Our Vestry

Our Vestry is our elected lay leadership. Working closely with the clergy and the parishioners, the Vestry helps steer the life of the church. Vestry terms are usually 3 years, and each member is called upon to lead an area of worship or ministry.  

Dawn Stockbridge - Class of 2020

I have been going to St. James the Less for almost ten years. I am married for 28 years. I have two kids Danielle and Jake. Danielle has been active in the church, including being an acolyte and now is 20 years old. She is at Bridgewater College and is a junior. Jake is a junior in high school and is an acolyte right now and is 16 years old.

I am originally from Rome, New York which is mid state close to Syracuse, New York. I left New York when I was 18 years old. I have been living in Virginia for 31 years. So I have definitely lived here longer than I did in New York.

I work at Northern Motors. This is a truck repair shop in Ashland that we have had for 25 years. My husband and I started the company and we now have one partner. We started with a trailer on the back of his pickup doing mobile road service calls. We now have 19 employees total. I do all of the accounting for the company.

I have been a greeter for our church for a few years now by request by Reverend David Anderson. I suspect he suggested this to make me come out of my shell. I have been a “behind the scenes” kind of person. I hope that I can be of service to the church that I love.

 

Randy Marshall - Class of 2021

Junior Warden

A loving husband, dedicated father, a technologist by profession, and up to the challenge to stand.  “I’m humbled by this honor.”  ~ Randy Marshall

Randy arrived in Central Virginia in 1992, with his wife Kathy, from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi where he was raised by devout catholic parents.  Since that time, they and their two sons, Benjamin (20) and Jack (17), have been residents of Hanover County, moving to Doswell in 2005.   

Like the Higgins family, the Marshalls are some of St. James the Less’s newest members.  Over the last decade, Randy has had a connection with the Rev. Rock Higgins and his family through the youth camps at Shrine Mont and while being a long- time member of the congregation at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Oregon Hill in Downtown Richmond.  While attending St. Andrew’s, Randy learned about the tenants of the Episcopal Church and decided to be confirmed as an Episcopalian.  Over the past 21 years, he developed his calling in the Outreach and Parish Life ministries offered through St. Andrews.  He participated in many of the volunteering opportunities, thriving in these roles, and working hard to serve as a good ambassador of the church.

Local accounts of the leadership, outreach, and the work of the youth groups at St James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, VA. caught Randy’s attention.  The family had also been contemplating attending a church closer to home so that they could be more active.  St James was undoubtedly calling, so with the blessing of his family, a spiritual decision was made to begin attending church services at St. James.  Over the course of 2016 -2017, the transition ensued and the Marshall’s memberships were transferred, making St. James the Less their new church home.  Shortly thereafter, Jack was confirmed by Bishop Gulick.

Off-line Randy maintains a great love of the outdoors, International travel, cooking, spending quality time with family and friends, and meeting new challenges.  He’s passionate about life-work balance, watching his kids grow, aging gracefully and of course riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle(s).    

“In knowing Randy, the distinction to serve on the vestry of St. James the Less is something he will always cherish.”  ~ Kathy Marshall

 

Alejandra Meade - Class of 2021

Alejandra Meade (aka Alex or Ale) and her family live in the Elmont area and have been members of St James since 2004.

Ale was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Tourism and Hospitality Management. In the summer of 1997, while visiting her sister in Richmond VA she met her now husband Matt, and married in October 1998 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where her two older kids were baptized.

With children, they felt the need to find a local church to feel a spiritual connection with their community and began attending St. James The Less.  She has served as a Middle School Youth Group Leader for 4 years and her husband Matt has served as a vestry and search committee member.

Ale grew up Catholic but a few years after attending St James decided to be confirmed as an Episcopalian.

They have 3 children, Virginia and Hardy serve our church as acolytes, readers and nursery helpers. Joseph loves Sunday School, being part of the choir, and cannot wait to participate in youth group. 

Ale has been a stay at home mom since her children were born, but found a passion in health and fitness that allows her to stay home with her kids (read: serve as an underpaid driver) and work in a job that she loves as an exercise instructor and personal trainer.

 

George Spagna - Class of 2020 

 

Senior Warden

I am an “almost life long” Episcopalian (baptized as young child, not infant), member of St. James the Less since 1986. Married 42 years to Sylvia. We have two daughters who grew up at SJL.  The Rev. Amy Spagna is currently Assistant to the Rector at Christ Church, Westerly RI. Kim Cruz is an attorney working for the DC Superior Court. She and her husband Mike reside in Ft. Washington, MD.

I teach physics and astronomy at Randolph-Macon College, where I also direct the academic internship program and the Keeble Observatory. I am in my fourth 4-year term on Ashland Town Council where I also served 4 years as Vice Mayor and 2 years as Mayor. I also serve as Treasurer for the Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics.

At the parish level I served four terms on the Vestry and have been Senior Warden twice – coincidentally in John McDowell’s first and last years as our Rector. I have been lector and Eucharistic Minister for many years, and once sang with the choir. My contributions at the Diocesan level have included many years on the Committee on Priesthood and 3 years on the Executive Board. I have been SJL delegate to Diocesan Convention/Council several times as well.

Janet Taylor - Class of 2020

Born in Ashland, christened at St. James the Less, and a member of St. James since 1987. I bring to the vestry many qualifications, both through employment and service at St. James the Less. Through J Sargent Reynold’s Community College and VCU I have budgeting, management, and finance experience, while running departments and labs. I also have education experience, as I am a certified teacher, and taught for 9 years in the public schools.

 

For church I served several years with the nursery and Christian Education, and have served two times on the vestry. Right now I am liaison for Ashland Open Doors, help with the Ashland Food Ministry and Parish Life, and the Outreach Committee.

 

I feel called to serve on the vestry as a way to help Anna and the congregation form a new vision for St. James the Less, combining my past experience with a vision of the future, propelling us to be a formidable entity in the community.

 

Will Reed - Class of 2021

My name is William Reed and my family and I have been attending St. James the Less for 11 yrs.  We came to Ashland in 2007 and early in 2008 found the Church.  We immediately found it very welcoming and met many wonderful people who made us feel right at home.  Our boys have all been participating within the Church whether as an Acolyte or in the St. Cecilia Choir.  My wife has also volunteered regularly for events like “Vacation Bible School,” and was also a longtime Sunday School Teacher.  We feel it is important to engage and play an active part of Church as much as we can.  I am originally from Colorado and grew up in a couple small towns, so living in a community like Ashland really feels like home as it is a small town.  I also have interests in Historic Narrow Gauge Railroads, Cycling, and many other outdoor activities.  I am really honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve on the Vestry and contribute as much as I can for the betterment of St. James the Less.  This is an exciting time for the Church with the enthusiasm Rock has brought to Congregation and I’m very happy to support the direction we are going. 

 

 

 

Nancy Chamlee - Class of 2022

Register

Bob and I joined St. James The Less in 1995. We transferred from St. Thomas in Richmond. I grew up in Chase City, Va. and was a member of St. John’s Episcopal.  I recently retired from Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital. My role there was Operations Manager in the Radiology Department. Retirement has given me the opportunity to become more involved in SJTL. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the children while helping with Mother’s Morning Out. I was Co-Chair of this years Stewardship Campaign. Serving on Altar Guild is very special to me and I enjoy working on the “flower side”.  The bell choir still lets me ring with them and I am thankful for their patience. Wednesday morning book group is a very special time with Rock and our small group.  When approached with “would I think about Vestry?”, I was quick to say yes. I am looking forward to working with our group and bringing my gifts in service to the church I love.

 

Lou Flanagan - Class of 2022

Joanne and I have been members of St. James The Less for about 50 years. We have been active members since that time with our three children Trey, Katie, and Bob. During that time I have taught Sunday school, served on the Chenery Committee, served on and chaired the Stewardship Committee, served on the search committee, had tenures on the vestry serving as senior warden for two years. St. James The Less is a very important part of my life and I look forward to participating in its continued growth.

 

 

Janet Rosser - Class of 2022

 

More than 25 years ago, my husband Derrick and I walked into St. James the Less on a Sunday in June.  We had been looking for a church home for our family -- our son Sam was about 6 months old then -- and had not found any place that felt right to us.  We walked through the doors carrying our baby, and a friendly soul immediately asked, "Who are you guys?"  We were hooked.  SJTL simply felt like home, and it still does.  Through life's ups and downs, SJTL and its wonderful people have always been there to support us, and I am so very thankful to be a part of this church.

I grew up in an Episcopal church in Danville, Virginia.  After college and law school, where Derrick and I met, we settled in Hanover County.  I currently work as a staff attorney at the Virginia Court of Appeals.  We have three sons, and Will, our youngest, will graduate from high school this year. 

I served on the vestry about 10 years ago.  I've been involved with a number of church committees, including two terms on the Chenery Committee.  I also enjoy being a part of the bell choir.  This is a very exciting time for our church, and I would like to serve on the vestry as we plan our path for the future.

 

Kendra Shifflett - Class of 2022

(picture and bio coming soon)

 

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