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Shelley Clemens, Class of 2017
Shelley Clemens is a Pennsylvania native who came to Maryland in 1979 to enter the Maryland State Police. She and Bob were married in 1983, which led Shelley to transfer her letter from the First Presbyterian Church of Philipsburg, PA to Christ Memorial. Throughout the years, Shelley has been involved with the Youth Group, Trinity Choir, Bell Choir, and Worship Committee. She also served as co-chair of the Fellowship Committee and as a deacon. She oversees the “greening of the church” at Christmas and designs the fresh flowers and silk floral arrangements throughout the church. Shelley loves all things “floral”, art, cooking, reading, traveling, sports, and is a self-proclaimed champion Scrabble player. Her motto is: “Live in faith not in fear.” Her work in the church is an extension of her life long pursuit of community service. She is excited to become an elder in this evolving church community.
Maha Davies, Class of 2017
Maha Davies and her husband Philip have been members of CMPC for 20 years. They have been married 34 years and have been blessed with three adult children (Ramsey, Andrew, and Kareem) and one two-year-old granddaughter (Alexa). Maha was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church of her native country Lebanon and became Presbyterian when she married Philip. She gave her life to Christ in 1996. Maha previously served two 4-year terms as a deacon, one as an elder, and was a member of the last PNC. When her boys were in LOGOS for 12 years , she volunteered as a table parent, kitchen clean up crew member, and bible teacher. Maha has been active in church life through dinner groups, bible studies (including Alpha and Kerygma courses), the Care Committee, the Fellowship Committee, the Bread Ministry, and the prayer chain. Maha works part-time at JC Penney, enjoys babysitting her granddaughter, and enjoys socializing with friends and family. She believes that Our Father Jehovah is calling her to be part of the future of our church as an Elder.
Janene Holzberg, Class of 2017
Clerk of Session
Janene Holzberg began attending Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church at age 6 when her parents, the late John and Mildred Zacharias, joined in 1961. Janene served on the Board of Deacons from 2008-2010 and as Moderator of Deacons from 2011-2012. She is a freelance writer and journalist who mainly works for The Baltimore Sun and local newspapers and magazines. She has lived in Ellicott City for 30 years with her husband, Peter Holzberg, and they have two children, Jessica and Tim.
Donald Neely has lived in Ellicott City, MD with his wife, Jennifer, and two teenaged daughters, Lucy and Fiona, since May 2013. A graduate of Lafayette College and Temple University School of Law, Don has worked for the federal government for more than twenty years — first as an attorney and, more recently, as an administrative law judge. In his spare time, Don enjoys cycling, swimming, and spending time with his family. Don looks forward to serving as an elder and being a part of the growing CMPC community.
Liz Perraud, Class of 2017
Liz Perraud and her husband Art have been members of CMPC for over 25 years – first coming at the invitation of friends. She serves as Executive Director of GenOn Ministries, learning most of what she knows from volunteering in LOGOS at CMPC! Liz is passionate about the inclusion of all ages in the life of the church, with a particular fondness for children and youth. She has been a Christian her whole life, regularly being drawn into learning and action of her faith through relationships. Art and Liz are the parents of three adult sons (who all grew up at CMPC), a daughter-in-law and another soon-to-be daughter-in-law. She is looking forward to serving again as a CMPC elder.
Sue Ashman has been a member of CMPC since moving to Maryland nine years ago. She has been active in LOGOS and previously served on the LOGOS Leadership Team, has served as a member of the Christ
Memorial Preschool Board for the past seven years, and has served in numerous other capacities including on the Stewardship and Evangelism Committees, the Prayer Chain, the Capital Campaign and as a Deacon. In the early 1990’s, Sue served on the staff of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania as the Parish Life Coordinator. She also has many years in church leadership as well as experience in Christian Education.
Sue was raised in a strong Christian family as a member of the Lutheran Church. She and her husband Bob have belonged to both Presbyterian and Lutheran churches during their 33 years of marriage, while raising their three children, Steve, Brianna, and Courtney. Sue works two part-time, home-based businesses and in her free time enjoys stamping and scrapbooking, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
Ron, his wife Debbie, and their two sons have worshiped at Christ Memorial for more than twenty-five years. Ron and Debbie first joined CMPC in the late 1970s, then moved to Connecticut with a job transfer. When Ron was transferred back to Maryland, he and his family rejoined Christ Memorial where his sons later were confirmed. Presently he serves on the team of ushers for worship services. Ron has been active in Baptist, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches, and served on the Board of Trustees of a UCC congregation in Connecticut. Ron retired after a career in the paper industry, working in engineering and R&D, and most recently as Executive Director of a non-profit organization that promoted the development of new manufacturing technologies. By serving as elder, he wants to help Christ Memorial continue to grow in Christian fellowship and be guided by the Bible as it faces the challenges of the world today.
Terry Brown, Class of 2018
Terry and his wife, Judy, have been married for 44 years and relocated to Columbia in 1978. They have been members of CMPC for more than 20 years after having first identified with the CMPC community when their now adult children, Tara and Aaron attended CMPC pre-school. Terry is currently a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) and School of Medicine (Division of Pediatric Endocrinology). He is newly elected as an Elder and will serve as chair of the Property Committee.
Baptized at Wells Memorial Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY, Bill was confirmed at the Community Church of East Williston NY. He joined the Church at Morristown (NJ) Presbyterian. Bill was active in the youth group, and thru the Church connected with the NAACP, Urban League, and youth conferences. Bill met my wife and great love, Alice, at Bucknell. She went to be with the Lord seven years ago. Their three daughters and granddaughter are his great joy. Bill joined CMPC in 1962 and became a Deacon and Elder. When Saint Johns United started in Wilde Lake he joined them and helped them get started. Upon returning to CMPC he again worked in Evangelism on the session, on the APNC and Nominating committees, and in LOGOS, his great love. Recently Bill has been on the steering committee of the West Side Ministry Group.
Leta Loring, Class of 2018
Having experienced the great warmth and welcome for which this congregation is known, Leta Loring joined CMPC, as well as the Wednesday Evening Bible Study Group, in 2014. Leta was ordained as a Deacon in her home state of New Jersey, and as an Elder in Colesville after moving to Maryland in 1997 to be closer to her firstborn grandchildren. She served as treasurer for the Board of Deacons and with the “Ambassadors”, two-person teams calling on visitors who had attended Sunday services. In Maryland, Leta chaired a Nominating Committee and participated in the Cold Weather Shelter, a women’s Circle, and outreach events with local mosques. She recently retired after working at non-profit organizations in Washington and Gaithersburg. Leta lives in Columbia and has a son and a daughter who have blessed her with eight grandchildren. She is honored to serve during these especially exciting times in the life of CMPC, and also looks forward to this opportunity for personal spiritual growth.
John Kim, Class of 2019
John has been a member of CMPC since 2013. Married to Lindsey Kim and father to Zoe and Evan, he has lived in Howard County since graduating the University of MD, College Park. John is an active participant with LOGOS and serves on the Membership & Hospitality Committee. He is honored to be nominated to serve as Elder and to help the church in any way possible.
Don Kyle, Class of 2019
Don is a native Pennsylvanian who was raised as a Presbyterian. Don is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and The American University. He was an Officer in the U.S. Army and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. As a member of the VFW, he routinely assists other veterans. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 35 years of service. During that time, he also served on the Adjunct Faculty Staff as an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore for 16 years. He is a certified mediator by the Virginia State Supreme Court. His volunteer work includes facilitation and mediation for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College. Don is the proud parent of his daughter, Corey Lawson and Pop Pop to two grandchildren, Kyle (8) and Tanner (6). Don is a cancer survivor who makes himself available to mentor others fighting this disease. He enjoys gardening, the outdoors, his cat Cookie, and riding his motorcycle. He is a member of the Property Committee and volunteer for the Cold Weather Shelter and weekly participant of Bible Basics. Don is looking forward to the additional opportunities to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by being an Elder.
Joe Marinelli, Class of 2019
Joe has been attending CMPC with his wife Gail for almost 40 years. His three children attended CMPC preschool and LOGOS growing up. In the past, Joe has served as a Deacon and as chair of the Property Committee. Over the years Joe has participated in various music related activities at CMPC. Currently he is a member of the bell choir and the Worship and Music Committee.
Jeff Orndorff, Class of 2019
Jeff and his wife Eleanor have lived in the Allview area since 1975 and joined CMPC in 2000. Jeff and Eleanor have two children, Michael and Caryn (both of whom attended CMPC Preschool) and three grandchildren. Jeff is part owner of a third generation, family-owned roofing business, Orndorff & Spaid, Inc. in Beltsville, MD, where he has been employed for 46 years. In 1970, he took a two year break from work to serve in the U.S. Army with a one year tour of duty in Vietnam. Although Jeff has been active on the Property Committee for many years, this is his first time serving as an officer at CMPC. Jeff is looking forward to this new opportunity to serve as an Elder during this exciting time of the ministry expansion project.
(* denotes committee chair)
Kris Bloom, Class of 2017
Care and Wellness*
Kris Bloom has been a member of Christ Memorial for 26 years and has been married to her husband Stuart for 38 years. Both of their children, Jeff and Carin, attended Sunday school, confirmation classes, and are currently members of the church. Kris is a retired Howard County teacher who taught French and Spanish for 35 years, first in New York state and then for 22 years at Wilde Lake Middle School and River Hill High School. She still enjoys tutoring students in French and Spanish. Kris has been a member of the Care and Wellness Committee for two years and worked in the kitchen during Vacation Bible School last summer. Kris served as a deacon at Deerhurst Presbyterian Church in Kenmore, NY in the 1980’s. In her spare time she loves to travel, read, and play Mah Jongg.
Gil Burckart, Class of 2017
Membership & Hospitality*
Gil Burckart has been a member of CMPC for three years and is a member of the Membership & Hospitality committee. Gil grew up in a Presbyterian church in western Pennsylvania and served as a deacon there before going to graduate school. His journey to CMPC went through several cities and churches and he served as a youth group leader for several years. He enjoys serving others at CMPC through ushering and preparing breakfast for the men of the church. Gil and his wife, Mae, live in Columbia. He has two children and five grandchildren, ranging in ages from 9 months to 12 years. Gil works at the FDA in White Oak and his hobby is playing golf with the FDA golf league.
Ashlee Hoffman, Class of 2017
Ashlee Hoffman has been a member of CMPC for three years and has been active in numerous ministries of the church, including the Christian Education committee, LOGOS, Vacation Bible School, and the Mars Hill Mission Trip. Ashlee is the wife of Pastor Hoffman and mom to Kylee and Natalee. She is a second grade teacher at Atholton Elementary. She is honored to be nominated to serve as a deacon and looks forward to serving in the leadership of the church.
Todd Stubbs, Class of 2017
Todd Stubbs has lived in Columbia, MD, with his love, Margaret McGillivray, their three hybrid Canadian/American children, Maren (6), Callum (4), and Lachlan (almost 1), and their pure-bred English Setter, Ella (9), since March, 2013. Todd grew up in (way) up-state New York and was gifted a cassette tape of Beethoven and Brahms piano concerti by his grandmother when he was a preteen. More than 25 years later, Todd works with the US Army planning concert tours for the Army Field Band. Though it is the clinical definition of insanity, he continues to play trombone after 30 years. Todd loves the outdoors, is a cyclist, reads fiction, and loves being a dad. He also likes woodworking and cooking, and is a pretty good listener. He aspires in the future to open up a breakfast/bike repair shop to help people build and/or rebuild their homes and lives, and to listen quietly to what God has to say to him.
Lucy Neely, Class of 2017
Care and Wellness
Lucy Neely and her family have been attending Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church for about two years. She is currently in 10th grade at River Hill High School. Lucy also swims year round for the Columbia Clippers. In her free time, Lucy enjoys playing her guitar and hanging out with her friends. At LOGOS she helps with the preschoolers before she joins her group in fellowship. In addition, she helps out with Sunday Experience and VBS. Lucy moved to Maryland two years ago and has felt drawn to CMPC ever since the first time she visited. Now, she could not be happier that she chose Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church as her place of worship. She is honored to serve as a deacon, and can not wait to serve her church.
Maddon Barham, Class of 2018
Maddon has grown up and has been a part of CMPC for as long as he can remember. His
parents, Pete and Heather Barham were married in this church; he was baptized in this church, as
was his sister Haley. He also attended pre-school in this church and was confirmed here in May of 2013. Maddon wants to serve as a deacon because he wants to lead by example to ensure that the next generation of Christians has the same experiences, if not better, than those he has had at CMPC. Maddon is an active participant in the Capital Campaign, and he wants CMPC to grow as he has, so that that the congregation can spread the Christian faith.
Lisa Gavan, Class of 2018
Membership and Hospitality
Lisa became a member of CMPC on January 29th, 2012 and has enjoyed volunteering in the LOGOS program for the past 6 years as well as helping with VBS for one year. She and her husband Michael have 3 children – Sean, 25, Kyle, 23 and Patrick, 13. Lisa is a receptionist at Euler Hermes and in her spare time likes to travel, shop, ski, and watch the Steelers win. She enjoys worshiping at CMPC and has met many friends here. She is honored to be nominated and looks forward to serving the CMPC community as a deacon.
Rick Mills, Class of 2018
Rick has been a member of CMPC since 1994 along with his wife Marilyn, son DJ, and daughter, Kelsey. He works as an Electrical Systems Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and enjoys do-it-yourself projects on the house, cars, and most recently a motorcycle. He has served as Deacon and Elder in the past and looks forward to another term on the Diaconate.
Rob is a proud husband to Yvonne Marie Reese and proud father to 3 children, Nate (11), Greg (8) and Nic (6). A life-long Presbyterian, he grew up at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County (MD) and the two churches his family established in South Carolina, Bowling Green Presbyterian Church, Clover, SC, established 1895 and Bethel Presbyterian Church, Clover, SC, established 1764. During his time, he has held various positions and served on various church committees including Synod of Mid-Atlantic Committee on Youth, Presbytery of Baltimore Committee on Youth, Youth Advisory Delegate (YAD), Delegate – Youth Triennium 1989, Pastor Nominating Committee, Christian Education Committee and Bible Study Leader. He is a Controls Engineer for a local HVAC Controls firm and has worked in that field for over 2 decades. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife & kids, good food, his dog Charlie, getting outdoors, reading books on Philosophy and playing guitar poorly. He is looking forward to the challenge of being a Deacon because every time he has been called to serve it has helped him to better understand his faith and caused his faith to grow. He believes “We worship God with every act we do that makes the world a better, kinder place. Even the smallest act we do can be someone else’s miracle.”
Tim Richards, Class of 2018
Membership & Hospitality
Tim and his wife, Sara, have been married for 19 years and have been members of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church for 3 years. Along with their two children, Nathan and Lillian, they have been active in a number of CMPC programs, most specifically LOGOS. Tim is a graduate of the University of Maryland and currently serves as the Communications Director for an agency within the Maryland Department of Transportation. A native of Carroll County, Tim moved to Howard County after getting married and has been in the Columbia/Ellicott City area for roughly 18 years. In his free time Tim spends time with his family, plays soccer, and attends Crossfit classes, and is thankful to have been asked to serve CMPC as a deacon.
Noah Teshome, Class of 2018
Membership & Hospitality
Noah is the son of Hyiwot Teshome and Yeketenesh Woldigourgous and older brother of Lucas Teshome. His whole family participates actively in the life of CMPC. Noah is currently a junior at Atholton High school. He has been attending CMPC since 2004 and was confirmed in May of 2013 and has been a full and active member ever since. This year is his eleventh year with LOGOS and he has been involved with VBS as a participant and helper for many years. Noah has so many great memories at CMPC and considers it his second home. He is proud to serve the church and fellow members as a deacon. Noah is also eager to serve God in new ways and grow in his faith while serving Him.
Sandi Chapasko, Class of 2019
Sandi grew up in Western Pennsylvania and moved to Maryland in 1986. In 2005, she and her husband and two children became members of CMPC. Sandi retired from teaching preschool in 2014 and now enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. She is a LOGOS and VBS volunteer, Sunday Experience teacher, and member of the Christian Education committee. Sandi is looking forward to continuing her faith journey while serving as a Deacon.
Laura Frantz, Class of 2019
Laura is a lifelong Presbyterian, originally from suburban Atlanta, GA. She married her high school sweetheart, Bob, in 1985. They are blessed to have an adult daughter, Liz, who lives in Baltimore. While the family was living in NJ in the 1990s, Laura became a certified special education teacher. She was ordained as an elder shortly after Liz was born and served as clerk of session at Hope Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, NJ. When the family moved to Clarksville, Maryland in 2001, Laura transferred her membership to CMPC. She enjoyed participating in LOGOS for several years as a children’s choir director. She has also been active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry, Fellowship Committee, and the Women For Women group. Laura sings in the Trinity Choir and considers singing in the choir an integral part of worship. She is looking forward to serving as a Deacon, trusting that God will equip her with the spiritual gifts needed for this new role.
Markita Garner, Class of 2019
Markita, along with her husband Chip and two boys, Dustin and Kevin, started attending Christ Memorial about 20 years ago shortly after moving into the neighborhood. They began by attending services but once Dustin and Kevin became involved with Sunday school and LOGOS, Markita found herself enjoying volunteering in various CMPC activities. Through the years she has volunteered in various positions for LOGOS, teaching Bible study, and serving as a Deacon on the Care and Wellness Committee. Markita currently works for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Woodlawn, is a member of P.E.O. (a philanthropic organization for the advancement of women’s education), attends Bible Study Fellowship, and volunteers on the Care and Wellness Committee.
Cindy Pettit, Class of 2019
Cindy and her husband Steve have called CMPC their church home for 26 years. When her two children, Brian and Cara were young, Cindy taught Sunday School and was very active in LOGOS and VBS. She is a charter member of the handbell choir, started a Women’s Bible Study group, served on the Nominating Committee, is one of the co-leaders of Women for Women, and is a current member of the Fellowship Committee. She is extremely grateful for the close friendships she has developed at CMPC over the years. Cindy is looking forward to serving her church family as a deacon and to grow in her faith as she seeks to do God’s will.