About

The Vestry

Kazie Metzger Harvey, Warden (since 2014)

Kazie Metzger Harvey was raised in the Episcopal Church in Texas and has been a Parishioner of Saint Thomas Church since 1976. She has served as Warden since 2014. Kazie served on the Vestry from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2012. During her second term on the Vestry, she served as Treasurer and a member of the Standing Committee. She is currently a member of the Music, Choir School and Building Committees.

Kazie and her husband, John Harvey, were married at Saint Thomas in 1977. Their daughters, Katherine and Alexandra, were baptized and confirmed at Saint Thomas.

Kazie is CEO of Personalized Media Communications, where she directs licensing and business development for a portfolio of U.S. interactive television patents. Her professional positions have included founding President and CEO of PrimeTime 24, Business Manager of RCA Americom, and Vice President for Strategic Planning at Westinghouse Cable.

Kazie holds a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was a member and then chairman of the Duke Annual Fund Executive Committee. She has been a trustee of The Town School and a member of its finance committee. She was a Board Member of the St. George’s Society, and is a Dame of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. She is now on the board of the French Heritage Society and The American Fund for Westminster Abbey.

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Jesse Adelaar, Warden (since 2017)

Jesse Adelaar was born in New York City and raised in Scarsdale, New York. He has been a parishioner of Saint Thomas Church since 2004 and was confirmed in 2006. He is committed to offering his gifts to help grow the life and mission of Saint Thomas Church.

After earning a BS in Finance & Accounting from Wake Forest University, he returned to New York in 1996 and worked as an equity analyst at Keybanc Investments and then at Forstmann-Leff Associates in 2001. In 2005, he became an Investment Manager at Peconic Partners, a New York-based hedge fund. In 2013, Jesse founded Finiti, a research-stage Machine Learning startup focusing on investment management, and currently serves as the company’s CEO.

Jesse currently serves on the Vestry and as Treasurer of Saint Thomas Church. He was the chairman of the Investment Committee from 2009 to 2015. He currently serves on the Investment, Strategic Planning, and Welcome committees. Previously, he served on the Audit Committee. He is a trustee of the Diocesan Investment Trust of the Diocese of New York, and until this year was a Board Member of Episcopal Charities.

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Karl C. Saunders , Treasurer

Karl C. Saunders became a member of Saint Thomas Church in 2004. He has served a total of nine years on the Vestry and is standing for re-election. He has served as the Chairman of the Music Committee, Co-Chairman of the Organ Committee, and as a member of the Audit Committee and Choir School Committee. He is currently Treasurer of Saint Thomas Church and a member of the Standing Committee. Karl is a member of the Order of Saint John.

Karl has served as a director of various public and private corporations as well as nonprofit organizations. He chaired the Audit Committee of Unizan Financial Corporation for eight years He is a former member of the Board of The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, where he served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Finance Committee.

Karl holds a B.A. with honors from Duke University and an M.D. from The Ohio State University. He received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated first in his class.

Karl is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult reconstructive surgery. He is also President of Saunix Management, Ltd., a management consulting firm.

His interests include music and fitness. He continues to study piano and organ performance. He is a martial arts and self-defense instructor and holds a Black Belt in Kachido Aiki Jitsu. He is a Renzo Gracie Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Karl is married to the former Barbara Jean Graham. They have two grown children who have lived and worked in Manhattan.

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Stephen W. Gauster-Filek

Stephen W. Gauster-Filek has served on the Vestry of Saint Thomas since [2016]. He is a member of the Audit and Music Committees and supports the Friends of Music. Stephen and his wife, Kari, a financial analyst and former professional opera and oratorio singer, were married at Saint Thomas in 2013. Their children, Eva and Henry, were baptized at the Church and attend the nursery program. Stephen is executive vice president and general counsel of MetLife, where he is responsible for the company’s global legal operations, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Group and Corporate Secretary’s Office.

Stephen is also a member of the Order of St John and a Trustee of Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he co-chairs the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Securities Regulation, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the American Bar Association.

Stephen earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was Books and Commentaries Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

The Gausters live in Manhattan and also maintain a residence in Vienna, Austria, where the family has many relatives.

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Murray Hood

Murray Hood and his wife, Louise, have been attending Saint Thomas Church since 2004. As a current Vestry member, Murray co-chairs the Development Committee and the Strategic Planning Working Group. He is a member of the Investment and Audit Committees. He also co-chaired the Annual Appeal (EMC) for four years.

Murray was a portfolio manager for Mariner Investment Group and its affiliates for 18 years. He now heads the Financial Services Group at Vicus Partners, a real estate company.

He is a graduate of Lake Forest College and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Pamela A. Lewis

Pamela A. Lewis has been a member of Saint Thomas Church since 1985. She was elected to serve on the Vestry in 2015, and has also served on several lay ministries and church committees, including the Altar Guild, Tour Guides Guild, and the Adult Education Committee. She is also Head of the Grants Committee and Head Lector. Pamela has co-organized fundraisers in support of World Vision, and of Episcopal Relief and Development's Gifts for Life, which was held during Lent of 2018.

A lifelong resident of Queens, Pamela is a graduate of New York University, from which she holds an M.A. in French Literature. In a career of thirty years, she has taught French, German, and English at St. Francis Xavier High School, The Academy of the Sacred Heart (New Jersey), and at Hunter College High School, from which she retired in 2015. She is a member of the Alliance Française, and is an Associate of the Community of the Holy Spirit.

A published author since 2009, Pamela has written articles on faith and the arts for The Episcopal New Yorker, Episcopal Journal, and The Living Church. She was the October 2018 meditations author for Forward Movement's Day by Day.

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Edith L. Morrill

Edith began attending the Episcopal Church while she was in college and has been a pledging parishioner at Saint Thomas since 2008. She served as Clerk of the Vestry from 2013 to 2015, as Co-Chair of the Every Member Canvas for the 2013 and 2014 campaigns and has served on the EMC/Annual Appeal/Development/Canvas & Development Committees since 2011. She has also served on the the Investment Committee since 2013. Additionally, she served for several years as a Delegate to the Diocesan Convention.

She became a member of the Vestry in 2017 and currently serves on following committees: Audit Committee, Chair; Investment Committee; Development Committee; Nominating Committee, and is a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen and an alternate delegate to the Diocesan Convention.

Edith recently retired as Manager of Enterprise Risk Management at General Motors Asset Management after 17 years of service including management positions in operations and investment accounting. Prior to joining General Motors she was the Director of Development for the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, worked for Habitat for Humanity International and held management positions in two NY architectural firms, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Development and at MoMA.

Edith grew up in Oregon and received a BS and an MPA degree from Portland State University. She is the President of the Washington Square Fund, a small NYC foundation.

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Lloyd G. Stanford

Lloyd Gregory Stanford made Saint Thomas Church his spiritual home in 1991. Over the past eleven years, Lloyd has served as a High Altar Acolyte, chalice bearer, and occasional lay sub-deacon. In 2014, he was elected to the Vestry. Lloyd is the Chairman of the Building Committee and also serves on the Choir School, Strategic Planning, and Organ Committees. Lloyd and his wife, Andrea, were married at Saint Thomas in 2016. Andrea works for the United States State Department where she has served as a US diplomat in China, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago.

Lloyd is the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Ophthalmology Associates, P.C. (PC), a large professional corporation affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health System. In his capacity as CEO, Lloyd developed and is responsible for directing the organizational culture as well as its financial and operational performance, business development, regulatory compliance, contracting, and physician and staff management. Under Lloyd’s leadership, the PC has been widely credited for its role in enhancing the academic ranking of the ophthalmology training program at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. The program is ranked as one of the top twelve programs in the United States and as number one in in New York State. Lloyd also currently serves as Treasurer of the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary alumni association and as chief business advisor to the Chairman of SLR Ophthalmology PC. He previously held management positions with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, and Medtronic.

Lloyd is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE), who studied finance and investments at Baruch College before completing an MBA at the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of New York, the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Medical Group Management Association. He is a member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

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Midge Woolsey

For over thirty years, Midge Woolsey worked as a broadcaster for the nation’s flagship public television station, Thirteen/WNET and New York’s premier classical radio station, WQXR. She also worked extensively in both television and radio as a production executive, administrator and writer. Since her retirement from broadcasting, she has been working as a freelance fundraiser and continues to host live events within the classical music community.
Midge has been attending Saint Thomas ever since her first amazing experience at a Sunday service 12 years ago. She and her husband, Dr. Juergen (Jerry) Stolt, were married by The Rev. Andrew Mead in the chantry chapel in 2010. Midge was a part time staff member at the church for three years doing development work for Concerts at Saint Thomas. She has also served on the Annual Appeal Committee and is currently a member of the Strategic Planning and Music Committees.

Midge is a graduate of Casady School - an independent Episcopal day school in Oklahoma City - where her father served as Headmaster for 17 years. She has undergraduate degrees in theater and music and a master’s degree in opera performance. She is a longtime member of the advisory boards of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera Index, the Seagle Music Colony and the Interschool Orchestras of New York. She also serves on the Boards of the Off the Record foreign policy lecture series and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function founded by the late Dr. Oliver Sacks.

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Brett Fletcher Moore

Brett Moore has been a member of Saint Thomas Church for five years. Shortly after his arrival, he served as an active member of the Welcome Committee and was also on the Development Committee dealing with possible new initiatives for Saint Thomas and the annual appeal. Over the last two years, Brett has been involved with Strategic Planning for the church and was instrumental in the selection of Wellspring Consulting as the consultants guiding the 5-10 year plan. He now serves on the working group of the Strategic Planning Committee. Brett was also a driving force behind the new Prayer Ministry offered after the 11AM service every week in the Chantry Chapel; prayer is a central part of his Christian life.

Brett has a keen interest in church growth and health both practically and as subjects of theological study. He completed a Master of Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary looking at issues relevant to societal changes and the role of the church in this current era. The church as a missional community has also been a personal and theological interest for over 20 years. He is passionate about seeing Saint Thomas grow to be all it can be to its members and those it can reach missionally, while respecting its unique choral heritage and liturgical traditions.
His interests include contemporary dance, theater, and music. Brett has a lifelong interest in domestic and international affairs and has assisted humanitarian Non-Governmental Organizations in Asia, Lebanon, and in the US with children’s health and education. Riding a motorbike in Manhattan is his extreme sport.

Brett worked as an international lawyer for over a decade in Australia and Hong Kong. He has degrees in law, business, and intercultural studies from the University of Queensland, the University of Cambridge (UK) and Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Over the last 15-20 years, he has been part of two technology start-ups and currently works as a senior consultant to emerging technology companies along with nurturing his own entrepreneurial interests. Brett has lived in Australia, Brazil, England, Hong Kong, and briefly in Lebanon and Japan. He now resides in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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Fred T. Isquith, Clerk

Fred. Isquith has been a member of the congregation of the Saint Thomas Church Parish since 1987 and has been an active participant as an elected member or Clerk of the Vestry for approximately twenty years. Fred Isquith, is a Senior Partner at the Wolf Haldenstein Firm, a New York Institution which has been serving the New York business community since not later than 1887. Mr. Isquith’s practice is business litigation with a focus on financing/securities area and in antitrust areas. He has been lead counsel in numerous national litigations, is the author of more than fifty articles, is a speaker at professional conferences, is currently Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the New York City Bar and was previously past President of the National Association of Class Action Attorneys.

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Gregory Zaffiro

Greg has been a parishioner at Saint Thomas Church since 2011 and is a member of the Vestry. He serves as an Acolyte, Lector, and is chair of the 2020 Annual Appeal. He is also co-chair of the Development Committee and Strategic Planning Working Group.

Greg is a Partner at the investment firm, Electron Capital, where he leads business development and investor relations. Greg has spent nearly his entire career as a marketing professional within the alternative asset industry. Prior to that, he was a public equity research analyst.

In addition to his work at Saint Thomas Church, Greg is a Trustee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art representing the New York City Council Speaker.

Greg is from Yorktown Heights, New York, and graduated from Fordham University. He is married and lives in Manhattan.

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You may contact the Wardens using this address: Wardens@SaintThomasChurch.org.