Meet our wardens and vestry members

  • Merle McDonald-AAron - Warden, Buildings & Grounds

    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.

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  • TINA GILES - Warden, outreach

    Tina Giles, born and raised in East Hampton, grew up at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. She was baptized, confirmed, and married here at St. Luke’s. Tina has been actively involved with the Outreach Committee and as a member of the St. Luke’s 2030 Strategic Planning Committee. She oversees “Laundry Love” and finds great enjoyment volunteering at our annual church fair and other well-attended church functions. In 2014, Tina retired from the East Hampton Town Police Department, having served as a police officer and detective for 28 years. Tina is married to Louis O’Neal; they have two adult daughters, Myra and Raya, who were also raised in St. Luke’s. COVID-19 has made it difficult in many ways for our St. Luke’s church family. In spite of this, Tina has a strong sense of faith and trusts that we shall continue to overcome this pandemic. She is eager to begin her service on the vestry and is poised and ready to seek and develop innovative ideas that coincide with the changing times; to bring our church family together.

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  • john w. hadden, II - treasurer

    I moved my affiliation from St. John’s Episcopal Church of Cold Spring Harbor, where our family were members for over a century, to St. Luke’s in 2012, soon after we chose East Hampton as our family’s weekend and summer refuge from NYC.  St. Luke’s has provided wonderful fellowship and great spiritual support, particularly around the passing of my parents, where Father Denis co-officiated at their respective memorial services.  I served on St. Luke’s Stewardship Committee between 2014 and 2017, and on the Finance and Investment Committee since 2018. I was asked to assume the role of Treasurer, which I look forward to with great enthusiasm. Father Denis invigorated this parish and helped it to blossom into the most vibrant on Long Island.  We all share a stewardship obligation for its important work and must ensure that it continues to flourish and grow.  I commit to doing my part by keeping a steady hand on the rudder.  Professionally, my first career was as an investment banker and venture investor at JP Morgan and for the last 23+ years, as a biotech entrepreneur, primarily in immuno-oncology. My wife, Amie and I have three children: Johnny (15), Cole (13), and Paige (9). 

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  • lynn czarnecki - fellowship

    I was born in Amagansett to Joseph and Patricia LaCarrubba and now lives in East Hampton with my husband James and two daughters Jillian and Cassady. I have been a cosmetologist for over 30 years and have had my own salon for 21years. Our family joined St Luke’s about 7 years ago and we love being apart of such a loving church community and am looking forward to my turn on the vestry.

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  • Janie Miller - Arts & decoration

    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.

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  • mark nelson - stewardship

    When we became weekenders in East Hampton in 2003 we attended other churches in the area, but immediately felt at home at St. Luke’s. The congregation was welcoming and diverse, but most importantly it lives and breathes the teachings of Christ through outreach, community support, and helping those who need it most.  My partner, Anthony Rosina, and I live in East Hampton with our rescue mutt Jenny, and I am currently employed as the senior legal counsel for Wilmington Trust as well as a former CPA.  I am honored to be considered for the Vestry, and look forward to helping St Luke’s fulfill its Christian mission.

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  • charles riggi - st. peter's

    Michele and I got married in St. Peter's Chapel in 2000. I attend weekly services at St. Luke's and St. Peter's. Before retiring, I was a software engineer and was involved in civic and political boards and organizations. I am a Eucharistic Minister and Lector, Chair of the Altar Guild, a Verger, a Vestry member filling an unexpired term, and participate in other activities at St. Luke's. I am a graduate of Education for Ministry and a member of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church.

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  • Teresa Schurr - christian formation

    My name is Teresa Loper Schurr, I am a 12th Generation Bonacker. I am married to my husband Robert and we have a daughter Samantha. Samantha is attending Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. I have been a member of St. Lukes Church since my confirmation in 1976. I have been active with Sunday School as a teacher and helper as well as active in Outreach, I have been part of the annual family fair and participated for many years at our Christmas Bazaar. I am a licensed insurance broker with Dayton Ritz & Osborne for over 21 years. I graduated from East Hampton High School in 1981. I am an avid bowler and go on many trips for tournaments with my team as well as a bowl in a weekly league. I also enjoy going to watch Samantha bowl with her college team at different matches.

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  • Marcie Sohm - community awareness, summer fair

    Although I am the fifth generation of my family to come to East Hampton I have only recently come back to St Lukes. I joined the parish three years ago when my grown children wanted to return to the church. Since then I have volunteered at and served on the Summer Fair committee, helped with the decorations for Christmas and Easter and served as the Clerk on the Vestry. St Lukes has been a very important part of mine and my familys lives the past three years and I am grateful for all the support that we've found here. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the community as a member of the Vestry.

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  • Jeffrey Sussman - communications, publicity

    I have been a member of St. Luke's since 1986 and soon thereafter became a Eucharistic Minister. During the late 1980s, I served on the vestry when Fritz Creamer was rector. In addition, as head of my own marketing/PR company, I volunteered my services to promote concerts at St. Bartholomew Church in Manhattan. I also advised its rector, Tom Bowers, on several public relations issues. As a St. Luke's vestry member, I intend to use my professional expertise to help the church reach its goals of increasing its membership and promoting its good works to the community at large. In addition to my PR activities, I am the author of fourteen books; the newest will be published in the fall.

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  • Hugh Tilney - assistant treasurer

    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 my 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.

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