Meet your Vestry:
Several years ago, Donna and I built a home in a development three miles south east of the intersection of US 41 and Collier Blvd.
Shortly after moving in, we started a search for our winter church home. We decided to start with St. Mark's Episcopal Church because our summer church home is St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, where we have been members for 40 years.
We chose the 915AM Service for our first visit. Father Kyle led a very welcoming, warm and special spiritual event. Shane and the No Exceptions Band thrilled us with their talents, passion and their invitation to participate in so many delightful and moving hymns. Father John shared one of the most thoughtful homilies we have heard in many years. As soon as we reached our car following the Service, at the same time we both said, "TheSearch is over. We are home."
Since then I have been an Usher, Greeter and have worked on theFleaMarket and the Gala.
As a member of St. Mark's Cathedral, I served two terms on the Vestry, was the Head Usher for 35 years, led a lector team for 15 years, and was on the Stewardship Committee for several campaigns.
My forty-five year business career has been totally focused on marketing. I have held marketing leadership positions in non-profit professional theater, healthcare, thorough bred horse racing and public broadcasting.
In the very short time Donna and I have been members of St. Mark's Church, I have fallen in love with this community, its outreach and spiritual leadership I want to do anything I can to advance the mission of St.Mark's in service to our community, the community around us and Jesus Christ .
Brian was born and raised in the great state of Maryland. He and his wife, Joann, have been married for nearly 31 years and are blessed with wonderful children; daughter Alexandra and son-in-law Derek, daughter Kersten and son-in-law Mark and, of course, the one and only Scottie Moe.
Brian served as the Director of Homeland Security for Prince George’s County, Maryland from 2010-2016. He had served as the Maryland Deputy Secretary of State and the Governor’s Liaison to the Maryland Fire, Rescue and EMS organizations from 2007 until being tapped as Homeland Security Director in December 2010. He previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates representing the constituents in the 21st District from 1998 to 2006.
Moe served in House leadership as the Chief Deputy Majority Whip for 3 years. Moe was a professional firefighter in Howard County, Maryland for the Department of Fire and Rescue Services for 25 years, where he was awarded a Bronze Medal of Valor before retiring in 2007. He is also a Life Member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Co 10, for more than 35 years and served as Fire Chief and President and Chairman of the Board. Moe was inducted into the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and is a member of the HC Retired Firefighters Association. In 2011, Moe was appointed to the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council (GEMAC) and in 2012, he also served as vice-chair of the board at Laurel Regional Hospital in Maryland, and on the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners from 1990 to 1998.
Since moving to the Naples area, Brian enjoys helping his wife with Snapology, an educational company offering S.T.E.M. programs using Lego bricks. He also enjoys spending time at the beach with his family
John Rogers is my name. Alex Alexander and John have been St. Mark’s members since 1999. John has served as Secretary to the Vestry since September 2015. John and Alex reside on Isles of Capri where Alex owns and operates The Blue Heron. When not helping Alex with the restaurant, John practices law primarily in Virginia, California and Ohio. John has served as Secretary to Vestry since September 2015, and greatly looks forward to be a voting Vestry Member and continuing to serve St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
I have been a St. Mark's member for the past 5 years. I am a member of St. Mark's Living Waters Legacy society, father of 3 wonderful children, long time island resident, community supporter, successful Realtor and owner of various small business and investment companies.
I was born in China, but was raised in Taiwan. My parents relocated to Taiwan to escape the persecution of the Communist regime. Upon graduating from college, I came to the States, and completed my advanced study. I was married and settled in Morris County in Northern New Jersey where I raised my son, and lived most of my life in U.S. until retired to Marco Island in 2012.
After my son, Edward started attending school, I began my career in computer programming. I worked my way up to be in the Information Technology Management Team for a Fortune 500 Food Company for over 25 years. In my last fifteen years of residency in New Jersey, I was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. I helped organize the weekly soup kitchen, and assisted in special projects assigned by the Vestry and ECW. I also sang in the choir.
I was baptized in Taiwan when I was eighteen years old. I always look to God as my Savior and refuge ever since. My faith has been strengthened especially after joining St. Mark’s in 2010 and being initiated into the Order of Daughters of the King in May 2014. I am currently sharing Co-President responsibilities at St. Mark’s Chapter of Daughters of the King. Being an avid choir singer since my college years, I continue to dedicate my voice as a conduit for instilling the Holy Spirit into the hearts of our parishioners here at St. Mark’s.
St. Mark’s becomes my spiritual home because of the love and support I have been experiencing. It will be a great honor for me to serve on the Vestry, and help grow our church in all aspects as a happy, harmonious and God’s pleasing community. Most importantly, we, as God’s “beloved”, spread His Gospel and demonstrate His Love day by day for as long as we live.
St. Mark’s has been my church home since right around 1974. In all those years I have seen many changes as you can imagine. When I am asked “What I love about St. Mark’s”, my answer will be different each time. I loved how welcomed Nan Shields and her Mother made me feel when I first came to St Mark’s. I admire many of our past and present leaders, both lay and clergy. I have seen the resilience of the church in difficult times and now I absolutely revel in the great joy of all the ministries, projects and programs. But most of all I can feel the Passion that is apparent during any of our worship services.
I am a “cradle” Episcopalian, born on the Eastern shore of Maryland, my family attended St Phillip’s in Laurel Delaware. We moved to Miami, Florida when I was 6 (that is a long time ago!) and found the Church of the Resurrection for our church home. Since I attended college in Mexico, I snuck into any Catholic church because there was no Episcopal church. I didn’t think God would mind.
I have been honored to serve St Mark’s in the past as a Vestry member, Lay Reader, LEM, various Committee chairmanships, Flea market helper, any of our Hispanic missions and projects, search committee member and God’s other calls to duty.
St Mark’s has a very bright future and I would be honored to serve on the Vestry.
I live on Marco Island full time with my husband Michael and our two kids Nicholas (12) and Alexandra (6). Originally from Belarus, I have been in the United States for 19 years. Prior to moving to Marco in 2006, I used to reside in Massachusetts where I graduated from Suffolk University with a degree in finance. I work as a premier banker at a local bank, I enjoy spending my free time with my family, going to our kids’ sporting events, going to the beach, and doing yoga.
Our family came to St. Mark's Episcopal Church when our daughter Alexandra attended St. Mark's preschool. Once we had the privilege of attending our first service, we were so impressed with the friendly atmosphere and how welcoming everyone was. Even though my husband was raised Catholic and I Russian Orthodox, we both felt that St Mark's aligned perfectly with our values and beliefs, it felt like a perfect place to be. We are very happy to be a part of the church that feels like home.
I grew up in North Dakota and spent my adult life in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio. My career was in pediatric nursing primarily as a nurse practitioner and Lactation consultant.
I was raised a Roman Catholic. I have been married to Gary 36 years. We have a son living in Idaho and an infant granddaughter.
We moved to Marco Island in 2016. As we looked for a new church home, we looked for a welcoming, multigenerational church community that “walks the walk not just talks the talk”. St Marks definitely fits that criteria
Tom Weis has been a member of St. Mark’s since moving to Naples from Plymouth, Indiana in January, 1999. Tom is a retired financial planner and holds a B.A. degree from Michigan State University and a MSFS (Master of Science in Financial Services) degree from the American College. He served in the USMC reserves from 1965-1971. Tom has participated in the following ministries/activities since joining St. Mark’s:
Vestry(2 terms) Choir
Stephen Ministry Endowment Trustee
Stewardship Search committee-music minister
Camp Able volunteer Search committee-rector
New Playground/co-chair Artists in Residence
What he most loves about St. Mark’s are the people; getting to know them, sharing experiences based on a common faith, and caring about & helping one another.