VESTRY OF THE CHURCH
Aside from her time in college and a 7 year stint in Tennessee/Connecticut, Polly Ogden has spent most of her life at Emmanuel, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She was born and raised on Mercer Island. Polly sings in the choir and is also active in Altar Guild and Flower Guild. She has previously served on Vestry, various search committees, Rectory design committee, and children’s programs. Polly has recently retired from a long career in healthcare IT and project/program management. She is married to Alan Reed and lives in Kennydale. She enjoys fostering puppies, making music, gardening, hiking, and creative activities.
Lee Stiles grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School, where he met his wife, Sue. After graduating from Cornell, he returned to Seattle and went to work at Ruth Ashbrook Bakery, his family’s business. He and Sue were married at St. Mark’s Cathedral in 1974.
Lee was active in the Seattle Rotary Young Presidents organization and donated bread to the Salvation Army every night, which led to volunteer board membership. After two decades at the bakery, he was hired as the Salvation Army’s Director of Development. Now retired, Lee is proud to be back on their board.
Lee and Sue are Husky football fans, and acted as foster parents for the Huskies from Hawaii for six years. Their current passion is boating aboard their trawler, “Gratitude.” The crew includes Lily, their beloved dog and first mate.
Emmanuel has been Lee’s church home for eighteen years, where he has served on the Vestry, Stewardship Committee, Finance Committee, and audit team.
Nick Bohlinger moved to Mercer Island with his wife, Kami, and three children (Dylan, Luke, and Peyton) in 2007. He began attending Emmanuel around 2009 and shortly after served his first stint on the Vestry at Emmanuel, which culminated in his (thankfully) uneventful post as Senior Warden under Rev. Hunt Priest. Rev. Elizabeth Riley graciously performed the marriage ceremony of their son Dylan and new daughter Jane in 2020. He's been content to make tiny contributions to the Emmanuel community (primarily on the property) but is honored to make another run at the Vestry.
Jon Fedele met his wife Kaylee at St. Paul's in Bellingham, where both were in undergrad. There he served on the Vestry beginning in 2015, and later served as Clerk of the Vestry. Jon and Kaylee began to attend Emmanuel in late 2021 after moving south. The two were married by Rev. Elizabeth in April 2022 and each became involved in Emmanuel's ministries-- Jon in choir and Kaylee in Godly Play and ushering. Jon works as a substitute teacher. He knows the value and spiritual enrichment found in Emmanuel's worship and community, and he looks forward to finding ways to share that with others to help the church continue to grow, thrive, and help others.
Christine Kenyon has been attending Emmanuel since 2006 with her son Jackson Barker. She grew up in the Episcopal Church in Saratoga, California, attending St. Luke’s in Los Gatos. Christine is a special education teacher at Mercer Island High School and lives on Mercer Island with Jackson and her foster son Mohamad
Debbie Wiegand and her family joined Emmanuel in 1988, where the warmth and spirituality of the community made the commute all the way from Bellevue well worth it. Over the years Debbie has served the Emmanuel community in many ways, including the Endowment Board, Altar Guild, and as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, as well as a short tenure on the Vestry to complete the term of her deceased husband, Dick. In her career at the University of Washington, Debbie currently serves as a chemistry professor, and also spent a dozen years in undergraduate education administration.
Jeff Zantek grew up in northwest Washington, and moved to Bellevue in 2021 after serving in the US Coast Guard from the Columbia River to the Equator, New York Harbor to the Great Lakes. Through it all, he’s found a sense of home and community in Anglican identity and the deep heritage of Episcopal churches across the country. Soon after returning to the Seattle area, he discovered our rector’s social media presence and sought out a spiritual home in this amazing community. He serves as a Lector, Intercessor, and Lay Eucharistic Minister, and is active in the Outreach ministry and is part of Emmanuel's cohort in the College for Congregational Development. He is a full-time student at Bellevue College, with a social science focus.
Pat Angell has been a member of Emmanuel for 35+ yrs. She and husband, Mark Hall, joined after their marriage. She has served as Jr Warden, Treasurer, and been active on several vestries. Pat & Mark raised two daughters at Emmanuel and she recently retired as a CPA. Pat and Mark enjoy traveling and spending their time on their boat, Epiphany.