The ECD Board of Directors is elected from the membership of the ECD and carries out the wishes of the membership as established at the ECD Conventions. In addition the board oversees the administration of a variety of funds that have been set up to support ministry among the deaf in the Episcopal Church.
The ECD Board meets each month online via on-line chats and at least twice a year in person. The Board also attends General Convention and staffs an informational booth to raise awareness of Deaf Ministry.
For information on each board member, please click on their name below.
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The Rev. Richard “Dick” Mahaffy is a recently-ordained priest of the Episcopal Church who has been profoundly Deaf since birth. He was educated at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the Williston-Northampton High School in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was ordained through the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. He recently moved to Florida with his husband, Doug, who is also profoundly Deaf. .
The Rev. Wm. Erich Krengel, 1st VP
Erich Krengel lives in West Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT) in 1988, he was employed as a psychiatric social worker in a mental health program serving Deaf people in Connecticut. Later he completed the process of ordination and became a Deacon in 2001 followed by ordination to the Priesthood in February of 2002. For many years, he assisted the Reverend Raynor Andersen as a Lay Assistant. After Rev. Andersenʼs retirement, Erich agreed to become the Priest-in-Charge at St. Paulʼs Mission in West Hartford and Ascension Mission in Darien. He continues his full time job as a clinician for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people in the Greater Hartford area and works part-time as a Priest for the Diocese of Connecticut.
He has two grown daughters. He enjoys swimming, walking, playing tennis, and reading as well as attending cultural events.
The Rev. Emily Hillquist Davis 2nd VP
The Rev. Emily Hillquist Davis Vicar of St. Thomas Deaf Church in Kirkwood, Missouri. Emily advocates Deaf-led worship services and group discussions. She works with Deaf leaders in providing rich and varied programs as well as developing strong ties with the Deaf community.
Ms. Cass Martensen, Secretary
Cass is a retired ICU & Trauma Nurse and lives in northern San Diego county. She’s been an Episcopalian all her life. She was born Hearing. Her hearing loss began in the mid-1980’s. She benefits some from her hearing aids. She joined the ECD in the early 1990’s and has served on the Board as Second Vice-President, Member at Large and currently as Secretary. She is a Licensed Lector, Chalice Bearer, Acolyte and Lay Eucharistic Minister at her church.
Cass enjoys reading, counted cross stitch and walking her hearing dog, Cumin.
Steve Holst, Treasurer
Steve is an Internal Revenue Service retiree after preparing financial reports for 37 years. He graduated from Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, PA and Gallaudet University with a degree in accounting. He became an Episcopalian after meeting Beth Hill, who later became his wife. He has three grown children and one stepson. He worked on financial reports for St. Barnabas for several years. He is ready to resume treasurer’s duties for ECD.
He swam in the World Games for the Deaf in 1965. Steve also enjoy reading Star Wars books, collecting Star Wars stuff, walking, and traveling.
Mrs. Lee Holland, Member-at-Large
Lee came from many generations of Episcopalians and attended hearing churches all her life. Currently, she is attending St. Matthew Episcopal Church in Brown Point, Tacoma, WA. She is licensed as Worship Leader and Eucharist Minister and serve regularly at St. Matthew. In addition, she provides Pastoral Support for Deaf community within the Diocese of Olympia (Western Washington).
Lee grew up as oral Deaf since birth and she had a deaf sister. She learned ASL while attending Gallaudet in the mid-1970s. She has two grown daughters, one is an ASL interpreter.
She has many ideas that will help the ECD fulfil the need of Deaf members who are mainstreaming in Episcopal Churches with hearing congregations.
Ms. Melissa Render, Member-at-Large
Melissa Render grew up in Danbury, Connecticut and now lives in West Hartford. She graduated from the American School for the Deaf.
She was raised as Lutheran, however she is now on the board of ECD as a Member at Large, which is very exciting as this is her first term! She is a Lay Leader of St. Paul’s in West Hartford and enjoys helping others who are in need, doing filming projects for ECD, teaching hearing children ASL, donating supply to Deaf Children in Haiti and most of all sponsoring a child.
During her free time, She goes shopping, reads, writes, paints, internet, and loves nature!
Episcopal Deaf Clergy
1. SYLE, Henry Winter 1883
2. MANN, Austin Ward 1883
3. KOEHLER, Jabob M. 1887
4. TURNER, Job 1891 permanent deacon
5. CLOUD, James Henry 1893
6. DANTZER, Charles Orvis 1895
7. WHILDIN, Oliver J. 1901
8. VAN ALLEN, Harry John 1902
9. SMIELAU, Franklin C. 1902
10. FLICK, George Frederick 1907
11. KEISER, John H. 1908
12 HEFFLON, George Henry 1910
13. ALLABOUGH, Brewster R. 1911
14. MERRILL, Herbert C. 1914
15. TRACY, Hobart Lorraine 1915
16. CHARLES, Clarence W 1919
17. PULVER, Henry 1922
18. SMALTZ, Warren M. 1923
19. GRACE, Homer E. 1925
20. LIGHT, J. Stanley 1926
21. BRADDOCK, Guilbert C. 1926
22. SAWHILL, Collins Stone 1927
23. HANSON, Olaf 1929
24. FORTUNE, Roma 1929
25. STEIDEMANN, Arthur O. 1929
26. WATERS, Horace B. 1931
27. FLETCHER, Robert C. 1931
28. MECKLING, Gustav C. 1937
29. ALMO, Bengt Olof Georg 1939
30. LANGE, Willaim M., Jr. 1943
31. LEISMAN, Arthur G. 1943
32. BERG, Otto B. 1944
33. ELLERHORST, James Clifford 1944
34. NIES, Edwin W. 1950
35. HIRTE, Silas James 1950
36. MATHIS, Steve L., III 1955
37. SLASOR, Douglas Stewart 1958
38. PICKERING, Roger A. 1963
39. POPE, Jesse A. 1965
40. DESMARAIS, Camille L. 1966
41. CROFT, Jay Leslie 1969
42. ALBY, James Francis 1972
43. RARDIN, Thomas Michael 1978
44. ROGERS, Fielding 1979
45. NAGEL, Virginia 1988 first Deaf woman to be ordained in the Episcopal Church
46. MOSIER, William 1994 vocational deacon
47. BUZZARD, Henry 1997
48. ANDERSON-KRENGEL, Erich 2002
49. SELFE-VERRONE, Christine 2004
The Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, 1881, 1888
The Rev. Francis J. Clerc, 1883, 1887 (son of Laurent Clerc, renowned deaf educator)
The Rev. Austin.W. Mann, 1886, 1893, 1898
The Rev. Henry Winter Syle, 1889
The Rev. James H. Cloud, 1896
The Rev. Charles O. Dantzer, 1905,1908
The Rev. Oliver J. Whildin, 1926, 1928, 1931, 1934
The Rev. Henry J. Pulver, 1937, 1940, 1943, 1946
The Rev. James R. Fortune, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
The Rev. Robert C. Fletcher, 1954
The Rev. Otto B. Berg, 1966, 1967, 1968
The Rev. Steve L. Mathis, 1969, 1970, 1971
The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Pickering, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1993
The Rev. Camille L. Desmarais, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
The Rev. Robert Grindrod (1983 – 1986)
The Rev. Jay L. Croft (1988 – 1990)
The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Pickering 1992 – 1993 (or 1995, since Virginia Nagel says he preceded her term?) per discussion with recent ECD Presidents:
The Rev. Dr. Virginia Nagel (1996 – 2002, per email from Virginia Nagel herself.)
The Rev. Jay L. Croft (2003 – 2004? need to check Proceedings)
The Rev. William Mosier (2005 – 2007? need to check Proceedings)
The Rev. Barbara A. Allen (2008 – July 2011)
The Rev. Marianne Stuart (July 2011 – president)
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