Vestry Members and Delegates
The Vestry is the elected board of the church. Elections are held in February every year. Throughout the year, the Vestry takes business matters under consideration and hears reports from each area of the church.
Carolyn Thayer Ross
Carolyn, her husband, Bill Codinha, and their two daughters, Cotton and Alessandra, joined the Church of the Redeemer 25 years ago, when they moved from Beacon Hill to Brookline. Since then, Carolyn has served on the Vestry, the Building and Grounds Committee, chaired the Nominating Committee and co-chaired the Stewardship Committee for three years with Chuck Farber and Dan McCarthy. She is a member of the Altar Guild, where she has served as Head (and sat on the Vestry ex-officio) and as Treasurer. Carolyn sits on the Strategic Ministry Committee, ex officio and is a member of the Fuel Advisory Board. She taught confirmation classes for three years, ran two Redeemer yard sales to raise funds for mission trips, chaperoned a mission trip to Cuba with Redeemer and St. Stephen’s teens and has volunteered at the South End’s Blackstone School Library in a program affiliated with St. Stephen’s. Carolyn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston College Law School. She practiced law as a litigator, then was Senior Vice President, General Counsel of the publicly held Yankee Companies, Inc. She served as President and Chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, President of the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity and President of The Chestnut Hill Garden Club. She was a member of the boards of The Boston Ballet and the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Children, where she served as Chair of the Greater Boston Region. She was an Associate Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, an Overseer of Boston College Law School, a Trustee of The Masters School and of The Chestnut Hill School. She was a Governor of the Chilton Club. Carolyn has been a longtime member of the board of MSPCA-Angell, where she is now an Honorary Trustee. She recently served on their CEO Search Committee and continues as a member of its Human Resources/Compensation Committee. She is a Vice Chair of the Conservation and National Affairs and Legislation Committee of the Garden Club of America. Carolyn was been serving as Senior Warden of the Redeemer since 2018.
Aaron has been an active member of the Church of the Redeemer since relocating to Chestnut Hill in 2008. Prior to his arrival in the Boston area, Aaron lived in various locations throughout Texas including Houston where he worked for Invesco Asset Management and attended graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin. Aaron is a native of northeast Arkansas where he met Meredith, his wife of 16 years. Meredith and Aaron have been blessed with four wonderful daughters: Mary Scott, Frances, Eloise, and Henrietta.
Aaron is currently the Co-Director and Portfolio Manager of Value Equities for Eaton Vance Management. Prior to joining Eaton Vance in 2012, Aaron was a senior equity analyst with Pioneer Global Asset Management in Boston and Invesco Asset Management in Houston. His career was historically focused on energy and commodity related industries. Aaron earned his CFA charter in 2002. Aaron has served in several roles since joining the Church of the Redeemer. Prior roles include Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and as a member of the Building Committee. In addition, he has served on the investment committees of the Boston Episcopal Charitable Society and Church of the Redeemer.
George Raine has been a member of the parish since 2007, teaches in the Sunday School, and has served as an alternate diocesan delegate and a shepherd for the stewardship campaign. George is a partner at the law firm of Ropes & Gray, where he specializes in securities law and investment management regulatory matters. He received his undergraduate degree (in history) and law degree from Yale, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin.
George is married to Fernande Raine, who sings in the choir and served on the rector search committee. Together they are doing their best to raise four daughters, Eleanor, Charlotte, Martha, and Louisa (Lulu), aged ten down to four years. German is the official language of the Raine household, though often resolve falls short of intention in avoiding the vernacular. In what passes for spare time, George enjoys (though does not excel in) squash, rowing, cycling, classical clarinet, and recreational philology.
Chip has lived in Boston since 1996, and currently resides in Chestnut Hill with his wife Maisie and three daughters, Charlotte (20), Serena (18) and Eliza (14). The Church of Redeemer has been a special place for the Pollard family. Chip and Maisie were married in the Church and the three girls have been confirmed there.
For the majority of his working career, Chip has worked in the investment management business and he is currently a portfolio manager in wealth management at BNY Mellon. Outside of his regular work, Chip is a very “handy” person who spends time on various home projects. He also enjoys many sports and travel. A former college tennis and hockey player, Chip enjoys tennis, golf, hockey, skiing and platform tennis. Chip is a past member of Vestry at the Church of the Redeemer. He received a BA in economics from Middlebury College and his MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Stefan, his wife, Inger and their three children, Ulrika, Torsten, and Britta joined the Redeemer in 2015. Stefan is active in the Parish Choir and Inger frequently volunteers at Sunday School. With a background as a chorister at the St. Thomas Choir School in New York, Stefan was drawn to the Redeemer by its rich musical offering. However, the Karlsson’s history with the church stretches back much farther to 1975 when Inger’s parents were married at the Redeemer.
Professionally, Stefan is the Director of Research and a Partner at Aureus Asset Management. Stefan earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, and is a CFA charterholder. Stefan currently serves as a trustee and chair of the Investment Committee at The Chestnut Hill School.
Erik, together with his wife Karine, joined Church of the Redeemer in 2002 as they settled into Boston. Originally from Chicago, IL, medical training brought Erik to Boston over 20 years ago. Connecting to the Redeemer during those early years, however, really helped to forge the bonds that led to a desire to stay and grow in this wonderful Church and community.
Erik is currently a Senior Physician at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Professor & Associate Dean of Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. Through so many years, the Redeemer has been a place of connection, of fellowship, and of friendship for Erik and his family. He and his wife Karine are blessed with two wonderful children, Lukas and Caroline, and a therapy dog, Oliver.
I have been a member of the Church of the Redeemer for over 40 years. My children have been baptized and confirmed at The Redeemer and presently I have 2 grandchildren in the church school. Over the years, I have been on the Vestry, President of the Church Service League, (and initiated the first Christmas Market Auction), chaired the Church School Committee, chaired the Christmas Market and taught in all grades in the Church School. I founded the Outreach Committee with Nancy Avery. In 2009 I went to Uganda on a mission trip and, with students from the Beacon of Hope School, created an 18 foot mural. Recently, Angels for Outreach was an idea I had to raise money for our Outreach programs.
I am now Coordinator of the Pastoral Care Committee, serve on the Altar Guild, helped with the Christmas Market Auction and am the Pastoral Committee liaison to the Church Service League. Spiritually I enjpoy reading the Bible in Margery Kennelly's Bible class and learning about my journey with Christ in spiritual formation gatherings. I love the Redeemer and look forward to serving the church as a Vestry Member.
Sandy has been attending church services since 1999. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group. She is the former Lead Director of Verizon Communications and The Rohm and Haas Company and served on the board of The AES Corporation. She recently retired as Chairman of the Natixis Advisor and Loomis Sayles Funds, as Chair of the Alfred P, Sloan Foundation (the first woman to hold that position) and as President of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Sandy is also trustee, past trustee or advisor of various charitable organizations including The Boston Symphony, The Huntington Theatre, the Museum of Science, the Council of the Harvard Graduate Society (which she also chaired), and the Boston Public Library Foundation, which she chaired from 2004-7. Sandy has been the recipient of numerous professional and civic leadership awards. Sandy received her Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Harvard University and a B.A. summa cum laude from Wheaton College (Norton, MA) where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow
Grant and his wife, Amanda, joined the Church of the Redeemer in 2015 after moving to Newton from Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood where they had attended Trinity Church Boston since 2001. Grant’s family was welcomed with open arms on their first Sunday and they quickly got involved in the life of the Redeemer. Grant’s children, Connor, Caroline and Caleb, have thoroughly enjoyed Godly Play and the many children’s programs, especially the Christmas Pageant.
Grant has been a member of the Stewardship Committee for the past three years and co-chaired the Committee this year. Grant also serves on the Sunday School Committee and teaches once a month in the Sunday school class for fourth through sixth graders. In his professional life, Grant has been the CFO of dot-com, worked as a consultant and held finance and strategy positions within the asset management and banking industries. Grant received his MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Analytical Finance & Accounting from Wake Forest University, where he met his wife. Grant enjoys coaching his children’s soccer teams and spending time with his family in New Hampshire on Lake Wentworth and skiing at nearby Gunstock.
Beth has been a parishioner at the Church of the Redeemer since 1998. Beth has co-chaired the Redeemer Christmas Market, co-chaired the annual Stewardship drive, served on the CSL board, and been a member of the Outreach committee. Professionally, Beth is an attorney, served as chief of staff to Governor Mitt Romney for four years, and was involved in his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Since 2012, she has run her own political consulting firm.
Beth has been a Resident Fellow at the Institutes of Politics of both Harvard University and the University of Chicago, and is on the Advisory Board of the UChicago Institute. She co-chaired the bipartisan Annenberg Presidential Debate Reform Working Group at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and is in her second term on the board of Enterprise Community Partners, the nation's leading non-profit for affordable housing. Beth lives in Brookline. Her daughter Janey is completing her PhD at University of Wisconsin, and son Curt works in Boston.
Judy began teaching high school in 1965, and she still can't think of anything she would rather do and so she doesn’t retire, even though most of her earliest students have long retired. Judy began her career teaching history, English, and Bible in East Africa shortly after Kenya received its independence from Great Britain. After 7 years, she left Kenya to teach at The Stony Brook School in NY where she was a boarding school administrator and teacher for 34 years.
Currently, Judy teaches Humanities 9 and AP European History at Boston Trinity Academy, is the Dean of Faculty and Chair of the History Dept. Judy loves to travel especially with teenagers; she has been to 41 countries. For the past seven summers, she has brought BTA students to Nepal to work at a school for disabled children in Kathmandu and orphanage in Pokhara. When she is not teaching or traveling, Judy enjoys reading, cooking, and playing great Aunt JuJu with Josh and Starr Peteet’s amazing three children. She has been attending the Redeemer since moving to Boston in 2010.
Zibby lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband Russell and four sons Charlie (17), Teddy (15), Tom (11), and Duncan (9). Since joining the Redeemer in 2003, she has been actively involved in many aspects of parish life: teaching Sunday school, running the Christmas Market and later greens workshops, serving as a Stewardship "shepherd" and more. She has loved watching her children participate in Sunday school, confirmation, and youth group; serving as acolytes; helping with outreach. She feels lucky to be part of such a thriving church community.
Outside the Redeemer, Zibby, runs a small botanical photography and paper goods company called Bottle Branch. Previously, she worked as a researcher in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and long before that, she trained to be a botanist and lived in a tent in the Bolivian Amazon.
Dick and Lisa Tucker live on Woodman Road, just down the street from the Redeemer. As a result, they can easily navigate the trip to Church. Their two boys, Toph and Willy, were both baptized at the Redeemer and can be seen annually at the Christmas Eve Family Service. (They live in New York City and Washington.)
After moving to Chestnut Hill from Boston in late 1987, Dick was encouraged by Lloyd and Gene Dahmen to become more active in the parish. So he did. His committees include the Sunday School Committee, Stewardship, Investment Committee, Finance Policy and Personnel Committee among others. Those “others” include past service as member of the Vestry, Treasurer, and the Rector Search Committee which “found” Mike Dangelo. Dick’s other activities include selling Christmas Trees, tending bar at the Auction Dinner, attending the Redeemer Concert Series, and snacking at Coffee Hour. He can usually be found Sunday mornings sitting on the left side of the aisle at the 10 a.m. service. He is not texting or gazing at his smart phone, (he doesn’t own one). If elected, he will do his best not to be too disruptive as a Vestry Member.
An Attorney-Broker, Amy joined Hammond Residential Real Estate in Chestnut Hill in 2016, after fourteen years of transactional experience as an investment attorney at John Hancock and six years working with families as an admissions professional in private schools in Newton and Boston. In between careers in law and independent schools, she also volunteered her time as a pro bono attorney for Jane Doe, Inc., as fundraiser for Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau and The Second Step, served on the advisory board of Rosie’s Place, and became active in the Church Service League and in the Mission and Outreach Committee.
Gray lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband Will and three children Peter (9), Whitney (6) and Alex (4). She joined Redeemer in 2013 after moving to Chestnut Hill from Boston where she attended Trinity Church. Gray serves on the Sunday School Committee and can be seen most Sundays in one of her children’s Sunday school classes. Outside of Redeemer, Gray is actively involved in her children’s schools. She enjoys playing numerous sports and coaching her children’s teams. Previously, she invested in commercial real estate debt and managed non-performing loans. She has a BA from Cornell University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ethan Foy was born in London and raised in Brookline, having been a member of the parish since 1998. He was confirmed at the Redeemer in 2010 and has long felt blessed by its close-knit community of faith, which he hopes to bolster during his Vestry tenure. Ethan attended Boston College, graduating in 2018 with degrees in Classics & English as well as having spent all four of his years there competing on the men’s rowing team. He now lives in Boston and is in the process of applying to law school. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys skiing, sailing, reading history (with the occasional venture back into Latin poetry), and watching more Red Sox games than is sensible to do.
Alex and his wife Jen have been members of the Church of the Redeemer since moving to Chestnut Hill in 2014. They have two young children, Eloise and Jack. In addition to the Vestry, Alex serves on the Redeemer's Strategic Ministries Committee and has taught Sunday school and led middle school youth group. In addition, he is a member of the board for Boston Trinity Academy, a Christian school in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston. Professionally, Alex is the Chief Operating Officer for LiquiGlide, an early-stage technology company in Cambridge. Prior to joining LiquiGlide, Alex was a patent litigator at Wolf Greenfield and WilmerHale and a law clerk for the U.S. District in Massachusetts and the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Steve and his wife Tish have been active and engaged members of the Redeemer for over 30 years. Their four grown children were all confirmed at the Redeemer and both Tish and Steve were Sunday School teachers. Regular participants in mission and outreach, bible study and worship, Tish and Steve have always been committed to the Redeemer’s mission of “Bringing Christ to all people and all people to Christ. Steve has held many positions of responsibility including Treasurer and Warden. Steve accepted the nomination to serve as Diocesan Delegate with a strong sense that the Redeemer can help the broader Episcopal Church to become the Church that God would have it be.
Paula L. Moats grew up in New York and the Berkshires. She has been a member of Redeemer for only four years, after moving here from New York. She is on Altar Guild and attends Bible Study. Having graduated from Bryn Mawr College and enjoying a career on Wall Street, she now consults for an European family office. She has served and continues to devote time to several non profit boards and advisory committees including The Atlanta International School, Bryn Mawr College, The Manhattan Theater Club, Miss Hall’s School, The Bidwell House Museum, The Bidwell Family Association and Trustees of Reservation. Her two sons, Karl (32) and Rudyard (30) live in New York and Washington respectively. She runs, skis, plays tennis.
Kate Kimball has been coming to Redeemer since moving to Back Bay in 2015. She currently lives in Belmont with her daughter, Kasey, a PhD student in historical theology at B.C. Kate has been the Director of Admissions at a private school in Back Bay for 15 years. She enjoys keeping fit, biking, tennis, sailing, cooking, keeping things organized, and spending time with her partner, John, and his teenage daughter. She also provides much support for her elderly mother.
Kathy has been a member of the Redeemer since 2013, where she sings in the choir and assists with choristers. Kathy teaches world history at Newton South High School and has worked both nationally and internationally on training and curriculum development for teaching about world religions in public schools. She and her husband Brett Zinger, a journalism and English teacher, and son, Finn, live in Newton.
Julia and her husband Brian have been active in the Redeemer community since moving to Chestnut Hill from the Back Bay and joining the congregation 3 years ago. They have two children, Thomas (3.5 years) and Caroline (2 years), both of whom were baptized at Redeemer. They have been active in the Episcopal Church for many years and have enjoyed the broader community at Redeemer through godly play, the nursery, the Christmas Market and Pageant Sunday. Julia is a graduate of Wellesley College (‘05) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She is a portfolio manager at Cambridge Associates in Boston and works predominantly with non-profit organizations and high net worth family clients.
Sarah has been an active member of the Episcopal church all her life, teaching Sunday School and organizing pageants since high school. She and her husband Tim joined The Redeemer in 1986 with their newborn and she started volunteering in many different areas of the church. Their three daughters grew up with the Redeemer as their second home, especially when Sarah was hired to join the staff as co-director of the Sunday School where she served for the next 15 years. It has been a joy to witness families come through the door and join in on this journey of faith and fellowship in such a spiritual and supportive community. Sarah looks forward to representing the Redeemer.
Susan Ritter lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband Steve and children Matt and Emily. They been members of the Church of the Redeemer since 2012. Since joining the Redeemer, Susan has been active in the Parish Choir and was the recording secretary for the Church Service League, before becoming CSL President in 2018. Professionally, Susan has an MD and PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and is a practicing rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Candy has been a member of The Redeemer for over thirty years. Her younger two children were baptized at the Redeemer and all four children went through the Redeemer Church School and were confirmed. Candy has participated as a Sunday school teacher, as a church service league member, as a diocesan alternate delegate and as a member of the Altar Guild. Her children are now ages 34, 32, 30 and 28. She is very happy to have recently become a grandmother. She enjoys yoga, golf, Chinese brush painting, babysitting and taking care of her welsh terrier, Max.