A St. Mark’s parishioner for more than 20 years, Dick DePatie assumed the duties of Parish Administrator in May 1998, following a successful 40-year career in the insurance industry, where he served in sales and sales management at CIGNA and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Prior to becoming Parish Administrator, Dick served on the vestry for three years and as Senior Warden of St. Mark’s for five years. He has been involved at St. Mark’s in a wide variety of activities, including the Search Committee, Outreach Commission, stewardship, long range planning and the Finance Committee. He is currently Chairman of Planned Giving. A graduate of Brown University, Mr. DePatie served with the United States Air Force as a pilot. His quiet demeanor belies a wit and wisdom that enriches us all. He lives with his wife Molly, also an indefatigably active parishioner, here in New Canaan.
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Organist and Choirmaster
Brian-Paul Thomas, affectionately known to us as B-P, began his ministry at St. Mark’s in September 1998. As Choirmaster and Organist, his responsibilities include conducting the six parish choirs, playing for services, administering the St. Mark’s Concert Series and bringing special musical events to our parish. He is also Instructor of Choral Music at Norwalk Community Technical College. A certificate holder of the Royal School of Church Music, B-P holds the Professional Studies Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he was a student of Alec Wyton. A consummate professional musician beloved by the young, old and in-betweens who are privileged to study with him at St. Mark’s.
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Director of Communications
Megan Ferrell is an award-winning creative director with over 25 years of experience in the commercial art world. She is a graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. Megan specializes in advertising, marketing/brand development, photography, collateral/print design and digital strategy. Megan held various positions in the corporate world in New York City, including group creative director for a division of CMP Media, and as a creative services director for AIG. She decided to strike out on her own and ran an award-winning design business for 16 years before joining the St. Mark's staff. In 2009 Megan launched an online/retail candy business on the side called Suckerborne. It has gained national attention with an appearance on The Today Show, NBC News CT, and The Huffington Post. Megan's photography has been exhibited in many local galleries, as well as at the Sheila Aronson Gallery in NYC. She was also asked to be part of an exhibit at Art Basel in 2011.
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Prisca Spitz has worked in administrative and teaching capacities with preschool, elementary, and middle school students for twenty three years. At The Mead School in Stamford, she was the Center Director, a role which combined teaching and administrative responsibilities. Her duties there included teaching with a focus on the students’ social and emotional development, developing curriculum, managing teachers, acting as the parent liaison, and participating in admissions decisions. She was also an enthusiastic participant in community outreach and established a volunteering component for Mead’s curriculum. Prisca’s educational philosophy aligns fully with the warm, nurturing, play-based environment at SMP, where we raise up the whole child–mind, body, and soul. She believes that children thrive in an environment with trusting and caring relationships between school and home. Gentle boundaries, thoughtful routines, and caring adults all create a nurturing program for young learners. She believes in a play- and experience-based approach to learning in early childhood. When visiting our school, Prisca was so impressed with our excellent teaching staff, our beautiful classrooms, the quality of our curriculum, and the spiritual elements of our life together. Prisca graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies from the University of Connecticut. In addition, she has an Associate of Arts degree from Bard College at Simons Rock and holds both a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and a Master of Science degree in Business Leadership from Manhattanville College. Prisca is married to Stuart Spitz, a teacher in a New York Charter School based in Harlem. They have two grown daughters and reside in Stamford.
Executive Assistant to the Rector
Beth Ralston has more than 25 years of experience in areas of administration, operations, and event planning. She joins us after 13 years at St. Bartholomew’s (St. Bart’s) Church in midtown Manhattan, where she served first as Executive Administrator, and then as Director of Operations. Her greatest talent lies in systems evaluation, negotiation and creative problem solving. Beth has a very “roll up your sleeves” approach to life and work, and looks at challenges as opportunities to grow and strengthen relationships with one another. A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Beth resides in Rye, NY.
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Michael (Mike) J. Loprieno brings 25 years of corporate controllership experience to St. Mark’s. Mike has been a Controller for local Westchester based companies across various industries such as energy, data warehousing, architectural services, and hardware, in both retail and wholesale environments. He was also recently involved in financial consulting for several regional organizations. Mike graduated from Pace University Lubin School of Business with a BBA in Public Accounting. He employs all facets of his experience in day-to-day financial management, budgeting, forecasting, analytics and financial reporting in his Controller’s position here at St. Mark’s. Mike is an avid cyclist, and a certified spinning instructor with NYSC. Mike lives in Mahopac, N.Y. with his wife of 30 years, Donna. They have 3 sons, one granddaughter, and are expecting a second granddaughter.
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Cyra Borsy has been working alongside youth for over 20 years. She first started working with teens at risk for substance abuse and pregnancy in the 1990’s. A decade later she co-lead a youth group at Christ the King located in Frankfurt, Germany while living with her family overseas. She has been a member of St. Mark’s, along with her family, since the fall of 2008. A year later, Cyra was a volunteer with the youth of St. Mark’s, and has remained one ever since. Cyra enjoys spending time with the young people of the parish and has been fortunate enough to chaperone a number of mission trips. She has a Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University. Cyra and her husband Steve have been married for 25 years and are parents to Natalie (20) and Ryan (16), and Cookie the wonder dog (8).
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Director of Children's Ministry
Janet Maynes has been a St. Mark’s member for 20 years, and a Church School teacher for 15 of those years. Prior to moving to New Canaan, she was a Church School director and pre-school board chairperson at Christ’s Church, Rye. At St. Mark’s, Jan has been involved in a range of activities, including Search Committee, Flower Guild, weekday classes and pastoral care. A graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, she was Communications Manager at an international bank before retiring to raise a family. Jan and her husband Richard have two grown children, both confirmed at St. Mark’s. A testament to the lasting value of children’s and youth ministry, one is a choir member at this parish, the other a Godly Play teacher at an Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
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Director of Stewardship and Development
Laura has been a member of St. Mark’s parish since 2004. She assumed the position of Director of Stewardship and Development in August 2016. Laura’s previous and current St. Mark’s involvement includes teaching Sunday School, as a member of the Alter Guild, and serving on the Vestry where she is currently the Clerk. Laura has a B.A. in history from Williams College, and she spent over 10 years as a corporate banker in New York at what is now JP Morgan. Laura lives with her husband Dave and dog Georgia in their recently empty nest in New Canaan. She is excited to have joined the dedicated and talented staff working on stewardship and development efforts to enhance our community, and is eternally grateful to our parishioners for their amazing and selfless generosity in supporting the parish.
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Rob Schwartz brings a mixture of experience in administration and the creative arts to St. Mark’s. After receiving his BFA in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Rob worked on projects with the Weinstein Company and ESPN. His passion for team building and coordinating projects led him to the field of Facilities Management where he spent 5 years in charge of teams at Middlesex Hospital and a bustling law firm in Hartford. Rob has spent most of his life volunteering at his church in Milford which led him to answer God’s call to the ministry. His desire to work in a church environment is what immediately drew him to St. Mark’s. When he’s not hard at work here, Rob is busy studying online for his Master of Divinity at Lexington Theological Seminary. His goal is to become a pastor and continue doing God’s work however possible.
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Ed Hill joined the St. Mark’s staff as sexton in late August, 2010. Prior to becoming full time for us, Ed worked part-time for St. Mark’s on Sundays for several years. Ed was born and raised in Puerto Rico. At age nine, he came to the U.S. He has worked for a variety of local companies, ranging from a convalescent center to a lumber company. Ed has a number of strengths—hard worker, enjoys being around young people, and is bi-lingual (fluent in both English and Spanish). His language skills have been a real help at times for staff members. Ed has two sons ; Justin who is employed at a restaurant in Norwalk, and Mark who is entering his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota/Duluth (a music major). Mark inherited his music skills from his father who is a terrific drummer. Ed commutes daily from his home in Danbury. His infectious smile is welcoming to all who come in contact with him.