Staff and Lay Leadership

Staff | Vestry and Wardens | Lay Leadership

Staff

Parish Administrator April Mae Rugletic

Parish Administrator, April Mae RugleticAs Parish Coordinator/Administrator, April Mae Rugletic began her work at Good Shepherd, Pitman on March 1 st of 2021. April is a “Cradle Episcopalian” and grew up (and was a member for 40 years) at Emmanuel-Resurrection Episcopal Church, Holmesburg in Philadelphia. April has more than 20 years of experience as a parish secretary in two Episcopal parishes (most recently @ St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Cherry Hill). April lives with her husband, Jerry, in Voorhees, NJ. They have two children, Autumn Lyn and Jerry III.

Sexton – Maria Szalma
MariaQuoting Rodgers and Hammerstein, “How do you find the word that means Maria?” Energetic, fun, funny, kind, dedicated, loyal, faithful! With her tremendous generosity of spirit, Maria is always looking to help out everywhere. She does it all, making everything sparkle, including our spirits. Maria is a person you want to meet, for your life will be enriched!

Choir Director and Organist – Jennifer Fisicaro
Jen FisicaroJennifer Fisicaro has been our Choir Director and Organist for two years. Jen has lived in Pitman most of her life and currently resides here with her husband, Bobby, and two children, Michael and Anna. God’s gift of music has always been an important part of Jen’s life. She has played piano since a young age, accompanied choirs, sang in select choir groups, and performed in musicals. Jen taught piano lessons for many years and was the church organist at several different churches as well. From 2010-2013, she was the music director at Our Father’s House Preschool in Pitman. Jen currently teaches special education at Kingsway Middle School. She hopes to bless others by sharing her passion for worshiping God through music!

Volunteer Staff
We have a robust team of volunteer staff at Good Shepherd. This team handles all sorts of important jobs including Christian Education for children and adults, all of our youth programs, website and social media, rectory and property repairs and improvements, gardening and landscaping, and major cleaning on various workdays through the year.

VESTRY AND WARDENS
The eleven voting members of the Vestry are elected by vote of the congregation at our Annual Meeting each January. In addition to the Senior Warden and Junior Warden, there are nine general Vestry members. The Vestry term is three years in rotation, with three new members elected each year. The Vestry elects the clerk and the treasurers, which are non-voting positions. The Vestry meets monthly with the Rector to administer the business of the church with a range of duties that include stewardship and budget development, oversight of daily church operations, property decisions and maintenance, and appointment of special committees. Vestry members serve on various Vestry committees and as Vestry liaisons to coordinate with ministry leadership for all activities and ministries at Good Shepherd.

Senior Warden:  Beth Portocalis

BethPortocalisJPEGBeth was elected to a two year term as Senior Warden in January 2021, and previously served as Junior Warden and as a Vestry member. She has also been actively involved with Church publicity, and was a member of the Altar Guild.  She is a life-long member of Good Shepherd and a Pitman resident.  Beth has two daughters and two grandchildren who are also members of the Church, as is her Mother.  Beth is a career civil servant, with almost 40 years of diverse experience in municipal government.  She currently serves as Director of Planning, Zoning & Code Enforcement for the Township of Medford.

Junior Warden: Bill Nelson

Vestry, Class of 2021

Diane Wall

Diane WallDiane joined Good Shepherd with her family in 2000. She is married to Mark and they have two adult children, Philip and Morgan, who were raised as active youth members of Good Shepherd.  Diane has served in many ministries including teaching Sunday school when her children were young, being an active member of Good Shepherd’s ECW group, and serving several terms on the Vestry, including one term as Senior Warden. She is also involved with Stewardship, Creation Care, Coffee Hour and the choir. Diane works at Inspira Health in Mullica Hill as a clinical laboratory scientist

Aimee Burgin

Aimee Burgin pictureAimee is a cradle Episcopalian and lifelong member of Good Shepherd. Her current church involvement includes the Page Turners Book Group, Bell Choir, Vestry member, and participant in the annual Women’s Retreat. Aimee is enjoying a second career at Rowan University in the Department of Music as a Program Advisor. She resides in Sewell with her husband and two cats.

Jenniffer Harrington

HeadshotJenniffer was appointed to fulfill an unexpired term through 2021 but has served on the Vestry in the past.  She has been an active member of the Church for 20 years.  Jenniffer has led Women at the Well (our ECW group), created and organized our annual women’s retreat, serves as the coordinator of Holly Fair–our largest fundraiser of the year, for the last seven years with three more to go.  She was a leader and has taught in our Sunday School program for 18 years and currently sings in our choir. She and her husband of 31 years Rich have two daughters who have grown up in the Church and also actively served in many capacities.  Jenniffer is a business development manager with a company that manages homeowner associations, developing strong business relationships and training programs. She loves to cook and and shares her talents when she serves as a coffee hour host.

Len Clark

len_clarkDr. Len Clark has served on the Vestry of the Church of the Good Shepherd as a member, Junior Warden and Senior Warden.  As part of his service to Church of the Good Shepherd, Dr. Clark has participated in the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Discernment Committee for the previous rector, Sunday School and the Brotherhood of St Andrew.  Dr. Clark and his family have been active members of the parish since their return to Pitman in 2001.  Prior to that time, the family had been members of St Thomas and Trinity Episcopal parishes in Glassboro and Swedesboro, respectively.

Dr. Clark is employed as a contractor to the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police and serves in the Office of Emergency Management.  Prior to this position, Dr. Clark was an emergency manager for pediatric hospital in Philadelphia and the County of Gloucester, NJ.   Dr. Clark resides in Pitman with his wife, Louise and their six children

Vestry, Class of 2022

Jeff Bathurst

jeff linkedinJeff was elected to a three-year term on the Vestry in January 2020. He has been actively involved in the church for a number of years as the acolyte master and has also served as a lay eucharistic minister and a Sunday School teacher. Jeff and his wife, Lori, joined the church in 1999 and have three children who have grown up at Good Shepherd. Jeff is an editorial manager in the corporate communications department of an investment management company.  

Brad Davies

Dana Szilier

Dana SzilierDana is from Chicago but moved to the Philadelphia area 18 years ago and now considers it home.  Dana has been attending the Church of the Good Shepherd for over ten years.  She serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a greeter and also teaches Sunday School.  Dana has two sons, one of whom is an acolyte.  In their free time, Dana and her family enjoy spending time together at the Jersey Shore.

Vestry, Class of 2023

Cheryl Burness

Cheryl BurnessI grew up In Pitman and have been a part of the Church of the Good Shepherd all my life. My best memory was going to church with my Great Grandmother every Sunday. I was confirmed into the church when I was thirteen. My parents married here, my first marriage was here and all my kids where baptized at this church, and now my Grandkids. This church holds special memories for my family. I have been a Sunday School Teacher and now I am a part of the Vestry. I just celebrated thirty years at Walmart in Turnersville, I am the HR Manager. I have two granddaughters and one grandson. I am an Artist and enjoy crafting.

Bill Beard

Bill Beard, Vestry Class of 2023Bill has been a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd for over 50 years and served as an acolyte for many years.  He was on the Endowment Committee, served as an Usher, and is also a member of the Choir.  He serves as a member of the Property Committee.  This is his third stint on the Vestry. He has worked  in Electrical Engineering for  various companies over his career.

Clerk of the Vestry:  Chuck Lezenby

Chuck LezenbyChuck was appointed as Clerk of the Vestry in January 2015, and previously served as Senior Warden and as a Vestry member. He has also been actively involved as a LEM, Prayer Minister and assists the Priest with Morning Prayer.  He has been a member of Good Shepherd since 2009.  Chuck is a lifelong Episcopalian, and was a fifty two year member of Church of the Ascension in Gloucester City, and a thirty plus year member of St. John’s Episcopal Church by the Sea in Avalon. N.J. (summer chapel), where he currently serves as Liturgical Chair.  Chuck is a career civil servant, with 30 years of diverse experience in county government.  Chuck then was employed by the Clayton Board of Education for 13 years.  He is retired from both positions.  Chuck lives at home with his partner of 20 years, in Franklinville, NJ.

Assistant Clerk of the Vestry: Sue Dixon
Acting Treasurer:  George Funk
Patti Fortney: Assistant Treasurer
Len Fedullo: Assistant Treasurer

LAY LEADERSHIP
In addition to the Vestry, there are lay ministry leaders for each of our ministries at Good Shepherd. We are a parish of faithful and joyful doers. This is part of our commitment, our fellowship, our stewardship, our spiritual journey. This is who we are at Good Shepherd!

Acolytes:  Jeff Bathurst
Altar Guild:  Shelly Harris
Brotherhood of Saint Andrew:  Wayne Szalma
Camden Christmas:  Deacon Carl Dunn
Caring Hands:  Pat Braidwood
Columbarium:  Diane Wall
Contemplative Group: Mel Caron
Creation Care: Lauren Kaltwasser
Crop Hunger Walk:  Gail Morton & Connie Parent
Endowment Committee:  Roger Baker
Events Coordinator: Claude Coulson
Good Shepherd Scholarship Fund:  Diane Wall & Janice Gowland
Greeters/Newcomers:  Deb Prieto
History Museum:  Ellie Dunn
Holly Fair:  Rich & Jenniffer Harrington
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM):  Chuck Lezenby
Lending Library:  Shelly Harris
Music Ministry: Jennifer Fisicaro
Offering Counters:  George Funk
Outreach:  Ellie Dunn
Page Turners Book Group:  Janice Gowland
Pray-er Ministry:  Barbara Elliott
Prayer Warriors:  Shelly Harris
Publicity:  Beth Portocalis & Maureen Wynkoop
Quilt Guild:  Shelly Harris
Sunday School:  Brad and Jaclyn Davies
Ushers:  Wayne Szalma
Website and Social Media: Maureen & Jim Wynkoop
Women at the Well – ECW:  Diane Wall
Youth Group:  Chelsea Richmond

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