The Vestry oversees the fiscal and operational health of the parish. It is comprised of 15 elected members that serve three-year terms and is lead by the Senior Warden and the Dean. The Junior Warden is the chair of the Building and Grounds committee, which is joined by the Finance Committee and the Mission and Ministry Committee, the leaders of which form the Warden’s Committee. The vestry meets once a month and each member is part of a committee and works with one of the councils to ensure a strong path of communication.
To be voted on at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 18.
Nominated for three-year terms:
Chris Alexander is a lifelong Episcopalian and has attended Christ Church since moving to Houston in 2002. Chris and his family have enjoyed the community of the Cathedral and embraced many of its missions, particularly The Beacon. Chris brings with him skills of collaboration, listening, and cooperation from years of volunteering on community boards. He and his wife, Harriet, have three daughters, Rebecca (19), Annie (17), and Meg (11).
Linnet Deily has been a member of the Cathedral since 2010. She served on the recent Search Committee and also is a member of the Adult Formation Council. She has chaired the Diocesan Standing Committee and currently serves as the executive chair of the newly formed Episcopal Health Foundation. Linnet was the U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization from 2001–2005 and now is a member of the board of directors of Chevron and Honeywell.
Elizabeth Goza was confirmed at the Cathedral in 2006. She is a member of the Exploring the Connections class and served as co-chair of the Justice & Peace Council in 2014. Elizabeth grew up as a Southern Baptist and attended Catholic schools. She is a project manager at JPMorgan Chase, where she has worked for 23 years. She and her husband, Don, have been happily married for 17 years, and their children, Merrell and Paul, are active members in EYC.
Bob Richter has been a member of the Cathedral since 1987. He is heavily involved in lay ministry and with the Altar Guild, of which he was director from 2012–2013. He has served as usher chairman, as an alternate delegate to the 148th Diocesan Council, and as a member of the Pastoral Care and Adult Formation Councils. Bob has also served as a Kids Hope mentor and Beacon volunteer, and he is co-founder of the Men’s Breakfast Club.
Michelle Ruch and her husband, Tim, were married at Christ Church Cathedral in 1996. She has served on the board of directors of The Beacon as well as on The Beacon’s finance committee and the Children’s Ministry Council at the Cathedral. Michelle and Tim have three children, Mason (15), Lilly (11), and Travis (6). Michelle is the director of trading at Salient Partners, an asset management firm in Houston.
To be voted on at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 19.
Nominated for three-year terms:
Victoria Cawley grew up in Somerset, England, coming to the U.S. in 1975 and to Houston in 1980. She came to the Cathedral in 1986, and joined as a member in 1989 after marrying her late husband, Scott. She has served on the Membership & Evangelism and Pastoral Care councils. Victoria joined the Altar Guild in 1995 and served as director in 2002 and 2010. Victoria is a registered nurse at Memorial Hermann TMC in the Heart and Vascular Institute.
Wayne Clawater has been a member of the Cathedral since 1980. He has previously served on the vestry and as chair of the Every Member Canvass. Wayne is managing partner of the law firm Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston, L.L.P., and has an active civil trial practice. He has been married to Hollee Hedge Clawater for 32 years, and the Clawaters have two daughters, Jean Rose Clawater Cross (29) and Grace Clawater Doramus (26).
Christopher McCord and his wife, Scottie, joined the Cathedral in 2007 after a move from Chicago. Christopher is a native Houstonian and grew up in the Episcopal Church. He serves on the Stewardship Council and is a volunteer at The Beacon. The McCords have three children, Topher (6), Philippa (3) and Gillian (2 months). Christopher is a partner at Healthcare Growth Partners, an investment bank that advises healthcare technology companies.
Whitney Ogle has been a member of the Cathedral for 17 years. She has been a member of the Altar Guild since 2008 and has taught the three-year-old’s Sunday School class for the past nine years. She has served on the May Fete committee and the Children’s Ministry Council and is currently a member of the Stewardship Council. She and her husband, Rick, served as chairs of the 2014 Every Member Canvass. The Ogles have two daughters, Blake (13) and Quinn (11).
Charlie Prioleau is a cradle Episcopalian and a member of the Cathedral since 1992. He has served on the recent Search Committee and as an endowment trustee. He was also on the Stewardship Council and chaired the 2004 Every Member Canvass. Charlie retired from banking in 2008 and co-founded an energy company that was sold in 2010. He continues to be active in finance. Charlie is married to Mimi and is the father of Carolyn and Wilson.
To be voted on at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 20.
Nominated for three-year terms:
Chris Bell has been a member of the Cathedral since 1999. For the past five years, he has taught Sunday school for senior high youth. He has also served on the Cathedral Health Ministries Council and the Adult Education Council and has volunteered at The Beacon. A former U.S. congressman and Houston city council member, Bell is now of counsel to the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP. This past fall, he and his wife, Alison, served as chairs of the Cathedral’s Every Member Canvass. The Bells live in Meyerland and have two sons, Atlee (16) and Connally (15).
Ted Dom and wife, Lynne Whitworth, joined the Cathedral following their wedding in 1984. He has actively participated in several of the Cathedral’s outreach ministries including as a Beacon volunteer, as a two-term member of the Mission Outreach Council, and as a COMPASS board member for six years including the last three as president. Ted is a native of western Pennsylvania and he and Lynne have two children, Hank (25) and Isabelle (22). Ted is a partner in Cameron Management, a local real-estate firm which owns and manages commercial office buildings in downtown Houston.
Bill McKenzie has attended the Cathedral since 1997 when he moved to Houston from Canada, and was baptized in the Episcopal Church shortly afterward. First attracted to the Cathedral by its music program, he has been an active member of the Cathedral Choir ever since, currently serving as choir president. He has also served on the Liturgy Council. A software engineer by background, Bill currently works for Chevron as a technology architect. He and his wife Mandy are the parents of Shonda (26), Alex (14), and Emma (11), who are active in the acolyte program and the Cathedral Treble Choir.
Sonia Mascorro Velazquez
Sonia Mascorro Velazquez has been deeply involved in the life of the Latino congregation since coming to the Cathedral in 2008. She has been an organizer of the annual Latino conference and the Mini-Folklórico. Sonia attended this summer’s Spanish-language Lay Leadership Conference at Camp Allen and has hosted posadas for the past two years at her home. Originally from Coahuila, Mexico, she immigrated to the United States in 1985 and attended high school in San Antonio. Sonia works as a medical assistant in a private office. She and her husband, Rodolfo, have two sons, Rodolfo and Oliver.
Bess Wareing has attended Christ Church Cathedral for 23 years. In that time she has served on the Youth Council and the Adult Education Council, chaired the Every Member Canvass, taught Sunday school, and co-chaired May Fete. She has also served on a discernment committee and taught the Parenting Class as both leader and guest speaker. She and her husband, Matt, have two grown children, John and Madeline, both of whom served as Cathedral acolytes. Bess is a psychologist in private practice where she sees adolescents, adults and couples. She also acts as a consultant to several private schools in the Houston area.
Nominated for a two-year term:
Ellen Harrison was received into the Episcopal Church at the Cathedral, which has been her spiritual home since 1986. Completing the four-year Education for Ministry course inspired her to seek opportunities for active service at the Cathedral. She is completing a term as chair of the Religion & the Arts Council and currently volunteers with the Cloister Gallery. For the past two years, she has served as a mentor in a writing workshop at The Beacon. A native Houstonian with a doctorate in English education, Ellen has taught and directed educational programs for public schools in the U.S. and Australia; taught at the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas; and served as vice president of a national nonprofit, Project GRAD USA.