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The Bishop and the Bishop's Staff ~ Diocesan Contacts

Alphabetical Listing

Ms. Karin Almquist

Accounting Manager

Telephone: 212-316-7534; Fax: 
[email protected]

Assists in developing and implementing systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial information.

The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate

Liaison for Global Mission

Telephone: 212-316-7432; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

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.

Ms. Gina Brown


Telephone: 212-932-7326; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

Gina Brown is the receptionist at Diocesan House, the diocesan liaison for the Global Women's Fund, and is also responsible for general administrative duties.

Ms. Arlene Bullard

Bishop Dietsche's Assistant for Special Projects & Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary

Telephone: 212-932-7363; Fax: 212-932-7318
[email protected]

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

Staff Accountant

Telephone: 212-316-7435; Fax: 212-932-7328
[email protected]

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

Telephone: 212-316-7484; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

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.

Safe Church

Telephone: ; Fax: 
[email protected]

Ms. Emily Collie-Beard

Volunteer Coordinator, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: ; Fax: 
[email protected]

Ms. Audrey Cousin

Junior Accountant

Telephone: 212-316-7479; Fax: 212-932-7328
[email protected]

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

Ms. Mildney (Mai) Dal

Senior Accountant

Telephone: 212-316-7434; Fax: 212-932-7328
[email protected]

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

Bishop of New York

Telephone: 212-316-7413; Fax: 212-932-7318
[email protected]

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."

Ms. Judith Douglas

Executive Director, NYSJC

Telephone: 646-628-0283; Fax: 
[email protected]

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.

Mr. Henry Enright

Director of Development, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-932-7376; Fax: 212-316-7431
[email protected]

Henry Enright heads the fundraising efforts of Episcopal Charities

Ms. Gloria Fitzgerald

Director of Office Services

Telephone: 212-316-7422; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

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

Telephone: 212-932-7322; Fax: 212-932-7323
[email protected]

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

Bishop Assistant

Telephone: 212-316-7442; Fax: 
[email protected]

Mr. José Henao


Telephone: 212-316-7417; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

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

Telephone: 212-316-7409; Fax: 212-316-7481
[email protected]

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. Masiel Jordan


Telephone: 212.316.7451; Fax: 646.923.9710
[email protected]

Oversees diocesan accounting operations - including periodic financial reports, accurate accounting records, and appropriate controls and budgets.

Ms. Michele Kearney

Executive Director, DIT

Telephone: 212-932-7312; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

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

Mr. Wayne Kempton

Archivist & Historiographer

Telephone: 212-316-7419; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

As archivist

Ms. Melissa Lopez-Sanchez

Executive Assistant to Bishop Dietsche

Telephone: 212-316-7413; Fax: 212-932-7318
[email protected]

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

Payroll Manager

Telephone: 212-316-7478; Fax: 212-932-7328
[email protected]

Zoraida Marte handles all payroll matters

Mr. Alito Orsini

Liaison to Canon for Ministry, Liaison to Canon for Transition Ministry

Telephone: 212-316-7414; Fax: 212-932-7368
[email protected]

Alito Orsini connects people to the services of both Transition and Ministry offices

The Rev. Canon Altagracia Perez-Bullard

Canon for Congregational Vitality

Telephone: 212-316-7433; Fax: 212-932-7368
[email protected]

Working with the Congregational Development Commission and in many other ways

The Rev. Canon John D. Perris

Canon to the Ordinary

Telephone: 212.316.7415; Fax: 
[email protected]

The Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person

Canon for Pastoral Care

Telephone: 212-932-7355; Fax: 212-932-7368
[email protected]

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

Director of Property Support

Telephone: 212-316-7428; Fax: 212-932-7328
[email protected]

As Director of Property Support

Mr. Nicholas Richardson

Director of Communications, Editor, Episcopal New Yorker

Telephone: 212-316-7520; Fax: 212-932-7323
[email protected]

Nick Richardson is responsible for all diocesan communications, public relations (including advice on parish issues), editing and writing for the Episcopal New Yorker

Ms. Sara Saavedra

Convention Officer, Assistant Secretary of Convention, Diocesan Benefits Coordinator, Secretary to the Standing Committee

Telephone: 212-316-7423; Fax: 212-316-7420
[email protected]

Sara Saavedra is responsible for the Annual Diocesan Convention

Ms. Mary Beth Sasso

Executive Director, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-316-7403; Fax: 212-316-7431
mbs[email protected]

Mary Beth Sasso provides staff leadership and responsibility for day-to-day operations of Episcopal Charities. Includes oversight of the administration

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin

Bishop Suffragan

Telephone: 212-316-7465; Fax: 212-316-7405
[email protected]

The Rev. Canon Charles W. Simmons

Canon for Ministry

Telephone: 212-316-7416; Fax: 212-932-7368
[email protected]

Canon Simmons assists the Bishop in the oversight of the process leading to ordination

Ms. Chontel Simmons

Director of Human Resources

Telephone: 212.316.7503; Fax: 
[email protected]

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

Telephone: 212.316.7440; Fax: 
[email protected]

The Rev. Nora Smith

Director of Strategic Programs, Intake Officer

Telephone: 917-319-3959; Fax: 
[email protected]

Leads the effort to implement the components of the Strategic Plan that were introduced at the 2016 Diocesan Convention, and acts as intake officer in matters of clergy discipline.

Ms. Elaine Song

Program Manager, NYSJC

Telephone: 646-939-5062; Fax: 
[email protected]

Ms. Val Stelcen

Executive Assistant to the Bishop for the Mid-Hudson

Telephone: 845-338-1086; Fax: 845-338-1154
[email protected]

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

Canon for Transition Ministry

Telephone: 212-316-7421; Fax: 212-932-7368
[email protected]

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

Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-316-7426; Fax: 212-316-7431
[email protected]

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

Administrative Assistant, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-316-7575; Fax: 
[email protected]

Ms. Annika Warrick

Program Fellow, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-932-7349; Fax: 
[email protected]

The Rev. Mary Catherine (Mary Cat) Young

Chaplain, Canterbury Downtown

Telephone: 917-838-9938; Fax: 
[email protected]

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.