Vestry

Bonita Sasnett Arvizu

I am a lifelong resident of Washington. I attended public schools in Washington and continued my education at East Carolina University. I am an ECU graduate with undergraduate business degree, masters in health education, and doctoral in educational leadership. I am an associate professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

I am a life-long Episcopalian and attended Zion Episcopal Church as a youth. I have previously served on the vestry at Zion. I have served on the board of directors for the Beaufort County Mental Health Association and currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Dream Factory of Eastern North Carolina. I volunteer yearly at the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon. Most recently I have joined the Altar Guild for Saint Peter’s. I have been involved in outreach activities – Toys for Tots, Dental clinics, and Stop Hunger Now.

Henry and I joined Saint Peter’s around 2010. I have two grown children, Tyler and Josh Harriett, and four step children – Andrew, Ginny, Matthew and Liz Arvizu. I hope to be of service to St. Peter’s.

Michael Behar

My wife Ann and I met at Appalachian State University and were married in 1985. We resided in Henderson, NC for 32 years and moved to Washington when I took a position with a division of National Spinning (Hampton Art). We have 2 daughters, Rebecca 25 (Chicago, IL) and Elizabeth 28 (Savannah). For the last 17 years Ann has taught and managed teachers at the Community College level and taught High School. Prior to that Ann was a controller and also worked in the Roses corporate offices. She currently teaches at PS Jones. Ann is active in the Altar Guild.

I have been a member of the Episcopal Church since 1996. Was an active member of Holy Innocent's (Henderson, NC) where I served on a search committee, the vestry and the finance committee. Upon moving to Washington in 2012, we immediately started attending Saint Peter's, and I have served as an usher and was a member of the last Transition team. We look forward to being active members of Saint Peter's for years to come.

Picott Harrington

My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Washington and joined Saint Peter’s in 2009. We have two girls, Suzie, age 11, and Claire, age 9. I graduated with a BA in History from UNC-Chapel Hill and own a general contracting business primarily focusing on residential construction.

Since moving to Washington, our family has loved being a part of Saint Peter’s. I previously served as an Upward Basketball coach and referee and currently enjoy ushering during the 10:15 service. I'm honored to be considered as a vestry candidate and look forward to serving Saint Peter’s and its parishioners.

Mark Henley

I am honored to be considered to serve on the Saint Peter’s Vestry. I am a lifelong Episcopalian and have been a member of Saint Peter’s since moving to Washington 1993. During my youth I was an active member of Saint Michael’s in Raleigh. Here at Saint Peter’s I have been privileged to serve as a Sunday School Teacher, an Upward Coach and as an Usher. I am currently enjoying my first year of EFM study.

I was educated in the public schools of Raleigh through high school before earning a Business Management Degree from East Carolina University. I have spent my professional life specializing in real estate development and business start-ups and turn-arounds; most recently operating McCotter’s Marina here in Washington.

My hobbies include hiking, golf, tennis and sailing. My love of the River lead me to be involved in the creation of the Pamlico Sea Base and The Little Washington Sailing School.

Both of my children are now away at college. Will is a graduate of the NCSU Engineering program and is pursuing a Graduate Degree at Clemson. Melissa is a Sophomore in the ECU School of Theatre and Dance. Having both children in college affords me the opportunity to devote the time and attention needed to properly serve on the Vestry. I look forward to the opportunity.

Emma Holscher

I am a lifelong member of Saint Peter’s having celebrated some of my most momentous days there. I was baptized and confirmed at Saint Peter’s as a child. Later, I was married to my husband, Franz there. Both of my 2 children (Frederick and Mary Emma - age 15 and 12, respectively) were baptized at Saint Peter’s.

Currently, I am a part-time staff attorney for Pitt County Department of Social Services serving primarily as DSS’s child support enforcement attorney.

I have been involved in several areas of service at Saint Peter’s including the nursery, Sunday School, stewardship committee, Lay Reader and I was also very involved in Upward at its onset. I look forward to taking on a new area of service in the Church through vestry and giving back a fraction of what Saint Peter’s has given to me.

Julie Howdy

I was born and raised in Washington, NC and have lived here all my life. I grew up Catholic but joined Saint Peter’s in 1994 to offer my children a better Christian education. My husband, David Howdy, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill Dental School and has been practicing here since 1986.

I attended Peace College and East Carolina University, where I graduated with a Social Work Degree. I worked in the banking field for 7 years before retiring to stay at home with our 2 daughters, Jennifer and Kati. Jennifer now resides in Washington DC and works for Gyro, an advertising company and Kati lives in Charlotte, NC where she is a nurse at Carolinas Medical Center in the emergency department.

Throughout the years, Saint Peter’s has meant a lot to me and my family. My youngest attended the Day School and both my children were very active in EYC and the choir, and they looked forward to participating in the Christmas pageant each year. They also regularly attended Sunday School which I volunteered to help teach.

Since joining Saint Peter’s, I also helped organize and lead Relay for Life teams, as well as helping with Toys for Tots, the yearly American Red Cross Blood drive, served in the kitchen for various functions, ushered, served as a monthly leader of the Angel Food ministry, assisted in Altar Guild, and was a referee for Upward. I also helped initiate the only YoungLives Ministry in NC, which was housed here at Saint Peter’s for 5 years. Our church was instrumental in its support, and I was very proud to be a part of helping lead young mothers and their children to a life with Christ.

I am currently on the outreach committee, under Mark Henley, and representing Saint Peter’s in the startup of a Homeless Shelter for Women.

I am very honored to be asked to serve on the vestry, and I look forward to helping Saint Peter’s grow as a church family and community.

Val Johnson

I joined Saint Peter’s in my early teens. I was active as an acolyte during high school and was elected President of the Diocese of East Carolina Episcopal Young Churchmen my senior year of high school. After college and a stint in the Navy, my wife Franny and I moved back to Washington and Franny was confirmed into Saint Peter’s. We raised our two children at Saint Peter’s, and our daughter Nita Lee, her husband Steven and their four children are members. In 1975 I became a licensed layreader at Saint Pete’rs. Last year I became a Lay Eucharistic Minister. I have served three terms on Saint Peter’s Vestry, and I look forward to representing our congregation during the next three years.

I am proud to be an Episcopalian and most proud to be a member of Saint Peter’s. And when my time comes, you will all know I am at peace with my ashes scattered in our herb garden and my name etched in stone with the likes of my good friends Irwin Hulbert and Warren Lane.

Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones has been a member of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church since 2006. He is married to Lilly Roberson Jones, a lifelong member of Saint Peter’s. He is a native of Washington, NC. They have two children, Davis, age 10, and Olivia, age 8. He has served on the board of Upward Sports here at Saint Peters, and participated in the Missions of Mercy dental clinics when they were active here. Marcus is a general dentist and his office is here in Washington. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill for his undergraduate study and his dental degree.

Sarah Ninan

I have had memberships at other Episcopal churches but Saint Peter’s has been a stable presence throughout my life. I was baptized, confirmed and married in Saint Peter’s. Yes, I hope to be buried from Saint Peter’s. My commitment to Saint Peter’s is deep and now that I have the gift of time, I am eager to help serve.

My husband, Philip, and I are retired and moved permanently to Washington 5 years ago. After graduating from ECU nursing school, I moved to Charleston and moved my membership to St. Michael’s. I met my husband Philip while we both were working at the Medical University of S.C. The majority of our working life was spent in Atlanta where we raised our three children. We attended Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church where we both had the pleasure of teaching Sunday school and frequently serving parish breakfasts.

After 25 years in Atlanta, we moved to Wayne, PA, where we attended a thriving historic Episcopal church, Saint David’s. I helped with their annual fall fair and was trained and served as a Stephen’s minister.

Although I grew up in the Episcopal church, I am now an Episcopalian, not from habit but by choice. I embrace the liturgy, the values and the fellowship the Episcopal church offers. It is my hope to help our church thrive so that others can experience the love that Saint Peter’s offers our community.

Catherine Pfeiffer

I have been a member of Saint Peter’s Church since 1970 when my family moved here from Washington, DC. I was confirmed here, and my husband, Richard and I were married here. Our children, Anna, Charles, and Emily were also baptized and confirmed here. I attended St. Mary’s College and ECU Nursing school and have been a pediatric nurse for 32 years with the last 4 years being spent working with Beaufort County Schools as a nurse for Eastern Elementary and J. C. Tayloe. I enjoyed my involvement working in the nursery and teaching Sunday School when our children were young. While working at Vidant Children’s, I was serving on the hospital visitation ministry as well. Currently, I am involved with Food for Funerals and Angels Food Ministries and am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve on the vestry.

Bob Thomas

I am married to Carolyn Doyle Thomas and have an adult daughter, Amy, and son, Stephen. Our family moved to Washington in 1973 and soon thereafter we joined Saint Peter’s. Amy and Stephen were active in EYC. Amy was married in the church, and Stephen was an acolyte. I attend church and Sunday school regularly and usher at the 10am services. I have been involved in the dental clinics, Christian Formation Committee, the cleanup days, the Toys for Tots, the Lenten services, the blood drives, EYC, and musical seminars and previously served on the vestry.

I received civil and structural engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and NCSU. I am now retired after working for 43 years for various chemical companies as a civil project manager. I have been involved with the Washington Planning Board, Boy Scouts of America, county water system, homeowners association: swimming competition and judging, Science Olympiad, Relay for Life, and math tutoring.

Saint Peters has been an important part of my life and being a member of the vestry would give me the opportunity to return to the church some of what it has given me.

Hank Van Dorp

I began worshiping at St. Peter’s in 2000. I was confirmed by Rev. Clifton Daniel in 2001. My wife Judy and I were married in November of 2001. The Rev. Bill Bradbury officiated our wedding which was held in the Chapel. I have lived in Washington all my life and have fond memories of attending St. Peter’s day-school as a child.

During my years at St. Peter’s I have enjoyed serving in many ministries and on Vestry (2009-2011). I especially enjoy chipping in ‘behind the scenes’ in the many activities of this church.

The future of our church is important to me because of the impact St. Peter’s has on my life. My spiritual health and my church family are priorities in my life. It would be a privilege to serve on St. Peter’s vestry once again.

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