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.
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 the Assistant Treasurer at The Church of the Redeemer and as a trustee and Treasurer at The Chestnut Hill School.
David is a Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer at Moody, Lynn & Lieberson LLC where he also manages investment portfolios for individuals, families, endowments and foundations. David is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and he has over 30 years of experience in the investment management industry having previously worked at State Street Research and Management Company (now BlackRock) in Boston and Equinox Capital Management in New York. David is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Vincent Memorial Hospital Foundation. He has formerly served on the Board of Fellows of Trinity College where he graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in history. David has twice represented the Redeemer as a Diocesan Delegate and he served as a Deanery Representative in 2019. David, his wife, Lisa, and their 2 daughters, Nina and Electra, have been members of the Redeemer since 2002.
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.
Sarah and her husband Aaron married at the Redeemer in 2007 and have been members since moving to Newton in 2010. She works as an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital where she specializes in the care of cancer and transplant patients with infection. Originally from Maryland, Sarah moved to the Boston area for her medical training in 2002 where she met Aaron. Together Sarah and Aaron have four daughters, Eliza (10), Annie (9), Lydia (7) and Naomi (1.5), who keep them very busy!
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.
Elliot and her family joined the Church of the Redeemer 21 years ago, when she and her family moved to MA from New York City. At the Redeemer, Elliot has served as Co-Chair of Stewardship from 2007-09 and 2022, as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lector, often alongside her husband, John Paolella, and sons, William and James as past acolytes and servers. During COVID, she was grateful to be part of the Spiritual Formation Group led by Graeme and Debbie Mills. By profession, she was the John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 18 years, and the Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida before returning to Boston in the summer of 2020. Elliot is currently a 2022 fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard, working on aggregating best practices for art museums to meet mission goals for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility while continuing to serve as an important resource for their communities. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Elliot enjoys reading, squash, yoga, and travel.
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.
Christa and her husband Jeff have been active members of the Redeemer since 2003, when they moved to Chestnut Hill. A teacher of Sunday school for many years, Christa enjoyed being part of the program with her four children, Elaina 20, Elise 18, Brooks 16 and Scarlett 12. Christa has also served on the Church School Committee. Christa and Jeff’s children have grown up participating in many aspects of Redeemer life, including Sunday school, youth group and confirmation; serving as acolytes and volunteering as youth assistants. Recently completing her training, Christa now volunteers for Planned Parenthood’s counseling and referral hotline. Prior to having children, Christa worked as a journalist and in media relations in the public and private sectors.
By training, Tim was an IT professional working in the manufacturing and financial services sectors for 20+ years. He left corporate America as a senior executive to start his own business as a boutique shop fixing Mercedes-Benz and BMW automobiles. After 10 years and achieving his personal goals for his business, Tim retired from the working world to pursue more personal and philanthropic activities. He has since served on the Board of Trustees of Pine Manor College for 6 years.
Tim and his wife Sarah have been parishioners of the Church of the Redeemer since 1986. Sarah was the Redeemer’s Church School Director for 15 years and both Tim and Sarah have been Lay Eucharistic Ministers for 22 years. While attending formal church services have always been special in the hearts of the Allen family, Tim has experienced firsthand the true impact of the church community through the various inreach/outreach activities. Tim has played various supporting roles for the Christmas Market and he has also served on the Vestry nominating committee. It is for these reasons Tim is enthusiastic about this new calling to be on the Vestry of the Redeemer.
Stephen and his wife Virginia have been Church of the Redeemer members for more than thirty years. Their sons, Chris and Tom, both attended preschool and Sunday school at the Redeemer. The boys attended confirmation classes and were confirmed at the Redeemer. Gina has been a member of the Altar Guild for more than twenty years. As Head of the Altar Guild she also served as Ex-Officio Member of The Vestry. Stephen officiates the daily prayer about three times a week. “Worship at the Redeemer is critically important in my life. I enjoy learning and music here immensely.”
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.
Debby, together with her husband Graeme, have been members of the parish for almost 20 years, joining Church of the Redeemer when their three children (Ben, Zach, and Sam) were toddlers. After serving as a longtime member of the Mission & Outreach (M&O) committee, Debby is currently Co-Chair of the Strategic Ministries Committee (SMC) and is a co-leader of the Redeemer’s Race & Beloved Community discussion group. She also serves as a Lay Eucharist Minister (LEM), is on the Altar Guild, participates in the Church Service League (CSL) and Women’s and Sunday morning Bible studies. She has also co-led the Redeemer’s Christmas Market and accompanied teens on mission trips to New Orleans and Uganda. Debby was a commercial banker for almost 20 years in Boston and Sydney, Australia, before working with several non-profits and at Apple. In addition, she has served as PTO President and a board member at two of her children’s schools.
I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the Redeemer as Diocesan Delegate. I am quite familiar with Diocesan Convention, having attended for the past five years in my role on the diocese’s Commission on Ministry. In being an active member of the Redeemer for over 20 years I have had many different roles, including serving on vestry and on the Outreach Committee (now Strategic Ministries Committee). I am a lector and, when not precluded by COVID, a lay eucharistic minister. I am currently being trained as a spiritual director through the Selah program offered by Leadership Transformations Inc. and hope to offer direction to members of the Redeemer community. My wife Debby and I each lead spiritual formation groups. We have three adult children. I work in investments, mostly with endowments and foundations. I enjoy travel, golf, biking and hiking, especially in the mountains, which is a place where I feel in awe of God. I still have some of my Australian accent, even though we have been living in the same house in Brookline for 30 years.
Richard (Dick) Schmalensee is the Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management, Emeritus and Professor of Economics, Emeritus at MIT. He has served as the Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and as a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Along with his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Alex and Nick, he joined the Redeemer congregation around 1985. Dick has served on the Vestry and, for two years, as co-chair of the Stewardship Committee.
A life-long Episcopalian, Velura has been a member of the Redeemer for just over 70 years. All three of her children attended Sunday School here; one was married here, and two of her grandchildren were baptized and now attend Sunday School at the Redeemer. A Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lector, Velura has served on the Vestry and Altar Guild and as Church School Administrator and Junior Warden. For many years before retiring, she worked at independent schools in the area in administration and financial aid. Currently coordinator of the FUEL program, she looks forward to raising greater awareness in the Deanery of food insecurity in the suburbs.
I have been attending the Redeemer since moving to Chestnut Hill in 2004. My son Leo was christened at Redeemer in 2005. I have enjoyed watching Leo involve himself in Sunday school, confirmation, and youth group. Leo has served as an acolyte through middle school and as a server in high school as well as assisting me with outreach, such as fuel, Common Cathedral, St. Stephens and the Christmas market. I enjoy being part of such a caring church community. I care deeply for the Redeemer and enjoy being involved with Common Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Holiday parties, the annual Christmas market as well as assisting with the grounds and building committee.
Starr has been a member of the Redeemer for 14 years. She has been involved with many of the ministries of the Redeemer and currently serves on the Sunday School Committee. After working in nonprofits and schools for 20 years, she now spends her time running after her three kids and driving them around metro west. Starr, Josh, Findlay, Winslow, Davis and Foxy Peteet live in Weston.
Diocesan Delegate Alternate
Paul and his wife Chris have been attending Church of the Redeemer regularly for the past three years, after being introduced to the parish thirteen years ago by their daughter who lived nearby. Having attended four grandchild baptisms and numerous services at The Redeemer, they decided this would be their church after Paul’s retirement.
Paul had been active at the Episcopal Church in Bangor, serving on the vestry and a rector search committee. He very much enjoyed the choral musical training his children received there. At The Redeemer, he has been seen flipping pancakes, wrestling with Christmas trees and packing FUEL bags.
Paul received an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins, an M.D. degree from Stanford, did a medical internship at Dartmouth, and completed his residency at Harvard’s Joint Center for Radiation Therapy. He then practiced radiation oncology in Bangor, Maine, for thirty-five years before retiring with Chris to Concord to be near children and grandchildren. Paul and Chris have two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren. They are happy to call Redeemer their church home.
Cara joined the Church of the Redeemer in 2013. Since joining the parish she was immediately recruited to join the Church Service League, currently serving as its president. She has enjoyed helping to lead the Christmas Market annual fundraising effort every year since joining the parish. Additionally, she has taught Sunday school.
Her son, Bear, was baptized at the Redeemer, and her two dogs; Chopper & Murphis, have attended the Blessing of the Animals on a few occasions.
Professionally, she spent nearly a decade strategically aligning the institutional ambitions and interdisciplinary initiatives at Northeastern University.
During her tenure in varied roles, she worked across the institution with faculty, students, parents, and administrators to help implement the strategic plan of the university.
She spearheaded a number of special projects including the faculty/staff giving campaign, speaker forums showcasing industry CEO’s and national and international dignitaries, and worked to build the board pipeline.
In addition to her various volunteer roles; leading fundraising aspirations at her son’s former preschool and service roles at his elementary school, Cara serves on the Advisory Council of MSPCA-Angell, where she is thrilled to serve as an advocate for our furry friends who cannot speak for themselves.
Cara holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Norwich University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University.
She currently lives in Needham with her son Bear, and two rescue dogs, Chopper and Murphis.
Ex-Officio, Altar Guild Head
Lucinda has been a member of the parish since 1990 where she was recruited on Day 1 to the choir. Her passion at the parish is Worship and Music. In addition to her Altar Guild duties, she has served as a longtime Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Sponsor of the Redeemer Concert Series as well as was a member of the choir for 26 years. She is a former Junior Warden, former Clerk of the Vestry and former Diocesan Delegate, was twice a member of the Rector Search Committee as well as served on the Finance Policy and Personnel Committee, the Investment Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Stewardship Committee and as Volunteer in the annual Christmas Market fundraising effort and at Epiphany School. Lucinda actively participates in multiple Bible Studies and in Spiritual Formation efforts. She descends from a long line of Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Methodist clergy.
Lucinda spent most of her career as an entrepreneur, strategist and corporate psychologist helping owners, boards and CEOs make and implement tough governance, organization and leadership decisions. She served as CEO twice, interim executive 5 times and as director on 15 boards. She received her PHD from New York University, and her Masters in Fine Arts in Costume and Theatrical Design and undergraduate (Cum Laude) degrees from University of Southern California. She is an avid tennis player, an aspiring bridge player and seventh generation Oregonian where most of her family still resides. She loves her church.