LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
Wardens and Vestry
Father Tom Malionek joined us as our 23rd Rector on November 23, 2014, coming to us from All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland (close to Washington, D.C.), where he served as Associate Rector for five years. Ordained by Bishop Love to the Diaconate in 2009 and to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Albany in 2010, the value Father Tom places on Anglo-Catholic worship and theology is complemented by his deep roots in the charismatic renewal and his profound appreciation for the theological and liturgical traditions of the whole church, including the Orthodox churches and other Eastern Christians.
The Reverend Richard P. Erickson was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate on June 10, 2006 by The Right Reverend Daniel W. Herzog. Deacon Erickson has been a member of The Cathedral of All Saints since 2004 and began serving as a Deacon at the Cathedral upon ordination. As a Deacon at The Cathedral of All Saints, Deacon Erickson’s ministry passions include liturgy, serving at nursing homes, ministering to volunteer fireman and functioning as Chaplain to the Altar Guild. Deacon Erickson completed The Episcopal Diocese of Albany’s Diaconal Formation Program in 2007 and holds an Associate Degree in Art from Columbia-Greene Community College, an Associate Degree in Science from Columbia-Greene Community College, an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Maria College, and is a Certified Occupation Therapist.
VESTRY, SENIOR WARDEN
Pat Armstrong has attended Saint Paul's since age 12. She graduated from Ichabod Crane's first joint graduating class when schools combined. She then graduated from St. Luke's Hospital school of nursing (NYC). She sang in the choir for forty years and has been an altar guild member for over thirty years, has belonged to ECW, and served in many capacities during her tenure in this parish. After having worked in a pediatricians office for many years, she later retired from Barnwell Nursing Home. Pat loves reading and traveling (favorites: Australia, Alaska).
VESTRY, JUNIOR WARDEN
Jennifer Moore has been a member of Saint Paul's since 2009. She serves as a choir member and lector as well as assisting with Teen Confirmation classes. Jennifer also is the organizer of Lectio Divina and participates in the the Sisterhood of Serenity woman's group. After an early career as a professor of philosophy and religion, she has been practicing law since 1993.
VESTRY & TREASURER
Karyn Watt has lived in Kinderhook with her husband and 2 children since 1986. They have been members of Saint Paul's since about 1996. Karyn taught Sunday school for 12 years and directed the annual Christmas pageant. Thus is her first time serving on the vestry.
Roger Leithead has been a member of Saint Paul's and member of the choir since 1995. Mr. Leithead also serves as an Acolyte and Lector for Sunday mass. He has served on the Vestry in various capacities, (including Junior Warden and Senior Warden), since 1997. In 1950 he was on the first civilian Olympic equestrian team. He served as a pilot in the Strategic Air Command. Mr. Leithead has served in various capacities for Cluett Peabody Apparel Company including leadership of the international division. He is now retired from Westvaco Pulp and Paper Company where he served as President of the Paper Party Supply Division and Manager of Intellectual Property.
Steve Matheke joined Saint Paul's in 1974. After 37 years, he is now retired from being a school teacher. Steve also served 26 years and retired with the rank of Major from the Army Reserves. Mr. Matheke is involved with the American Legion and conservation projects in the Columbia-Greene Chapter of Trout Unlimited; he is a past-president. In addition to serving on the Vestry, Steve also helps with building maintenance and serves as a Sunday Lector.
Dave Malsan has been a member of Saint Paul's for the past 28 years. In his time here he has served on many committees, such as Strawberry Festival and Budget & Finance, gravedigger, and has been a member of the Vestry for 19 of the past 22 years. Recently retired from NYS, his career included managing group homes for the mentally retarded, driving limousines and trucks, mainframe computer programming, policy analysis and project management, and employee labor relations. Dave has also served with the Diocese as a member of the Grow the Vision campaign and has previously been and is currently on the Disciplinary Board. Dave is married to Bonnie for 29 years and they have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Cathy Morris began studying piano, violin, voice, and dance from early childhood. She took a brief break from music when her modeling career took off; she also has experience in acting and sales. She teaches private lessons in violin, voice and piano to students of all ages. Cathy loves directing at Saint Paul's, as there is an appreciation for a broad range of music. Before she began playing at Saint Paul's, she served as organist for Linlithgo reformed Church in Livingston from 2004 to 2011, and also did substitute organ and choral work at Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church. Besides music, Cathy enjoys painting watercolors, swimming, bicycling, long walks, cooking, collecting antiques, fashion, movies and theater.
Sam Hesler grew up in Valatie and currently resides in the village. She graduated Ichabod Crane High School in 2015. She is a recent graduate of Marist College, where she majored in Communications and History. In addition to working at Saint Paul's, Sam works at NewsChannel 13 as the morning traffic reporter. She is thrilled to be working for Saint Paul's and to be serving her own community. One of her favorite parts about working as the office manager is getting the opportunity to interact with parishioners.
Chuck Therrien has been a member of Saint Paul's since the early 80s. After 33 years working for Amtrak as a carman, Chuck is now retired.
VOLUNTEER / SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
Sylvia Kelly joined Saint Paul's in 1969 and became Superintendent in 1972. Ms. Kelly has served on the Vestry and currently serves as chair for the memorial luncheons.