Meet our vibrant and dedicated team of volunteers who collaborate on meaningful initiatives to enrich the spiritual life of St. Matthew's and lead us into the future.
Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Robby moved to Northern Virginia in 2015 for work with Aramark Refreshments. He completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing from James Madison University. Robby joined the St. Matthews family five years ago through his now wife, Emily. One of the things he enjoys most about St Matt’s is the welcoming and selfless atmosphere both within the church family and through the outreach into the local community. Some of the activities that Robby enjoys in his free time include biking, golfing, reading, and food. Robby is excited to join the vestry to continue to build his relationships with the St. Matthew’s family and see how his experiences and faith can have an impact on the church and community.
Andrew and his family (Diana, Carolyn, and Katie (Ian)) first attended St Matthews in June 2021, after worshiping at other churches in the area. Carolyn and then Katie coming into Diana and Andrew’s lives prompted a renewed focus on church, worship and involvement in church life. With the move to St. Matthews, Andrew and his family are enjoying a new and welcoming community. Originally from Australia, Andrew works in IT and was fortunate to take up dancing many years ago where he met Diana. The rest, as they say is history. Dog owners for many years, Andrew and Diana have two recently adopted male dogs that provide much entertainment. In his off times Andrew like to relax with reading, watching TV, spending time with his family and fixing things. He is looking forward to taking the step to be more involved in the running of the church and learning more along the way.
Dan became an Episcopalian in 1998 when he and Katie were married. He has been a member of St. Matthew’s since 2003 when he and Katie moved to Northern Virginia from Texas via a two-year layover in St. Louis, Missouri. They now live in Leesburg and have twin daughters, Evie and Allie. Dan has been on the Finance Committee for over ten years and has previously served twice on the Vestry.
Sharon grew up in Reston, VA and went to South Lakes High School. She has three adult children, Natalia, Claudia, and Nicolas. The girls live nearby in Fairfax and Arlington and Nick is currently in school at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She also has a 9-year-old Havanese named Chipper. Sharon lives in Sterling and primarily works from home. She established a software development company in 2009 that builds websites, mobile apps, and SharePoint services. During her time off she likes to run, read, watch TV and cook for family gatherings.
Bob is a product of 16 years of Catholic education. While attending a Jesuit college in D.C. (Georgetown), he eventually found and joined the Episcopal church. He has previously served on a Vestry as both Junior and Senior Warden, and became a member of St. Matthew’s in 2020. St. Matthew’s was for him and his family a place of healing where he found the kind of vibrant, giving, love-centered community needed. Bob works in cybersecurity and spent almost 9 years in the “five-sided building” before moving to commercial security software ventures. He was born to fly, and is a certified flight instructor with over 2,000 hours in the cockpit since 2001. He also has been renovating homes since age 4 (with an acquired disdain for plumbing), and has an uncanny knack for being lucky. Bob has a daughter, Meghan, who is married and finishing her law degree in Kansas, and a son, Robby, who graduated from college in 2022 and works in Reston. Bob lives in Herndon with his wife Genevieve Zetlan and her two children, Davis and Otto.
In 2021, Julie and her family found St. Matthew's while seeking a new church home. Driven by a desire to raise her family in a welcoming and accepting Christian community, St. Matthew's offered that as well as an abundance of community outreach opportunities. Julie, a George Mason University graduate in Communications and holder of an MBA from George Washington University, manages business development, planning, marketing, and human resources for their family business. Julie lives in Sterling with her husband, Josh, and their four children: Summer, Austin, Mia, and Noelle. In her spare time, Julie enjoys tennis, spending time outdoors with her family, and knitting.
Craig, known for his photography and drone skills, along with his daughter Natalie, found a welcoming community at St. Matthew’s in 2020. Embracing the online services during the pandemic, they appreciated the community's warmth and the inspiring sermons. Raised Methodist, Craig discovered the Episcopal Church in 1983 and has since been actively involved. A leader in various church roles, Craig extends his passion beyond church walls, contributing to missions in Haiti, environmental causes, and scouting. A legal professional, geodesy master's holder, and committed father, Craig brings a wealth of experience and dedication to St. Matthew’s.
Stephanie joined St. Matthew’s in 2015, introduced by a coworker, and immediately felt a sense of belonging. The warm welcome, community-centric approach, and "and then some" spirit appealed to her. During summers, she manages the VBS kitchen, and year-round, dedicates herself to aiding those facing food insecurity in the community. Joining the vestry, Stephanie looks forward to deepening her faith and making ongoing contributions to the community. Stephanie lives in Sterling with her husband Greg and sons Brandt and Jack and brings with her 25 years of financial services expertise. In her spare time, you’ll find her cheering on her boys on the lacrosse and baseball fields.
What is a Vestry?
The church Vestry operates akin to a board of directors, where the wardens and rector form an "executive team," and the Vestry functions as the equivalent of a board of directors. Key responsibilities include overseeing parish finances, managing the church building and grounds, selecting leaders, and serving as an advisory council to the church Rector.
As outlined by ecfvp.org, Vestry members are expected to Seek God’s guidance in their work and decisions, foster a sense of community, collaborate with the rector, hold each other accountable, and pursue both continuity and embrace change in their roles and decisions.
The Vestry plays a pivotal role in the church's governance, ensuring effective financial stewardship, maintaining the physical space, appointing leaders, and offering valuable advice to support the church.