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Camp Noel Porter Board

Here you can learn about who's who on the Camp Noel Porter Board.

 

Chair of the Board

The Rt. Rev. Barry Biesner


President

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Duggan

 

Email Address: revjoe@saintfrancisfairoaks.org

Phone: (775) 229-5459

 

Occupation and Employment: I have been Priest-in-Charge of Saint Francis Fair Oaks since September 2012. During this time the congregation has gone through a major redevelopment process.

 

Education: I graduated from Episcopal Divinity School and also have a PhD in theology from the University of Manchester in England.

 

Previous Employment: I am a former senior human resources executive for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Touche. Throughout my career, I have helped organizations redevelop and bring about significant transformation. I love challenges and building things out of nothing. As a social entrepreneur over the last ten years, I have initiated and developed an international not for profit organization to assist scholars throughout Africa, Asia and South America publish their books for readers around the world. Additionally, as a spiritual director, I have offered retreats at several retreat centers in California: including at Camp Noel Porter, Camp Galiee, Bishop’s Ranch and Mount Calvary in Santa Barbara.

 

Camp Experience: Although I have never been a camper or a camp counselor, I bring passion and commitment to helping congregations and other diocesan entities like Camp Noel Porter become viable and sustainable.

 

Personal Information: I am married to The Rev. Stefani Schatz, the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of California, and we live in Alameda, California.


Vice President

The Rev. Kathy Hopner

 

Occupation and Employment: Since 2013, I have served as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Trinity Cathedral, after serving churches in the Reno area for seven years.

 

Education: In addition to an MDiv from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, I have a BS in Child Development with a concentration in Special Education, and an MA in Education; all a reflection of my lifelong advocacy for children and their families.

 

Episcopalian since: I was raised in an Episcopalian family, and have been in love with our tradition and liturgy since I was a child. One of my earliest memories is skipping down the center aisle of our church in Louisiana; the light from the stained glass windows bouncing off the wooden pews.

 

Camp Experience: Camping was also part of my childhood, first as a camper then as a counselor. I have over fifteen years of experience leading outdoor education and mission trips for youth, as well as serving as chaplain at summer camp. I have witnessed the transformative experience these have provided, and am deeply committed to making those opportunities a regular part of the spiritual life of our youth in Northern California.

 

Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: I look forward to serving the Board in this time of transformation. I know the impact programs like Camp Noel Porter have on our children and youth, and am excited to be a part of reimagining what we can do as a diocese. This is the transformative work we are called to do in the world, but it is only possible when we are equally committed to the viability and sustainability of our church and its organizations. It will require vision and imagination, and I am excited to contribute to this process.


Secretary

The Rev. Todd Bruce

 

Occupation and Employment: I’ve been the rector of Trinity Church in Folsom since 2012.

 

Education: In 2007, I graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in the Washington, DC area.

 

Previous Employment: I was the assistant rector in a parish in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Episcopalian since: I joined The Episcopal Church as a college student at the University of Georgia; though raised in a nominally Baptist family, I hadn’t been to church in at least ten years before I began attending the local Episcopal parish and then became very involved in the campus ministry.

 

Camp Experience: I was not involved in any church until I went to college, and so I never went to camp. But my ministry since I was ordained has always included youth events and summer camps. For the six summers that I was in Kansas City, I was the chaplain for a weeklong urban mission trip attended by almost 100 teenagers. I have served as a chaplain at Camp Noel Porter every summer since I came to Northern California, for the high school and counselor-in-training weeks.

 

Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: I’m excited to serve on the Board during this time of transition and transformation. I bring to the Board a deep appreciation and affection for the important work with children and youth that has happened at Camp Noel Porter, and a desire for this Diocese to reinvigorate its programming for them. I’m also aware of the challenges faced by churches and church-affiliated organizations. At Trinity Folsom, I have been leading the parish in examining and evaluating everything we do to see if it is faithful, fruitful, and sustainable, and challenging the parish to discern what needs to change and to do the hard work of changing it. By the numbers, our attendance and pledge income have increased by almost 50% since 2012, and we are very excited about our future. I intend to bring this same vision, energy, and excitement to the Camp Noel Porter Board. 


Board Member

Ed Hilton

 

Occupation and Employment: I currently work as the Director of Technology and Information Services for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. My role is to implement the District’s technology plan, maintain and secure our network infrastructure, facilitate professional learning in technology for our faculty and staff, as well as organize educational technology integration within our transitional kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms.
 

Education: I graduated from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005 with an M. Div. My undergraduate work was completed in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies at Princeton University and Simpson University.


Previous Employment: In the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District I have taught middle school Humanities, Science, and Math. I most recently worked with at-risk youth in our school district’s alternative education programs supporting students in their plans to graduate high school. I served as the Pastor, Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church from 2005 through 2014. I served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at the Media Presbyterian Church in Media, PA, and also as Director of Youth Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Redding, CA.


Community Involvement: I am an active member of the Optimist Club in Truckee, a leader in our Tahoe
City Cub Scout Webelos den, a member of the Association of California School Administrators, National
Science Teachers Association, and the International Society of Technology Educators.


Church Involvement: I currently serve as the secretary of the Mission Committee at St. Nicholas’
Episcopal Church, Tahoe City. I’ve also served as a pastor, staff member, and in leadership of churches in
PA, NJ, and CA.


Camp Experience: I served for four years in the kitchen and then in leadership of the children’s ministry
program at Hume Lake Christian Camps, Hume, CA. While on the East Coast I served on the The Great
Escape (Middle School Youth), Allentown, PA, program planning team for three years. I have also served as
a pastoral chaplain at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center.


Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: Camp was and is an integral part of my Christian formation and journey with Christ. After attending camp as a child, I continued to work and serve in various capacities at camps in CA and PA. While attending St. Nicholas in Tahoe City, our son attended Camp Noel Porter as his first church camp experience. It is a privilege to serve on the board and prayerfully consider the possibilities God has provided the diocese through the camp and the strong relationships built at CNP.


Board Member

The Rev. Seth Kellermann


Occupation and Employment: I have served as rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley, CA for 7 years.

 

Education: I attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and earned a BA in English Literature. I attended seminary at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA and graduated with a MDiv.

 

Previous Employment: Before I came to the Diocese of Northern California, I served in the Diocese of Dallas as an associate priest at Church if the Epiphany, Richardson, TX, and associate priest/chief of staff at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Frisco, TX. Before being ordained I served in the Army as an Airborne Ranger and led a machine gun team in Afghanistan.

 

Episcopalian since: I was born into an Episcopal family and after a hiatus from the church returned when I was 17.

 

Church Involvement: Within this diocese I have served on a couple boards, first the Diocesan Council and then Board of Trustees, where I was vice president for my last year.

 

Camp Experience: I was a chaplain at the Middle Camp at Camp Noel Porter in 2014 and all my kids assisted me or attended the camp. I also served as a chaplain at All Saints Camp and Conference Center in TX.

 

Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: I feel a particular call to revitalizing challenged ministries and so I relish the chance to be a part of the board during this very important time.

 

Personal Information: I am married and Tara and I have four daughters from high school to elementary school.


Board Member

Steve Pierce

 

Occupation and Employment: I have been working in the Tahoe-Truckee real estate market as an agent for the past 11 years, and more recently as an appraiser.

 

Education: I attended San Diego State University and earned a BA in Art.

 

Previous Employment: Prior to entering the real estate field, my wife and I owned and operated an ice cream parlor in Tahoe City.

 

Episcopalian since: I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. My wife introduced me to the Episcopal Church while we were in college and I “converted” just prior to our marriage in 1993.

 

Church Involvement: My wife and I first started attending St. Nicholas when we moved to the area in 1996. I have served on the Mission Committee of St. Nicholas since about 1999 or 2000. I have served as the Junior Warden in the past and I am currently serving as the Senior Warden. My three children have all been Baptized at St. Nicholas.

 

Camp Experience: I have served as a Camp Noel Porter Board Member in the past and my son enjoyed camp every year he attended.

 

Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: The Camp is closely linked to St Nicholas, both in proximity and in Spirit. I am excited to be a part of the important process of discernment and transition.

 

Personal Information: My wife Debi and I have been married since 1993 and have three children, two in high school and one in elementary school.


Board Member

Dave Rickert

 

Occupation and Employment: I’m currently the Director of Communications & Family Ministries at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carmichael. Engaging with families to empower children for leadership and Christian discipleship, my role finds me in the fortunate place of creating a supportive environment filled with joy and discovery. I recently became a Postulant for ordination to the priesthood

 

Education: I completed a Masters of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2015. I also hold a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly.

 

Previous Employment: As a registered architect, I had a busy career in commercial architecture engaged in projects around the world.

 

Camp Experience: My own children enjoyed many summers at Camp Noel Porter; my oldest son proudly recalls moving up to the job of “dish pan boy.” In my own youth, summer camp and youth group formed an understanding of how we are each God’s beloved.

 

Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: I am honored to be part of the vision that builds upon the strong foundation of many rich years of summer camp at Camp Noel Porter.

 

Personal Information: I was raised in Northern California on my family’s ranch, where hard work joined with unlimited opportunities to witness God’s blessing in our created world. It was by serving the homeless and those living with chronic illnesses that I discovered my call. Gardening, both ornamental and food-producing, is a significant source of my connection to God. My spouse, a teacher at Folsom Prison, and I have three happy kids, all in their 20s. Our first grandchild is on the way and I’m already planning the tree fort.


Board Member

Nancy Tennyson

 

Occupation and Employment: I am currently a member of Trinity Cathedral Church and chair the Outreach Ministry program for Leataata Floyd Elementary School, a 100% poverty school.  

 

Education: I graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and Lifetime teaching credential for K through 14.

 

Previous Employment: From 1991 to 2013, I was Director of Family Ministries at Trinity Cathedral. Bishop Barry Biesner conferred on me the office and title of Canon in November of 2012.

 

Episcopalian since: I am a cradle Episcopalian, nurtured and formed at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Orinda, California.

 

Church Involvement: Trinity Cathedral has been my home church since 1977. I was appointed to the Episcopal Commission for Christian Education (ECCE) in 2004 and served 2 3-year terms representing our Province VIII during that time.  I have served on the Diocese of Northern California Christian Formation Commission since 1998 and helped with the original plan for “Keeping Kids Safe- Safe Church” in our diocese in 1997.

 

Camp Experience: Camp Noel Porter has been a part of my life since 1984 when my husband, son and I attended our first Labor Day Family Camp with Trinity Cathedral.  Since then I have been very involved in Family Camp programs with of camp breakdown for the winter. My son, Wesley, attended summer camp at Noel Porter for many years and along with many friends and alumni, thoroughly enjoyed Camp Noel Porter every summer.

 

Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: I am in the second year of a three-year term as a board member of Camp Noel Porter. While the road has been bumpy, I am excited to see a new and better Camp Noel Porter coming along for many generations to enjoy in future years.


Office of the Bishop Liaison

The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin


Lifelong Christian Formation Liaison

Anne Clarke

 

Occupation and Employment: I have been the Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator for our diocese since 2015.


Education: I graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in May of 2015 with a dual Master of Divinity/Master of Arts degree (with a focus on faith formation).


Previous Employment: During my time at CDSP, I was the Children and Family Ministry Coordinator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Benicia, CA for three years. During that time, we worked together to build more sustainable leadership team and structure for ministries with young people in the congregation. Before seminary, I was on staff at St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles, working in communication and with young adult ministries. I also worked for several years in education.


Camp Experience: I attended a Christian camp in Michigan as a child, and was also an active part of my youth group at church, which took part in many large events for young people. All of those experiences were powerful parts of my own faith journey, and I am enthusiastic about supporting similar experiences for a new generation of young people here in Northern California.


Why I’m excited to serve on the Camp Noel Porter Board: Camping and retreat ministries are crucial aspects of faith formation for people of all ages, aspects that I truly believe we all need to work hard to lift up, encourage, support, and re-vision. Places like Camp Noel Porter, where we can come away to a different and beautiful space to grow in faith and learn about Jesus, will only become more important as we seek to be disciples doing God’s work in the world today. As I work to support and encourage all kinds of faith formation work across our diocese, I am incredibly grateful and excited to be a part of the CNP board at this time, as it does the hard work of stewarding and planning for a sustainable, missional, life-giving camp and retreat center in our diocese at this moment in time.


Board of Trustees Liaison

Kirk Bone

 

Occupation and Employment: I am the Director of Government Relations for Parker Development Company. I joined the firm in 1994 as a project manager for The Parkway in Folsom. In my current position, I am responsible for relationships with elected officials and related community groups. Specific activities include work on entitlements, financial plans and other activities that require approval of elected officials.

 

Education: Graduated from University of California, Davis

 

Previous Employment: My previous experience includes managing site development and home construction for two major Sacramento area homebuilders, as well as project management for other master planned communities.

 

Community Involvement: I have been active with the Friends of Folsom Parkways, Building Industry Association of Superior California, El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce (President 2009 and 2010) and their Political Action Committee. I also serve as a Director on MetroPAC, the political action committee of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. In addition, I serve on Citizens Advisory Committees to local government in El Dorado County and Folsom, working on solutions to various issues. During my off hours, I chair the school Advisory Committee at St. Mel’s School in Fair Oaks.

 

Church Involvement: I serve on the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. In addition, I served on the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral from 2010 through 2012 and was Senior Warden in 2012.


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