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Diocesan Council

A body of elected clergy and lay representatives, Diocesan Council oversees and shapes diocesan program between meetings of Diocesan Convention. Diocesan Council usually meets at the Cathedral Center at 4pm on the second Thursday on each month. Following is a listing of representatives including those elected by Diocesan Convention, and those elected by each of the diocese’s 10 geographic deaneries.

Diocesan Council Members


The Right Rev. John Harvey Taylor

Bishop Suffragan

The Right Reverend Diane Jardine Bruce

Secretary of Convention/Recording Secretary

Canon Steve Nishibayashi

Treasurer of the Diocese

Canon Andy Tomat

Diocesan President of ECW

Ms Christine Budzowski

Chancellor of the Diocese

Canon Richard Zevnik

Representative from the General Convention Deputation

Ms Kathryn Nishibayashi

Representatives from Standing Committee

Clergy: The Reverend Kay Sylvester

St. Paul’s Church Tustin, CA

Lay: Dr. Anne Wohlcke

Representatives from Corporation of the Diocese

Clergy: The Reverend Nancy Frausto

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Laguna Beach, CA 

Lay: Mr. Ravi Verma 

Members Elected by Diocesan Convention

ClergyThe Reverend George Okusi (2020)

St. John’s Church Costa Mesa, CA

LayMr. Dave Moreno (2020)

ClergyThe Reverend Dr. Barbara R. Stewart (2019)

LayMr. Richard Henderson (2019)

ClergyThe Reverend Dr. William Wallace (2021)

Santa Monica, CA 

LayMr. Ken Higginbotham (2021)

Staff Representatives

Canon to the Ordinary

The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy

Executive Assistant to Bishops & Canon to the Ordinary

Canon Abigail Urquidi 

Chief Financial Officer

The Rev. Michele Racusin 

Canon for Common Life

Canon Robert Williams

Communications Department

Canon Janet Kawamoto

Convention Coordinator

Ms. Samantha Wylie

Members Representing Deaneries-Elected by Deanery

| Deanery 1

ClergyThe Reverend Michael Corrigan

LayMr. Jim Alexander

| Deanery 2

ClergyThe Reverend Vincent Schwahn Ryckman

St. Mark’s Church Van Nuys, CA 

Lay: Mr. Richard Holdredge

| Deanery 3

ClergyThe Very Reverend Canon lan Davies

St. Thomas” Church Hollywood, CA 

LayThe Honorable Canon Patti Jo McKay Ramsey

| Deanery 4

ClergyThe Reverend Michael Bell

LayMr. Dan Valdéz

| Deanery 5

ClergyThe Reverend Julie D. Bryant,

Church of the Transfiguration Arcadia, CA 

LayCanon Ann Seitz

| Deanery 6

ClergyThe Reverend Keith Yamamoto

St. Mark’s Church Upland, CA

LayDr. Julie McCurdy

| Deanery 7

Clergy:  The Reverend Liz Williams

St. Alban’s Yucaipa, CA

Lay: Ms Nancy Doss

| Deanery 8

Clergy: The Reverend Michael Fincher

St. Gregory’s Church Long Beach, CA 

Lay: Ms Carole Gonzalez

| Deanery 9

Clergy: The Very Reverend Jeannie Martz

Trinity Church Orange, CA

Lay: Mr. Don Harrell

| Deanery 10

Clergy: The Reverend Will Crist

Lay: Mr. Michael Morris


| Deanery 1

Clergy:  The Reverend Lawrence Brown

Trinity Church Fillmore, CA 

Lay: Mr. Steve Seebach

| Deanery 2

Clergy: The Reverend Dan Justin

St. Michael’s Church Studio City, CA

Lay: Mr. Brendan Krabach

| Deanery 3

Clergy: The Very Reverend Canon James Newman

 St. Bede’s Church

Lay: Canon Annette V. Graw

| Deanery 4

Clergy: The Reverend Michael S. Bell – Good Samaritan Hospital (Pastoral Care Dept.)

Lay: Canon Roy Salmon

| Deanery 5

Clergy: The Reverend Carri Grindon – St. Mark’s Church Altadena, CA

Lay: Mr. Dino Kidde

| Deanery 6

Clergy: The Rev. Keith Yamamoto – St. Mark’s Church Upland, CA

Lay: Ms. Jullie McCurdy

| Deanery 7

Clergy: The Reverend Mary Crist 

Lay: Mr. Neil Hartschum

| Deanery 8

Clergy: The  Reverend Arthur Toro  – Holy Communion Church Gardena, CA

Lay: Ms Shelly Crilly

| Deanery 9

Clergy: The Reverend Kay Sylvester

Lay: Ms Morgan Mullins

| Deanery 10

Clergy: The Reverend Canon Mary Crist