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The EEC Vestry


Randy Evans, Senior Warden


Randy Evans and Denise, his wife, live in Bay Harbor with Little Traverse Lizzie, their English Setter. Together, they enjoy a blended family of five daughters and eight grandchildren. Denise and Randy have been members at Emmanuel for five years. Randy has participated in bible study and spiritual formation groups. He’s also a new member of the Blessings and Generosity Cell. Randy’s community activities include helping Denise with weekly food rescue for the Manna Food Project, and participating in the Petoskey Rotary Sunrise Club . He has taught Developmental Psychology at North Central Michigan College for eight years, and is the author of four books. Currently, he offers workshops in memoir-writing as part of the Life-Long Learning Series at Petoskey District Library. His business career included corporate officer positions in human resources and quality assurance at Haworth, Inc., Compaq Computer Corporation, and Intuit, Inc. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University in English Literature, earned an MBA in Finance at Columbia University in New York City, and completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco. His dissertation, a multi-ethnic study of the quality of life of long-term breast cancer survivors, was published in 2006. He is an avid outdoorsman, plays golf at Petoskey Bay View Country Club, and enjoys pickleball, his new sport. Randy looks forward to learning and growing and serving together in the church.




Karel Howse, Junior Warden


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.




Tim Tippett, Clerk


Tim is a lifelong resident of northern Michigan.  He grew up in Harbor Springs where his family has lived since 1876.  He currently lives in Petoskey with his wife Jessica.  Tim has been a second grade teacher since 2000.  He attended Central Michigan University receiving degrees in geography and elementary education.  He later earned a graduate degree from Spring Arbor University.  Currently he is in his 19th year teaching public school in Petoskey.  Tim has been a member at Emmanuel since 2001.  He enjoys serving as an acolyte during services and became a member of the Order of St. Vincent in 2015.  Tim enjoys travel adventures with his wife, reading about presidential history, baking, and researching family history.      




Jay Emmendorfer


Jay is a lifelong resident of Michigan having grown up in the small town of St. Charles (about 15 miles southwest of Saginaw).  He was raised in the Catholic faith along with his brothers and sisters (he is one of ten children, YES 10 !!! ).   Jay moved to Saginaw where he eventually met his wife Pat, they were married in 1982.  Pat and Jay have two sons, Jason and Jordan.  Jason lives with his wife Whitney in New York City and Jordan lives in Lansing along with his girlfriend, Josie.


Jay attended Saginaw Valley State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  While in college, Jay started his career at Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors first as a co-op student and then being hired as an associate engineer.  During his 40+ year career, Jay held various engineering positions within the company before he retired in 2012 as a Sr. Plant Engineer.


After retiring, Pat and Jay moved from the flatlands of Saginaw to the Petoskey playground in 2014 where they enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities including camping, biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, golf, and more.   After settling in, we shopped around for a church congregation that we liked and felt comfortable with.  Attending EEC for a few months and listening to Fr. Greg’s message caused us to join EEC as members in 2015 (It did help that our friends the Booths were also members of Emmanuel).




Joan Holec


Raised in Brookly,N.Y. the third of 4 children and moved two times before high school.  My first neighborhood was like a small town with close neighbors, children playing in the streets and several mother figures looking out for me. We moved to Flatbush when I was 9.  Here I lived amongst many first generation and immigrant Jews who taught me about their cultureTemple but mainly their survival after the WW2.


After highschool I worked at a Wall Street firm and entered Brooklyn College night school.  During ths time I met my husband John through friends.  We were married at the Church of the Tranfiguration on 29th St. off of 5thAve in Manhatten. The first year of our married life we moved to Petoskey for Johns's job and have been Petoskeyites ever since. We raised 3 children here, 2 adopted and one born to us, I took them to churches here.  A Christian education has been important to me most of my life making it important to pass on to the children.  I have struggled at times with faith even though I understood that God was there and supporting me the need to praise God was weak until I started to talk about this with a member of Emmanuel.  I slide into a pew at 8 o'clock for many weeks listening and praying before I even talked to those in the congragation.  How grateful I am for Emmanuel and all you have given me in faith, strength, giving and sharing.  




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!



Lauren Liebler


Lauren lives in Petoskey with her husband, Nick and three daughters, Juliana (9), Maylee (7) and Emmelyn (4). Lauren grew up     in a small town called Union City, MI. She attended Lawrence Technological University, where she obtained a Master’s degree     in Architecture. In 2005, Lauren relocated to Petoskey and started attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Lauren taught architecture at both Lawrence Technological University and Ferris State University before her current teaching position at Petoskey High School. She teaches a variety of classes including Interior Design, Mechatronics, Architecture and Engineering. In addition to serving as a Vestry member, Lauren has also served as a Worship Center and Sunday School teacher.  Lauren enjoys traveling with her family, working on house projects in their new home, and crafting.




Ashley Price


Ashley Price has been attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church since birth.  Her parents are members, Wendy and David Price.  Although you won’t see her dad other than Christmas and Easter, you will see her mom sitting in the pew with her every Sunday.  Ashley considers herself very blessed to have been baptized, confirmed, and married at EEC. 


In 2010 Ashley married Wendy Thatcher.  They were “married” for the sake of claiming to their friends and family they would live their life together even though same sex marriage was not legal at the time.  (In 2015, they were married legally in the church).  Ashley gained two step children with Wendy: Ashley Marie and Aaron.  In 2012 Ashley and Wendy wanted to grow their family and became foster parents and later adopted Taya and Parker.  They also now have four grandchildren! 


Ashley has a degree in Business Administration from LSSU and has been employed as a Property and Casualty Agent at Insurance by Burley in Harbor Springs since 2009.  In her spare time, Ashley enjoys attending her kid’s activities and events, skiing, camping, going to the beach, and spending time outdoors.  Ashley enjoys being part of the EEC family and has been the leader of the Youth Spiritual Formation Cell Group since 2014.  Ashley has a desire to see the congregation grow together during this time of transition and cannot wait to see where we end up!




Nina Wagar


Nina lives in Petoskey with her husband Guy, and her dog Mari.  She retired from the Char-Em Intermediate School District three years ago, where she worked as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and as an Early Childhood Specialist. During her career, she supported children and families through teaching, mentoring, and serving on committees that promote quality services for the children in our community.  Since retiring, Nina has enjoyed traveling with Guy, visiting her children Morgan and Colin, and sharing time with her parents, Doris and Gunnar who live nearby.


Emmanuel has been Nina’s spiritual home for herself and her family for many years.  She has shared her time and talent in a variety of ways, including working in our grounds and gardens, helping in our Nursery, reading as a Lector, and serving as a Cell Leader for our Stewardship Cell.  Currently, she is a member of the Pastoral Care Cell, and helps support our parishioners through phone calls, cards, and weekly visits.













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