: 212-316-7405

As archivist, Wayne Kempton collects, inventories, and archivally stores historical documents and other media relevant to the history of the diocese. He hosts visiting researchers and answers queries on all manner of church subjects from all manner of people.

Ms. Melissa Lopez-Sanchez

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Executive Assistant to Bishop Dietsche 16Bishop Dietsche’s Office Work Phone: 212-316-7413 Work 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. Zoraida Marte

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Finance; Payroll Manager 28Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7478 Work Fax: 212-932-7328

Zoraida Marte handles all payroll matters, including pensions and group insurance; invoicing of parishes; distribution of statements; Department of Labor payments/claims; Workers Comp. and disability claims. She also manages Critical Clergy Need requests and disbursements.

Mr. Alito Orsini

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Liaison for Ministry Office and Transition Ministry Office 20Transition Office Work Phone: 212-316-7414 Work Fax: 212-932-7368

Alito Orsini connects people to the services of both Transition and Ministry offices, including: assisting people discerning calls to ordination, assisting congregations & clergy in transition, clergy licensure & transfer, supply clergy, background checks, and Safe Church Training.

The Rev. Canon Dr. Altagracia Perez-Bullard

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Canon for Congregational Vitality Congregational Vitality Work Phone: 212-316-7433 Work Fax: 212-932-7368

Working with the Congregational Development Commission and in many other ways, Canon Perez-Bullard assists congregations as they seek to engage and collaborate with their changing contexts to bring new life to their communities in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person

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Canon for Pastoral Care Pastoral Care Work Phone: 212-932-7355 Work 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. Michael Rebic

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Director of Property Support Property Support Work Phone: 212-316-7428 Work Fax: 212-932-7328

As Director of Property Support, Michael Rebic provides congregations with technical assistance, grants, loans and advocacy to help parishes maintain and repair their property and buildings.

Please note that Mr. Rebic is on extended leave overseas through March 13, 2017. Grant and loan applications, check requests and urgent messages may be submitted by email, but please do not call or send anything via the US Mail. In the event of an emergency while he is away, please contact Esslie W. Hughes, Chief of Finance and Operations. 212-316-7409.

Mr. Nicholas Richardson

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Director of Communications; Editor, The Episcopal New Yorker 10Communications Office Work Phone: 212-316-7520 Work Fax: 212-932-7323

Nick Richardson is responsible for all diocesan communications, public relations (including advice on parish issues), editing and writing for the Episcopal New Yorker, web hosting for nearly 50 parishes, and the diocesan website.

The Rev. Canon W. Blake Rider

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Canon to the Ordinary 14Bishop Dietsche’s Office Work Phone: 212-316-7415 Work Fax: 212-932-7318

Canon Rider serves in a capacity akin to a secular “chief of staff” as the Bishop’s principal assistant in developing and implementing his vision in the diocese; acts as intake officer in matters of clergy discipline.

Ms. Sara Saavedra

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Convention Officer & Asst. Secr. of Convention; Diocesan Benefits Administrator; Staff to Standing Committee 24Administrative Office Work Phone: 212-316-7423 Work Fax: 212-316-7420

Sara Saavedra is responsible for the Annual Diocesan Convention, including production of Calendar of Business and Journal of Convention; manages health benefits for parishes and organizations; provides assistance to the Standing Committee.

Ms. Mary Beth Sasso

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Executive Director Episcopal Charities 51Episcopal Charities Work Phone: 212-316-7403 Work Fax: 212-316-7431

Mary Beth Sasso provides staff leadership and responsibility for day-to-day operations of Episcopal Charities. Includes oversight of the administration, development, communications, marketing and grant-making functions, as well as supporting board activities and relations.

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin

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Bishop Suffragan 11Bishop Shin’s Office Work Phone: 212-316-7465 Work Fax: 212-316-7405

The Rev. Canon Charles W. Simmons

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Canon for Ministry Ministry Office Work Phone: 212-316-7416 Work Fax: 212-932-7368

Canon Simmons assists the Bishop in the oversight of the process leading to ordination, and people discerning calls to ordination.

Chontel L. Simmons

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Director of Human Resources Work Phone: 212.316.7503

The Rev. Dr. Richard Sloan

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Congregational Support Plan Coordinator; Stewardship Officer; Episcopal Chaplain, Columbia University Stewardship Office Work Phone: 212-316-7427 Work Fax: 212-316-7570

Father Sloan coordinates the Congregational Support Plan; is chaplain at Columbia University, Stewardship Officer, and provides staff support to Diocesan Council.

Ms. Valentina (Val) Stelcen

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Executive Assistant to the Bishop of New York for the Mid-Hudson Region Bishop Dietsche’s Office Work Phone: 845-338-1086 Work 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.

The Rev. Canon Deborah (Deb) Tammearu

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Canon for Transition Ministry 1Transition Office Work Phone: 212-316-7421 Work Fax: 212-932-7368

Canon Tammearu works with parishes in the “in-between time” when the current priest leaves and they begin to discern and search for the next one. She is also responsible for licensure and transfer of clergy and supply clergy.

Ms. Leeanna Varga

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Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities 53Episcopal Charities Work Phone: 212-316-7426 Work Fax: 212-316-7431

Leeanna Varga is responsible for oversight of all grant-making and program assistance activities including grants management, program development, and program relations. She also oversees Episcopal Charities’ social media, web site, and electronic communications.

Ms Amalia Vavala

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Administrative Assistant 55Episcopal Charities Work Phone: 212-316-7575

The Rev. Mary Catherine (Mary Cat) Young

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Chaplain, Canterbury Downtown Young Adult Ministries Work Phone: 917-838-9938

The Rev. Mary Cat Young 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.