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.

Swanson Graves

I was born in Washington, NC and have been a lifelong member of St. Peter’s. I have an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from UNC-CH and a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering from NCSU.

In 1985, Lind and I bought a business in Williamston, NC that manufactured sprayer equipment. This allowed Lind and me to move to Washington, be close to family, and raise our three daughters here. We sold this business three years ago and I retired in June 2014.

I have served on the vestry of St. Peter’s for three terms and have held the position of both Junior and Senior Warden. Over the years, I helped to facilitate the purchase of three adjacent properties to grow our footprint into that which we enjoy today. As we considered our building expansion, I served on the committee to select our architect and develop our building plans. I have also enjoyed working on the stained glass window restoration project, ushering, and helping to cook for various fundraisers.

Barbara Grimes

I am a life-long Episcopalian who was raised in Tampa, Florida and graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. My husband, Sam Grimes, who graduated from Davidson College, and I were married in 1965.

I taught junior high school in Durham, NC for 3 years, high school at E. E. Smith in Fayetteville for a year, and at P. S. Jones Junior High School for 2 years after moving here to Sam’s hometown. After earning a Masters of Library Science from ECU, I served as librarian at Snowden Elementary School in Aurora for 10 years, and then as librarian at North Pitt High School for 16 years. During those years, I also served on the Washington City School Board for 13 years and as its Chairperson for 2 years.

During all this time, our membership at St. Peter’s has been a major part of our lives. While my boy’s were in elementary school at Eastern, I began my service on St. Peter’s Altar Guild. I have served as a member, a group leader, and now the head of Altar Guild since 2013. Sam and I served as sponsors of the EYC, working with Janet Rodman and Doug Cutler and others as needed for several years. I was president of the ECW years ago and have helped in the kitchen regularly. I have worked at Toys for Tots, the Dental Clinic, auctions, Stop Hunger Now, prepared lunches for funerals, and served on the Vestry from 2006 to 2009.

R. Hodges Hackney

I was born in Washington, NC and have lived in this area all of my life. I attended public schools in Washington and subsequently graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering at NC State University and MBA from the University of NC at Chapel Hill. Following college I joined a small family company that we were able to build into an international business. I retired in January 2015.

I am a lifelong member of St. Peter’s and have served as a lay reader and chalice bearer for 47 years and have served on the vestry 6 times including 4 years as senior warden. I have enjoyed my involvement in the Diocese of East Carolina having served on the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Foundation, the Board of Trinity Center, as Trustee of the Diocese and on the Executive Council.

My wife, Marsha, has also been a very active leader in St. Peter’s. Our three daughters were baptized, confirmed and married in St. Peter’s. We have many fond memories of our life in St. Peter’s wonderful, loving community and look forward to continuing our involvement in helping St. Peter’s continue to grow in spirit and in strength.

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.

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.

Patrick Nash

I am originally from Elizabeth City, NC and a 1981 graduate of UNC‐CH. My business career has been primarily in healthcare technology sales for the last 34 years. During that time I worked for Siemens Healthcare, started and sold a successful internet business, and worked in venture capital.

I was honored to serve one previous term on the Vestry, serving as Junior Warden my final year. I currently serve on the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center board of visitors and previously served on the Beaufort County Board of Education and Warren Field Airport Advisory Board.

My wife Carol and I have been members of St. Peter’s for 29 years. We have three daughters.

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.

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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101 N. Bonner St.
Washington, NC 27889
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