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January 25, 2016
2016 Vestry Nominations
The nominating committee has faithfully discerned the nominees for Vestry. Please familiarize yourself with the people below, who will be presented to you for election to vestry at our Annual Meeting, Sunday, February 21. The vestry is a body of non- ordained people in the Episcopal Church, duly elected by the members of the church to provide oversight with the rector of the spiritual and material concerns of the parish. Vestry members should have been active in the life and ministry of All Saints-by-the-Sea for one year, have a love for God, and a love of the church. 
Susan Evans

Susan has lived in Santa Barbara for 40 years and has been attending All Saints for eight years. She has already served one three-year term on the Vestry and was on the Outreach Committee for six years, the last three of those years as chairman. Many
Fridays Susan can be found in the church office volunteering. Susan loves All Saints, her friends, and her near perfect son with every fiber of her being. She also enjoys hiking, swimming, and genealogy.
Raye Haskell Melville

Raye has been a dedicated community volunteer since her retirement from the State of California in 1998. During the past fifteen years she has served on boards for Direct Relief, CAMA, Habitat for Humanity, Braille Auxiliary, as well as the Wildling Museum Advisory Council, the Santa Barbara Foundation Arts and Culture Distribution Committee and La Casa de Maria Friends Council. She is an active member of All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church where she has served on the Outreach Committee, Profile Committee, Nomination Committee, Vestry, and numerous other focused efforts.

Raye's passion for community service following a 31 year public policy career with the State of California and two municipalities. She has managed budgets from $16 million to $650 million in her capacities as Director of Administration and Banking for the State Treasurer, Director of Administration for State Parks, Director of Provider Services and Enrollment for MediCal, and Budget Director for the State Department of Health Services. She is devoted to her husband, Keith, her family and community; and she enjoys writing, hiking and golf.

Caryn Reeder

Caryn grew up on a farm in central Illinois. After college, she spent two years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Jerusalem, supporting the international and Christian Arab student groups at Hebrew University and Bethlehem University. During that time, she realized she liked working with college students and studying the Bible in its cultural, geographical, historical, and linguistic contexts, so she went back to school -- first earning an MA in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, then an MPhil in Old Testament and PhD in New Testament at the University of Cambridge. She's been in Santa Barbara since 2007 (minus a year long sabbatical, which she spent as a Fulbright Scholar in the West Bank), teaching at Westmont in the Religious Studies Department, worshiping and LEM-ing and lector-ing at All Saints, and enjoying the lack of winter. When she's not at church or work, Caryn enjoys reading mysteries, walking on the beach, and researching violence in scripture. 
Stephen Schaible

Stephen and his partner of 22 years, Daron Builta, moved to Santa Barbara from New York City in 2012. He lived and worked in New York, Tokyo and London for 31 years for J.P. Morgan, Citigroup and Evercore Partners, as a corporate investment banker specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Evercore, having failed at his intention to retire upon moving to California. In New York, Stephen was most recently a parishioner at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, where he was a member of the vestry, a lay Eucharistic minister and lector. He was also a member the board of directors of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Columbia County Historical Society in upstate New York, where he and Daron had a weekend home. Since joining All-Saints-by-the-Sea, Stephen has served on both the Outreach and Finance & Budget committees. He is also active with the Music Academy of the West, where he has served as a compeer for the past two summers, and enjoys biking and hiking the hills of Montecito with his two English Springer Spaniels, Oliver and Dottie. Stephen was graduated in 1981 from Princeton University with a degree in History.
Michael Swift

Michael is a graduate student in the physics department at UCSB. He has attended All Saints by the Sea since moving to Santa Barbara in the fall of 2013. His ministries at All Saints include teaching 6th-8th grade Sunday school, leading Theology on Tap, and giving reflections at Eventide.

Michael was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was baptized as a toddler at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, but his family went to a variety of other churches before settling down to be Episcopalian when he was 13. He was confirmed at the age of 16 in the diocese of Arizona. He attended worship regularly at Epiphany, and served as an acolyte, thurifer, lay reader, and member of the building and grounds committee. 

Michael did his undergraduate work in physics and mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. While in college, he regularly attended Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, serving as an acolyte and choir member. He was also active in Autry House, the Episcopal campus ministry at Rice, serving as vestry member, president, and representative to diocesan council. Michael says, "All Saints by the Sea is truly my spiritual home in Santa Barbara. It will be my privilege to serve this wonderful community as a member of the vestry."
Leah Watson

Leah is originally from Northern California, finding her way to Santa Barbara via Westmont College, where she graduated in 1997. The following year, on a Sunday morning, she shook the new associate pastor's hand in the doorway of El Montecito Presbyterian and then proceeded to marry The Rev. Dr. Mark Watson the following year. Leah served as a pastor's wife for twelve years alongside Mark in Presbyterian churches in Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley and North Carolina. During this season they were blessed with the birth of two children, Benjamin and Clara - who continue to be a blessing, now in 3rd and 2nd grade at Montecito Union School (both are alum of All Saints Parish School). A few years ago, Mark transitioned out of traditional pastoral ministry into working with the elderly as the chaplain at Valle Verde retirement community and founding Watson Fiduciary. For the first time the Watson Family could "church shop" and to their delight All Saints become home. Their first Sunday here, Clara snuggled up to Leah after receiving communion and said, "I think God wants us here." They never left. Leah is the Director of Marketing for a local academic publisher and also does consulting work in content development, strategy and web design. Her greatest joys are adventures with her family, dance parties in the living room, spiritual journaling and all sorts of domestic puttering.
The nominating committee is also responsible for nominating people to be elected by the church to represent All Saints at the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles' Diocesan Convention, as well as to the 2016 nominating committee.
The nominees for convention are Tom and Karen Dietz, Nathan and Leslie Sigler, and Pat McClure as delegates, and Caryn Reeder and Susan Evans as alternates. Nominees to the 2016 nominating committee are Bill Macfayden, Susan Gulbransen, Sheri Benninghoven, and Syd Walker.