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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


Office: 212-316-7534

[email protected]

Oversees all accounting functions.

Parish Audits
The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate

Liaison for Global Mission

Office: 212-316-7432; Fax: 212-932-7345

[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.

Mr. Patrick Bergquist

Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities

Office: 212-316-7426; Fax: 212-316-7431

[email protected]

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. Deacon Eugene Bourquin

Pastoral Missioner to the Deaf

Office: 646-832-6003

[email protected]

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

[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

Office: 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

Office: 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.

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The Rev. Canon Victor Conrado

Canon for Congregational Vitality and Formation

Office: 212-316-7433

[email protected]

Ms. Audrey Cousin

Junior Accountant

Office: 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

Office: 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 ML Dietsche

Bishop of New York

Office: 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

Office: 646-628-0283

[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.

Ms. SK Doyle

Associate Director of Programs and Volunteer Coordinator, Episcopal Charities

Office: 212-932-7354

[email protected]

Ms. Gloria Fitzgerald

Director of Office Services

Office: 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

Office: 212-932-7322; Fax: 212-932-7323

[email protected]

Andrew Gary assists the Chief of Finance and Operations and the Director of Communications.

The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool

Bishop Assistant

Office: 212-316-7442

[email protected]

Ms. Esslie Hughes

Chief of Finance and Operations

Office: 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. Michele Kearney

Executive Director, DIT

Office: 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

Office: 212-316-7419; Fax: 212-316-7405

[email protected]

As archivist

The Rev. Ryan Kuratko

Campus and Young Adult Missioner for Northern New York City

Office: 914-575-2518

[email protected]

The Rev. Deacon Denise J. LaVetty

Director of Deacon Formation and Transition

[email protected]

Ms. Melissa Lopez-Sanchez

Executive Assistant to Bishop Dietsche

Office: 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. Sharon Luke

Global Women’s Fund Liaison, Receptionist

Office: 212-932-7326

[email protected]

Ms. Zoraida Marte

Payroll Manager

Office: 212-316-7478; Fax: 212-932-7328

[email protected]

Zoraida Marte handles all payroll matters

Ms. Abby R. Nathanson

Managing Director, Episcopal Futures

Office: 845.420.4280

[email protected]

Mr. Alito Orsini

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

Office: 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 John D. Perris

Canon to the Ordinary

Office: 212.316.7415; Fax: 212 932 7318

[email protected]

The Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person

Canon for Pastoral Care

Office: 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. Nicholas Richardson

Director of Communications, Editor, Episcopal New Yorker

Office: 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

Office: 212-316-7423; Fax: 212-316-7420

[email protected]

Sara Saavedra is responsible for the Annual Diocesan Convention

The Rev. Megan E. Sanders

Chaplain, Canterbury Downtown

Office: 917-838-9938

[email protected]

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.

Mr. Robert Santiago

Senior Accounting Manager

Office: 212-316-7451

[email protected]

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin

Bishop Suffragan

Office: 212-316-7465; Fax: 212-316-7405

[email protected]

The Rev. Canon Charles W. Simmons

Canon for Ministry

Office: 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

Office: 212.316.7503

[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

Office: 212.316.7440

[email protected]

The Rev. Canon Nora Smith

Canon for Transition Ministry, Intake Officer

Office: 212-316-7421; Cell: 917-319-3959

[email protected]

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. Elizabeth Starling

Director of Development, Episcopal Charities

Office: 212-932-7376; Fax: 212-316-7431

[email protected]

Ms. Val Stelcen

Executive Assistant to the Bishop for the Mid-Hudson

Office: 212-316-7430; Cell: 917-617-2079; 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.

Mr. Egbert Stolk

Director of Diocesan Property Services

Office: 212-316-7428

[email protected]

Rev. Kevin VanHook, II

Executive Director, Episcopal Charities

Office: 212-316-7403

[email protected]

Kevin brings pastoral leadership with action-oriented, grassroots ministries to Episcopal Charities. Previously, he served as the Minister of Justice, Advocacy and Change at the Riverside Church in the City of New York.

Ms. Amalia Vavala

Administrative Assistant, Episcopal Charities

Office: 212-316-7575

[email protected]