2022 Elected Vestry Members

senior warden

Eileen Askew

Eileen Askew is a lifelong Episcopalian who has been a member of Ascension since 2016. She grew up in Houston, TX where she attended St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Soon after graduating from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Finance, Eileen and her husband Rick relocated to Seattle and settled in Magnolia. Since moving to Seattle in 1998, Eileen has worked in Investor Relations as both a consultant and in-house representative. Outside of work, Eileen is an active community volunteer. She has served on the boards of Junior League of Seattle, the University of Washington Medical Center Service League, and St. Anne School Parent Association. At COA, Eileen has been active as an usher, a member of the budget committee, and a small group leader for Sacred Ground. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and their twin teenage daughters.
Junior Warden

Joe Jennings

Joe Jennings was raised as an Episcopalian in Bellevue, attended Whitman College (BA Political science, cum laude) and the University of Washington (MBA Finance), and spent 1980-2018 working in Silicon Valley in marketing, strategy consulting, and executive positions. He ended his career starting and running a successful patent brokerage firm. Joe retired in 2018 and moved back to Seattle in 2020 and purchased a house in Magnolia in 2021. Joe has been active in service, education and leadership roles in the Episcopal Church in San Francisco, Marin County, and the Diocese of California. He created and teaches Slow Religion classes on the Gospel according to Mark at parishes in California and COA via Zoom. Joe is an intern at King County Master Gardeners, a UC/Master Gardener, and continues to teach vegetables and tomato gardening classes via Zoom. With his wife Marisa he has walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal and the Way of St. Francis in Italy pilgrimages. At COA he has been active in the Night Watch Ministry, Building and Grounds and the Sunday Gospel Study Group.

Joe Jennings
Vestry Class of 2025

Trish Alexander

Trish started at the Church of Ascension in 1966 when Poland Miller was the rector, she attended church for many years, but will admit that several times the money for the offertory went into a donut and hot chocolate at GiGi’s Broiler. Trish and mom, Barbara Alexander, taught Kindergarten at the Church’s Sunday School. Trish was confirmed by Poland Miller, married by Father Fred (okay, now divorced, but the wedding at St. Marks Cathedral Chapel was beautiful). Trish now runs 3 skate businesses, a local skate school (roller), a national skate certification organization and Sports-Preneur program teaching athletes how to build businesses. She is excited to follow the footsteps of her father, Blair Alexander who was also on the vestry. Trish came back to the church 2 years ago and while she teaches skating on weekends, she is intending to be able to come to some of the services. And she can be found, on zoom, regularly at Thursday Morning Prayer.

Vestry Class of 2025

Mary Ann Hardy

Mary Ann Hardy is a lifelong Episcopalian, growing up as a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington. After graduation from Smith College and the University of Washington, she settled in Seattle and attended St. Andrew’s and St. Clement of Rome for several years. In 2012, Mary Ann moved to Magnolia with her family and joined the Church of the Ascension. She is a Certified Public Accountant and works for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Her favorite pastimes include cooking and reading.
Vestry Class of 2023

Nancy Reeder

Nancy and her husband Tom have been members of The Church of the Ascension since 1992, and were married there in 1993. Both of their children were also baptized at Church of the Ascension. Nancy is a “cradle” Episcopalian, having been baptized at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, OH – many years ago. Nancy states that many of her most important life lessons were as a result of growing up in that tight-knit church community – including her first exposure to vocal music. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from DePauw University.
Nancy was transferred to Seattle in 1988 as an Operations Executive with a large multi-national company. There she met and married Tom. Nancy has worked in Healthcare for the past 20 years, a field which is fascinating and ever-changing. Nancy is a musician and enjoys singing in the Choir at Church of the Ascension, as well as in the Magnolia Chorale. Nancy’s other interests include Needlepoint and reading. Nancy and Tom’s children are grown and live independently, now. Nancy and Tom live in Magnolia with their dog – Pepper.

Interim treasurer

Marisa Jennings

Bio Coming Soon


Amy Brightman

Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie has been a member of Ascension since she was two years old. She married her husband at Ascension in 1999 and their two daughters Allison and Ella were baptized at Ascension when they were babies. She has served in many ministry capacities at Ascension over the years including vestry member, Legacy Society board member, Capital Campaign co-chair, Sunday School teacher, coffee hour coordinator and most recently on the Search Committee to find our current rector, Mtr. Heather. Currently, she and Ella are acolytes and enjoy serving as a mother-daughter team. Having grown up in a small family, she has always considered Ascension an extension of her family. The Ascension faith community is an essential element in her life as it grounds her actions outside of our church walls and supports her during difficult times. Outside of church, she works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center raising money from individuals to support the cutting-edge research to find a cure for cancer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, snow skiing, water skiing and spending time with her family on Hood Canal.

Iann Clunies-Ross

Iann was born and raised in San Francisco. He has moved to Seattle several times, starting with college when he attended Seattle University. He also studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute, has a JD from UC Berkeley and a MSS from the Army War College. Ian began his faith journey in the Roman Catholic tradition. After thought and reflection, the family joined the Episcopal Church at All Souls Parish in Berkeley, California. Ian has served in the Washington National Guard and Army Reserve including service in Kosovo and Iraq. He is approaching retirement as a Colonel. He is a civilian attorney for the Seattle District, Army Corps of Engineers. Ian is an Eagle Scout and Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts. He enjoys supporting the scouting activities of John (11) and Maisy (15), especially getting out hiking and camping. Sewing is a new hobby, although so far it has just been Halloween costumes and COVID masks. Ian is deeply honored to be considered for a position of responsibility in the Ascension community.

Kim Silver

Kim was raised in the Roman Catholic church. She grew up in New Hampshire with her parents and five siblings. She attended the University of Rochester for undergrad, followed by a volunteer position with AmeriCorps in rural Oregon, where she fell in love with the PNW. After attending Johns Hopkins University for her nursing degree, she relocated to Seattle and worked at a nonprofit community health center in Snohomish County. She married her husband, Garrett, and they relocated to Magnolia where they had their three children; Lucas (11), Connor (11) and Graham (5). After a search for their spiritual and religious home, they discovered and joined the welcoming and inspiring community of Ascension. Kim has been an active volunteer at Catharine Blaine elementary and in her free time enjoys hiking, travel, trail biking, gardening and board games with her family. She is excited to be part of the Vestry team!

Patty Barrington

Patty comes from Portland Oregon where she grew up attending Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rector of Trinity at the time was an outstanding leader, speaker and scholar, Dr. Lansing Kempton. His sermons were so engaging and inspiring that Sunday church services were packed. After graduating from Lewis and Clark College, Patty pursued her retailing career at Lipman’s in Portland and then moved to Seattle to take advantage of an opportunity in wholesale representing. Patty and John’s son, James grew up at Ascension where James was one of the many Christmas pageant Josephs and an acolyte for 8 years. As a member of Ascension, Patty has served on Vestry, enjoyed working on many fun projects over the years and considers the congregation an extension of her family.

Vestry History

In England the annual election of churchwardens took place in Easter week. The parishioners gathered at the church to hear the outgoing wardens render their accounts and elect their successors. The parishioners assembled in the vestry, the room off the chancel where the clergy vested. The assembled parishioners came to be known as the vestry. These were open vestries in that all adult male parishioners could participate. It was like a modern annual congregational meeting. In Virginia the parishes were very large and it was difficult to get all the male parishioners together. So they would meet only once and elect twelve of their number to serve for life. This was known as a closed vestry. The transition to a closed vestry was completed by 1633 or 1634, when a Vestry Act was passed. It provided that “there be a vestrie held in each parish.” The current vestry evolved from this colonial pattern.

The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
Episcopal Church of the Ascension
2330 Viewmont Way West
Seattle, WA 98199
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