In Episcopal parishes, in addition to the Rector, the vestry is our governing body of the parish. Made up of members representing the congregation, their responsibilities include managing resources and finances, ensuring effective organization and planning, property, and selection of the rector.
Sam HartwellSenior Warden
Sam is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of St. Paul's for more than 30 years. He is currently finishing his first Vestry term where he serves as Junior Warden. As a stalwart member of what he calls the “7:45 a.m. Club,” Sam has regularly read, ushered, and served as a Chalice Minister at that service. When his three daughters were younger, Sam split time between St. Paul's and its neighbor St. Ann Church (now part of Communion of Saints Parish), where his daughters were confirmed and whose Finance Council he chaired, and served as a delegate to the Catholic diocese’s parish consolidation project.
Sam retired last year as a principal in a small private equity practice. Sam has been happily married for thirty-three years and is actively involved in the non-profit community. He currently serves as Board Chair of Great Lakes Theater and Judson Services, Inc., and has had leadership roles with the local Yale and Harvard Business School Clubs, The Union Club Foundation, and the Tavern Club. He currently serves as a trustee of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and the Cleveland Yale Alumni Scholarship, and as a Director of Vanner, Inc., Leather Resources of Ohio, Iron Rock Capital, and the Union Club. Sam enjoys travel and skiing and attempts to stay fit at a local CrossFit affiliate.
Dave BanyardJunior Warden
Dave Banyard is a lifelong Episcopalian, and started attending St. Paul’s in 2016 when he and his family moved to Shaker Heights from Florida. He has been married to Diane for 21 years, and they have 3 children: Anna, age 18, who attends Hathaway Brown with her sister Teagan, age 14; and Trey, age 16 who attends Gilmour Academy. Dave is the President of Masterbrand Cabinets, the largest manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinetry in North America. Masterbrand is a division of Fortune Brands Home and Security (NYSE: FBHS) based in Chicago. Dave’s business career has taken him and his family to many places, including several east coast locations, as well as a stint in Stockholm Sweden, but they are all happy to now call Cleveland home. Prior to his business career, Dave was a Naval Aviator and Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy, flying the F/A-18C Hornet while deployed aboard the USS America and USS George Washington for a total of three overseas deployments. Dave has served on the vestry for the last 3 years, as well as several other committees over the past few years. In his spare time (which is limited given three teenagers!), Dave enjoys everything outdoors, including fishing, sailing, skiing, and hunting with his lab Ollie.
Jenny Azouri was received into the Episcopal Church at St. Paul’s in 2007 along with her husband, Patrick, who were both born and raised as Catholics. Jenny and Patrick are Pittsburgh natives (and yes, Steelers fans!) and relocated to Cleveland after they were married in 2003. They have two children, Morgan, age 13, who attends Shaker Middle School, and Luke, age 10, who attends Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights. Jenny has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Lake County since 2006 and specializes in criminal prosecution. Jenny graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She previously served as a member of the Church School Council from 2015 through 2017 and assisted with Godly Play for a number of years. Jenny has been the co-chair of the Parish Fellowship Committee since 2010 and enjoys organizing events that bring members of the parish together for fellowship. In her free time, Jenny enjoys traveling, yoga, running, and spending time with family. Jenny would be honored to serve on the Vestry.
Avery BZYouth Delegate
Avery is a sophomore at Heights High. She has grown up at St. Paul’s and participates in both the choir and the C.A.S.T. program. She also enjoys reading, and playing the piccolo and flute. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a youth vestry delegate this year.
Jason Chance is a lifelong Episcopalian. His family (mother Chris, father Mark, younger brothers Britton and Conor) joined St. Paul’s after moving to Cleveland in the summer of 2005. In that time, he has participated in several of the wonderful programs St. Paul’s offers: youth choir, CAST productions, trips to Harlan and many others. He particularly enjoys being able to come back and volunteer for many of the same programs he enjoyed in high school. Jason graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a double major in Math and Physics. While there, one of the highlights was being able to participate in the spectacular annual Christmas Fest concerts four times: once as a member of the Viking Chorus, and three times with the St. Olaf Cantorei. He now works as a tutor, mostly for high school students, splitting his time between science courses, math courses, and standardized test preparation. On his off hours, he sings with the Adult choir, attends productions by the Great Lakes Theatre company and Playhouse Square, or else is catching an indie film at Cedar Lee.
Bob Fox has been a multiple sclerosis neurologist at Cleveland Clinic since 2000, dividing his time between patient care and clinical research. He has served on St. Paul’s Regathering Task Force for the past two years and is looking forward to further engagement within the St. Paul’s community. He and his spouse Kathy were confirmed at St. Paul’s in 2022. Bob was born and raised in the Protestant tradition — although he regularly attended Episcopal churches in college and graduate school — and Kathy was raised Catholic, making The Episcopal Church a natural melding of their spiritual journeys. Bob and Kathy met while rowing on the Cuyahoga River and were married at St. Paul’s in 2019. They have four children: Zach, five months; Maggie, two; Brian, a senior at Shaker Heights High School; and Kevin, who lives in a group home in Euclid. Along with spending time with his growing family, he enjoys traveling (often for research), skiing, and flying — which he took up as a pandemic hobby.
I was born and raised on the east side of Cleveland. I attended St. Dominic School, Gilmour Academy, and Case Western Reserve University. My biggest stroke of luck was meeting Cindy Calfee. We were married at St. Paul’s on January 1, 1983. Our four children (Christopher, Margot, Kathleen, and Andrew) were all baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s. We have been blessed with five granddaughters (three arrived in 2022), and those fantastic human beings are now a big part of our lives.
My business life was mainly within the specialty chemical industry in Cleveland, working two years with the Harshaw Chemical Company, eight years with the Murphy-Phoenix Company, two years with JTM Products Company, and ten years with VisiMax Technologies. I am now completely retired from all business activity.
St. Paul’s has been Cindy’s parish her entire life. Throughout our forty years of marriage, St. Paul’s has been the spiritual home of our family and the source of many lasting and treasured friendships. I am a past vestry member and Senior Warden, and I am grateful to be again considered for a role in helping to lead our parish community.
As a devoted Christian and a lifelong Episcopalian, I have had a passion and total commitment to the church all my life. I was affirmed in baptism and confirmation at Trinity Cathedral Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. After migrating to the U.S. in the early 80s, I became a resident in the city of Cleveland Heights and a devoted member of St. Paul’s for over the past 35 yrs. I am the last of eight children and the loving, compassionate, caring, and mindful mother to my only child, Tyler. I was the primary caregiver to my mother, Annie Sancho — a dedicated member of St. Paul’s up to her death in 2019.
I worked in the banking industry for several years before transitioning into the healthcare profession because of the love, care, and experience given to my mother. I believe in exhibiting kindness, compassion, selflessness, and tirelessness toward my clients and the public.
I am working towards my MBA and hold several certificates and notable achievements in customer service and patient care management. In my spare time, I enjoy walking in the Metroparks, plays at Playhouse Square, fishing, volunteering at Calvary Lutheran Youth Center, and getting together with my siblings once a month is a must.
Andrea C. Turner has been a St. Paul’s Episcopal Church member for nearly 20 years. After being raised in the Catholic Church in Niagara Falls, New York, she was received into The Episcopal Church in 2007. Her father was a former Benedictine monk before marrying her mother, and her eldest sister was a former nun. Her two children were baptized and grew up attending St. Paul’s. Anna, 20, is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, and Henry, 17, is a senior at Cleveland Heights High School. Her kids were active in the Children’s and Youth Choirs, Apollo’s Fire Musettes, Acolytes, Drama Dreamers, and Harlan mission trips. They’ve traveled as a family with fellow parishioners so Anna could sing at Ely Cathedral in England, Washington National Cathedral in D.C., and St. Thomas Choir School in New York City.
Andrea co-chaired the Communications Committee; served on the Stewardship Committee, the former Church School and St. Paul’s Co-Operative Preschool boards; taught as one of the first Godly Play teachers; and was an original member of The Village. She now operates the livestream controls for several Sunday services, weddings, and funerals, as well as providing special event photography.
Andrea is self-employed as a Marketing Communications Consultant with ACT One Communications, LLC. She is a freelance writer and photographer for Currents newspaper and former Managing Editor of the Heights Observer. She currently serves on the board of Mobius, formerly known as RoxArts, and has served on the board of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Andrea practices yoga, cheers on her son who plays varsity ice hockey and lacrosse, and hosts an Airbnb space in her home. She enjoys monthly book club gatherings, taking walks with her dog, attending dance, theater, and music performances, and traveling and biking with her partner Karl. She looks forward to serving her beloved church as a Vestry member.
Amia Wheatley is a newer Episcopalian, joining St. Paul’s in January 2020, right before the pandemic’s start. A lifelong Clevelander, she loves Northeast Ohio and lives about 20 minutes east of St. Paul’s with her kitten Olive. Since joining St. Paul’s, she has gotten involved in several areas. Amia is a co-leader of the Young Adult Fellowship Group, a member of the Outreach Committee, and the contact for the LGBTQ+ Ministry. Amia was baptized at St. Paul’s in 2021 and confirmed in 2022. She graduated from Cleveland State University in 2012 with a degree in History, and from Kent State University in 2014 with a Master’s in Library and Information Science specializing in Museum Studies and Archives. Amia is the Branch Manager of the Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library and has previously worked as a librarian in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Cleveland Public library systems. She enjoys knitting, hiking through the Cleveland Metroparks, and seeing local theater in her off time.