Senior Warden Doug Smith has been a parishioner at Christ Church for about 25 years. During that time, he has served on the Vestry, handling the Education Portfolio; taught Sunday school; was the first leader of the J2A program; Chaired the most recent Capital Campaign which made much needed repairs, renovations and improvements, as well as acquiring our new organ; and served on the search team that brought Emily to our parish. Currently, he puts together the monthly newsletter, serves on the outreach and communications committees, participates in our adult education book group and has been instrumental in starting the new Christ Church Men’s Group.
He is a committed advocate for children and youth education and participation, and would like to see our parish attract more young families. He is also a strong believer in the need to strengthen and expand our parish community though personal relationships.
On a personal note, he has been retired for over three years, having had a 47 year career in sales and marketing in the consumer electronics industry and serving the last 20 years of his work career as V.P. of Sales and Marketing for Velodyne Acoustics in Silicon Valley, CA. He is the father of four wonderful daughters, the youngest, Eleanor (Nora), having been baptized at and a member of Christ Church. email (Vestry term expires March 2019.)
Junior Warden Sharon Bartram has been a member of CCPK for 8 years, since moving to Kensington from Vermont. She is a retired professional librarian, serving in Vermont as director of a public library. Sharon enjoys being a Docent at the Washington National Cathedral. At CCPK she was a member of the CCPK Shaping the Parish team. Sharon participated in organizing and helps maintain the Parish Library. She is a member of The Congregational Library Association in D.C. Previously she served two years as the Education Minister on the Vestry, two years as Junior Warden, and one year as Clerk of the Vestry. Sharon enjoys organizing and leading book discussions. She serves on the Columbarium/Labyrinth Committee and is a chalicist. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling. email (Vestry term expires March 2018.)
Robin Atkinson has been a member of Christ Church since 2002. He has been active in the church as a lay reader, as an usher, and currently as a member of the Endowment Committee. Having been raised in the Disciples of Christ tradition, he was confirmed as an Episcopalian at the National Cathedral in 2010.
He moved to the D.C. area in the early 1980s to work for the federal government. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Davidson College and has a M.A. and PhD in history from Duke University. His wife Susan has been an active member of the church since they joined, and is currently co-director of the Altar Guild. They have a daughter who began her freshman year in college in the fall of 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting wine, running, and reading books on early American history. (Term expires March 2018.)
Frank Shaw and his family have been an active members of Christ Church for over 15 years, and he has previously served on the Vestry, Endowment Committee, and pilgrimage discernment committee. He also taught Sunday School (or rather, assisted his wife Suzanne to teach Sunday School) for several years.
In his professional life, Frank is a corporate transactional attorney with the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, focusing on the development and finance of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects. (Term expires March 2019.)
Virginia Blackman is a new member at Christ Church, having moved with her family to Kensington in January, 2015, from San Francisco. Virginia is a Navy Nurse, now serving as a research scientist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. She was brought up in the United Methodist Church, and had leadership experience in both youth (high school) and campus ministry. Virginia and her husband David Blackman have two children, Claire and Joshua. They are all happy to be part of the Christ Church community! (Term expires March 2020.)
Brad Christmas has attended Christ Church since 2003 with his wife Tara Flynn and three children: Charlie Ellie & Cora. For the past three years Brad has ushered, (with significant help from Charlie and Ellie) and coordinated the ushering schedule. Brad began his professional career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy where served in the Gulf War and taught at the US Naval Academy. Since leaving active duty in 1995, he has worked in various technology and management leadership roles at large law firms and technology service companies. (Term expires March 2019.)
Brian Woodward is the husband of Ellen Woodward and the father of three children, all being members of Christ Church since 2006, soon after we moved to Kensington. Brian grew up in Annandale and McLean, Virginia and like his wife, was raised Catholic. However, as they both became adults they found a home in the Episcopal Church. Brian attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT for college and received a Masters of Arts in Law & Diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He currently works as an International Trade Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce and has been there since the end of 2001. He also coaches is sons’ basketball teams. Since arriving at Christ Church he has helped out with the youth classrooms and children’s chapel. (Term expires March 2018.)
Lance Kilpatrick, his wife Judy and their children Aidan and Casey have been members of the CCPK community since 2004. Lance’s professional career has been focused on improving the lives of others, working on health care and long-term care issues and previously on workers’ rights and environmental conservation. Originally from upstate New York, Lance has lived in the DC Metro area since 1993, and has lived in Kensington since 2000. (Term expires March 2019.)
Gail Troussoff Marks and her family have been members of Christ Church since the early 1990’s. Her husband, Pete, and both children have been active in church activities. One daughter went on the first youth pilgrimage in 2002 as part of the newly formed J2A program. Gail helped research locations for the later Costa Rican pilgrimage.
Gail has been co-leader of the YAC (Young Adults in Church) program for high school youth. She was instrumental in organizing the youth part of the mission trip to New Orleans. During the last 5 years Gail has concentrated on Parish Life and Flower Guild. Gail finds joy in making the undercroft more visually pleasing and welcoming for events, which coupled with her love of flowers make Parish Life a good fit.
Gail is director of the preschool and special needs programs at Silver Stars Gymnastics. A graduate of Dickinson College, she is a member of Dickinson’s DC Regional Council and serves as a local volunteer for Dickinson Admissions. Gail enjoys yoga, swimming, and expanding her floral expertise. (Term expires March 2018.)
Barbara Ferry has been attending Christ Church since her second child was baptized here in 1999. Barbara later served on the CCPK vestry for communications, where she worked to launch the first CCPK website. Over the years, Barbara aided the youth group with cooking chili and with raising funds and teaching Sunday School. She’s been supporting the PTA in Montgomery County Public Schools for more than a decade. In her professional life, Barbara is head of the Natural & Physical Science Libraries at the Smithsonian, where she gets to see (and sometimes touch) some of the cool collections at the National Museum of Natural History . (Term expires March 2020.)
Ken Amaditz was born in Maryland but grew up in a rural Catskills town about two hours outside of New York City where his family was active in the Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Dartmouth College then, after a stint in environmental work in D.C., attended law school at the University of Virginia. In 1999, he and Mary were married after dating for 8 years. They spent a year in Baltimore then moved to Kensington where they have lived ever since. Ken is an Assistant Section Chief in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice. He and Mary have two children – Camille (12) and Hank (9). Ken and family were long time congregants at St. Columba’s but decided to make the switch to Christ Church in 2016. (Term expires March 2020.)
Yvonne Bryan has been a member of Christ Church Parish, Kensington, since 2005 where she was baptized and subsequently confirmed at the Washington National Cathedral. Born and raised in Jamaica, Yvonne migrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1978 to attend Concordia University, where she earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree in Psychology. She subsequently completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, followed by a three-year tenure as an assistant professor at Purdue University, Indiana. She has been employed at the NIH as a Heath Scientist Administrator since 2001. Yvonne resides in Kensington, MD, with her two feline “children”, Zoe and Maxwell. She enjoys, reading, cooking and gardening. (Term expires February 2020.)
Parish Treasurer Bonnie Douglas retired after over forty satisfying years at NIH. With a background in mathematics, computer science and management analysis, being on the Budget and Finance Committee and Treasurer at Christ Church are enjoyable for her, satisfying her continuing need for puzzles, numbers, and things to analyze. In her spare time she sees friends, reads (mostly history and mystery), travels, putters in the home and garden, does crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and plays and walks with her dog. She is particularly pleased that, as we progress through this time of transition, we are in a healthy financial condition.
Clerk of the Vestry Peter Bartram has been a member of Christ Church since 2008. A registered Professional Engineer, he is Professor Emeritus, Norwich University. At Christ Church, he serves as Diocesan Convention Delegate, as webmaster (Communications Committee), and on the Outreach Committee. He was a member of the Rector Search Team. In his retirement, he enjoys traveling, shop work, reading, and vintage toy trains and construction toys.
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Kathy McKay was baptized at St. Alban’s and since then Ishe has been a member of many parishes in the Diocese, including St. Stephens and the Incarnation, St. James (Potomac), Christ Church Rockville, and St. John’s Norwood, but Christ Church Kensington has been her parish home for 20 years. She is usually at church with her husband, Tom. Her son Norman is in grad school and her son Tim is in college.
She is currently on the Altar Guild’s First Sunday group, but she has also served as the wedding coordinator, a Youth Group leader, and as a Sunday School teacher.
Kathy’s 9-to-5 job is with the Federal Government. Prior to joining the Government, she wrote for a variety of publishers and publications, including Cathedral Age.
She is passionate about social justice, the art of creating, local sights, and listening.
(Term expires March 2018.)
Ray Barry and Emily have been members of Christ Church Parish since 1985. Over the years he has been active in many aspects of church life. He has served on the Vestry; served as a Diocesan Delegate; has worked in our Christian education program including serving as an adult leader of the J2A group that traveled to Poland on pilgrimage; and serve regularly as a Chalicist. (Term expires February 2019)
William Bruce is not sure how long he has been a member Christ Episcopal Church, but it has been about 15 years. He has been an Episcopalian all life. He moved around a lot so has been a member of a lot of different Episcopal churches. He became very interested in the Church a year after he was confirmed and became an acolyte. That same year a new Bishop was elected and he was a page at the installation service. Shortly after that he moved here and became an acolyte, then trainer and head acolyte. When he graduated from high school he became the advisor for the acolytes, taught second grade Sunday School, and as a member of the youth group, was elected youth advisor to the Diocese of Washington. After he married, he and his wife became the youth advisers.
Years later he was elected to the vestry of that church. After he left the vestry he moved. In his new church he could not run for the vestry because his wife worked for the church. However, the minister asked him to lead a new social club in the church. He did this for a few years. He also started to go to the Washington Cathedral because hus son sang in choir and he became a part time usher. Then he came to this church, where he has been a part time usher and a member of the Men’s Club. He now attends Prime Timers.
He has worked as a real estate agent and a broker. Then he went to work for HUD. After that he went to work for the DC Housing Department. He left them to become a real estate appraiser. He and his wife Karen live in Silver Spring.