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The Bishop and the Bishop’s Staff ~ Diocesan Contacts

Alphabetical Listing

[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Karin Almquist"]

Accounting Manager

Telephone: 212-316-7534; Fax:

Assists in developing and implementing systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial information.


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate"]

Liaison for Global Mission

Telephone: 212-316-7432; Fax: 212-316-7405

The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate assists the bishops in oversight of the diocese's global mission connections and relationships. She also works with local communities of the diocese to foster and develop their ministry partnerships at home and abroad.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Gina Brown"]


Telephone: 212-932-7326; Fax: 212-316-7405

Gina Brown is the receptionist at Diocesan House and is also responsible for general administrative duties.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Arlene Bullard"]

Bishop Dietsche's Assistant for Special Projects & Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary

Telephone: 212-932-7363; Fax: 212-932-7318

Arlene Bullard manages the diocesan database and bishops' visitation schedule; provides support to the clergy spouse/partner group and Anti-racism Committee; coordinates training for Licensed Eucharistic Visitors


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Charmagne Castillo"]

Staff Accountant

Telephone: 212-316-7435; Fax: 212-932-7328

Charmagne Castillo provides support in carrying out the responsibilities of the Finance office, most particularly with regard to accounts payable and cash receipts.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Michelle Chang"]

Executive Assistant to the Bishop Suffragan and the Assistant Bishop

Telephone: 212-316-7484; Fax: 212-316-7405

Michelle Chang provides a wide range of administrative and coordinating support for Bishops Shin and Glasspool, including organizing meetings, appointments and engagements and acting as the main contact person for the Bishop Suffragan's and Assistant Bishop's offices.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Audrey Cousin"]

Junior Accountant

Telephone: 212-316-7479; Fax: 212-932-7328

Assists with general accounting and administrative functions, including interacting with congregations regarding parochial reports and assessment inquiries.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Rachel Crosby"]

Program Intern, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: ; Fax:

Rachel originally joined Episcopal Charities through the New York Intern Program before taking on her new role as Volunteer Coordinator.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Mildney (Mai) Dal"]

Senior Accountant

Telephone: 212-316-7434; Fax: 212-932-7328

MIldney Dal ensures the integrity of accounting information by recording, verifying, consolidating, and entering transactions as well as assisting in reporting financial information.


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche"]

Bishop of New York

Telephone: 212-316-7413; Fax: 212-932-7318

Bishop Dietsche was consecrated a bishop in March, 2012, and was installed as the 16th Bishop of New York on February 2, 2013 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. For more about Bishop Dietsche, please click here."


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Judith Douglas"]

Executive Director, NYSJC

Telephone: 646-628-0283; Fax:

Judith Douglas provides leadership and responsibility for the operations of the Episcopal Service Corps NY (d/b/a New York Service and Justice Collaborative) Includes oversight of the administration, development, communications, marketing, formation of the nonprofit, as well as supporting board activities and relations.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Cassandra Eddington"]

Program Coordinator, NYSJC

Telephone: 646-939-5062; Fax:

Cassandra Eddington coordinates all program activities for the Living Change residential Fellowship of Episcopal Service Corps NY at St. Mary’s Church in Harlem. She is a 2012 Alumni of the program.


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. Henry Enright"]

Director of Development, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-932-7376; Fax: 212-316-7431

Henry Enright heads the fundraising efforts of Episcopal Charities


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Gloria Fitzgerald"]

Director of Office Services

Telephone: 212-316-7422; Fax: 212-316-7405

Gloria Fitzgerald oversees office services and administration including phone and mail services for the entire Cathedral Close, Diocesan House reception, conference room calendars, meeting catering, and management of special diocesan events.


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. Andrew Gary"]

Assistant to the Chief of Finance and Operations, Communications & Editorial Assistant, Safeguarding Online Manager

Telephone: 212-932-7322; Fax: 212-932-7323

Andrew Gary assists the Chief of Finance and Operations and the Director of Communications. He also manages Safeguarding Online, the newly-implemented web-based sexual misconduct awareness and prevention training program, for the Transition Ministry Office.


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool"]

Bishop Assistant

Telephone: 212-316-7442; Fax:


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. José Henao"]


Telephone: 212-316-7417; Fax: 212-316-7405

José Henao receives, sorts and distributes incoming mail for the entire Cathedral Close, and processes outgoing mail for the cathedral and diocesan offices. He also assists with meeting set-up and other Office Services responsibilities.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Esslie Hughes"]

Chief of Finance and Operations

Telephone: 212-316-7409; Fax: 212-316-7481

Esslie Hughes oversees all financial and administrative operations, providing support to the Diocesan Trustees and Trustee committees, including the Adjustment Board. She also serves as a resource on all related matters to congregations in the diocese.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Masiel Jordan"]


Telephone: 212.316.7451; Fax: 646.923.9710

Oversees diocesan accounting operations - including periodic financial reports, accurate accounting records, and appropriate controls and budgets.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Michele Kearney"]

Executive Director, DIT

Telephone: 212-932-7312; Fax: 212-316-7405

Michele Kearney administers day-to-day the trusts, investment vehicles, and programs of the Trustees of the Estate and Property of the Diocesan Convention, including the DIT Fund


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. Wayne Kempton"]

Archivist & Historiographer

Telephone: 212-316-7419; Fax: 212-316-7405

As archivist


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Sunny Lawrence"]

Program Intern, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: ; Fax:


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Melissa Lopez-Sanchez"]

Executive Assistant to Bishop Dietsche

Telephone: 212-316-7413; Fax: 212-932-7318

Melissa Lopez-Sanchez provides administrative and coordinating support to Bishop Dietsche, including organizing meetings, appointments and engagements and acting as the main contact person for the Bishop's office.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Zoraida Marte"]

Finance Payroll Manager

Telephone: 212-316-7478; Fax: 212-932-7328

Zoraida Marte handles all payroll matters


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. Alito Orsini"]

Liaison to Canon for Ministry, Liaison to Canon for Transition Ministry

Telephone: 212-316-7414; Fax: 212-932-7368

Alito Orsini connects people to the services of both Transition and Ministry offices


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rev. Canon Altagracia Perez-Bullard"]

Canon for Congregational Vitality

Telephone: 212-316-7433; Fax: 212-932-7368

Working with the Congregational Development Commission and in many other ways


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person"]

Canon for Pastoral Care

Telephone: 212-932-7355; Fax: 212-932-7368

Canon Person provides pastoral ministry to clergy and their families, including counseling, pastoral liturgies, and referrals for outside counseling. She also assists in planning parish visitations and other episcopal ministries within parish settings."


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. Michael Rebic"]

Director of Property Support

Telephone: 212-316-7428; Fax: 212-932-7328

As Director of Property Support


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. Nicholas Richardson"]

Director of Communications, Editor, Episcopal New Yorker

Telephone: 212-316-7520; Fax: 212-932-7323

Nick Richardson is responsible for all diocesan communications, public relations (including advice on parish issues), editing and writing for the Episcopal New Yorker


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Sara Saavedra"]

Convention Officer, Assistant Secretary of Convention, Diocesan Benefits Coordinator, Secretary to the Standing Committee

Telephone: 212-316-7423; Fax: 212-316-7420

Sara Saavedra is responsible for the Annual Diocesan Convention


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Mary Beth Sasso"]

Executive Director, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-316-7403; Fax: 212-316-7431

Mary Beth Sasso provides staff leadership and responsibility for day-to-day operations of Episcopal Charities. Includes oversight of the administration


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin"]

Bishop Suffragan

Telephone: 212-316-7465; Fax: 212-316-7405


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rev. Canon Charles W. Simmons"]

Canon for Ministry

Telephone: 212-316-7416; Fax: 212-932-7368

Canon Simmons assists the Bishop in the oversight of the process leading to ordination


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Chontel Simmons"]

Director of Human Resources

Telephone: 212.316.7503; Fax:

Oversees all human resources functions for the diocesan staff and provides human resources advice and support to the diocese’s congregations.


[et_pb_toggle title="Mr. Geoff Smith"]

Director of Technology

Telephone: 212.316.7440; Fax:


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rev. Nora Smith"]

Director of Strategic Programs, Intake Officer

Telephone: 917-319-3959; Fax:

Leads the effort to implement the components of the Strategic Plan that were introduced at the 2016 Diocesan Convention, and acts as intake officer in matters of clergy discipline.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Val Stelcen"]

Executive Assistant to the Bishop for the Mid-Hudson

Telephone: 845-338-1086; Fax: 845-338-1154

Val Stelcen provides pastoral and diocesan support to parishes and an open line of com munication to the Bishop; acts as Mid- Hudson regional liaison to the Bishop and the Bishop's staff; and manages various Mid-Hudson committees and programs.


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rev. Canon Deborah (Deb) Tammearu"]

Canon for Transition Ministry

Telephone: 212-316-7421; Fax: 212-932-7368

Canon Tammearu works with parishes in the "in-between time"" when the current priest leaves and they begin to discern and search for the next one. She is also responsible for licensure and transfer of clergy and supply clergy."


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Leeanna Varga"]

Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-316-7426; Fax: 212-316-7431

Leeanna Varga is responsible for oversight of all grant-making and program assistance activities including grants management, program development, and program relations. She also oversees Episcopal Charities' social media, web site, and electronic communications.


[et_pb_toggle title="Ms. Amalia Vavala"]

Administrative Assistant, Episcopal Charities

Telephone: 212-316-7575; Fax:


[et_pb_toggle title="The Rev. Mary Catherine (Mary Cat) Young"]

Chaplain, Canterbury Downtown

Telephone: 917-838-9938; Fax:

The Rev. Mary Cat Young Is Episcopal chaplain to students in lower Manhattan through Canterbury Downtown; coordinates the Young Adult Network, and provides support for 20s/30s outreach ministries in congregations around the city.