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.
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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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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Lion's Den Bookstore Manager
Melanie joined the staff at St. Mark’s in 2007 after working at a number of bookstores including the old New Canaan Book Shop, and The Drama Bookshop in NYC. Melanie is the owner of Charlie – our very own church dog – a gentle, curious, Golden Retriever who keeps an eye on not only the staff, but our St. Mark’s preschoolers, and parishioners.