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Sandy Selden, Senior Warden

Sandy P. Selden has done all sorts of jobs since first coming to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in 1977. She has been a Sunday school teacher, an ECW board member, maker of the famous fund-raising fruitcakes, rummage sale chair, plate coordinator, and when in the undercroft, she knows how to use the dishwasher! As a member of Worship Cell group and a recent participant in Education for Ministry, Sandy loves to imagine faith in action, and is happy to serve on Emmanuel’s vestry. In real life, she is a painter of pictures, a gardener, and loves dogs, opera and baseball, favoring the (“Wait until next year”) Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Sandy grew up near Chicago, graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She met Steve Selden from Minnesota and he seemed to enjoy art openings and travel. They became S + S in 1974. Sandy founded a design business, Steve became a financial planner for Northwestern Mutual, and together they made Petoskey home, raising three daughters, Shannon, Anne and Emilie at 1019 E. Mitchell St., just across the street from Emmanuel.  Now there are grandchildren! (Why was that not in the first sentence?) Sandy and husband Steve have four small but talented grandchildren who live in New York and want to come to Petoskey every summer forever.



Frank Hawthorne, Junior Warden

Frank Hawthorne & his wife Dottie moved to Petoskey and joined Emmanuel E-Church just two years ago, in the spring of 2015.  Though both natives of Michigan, they are retired librarians--he of the Information Services Dept. at Rochester Public Library & she of the Mayo (Clinic) Medical Library, Rochester--who spent 34 years in SE Minnesota.  There, they raised a son & a daughter; and were active members of Calvary Episcopal Church.  Now, despite their best efforts to be loafers, they are immersing themselves in the lives of Emmanuel parish; and Frank is pleased to be a new member of a Vestry which (despite the serious work it is about) does not take itself too seriously.



Bruce Koch


Bruce has been an Episcopalian his entire life.  He and his wife, Cameron, joined Emmanuel in 1997 when they moved to Petoskey from Ludington, Michigan.  After a career of more than 25 years in teaching, Bruce recently retired from teaching at Petoskey High School.  He is currently an adjunct mathematics instructor at NCMC.  Bruce is looking forward to becoming more involved at Emmanuel and continuing his spiritual growth.



Ashley Price


Ashley is the daughter of Wendy Price and has been attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church since she was born in 1981.  After graduating high school in 1999, Ashley took some time off from attending church regularly until she permanently moved back to the area and purchased a home in 2007 with her wife Wendy Thatcher.  Ashley and Wendy were married in 2010.  Ashley is the proud stepmother of two adult children: Ashley Marie (currently the church nursery caregiver), and Aaron, and the proud mother of two toddlers: Taya and Parker.   Ashley’s life experiences include attending the University of Tennessee, living and working in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, owning her own gardening/landscaping business, volunteering for the Blissfest Music Festival, and being a foster parent.  In 2009 Ashley began working in the insurance industry and became a licensed Property Casualty Agent in 2011.  She has spent her entire insurance career working for Insurance by Burley Agency, Inc.  Ashley received her degree in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University.  When Ashley is not working she enjoys spending time at the beach, skiing, and camping.



Joyce Riordan


Joyce Riordan lives with her husband Bill and puppy Max.  Their daughter Amy attends The Ohio State University and son Brian attends Michigan State University. Joyce’s parents, Elmer and Virginia Kochans, live nearby.    It was in 1999 that Joyce gradually became involved with church life at Emmanuel beginning with attending Sunday services, Bible Study, Coffee Hour and Sunday school. The Annual Shrove Tuesday Dinner kickoff occurred in 2010 which was developed by Joyce and others to raise funds for youth education.  Later, she helped launch and lead the 2014 Capital Campaign charged with raising the funds needed to make expensive repairs to the roof and parking lot.  Joyce worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist and later became Training and Development Director.  She left her career behind and began using her skills to serve the Petoskey area as volunteer for various organizations including Petoskey Children’s Nursery School board member, Women’s Resource Center board member, St. Francis Xavier School PTO Chairperson, Camp Daggett Adventure Center Committee Chairperson and most recently, trustee for the Petoskey Education Foundation. 



Sierra Hilt


Sierra is 27 years old and lives here in Petoskey.  She moved her from Johannesburg, Michigan about two (2) years ago, where all of her family still lives, and she absolutely loves the change.  Greater work opportunities brought Sierra to Petoskey.  She is a Nurse-Paramedic and she works in McLaren's ICU as well as for Emmet County EMS.  Outside of work she is an outdoor enthusiast!  She loves to backpack, camp, kayak, and do just about anything that gets her outdoors and enjoying this beautiful world.  She is so happy to have found a new home church here at Emmanuel. 



Karel Howse


Karel was born in Chicgao and considers herself a "Cradle Episcopalian" as she was baptized as an infant .  She spent part of her childhood in Toledo, Ohio and then moved to Birmingham Michigan for Middle and High School years.  She graduated from Michigan State University.  Karel taught middle school PE and General Science for four (4) years in Waterford, Michigan.

Karel married her husband, Bob in 1963 and is mother to two daughters, Lynne and Laura, and grandmother to four grandchildren.  Before moving to Petoskey in 1998, Karel lived in Walled Lake and then Clarkston, Michigan.

She was Altar Guild Director for 15+ years at Emmanuel.



Gretchen LaMarche


I was born in Florida from a loving family.  Most of my life was spent in Clarendon Hills, IL.  I have three super siblings along with 2 stepbrothers and 2 stepsisters.  My mom and stepfather live in Chicago and are active in their church Holy Nativity.

I was baptized an Episcopalian and married an Episcopalian back in 2009 at Christ Church Cranbrook.  My husband and I met in Royal Oak, Michigan, on a blind date!

I attended Hillsdale College with a BA in English and then went on to receive a BSN from Aurora University and I have been a nurser for over twenty years mostly in cardiovascular care.  I love my profession and feel so blessed to be a mom, professional and wife.  Recently I accepted a position as the Cardiac Cath Lab Manager at McLaren Northern Michigan.

I have a wonderful husband David and a beautiful 6 year old daughter named Lillian.  Ellie is our yellow labe.  We live in Harbor Springs and moved here in 2014 purposefully.  Simply we wanted a better life for our family and love all that norther Michigan has to offer!



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