The Bishop and the Bishop's Staff ~ Diocesan Contacts
Ms. Karin Almquist
Telephone: 212-316-7534; Fax:
Assists in developing and implementing systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial information.
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.
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.
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
Ms. Charmagne Castillo
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.
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.
Ms. Audrey Cousin
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.
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.
Ms. Mildney (Mai) Dal
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.
The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche
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.
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.
Mr. Henry Enright
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.
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.
The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool
Telephone: 212-316-7442; Fax:
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Michele Kearney
Mr. Wayne Kempton
Ms. Sunny Lawrence
Program Intern, Episcopal Charities
Telephone: ; Fax:
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.
Ms. Zoraida Marte
Mr. Alito Orsini
The Rev. Canon Altagracia Perez-Bullard
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."
Mr. Michael Rebic
Mr. Nicholas Richardson
The Rev. Canon W. Blake Rider
Canon to the Ordinary, Intake Officer
Telephone: 212-316-7415; Fax: 212-932-7318
Canon Rider serves in a capacity akin to a secular "chief of staff"" as the Bishop's principal assistant in developing and implementing his vision in the diocese; acts as intake officer in matters of clergy discipline."
Ms. Sara Saavedra
Ms. Mary Beth Sasso
The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
Telephone: 212-316-7465; Fax: 212-316-7405
The Rev. Canon Charles W. Simmons
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.
Mr. Geoff Smith
Director of Technology
Telephone: 212.316.7440; Fax:
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.
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.
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."
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.
Ms. Amalia Vavala
Administrative Assistant, Episcopal Charities
Telephone: 212-316-7575; Fax:
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.