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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Saint Mark's Preschool Director
Sally Farrell has more than twenty years of teaching experience in early childhood education. Formerly a Head Teacher for New Canaan Community Nursery School and other prestigious schools such as Greenwich Academy and Eagle Hill School, Mrs. Farrell completed a M.A. in Christian Education at Virginia Theological Seminary last year. Mrs. Farrell, a wife and mother of three, has lived and worked in the local area for many years and has held leadership positions with such organizations as the Bedford Free Library and Bedford’s St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church where she helped found the parish’s nursery school.
Director of Children's Ministries
Sarah has a great background in early childhood education. She has a BA from Dartmouth, a MA in Elementary Education from Columbia Teachers College, Master’s level coursework in Education from Fordham, and seven years teaching experience in New York City Public Schools. She teaches two afternoons a week at the St. Stephen’s Nursery School and is the Co-leader of their Vacation Bible School. Sarah has a great desire to serve her Lord and use her skills to enhance the faith lives of children and families. She is very active at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, CT. She is the Clerk of the Vestry, sings in the choir, and serves on the Children’s and Youth Ministry Committee. She is married to Mark, and together they have three children, Addy (Adeline) who is 11, Foster who is 9, and Theodore who is 7.
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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Susan Middeleer Mleczko
Prior to working at St. Mark’s, Susan was a Senior Account Supervisor in corporate brand marketing, communications and event planning. She is a graduate of Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in the Theater Arts. While studying, she worked with Merchant Ivory Productions in set design and production. While raising her three children in Ridgefield, she was the co-owner of an interior design firm, Zolily Design, Ltd. and was also a food consultant. An avid and experienced traveler, gardener and cook, she recently became an independent travel advisor (part-time) for New Canaan TravelWorld and writes about food and travel in her spare time. She is also currently writing a novel based on the life of her Belgian grandfather, noted landscape architect, Charles Middeleer, during World War I in Belgium
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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.
Interim Director of Youth Ministry
Kendall Callahan has a passion for working with people of all ages and sharing the wisdom of food with all who are curious. In her earlier corporate life, she conceptualized and created the Urban Depot Market division of FreshDirect which currently serves a $40+billion inner-city consumer market. After family time and four years in India, Kendall came back to New York and created Kendall’s OM Kitchen, an interactive health kitchen where kids and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and nutrition levels, created DIY snacks (Mantra Munchies) with purely sourced super foods, original recipes and their own hands and heart. Currently, Kendall produces two lines of FUNctional foods for the whole family: MantraMunchies (superfood snacks) and goPAX (superfood yogurt enhancers soon available in single serve stick packs). Each organic, gluten/dairy/nut free, low glycemic and vegan nugget of nourishment is taste and feel good approved by all ages. Teens have even reached for these rather than Pop-Tarts for a great morning start! In September, Kendall will open the doors to GraceFull Grazing, a super food studio in Scott’s Corners, where she will sell a range of super food products curated from around the globe. She will also offer group classes.
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Interim Director of Youth Ministry
John Kennedy grew up in New Canaan and his first memories of church are at St. Mark’s—mainly scenes from Sunday School and filling out visitor cards in the balcony with made up names when he was bored during the services. After working in the music business for two years in New York City and briefly considering medical school, he has discerned a call to ministry and (God willing!) will to go to seminary next fall (2016). John graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Contemporary Writing & Production, and music continues to be one of his great passions.
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