Meet our wardens and vestry members


  • robert biondo - warden

    Rob shares this prayer:

    We read, we pray, we love

    We give thanks, we have faith, we believe, we see, we hear, we reason

    We are given all of this and more, each and every day

    The abundance of grace bestowed upon us

    should feed our gratitude and thankfulness

    To the Lord our God forever more.


    Email contact for Rob is rabiondo@hotmail.com

  • Holly Thomas Whitmore - Warden

    I am an area local, raised in Wainscott and currently living in Amagansett. I’m also a lifelong congregant of St. Luke’s, having first attended as a child with my parents. St. Luke’s has been a presence in many of my life’s most important moments; I received first Communion here, was married in the Church, my four children, and both of my grandchildren have all been baptized at St. Luke’s. My dedication to St. Luke’s has continued through participation as an active member of the Altar Guild, member of the Outreach Committee, participation in the Brown Bag Lunch Program, volunteer efforts at the annual Summer Fair, and once-upon-a-time as a Sunday School teacher.

  • dianne benson

    Aside from her involvement with St. Luke’s as a Eucharistic Minister, Grounds & Garden Committee Co-Chair and known to most as the dreaded wielder of the Coffee Hour Host sheet, Dianne is very involved in the East Hampton community.  A happy year-round East Hampton resident, she passionately gardens the one acre she shares with her partner Lys Marigold and is proud to open it for charities and enthusiastic garden clubs.  She is President of the Board of Trustees of LongHouse Reserve, Chair of the LVIS Nature Trail Committee, and a member of the EH Town Architectural Review Board. She misses her far-away stepchildren in San Francisco, Sonoma and Melbourne and Skye, who at 23 is now a New Yorker.

    Contact Dianne at: diannebbest@gmail.com

  • Fran Graham

    I grew up here in East Hampton and went on to college in West Virginai where I met my husband Steve. Steve and I were married at St. Luke’s Church in 1983. We had three boys who are all grown-up, and I am also a proud grandmother of two. I was the Director of the East Hampton Neighborhood House Early Learning program for 28 years, retiring in 2014. I am on the Board of Directors of the East Hampton Neighborhood House as well as Travis Field Memorial Scholarship Committee, to help raise scholarships for East Hampton High School graduates. I have been employed at Van Dyke & Hand CPA firm for the past 15 years, first as a part-time and now full time. I have over the years taught Sunday school at St. Luke’s when my boys were little. I have since returned to teaching Sunday school for the past 3 years and love being an active member of St. Luke’s Church. I’m looking forward to working on the Vestry to help spread the good work we do here at St. Luke’s and for our community.    Contact Fran at fcgraham1960@gmail.com

  • Mary Laughlin

    I have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the church. I first helped with the Garden Tour. It showed me the positive impact St. Luke’s makes in our community.  I was on the Summer Fair committee with the most fantastic people, seeing the lawn filled with all members of the community has been so rewarding.  With my late husband, Sandy, we had the pleasure of serving on the “Music at St. Luke’s” committee, which has been a welcome addition to life at the church, and the village, during the winter months.  St. Luke’s has enriched my faith and made me feel safe. I can only hope to extend that to others. As the liaison for the Art and Architecture Committee we are looking to do some updating on the kneelers and pew cushions in the sanctuary. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve on the Vestry these past four years and I look forward to contributing more in the next two years. Thank you for your support of St. Luke’s.

    Mary's contact is: mary@hookpond.com

  • Merle McDonald-AAron

    I was born on the Island of Trinidad and moved to the US in 1993.  I was brought up in the Anglican community and wanted to continue in my faith, so my late husband, Robert, introduced me to St Luke’s, and I have been attending since then, mostly at the 8:00am service.   St Luke’s has become my spiritual home, and when I am away, I look forward with anticipation to coming home to my St Luke's family.   I currently serve as a member of the Altar Guild.  I am a past president of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors of the Montauk Playhouse. Having served previously on the Vestry, I am honored to be of service again.

    Contact Merle at aaronm42@hotmail.com

  • Janie Miller

    I began my journey in the Episcopal Church while living in Charleston, South Carolina. I attended what is now Grace Cathedral. There I found a thriving community of faith based Friends. I joined the flower guild and volunteered each year at our annual fund raising event. Over the last 45 years I have enjoyed a career in the Decorative Arts. And for 7 years I was on the board of Pathway's Greenwich, a mental health agency which houses the severely mentally ill. Arriving in East Hampton to live full time brought me to St Luke's Church. Once again I discovered a wonderful community of faith and warmth. It is my honor to be nominated for St. Luke's Vestry. I will take my responsibilities very seriously.

  • John Phillips - treasurer

    I have a strong commitment to St. Luke’s mission and ministries and would welcome the opportunity to serve as a Vestry member and Treasurer. In transition to retirement after a 40 year career in investment management, I began to regularly attend the 8 AM Sunday services, beginning in Lent of 2012. Wendy and I had joined St. Luke’s about 10 years ago; she had attended services with her grandmother on summer vacations while she was growing up. When we lived in Massachusetts years ago, I was a member of the Vestry and Chair of the investment committee at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. I’m very thankful for all that I’ve learned from Rev. Brunelle and for the warm welcome from the members of St. Luke’s that I’ve come to know. 

    Email John at: johndphillipsjr@gmail.com    

  • Erika Angulo Puig

    I have been living in East Hampton for five years, and coming to St. Luke’s for a year. I have two boys, one in the high school the other is working. St. Luke’s and the Episcopal church gives me the opportunity to practice my faith and this community’s acceptance of all people with love and without judgement is the reason for my being part of this faith community. I like that everybody from all walks of life are welcome. I like the work St. Luke’s does for the community, and that we are reaching out to the youth and Hispanic population. 


  • Hugh Tilney

    I was born and spent the first 45 years of my life in the UK. In 1987 I moved to New York and met and married  Helene, my wife. I spent the first 25 years of his professional life in insurance at Lloyd's of London. After the move to New York, I was Chief Operating Officer of an investment management company from which I retired four years ago. Most recently, here at St. Luke’s I am a member of the Finance Committee, have attended this parish for many years and am impressed with the forward movement of our congregation in welcoming all people into our midst. I will do my best to contribute my ideas and care for St. Luke’s during my term on the Vestry.

  • SALVAtore tocci

    Sal started his high school science teaching career in Southold in 1971 and two years later moved to East Hampton High School where he taught biology and chemistry. Retired from teaching in 1997 to devote his full attention to writing, and authored a high school chemistry text, some 60 books on science for school libraries, and numerous state assessments, before retiring again to pursue interests in building a model railroad layout, learning Italian, taking piano lessons, and studying the Bible. His most enjoyable pastime is to travel with his wife Patti and to spend time with his two grandchildren Matthew and Mary Jo.


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