Leadership

The Rev. Deborah White, PhD,  Rector

Rev. Deb was sponsored for ordination by Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda. Deb previously served as the Interim Co-Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which is a large urban parish in San Francisco. She began her clerical career at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, where she also served as a seminarian prior to graduating from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) with a MDiv. Deb hails from the northeast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Theatre and Dance, a Master of Social Work degree, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Deb says she spent many years “trying to do an end run” around her call from God to ordained ministry, which she first experienced at the age of nine. She has worked in broadcasting, with chronically mentally ill people on the streets of Baltimore, in the California state prison system, for the Departments of Mental Health in Massachusetts and California, and as a forensic psychological expert witness. Deb is married to Gary Spenik, a Project Manager and retired U.S. Coast Guard officer, and has two children and a dog, Riptide, who often accompanies her to work at Grace.

In addition to her work at Grace, Rev. Deb also serves on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of California.

The Rev. Walter Ramsey, Deacon

Deacon Walter has been at Grace since September of 2017. Ordained with the Rev. Deb in 2015, he has served at The Church of the Advent in San Francisco and St. Michaels and All Angels, Concord. Deacon Walter describes himself as an Anglo-Catholic, but loves worshipping at Grace. He has two children and four grandchildren (all of whom attend Grace too). Rev. Walter also serves on the Nominations Committee of the Diocese of California.

Jennifer Sabroe, Volunteer Parish Administrator

Jennifer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been a member of Grace since 2007. A “cradle Episcopalian,” Jennifer attended St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, until her teen years. She and her husband of 45 years, Ron, are retired from the Lafayette School District.  Jennifer has served on the Vestry and sings in the choir, but her primary ministry is as our part-time Volunteer Parish Administrator, a vocation to which she is very dedicated.  Jennifer says the work allows her to keep her administrative and clerical skills honed in a way that puts them to good use. When not busy with bulletins, newsletters, and emails, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on road trips, dabbling in and exploring a variety of hobbies (from knitting to papercrafting to browsing book stores) and being free to do whatever the spirit moves her to do.  She is an incredible blessing to Grace!

Paula Menconi,  Volunteer Treasurer

Paula was born in San Francisco and has remained in the Bay Area all her life. Her husband Dave and two children are also native Californians. Paula’s son Chad is married to Casey and they have three children, Kyla, Eric and Jillian. Her daughter is married to Doug and they have two boys, Gavin and Kade. The entire family lives close by and get together often.  Before having children, Paula worked as a bookkeeper for Smith-Rice Derrick barge and tugboat company in San Francisco. As a working mother, Paula was employed at Advanced Scaffold as a payroll and bookkeeper, later transitioning to work for the Bishop of the Oakland Diocese in the Marriage Tribunal, where she was employed for seven years.  Paula’s last paid position was at Carondelet High School in Concord, from which she retired in August after 29 years.  Paula says she is feels blessed by her family and her life and is very happy to volunteer for the wonderful people of Grace Episcopal Church. and we are delighted to have her!

Dru Grissom, Volunteer Facility Use Manager

Dru was born and raised in the Bay Area and has attended several Episcopal churches, starting with St. Michael’s and All Angels in Concord. She was confirmed at the Church of the Resurrection in Pleasant Hill and landed at Grace Episcopal Church while in high school.  Both of Dru’s parents were very involved in the church.  They both sang in the choir and led Human Growth groups in the 60’s. Dru is a widow who raised two daughters and now has five grandsons. She is a Registered Nurse with a specialization in Labor and Delivery, who recently retired after almost 40 years, mostly at Kaiser Walnut Creek.  Dru likes having more time to spend with her family, attend Grace church more regularly, and become more involved with parish life. She enjoys reading historical romance novels, crocheting, baking, and traveling (not necessarily in that order). Dru’s no-drama personality is a welcome asset to the nerve center of Grace.

Marj Leeds, Assistant Treasurer (Acting Treasurer)

Marj has served in a variety of capacities at Grace. Prior to her retirement, Marj was a Vice-President at Shell Oil Company. In addition to her financial work, Marj is also the supervisor of Grace’s Godly Play program. She also serves on the Executive Council of the Diocese of California. Marj is particularly known for her lemon bars!

Assisting the Rector

Riptide is the White-Spenik family dog.  You can often find him in the Rector’s office or wandering the campus during the week. He considers his primary ministries to be pastoral care and chasing the trains away.

 

 

Our Vestry

  • Sr. Warden: Lynda Dyer
  • Jr. Warden: Jim Maniatis
  • Class of 2019
  • Lynda Dyer
  • Pat Hambly
  • Betty Case

Class of 2020

  • Paula Menconi
  • Josh Senn
  • Connie Towey

Class of 2021

  • Jim Maniatis
  • Christina Reich
  • Stephanie Zichichi

Contra Costa Deanery Delegates:

  • Barbara Brooks (Deanery Treasurer)
  • Mary Canale
  • Pat Hambly
  • Jennifer Sabroe (alternate)

Deanery representative to Executive Council:

Marj Leeds