The Vestry

Under the Canons of the Episcopal Church, the Vestry of Saint Monica and Saint James is responsible for the economic health of the Parish and for providing support for the ministry of the clergy.

The Vestry consists of the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden and six members of the Vestry elected by the Parish. The six members serve staggered terms of three years and the Senior and Junior Wardens serve one-year terms.

Members of the Vestry serve on the major committees of the Parish — Finance/Stewardship and Property and Grounds. The Vestry is assisted by Parish officers—the Secretary, the Treasurer, and an Assistant Treasurer. These Parish officers are appointed by the Vestry annually.


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Zach Williams

Class of 2022


Zach Williams was confirmed Episcopalian during college and has been attending SMSJEC since 2015. He lives on Capitol Hill with his beagle, Annie. He is twice a graduate of the University of Virginia and currently works as an attorney within the federal government.

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Stephanie Lett

Class of 2022

Although a native Washingtonian, Stephanie lived for over 45 years in New Jersey.  She and her husband Douglas, both recently retired, returned to Washington, D.C. in 2018.  Looking for a local Episcopal church, they were happy to find St. Monica and St. James within walking distance.  Stephanie serves on the finance committee, hoping to apply some of her experience from a career in commercial banking.  Stephanie attended Middlebury College (VT) and Princeton University. 

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Patricia Leyden

Class of 2021

Patricia arrived on in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2012 after spending almost a decade abroad. Her work with women and children in disadvantaged circumstances in Central America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East includes grassroots community development initiatives. This work focused primarily on education and women's reproductive health.

At at St. Monica and St. James she finds her interests in mission participating in an inclusive community of people who find guidance and intimate meaning in the life story and teachings of Jesus.

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Bob Sonderman

Class of 2021

A long-time parishioner at St. Monica & St. James, Bob has lived in the Capitol Hill Historic District for more than 35 years.

Bob is the chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee and continues to provide a labor of love with everything from planting to carpentry work as well as being our resident grill master for our cook-outs.

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Irene Moore

Class of 2021

Irene was former member of St. Monica Parish. She was raised in South Carolina receiving her undergraduate degree from Voorhees College - an Episcopal Church affiliated private college located in Denmark, South Carolina. Irene spent a 30-year career working for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. She is a member of the Vestry class 2021 and is the President of the Martha Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King. Her husband John is deceased.

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Elisa Shearer

Class of 2022

Elisa was elected to the Vestry in June 2019. She serves as the co-chair of the Stewardship. She was drawn to St. Monica and St. James because of the garden and stayed because of the choir. Elisa has lived in the Capitol Hill / H street area since 2012, when she moved to D.C. for graduate school. She currently works as a survey researcher for Pew Research and lives with her spouse Chris.

Class of 2021

Bob Sonderman

Patricia Leyden

Irene Moore

Class of 2022

Jocelyn Beer

Stephanie Lett

Elisa Shearer

Zach Williams