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.

Ken Hadley

My wife, Aynn, and I have been married for over 36 years, during which time we were blessed with two exceptional daughters. Jenna recently married her best friend, Andrew, and teaches math to inner city youth in Boston. Kristie is a second-year resident at UNC-Chapel Hill, specializing in emergency medicine.

Aynn is a retired special education teacher, and I worked for Fidelity Investments in computer software engineering for over 31 years.

Twelve years ago, I was asked if I wanted to relocate from the congestion and rough winters of New England, to the mild climate and easier pace of North Carolina. My cabin fever from long winters in Vermont was wearing on me, so we took the offer.

We then toured most of the east coast and found Washington to be a perfect mix of laid- back southern hospitality, beautiful waterways for boating, big enough to find what’s needed and small enough not to be lost in the shuffle.

Shortly after our arrival in Washington, we needed a change from the somewhat dull routine of the Roman Catholic Church to something more progressive, so we went church shopping. We knew we didn’t want the big jumbotrons and stages, but we did want a place to become more inspired by God’s teachings.

At Saint Peter’s, we found the congregation to be very friendly and Father Kevin to be a dynamic and loving pastor. After only a couple visits, we were sold on this church and immediately became active in the church community.

Aynn is the public speaker in our family and has been very involved as a Eucharistic Minister along with numerous other outreach programs. I have been an usher for several years and have actively participated in the periodic events such as “Stop Hunger Now”, “Toys for Tots”, attic sales, and yard clean-ups. I am also active with Habitat for Humanity, serving on the Board as the Loan Officer, in addition to helping build four houses.

The ministry I am most passionate about is Cursillo, a very spiritual but fun-filled three- day retreat at the Trinity Center, designed to encourage a more active participation in Christian life and fellowship.

I feel I can make a valuable contribution to the Vestry. I have a strong analytical background, and I think that I’m level headed, fair, and open to new ideas. Most importantly, I am excited to continue doing God’s work within our church and community.

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.

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.

Rachael Miller

Originally from Washington, I was baptized, confirmed and married here at Saint Peter’s. After moving away after college, I came back to Washington in 2000 with my husband, John, and two sons, John IV and William, where we have been members ever since. I taught Sunday school and worked in the nursery for many years. I am a dietitian that used to work at the hospital here in town and at the fitness center. In 2007, I started working as a diabetes educator for a pharmaceutical company and currently am working with a dialysis company. As a life-long member of Saint Peter’s, I am honored to serve on the vestry.

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.

Katherine Howdy Tate

Originally from Washington, I was baptized, confirmed and married here at Saint Peter’s. After moving away after college, I came back to Washington in 2000 with my husband, John, and two sons, John IV and William, where we have been members ever since. I taught Sunday school and worked in the nursery for many years. I am a dietitian that used to work at the hospital here in town and at the fitness center. In 2007, I started working as a diabetes educator for a pharmaceutical company and currently am working with a dialysis company. As a life-long member of Saint Peter’s, I am honored to serve on the vestry.

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