Learn about the Vestry of St. John's.
Kathy Stuck gets a lot out of St. John’s, and the church values her so much that she was asked to follow in the footsteps of the lovely Jan Henderson as the new Senior Warden! As a person who likes to have fun, this is the perfect place for her to worship, hang out with friends, and make new friends. She feels that St. John’s is a “rock that this community can lean on” and being on the Vestry is a way for her to give back a tiny amount of what she gets from St. John’s. Kathy has served on the Vestry for nearly 3 years, as well as 2 terms 10 years ago. She is also on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and was part of the Rector Search Committee. When she is not keeping busy here at St. John’s you’ll find her out on the trails, the river, the bike path, the slopes, or busy in her garden. Her “dirty” little secret? She enjoys reading “trashy romance novels.”
If you have young children, you probably already know Meredith Adams and her adorable children who frequent the nursery on Sundays. A busy mom, Meredith lobbies across the state for education initiatives, serves on the Habitat for Humanity board, and leads a monthly book club at the Library. And that’s all outside of the church! Here at St. John’s, Meredith has served on the Vestry for three years and serves on the Long Range Planning Committee. Meredith loves being part of the St. John’s community and serves as a way of saying “thank you” for the warm and welcoming environment for her family. She serves to set a great example for how we all, as churchgoers, should act toward our neighbors.
Karen Smith and her husband, Steven and son, Greyson moved to Jackson in 2012 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to that time, she spent every vacation possible in this spectacular valley, and was married at The Chapel of the Transfiguration by the Rev. Ken Asel. After becoming a local, the family attended St. John’s regularly because of the wonderful children’s chapel every Sunday. She believes that Margaret and Catherine taught Greyson the fundamentals of spreading love through Christianity, and that was all it took for the family to know that St. John’s was their church home. Karen believes that community service is a big part of herself, with ten years identifying social service needs in her Florida community and finding solutions to fit those needs. Her experience with the Junior League gave her a priceless skill set that led to her career with HealthStar Communications. A lifer for the firm, she has spent over 20 years selling medical education and meeting logistics services to the pharmaceutical industry. Karen works remotely now, which allows her to balance career, family and commitments to St. John’s and the community. Karen currently serves on the Education Committee and volunteers on Sundays during coffee hour.
If he had to guess, Andy Cornish would say he has been on the Vestry for about 8 years. He also serves on the Stewardship and Cuba Committees (but he admits part of the reason he is on the Cuba committee is for Margaret’s famous mojitos!). He feels that St. John’s practice of reaching out to those in need without concern over whether or not they are a member of the church, or any church for that matter, is the most meaningful action possible. Having lived in the area for 25 years, he enjoys all Jackson has to offer – skiing, soccer, fishing, cycling. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including watching his children’s recreational activities. In fact, his daughter, Andie, has been labeled “an over-competitive runner” but Andy doesn’t think this is the case. He’s not sure where those tendencies come from, but he did point out that he beat Andie at the middle school parent’s fun run…
JR Dalby was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, then moved to Jackson in 2012. He is a practicing Buddhist along with being a Christian and has been a member of St. John’s for over 5 years. JR is the General Manager of Watchguard Security Systems and serves as St. John’s Audio Visual guru. His hobbies include traveling, hiking, photography, learning to ski, and stargazing. He enjoys life in Jackson with his 14-year-old Golden Retriever, Kenya.
Originally from Nebraska, Chad took his first trip to Jackson Hole when he was just three months old. He spent his childhood visiting family in the valley, including summers in high school, and then permanently relocating in 1993. Chad is co-director and founder of Wind River Capital Management, a local Investment Firm. He has twin boys, William and Henry, who were baptized at St. John’s in 2009. Chad also serves on the Endowment Committee and the Asel Education Committee.
Daryl moved to Jackson in 1997 from Philadelphia after many summers spent at Teton Valley Ranch Camp. Daryl married her husband, Fred, in 2005 at the Chapel of the Transfiguration. Together they have three children, Teddy, Finley and Gus, all who attended Bright Beginnings Preshool. The Peightals own Café Genevieve, Genevieve Catering, and Orsetto. Daryl is active on the Stewardship Committee, serving as an usher with her kiddos on Sundays, in addition to having served on the Search Committee.
Annie moved to Jackson in 2000, and has been teaching at Colter Elementary as the Computer Teacher for 16 years. You might see her daughter, Sarah serving with her on the Altar Guild. They also love serving at the Chapel of the Transfiguration. Annie is one of our new recruits to the Vestry and feels honored to be chosen. Jimmy "spoke" to Annie during a sermon of being generous with our time and attention; wanting our whole heart and wanting for us to give our heart away. She was overcome with a calmness about the decision of the Vestry nomination, and "felt the Holy Spirit move through me and had no more doubt." She is dedicated to St. John’s and thrilled to be a part of the parish in this exciting time of change and growth.
Beverly is what some might call a Cradle Episcopalian. When she found out she was adopted as a small child, her mother told her “you are so special because God chose you for us," which still resonates with her. She has always held her Grandmothers spirit close, who was also an active member of her church. Beverly helps with our Library Snack Program. She found her love for serving tummies with the Montana Rescue Mission and Women and Children’s Shelter where her team would assemble 200 sandwiches weekly for the Mission’s mobile outreach program. In Montana, she also served on St. Luke’s Vestry and as Junior Warden. Additionally, she was on the Altar Guild, the board for St. Luke’s Child Enrichment Center Preschool, and as the Chair for four years. She is passionate about inclusion, sharing kindness and love, helping animals and people in need, and trying to always follow Jesus’ teachings in the way she lives her life and raises her two children. She works as a medical consultant within toxicology, which takes her throughout WY, MT, and ID.
Until he found a home in St. John’s in 2013, Kevin was a member of St. Michael’s Cathedral, Boise, Idaho. At St. John’s, Kevin has been a member of the Service Committee and is a regular at the spring clean-ups of the St. John’s and Chapel of the Transfiguration campuses. Kevin is particularly enthusiastic about St. John’s leadership role in Jackson and its environs as an effective messenger of Christ’s love. He wants to help spread that message through service on the Vestry. Kevin enjoys hiking in the Tetons, traveling, and community service. He is on the board of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, which seeks to preserve Wyoming’s ranches and farms, and is on the board of the Star Valley Arts Council, which encourages the arts in Star Valley. Previously, Kevin was on the board of Turning Point, Lincoln County’s domestic violence task force.
You have probably seen Ann Willott ushering on Sundays, but she also feels called by God to serve on the Vestry to “continue St. John’s history of leading the way physically and spiritually – providing hope and tangible help to our community and the world beyond.” She serves on the Education Committee to help us share God’s blessing and light with all. Ann is also on the Children’s Learning Center Board. She loves to travel. On one excursion, she and another person wrestled a 7-foot-long python into a trash barrel to save the snake's life (and probably her husband's). In addition to her love of travel and adventure, she enjoys a good book, classic cars and geology. Truly a woman of all trades!
John Millar and his wife, Ann, were frequent visitors to the Jackson area for over 15 years, and relocated in 2016 from Houston. John spent 30 years in the chemicals industry, and his training in chemistry and business fueled his work as a manager in research, technology, planning and budgeting for a large company. He enjoys many outdoor activities, including resort, backcountry and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, and basketball. He loves music, especially classical, opera and blues and is an amateur guitarist. Since joining St. John’s, he’s participated in many church activities, including the Finance Committee, Habitat for Humanity builds, and St. John’s Outdoors. He believes our church does great work and will try to contribute to its efforts in any way possible. He believes some of his experience may be useful for the Dreaming project and is especially interested in outreach to youth in and around Jackson.