Members of the Vestry
Bob Benson, Senior Warden
Bob and wife Rosalyn have been members of Holy Trinity since 1985. Bob has served previously on the Vestry and as Senior Warden. At Miami, he was chair of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design for 15 years and interim Dean of the College of Creative Arts for a year. He is an active musician and composer. He is committed to furthering Holy Trinity's leadership in building social equity and justice in Oxford and its community; and in using the parish and its facilities as community resources.
Elaine Brandner, Junior Warden
Elaine Brandner has been a member of the parish since 1978. She has previously served on Vestry, the Visioning Committee for the new Community Wing, and is a greeter/oblationist. Most recently, she was a member of the Rector Search Committee. She has been the Senior Interior Designer for Miami University's Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services for 25 years; and has volunteered her design skills at Holy Trinity on several occasions, including the redecoration of the nave and choir after the "asbestos disaster."
Vestry Class of 2018
Kathleen Carels shares her spiritual journey: Macalester Presbyterian Church, St. Paul MN, baptized, confirmed 1944-1962; Protestant church 1.5 semester while in college; Inactive 1963 to 1980; arrived in Oxford 1971; Quaker unprogrammed silent meeting: Clear Creek, Richmond IN and Oxford Friends, 1980-90; Church of Our Savior, Cincinnati: confirmed 1992; Holy Trinity Oxford, received 1995; Convent of the Transfiguration, Glendale, Ohio, received as Associate 1997.
Debbie Benkovitz Williams
Debbie has belonged to Holy Trinity for two and a half years, and is a member of the church choir, co-chair of the Stewardship & Development Committee, as well as the Vestry. A native of Cincinnati, Debbie moved to Oxford recently after marrying parishioner Peter Williams. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; received her Music Therapy Equivalency from Duquesne University; and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Although retired from clinical practice, Debbie is active in the American Music Therapy Association, of which she recently became President-Elect. Debbie is happy to be a member of Holy Trinity, a community of good, generous and spiritual people. Service on the Vestry and as Stewardship & Development Co-Chair has helped fulfill her desire to be an active part of this vibrant and welcoming community.
Marilyn and husband Kurt live in Connersville, Indiana where she is President/General Manager of a print manufacturer. They have three sons, one daughter and five. Prior to Holy Trinity, Marilyn was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Connersville where she served as Senior and Junior Warden, Convention Delegate, on several Diocesan Committees and as a Eucharistic Minister. After the parish in Connersville lost its full time Rector and was eventually terminated. Marilyn and Kurt visited many other churches/denominations but missed the liturgy and communion of the Episcopal Church. When they visited Holy Trinity they discovered an active, alive church that welcomed them to become members and to share in the life and mission of the parish.
Vestry Class of 2019
Mila Ganeva, a native of Bulgaria, is a Professor in Miami's Department of German, Russian, East European, and Asian Languages. She been a member of Holy Trinity for over 20 years and has been a leading member of the teams that cook and serve our third Wednesday community meals. She and her family have for several years provided the food for the community dinner the night before Thanksgiving.
Diana has been a member of Holy Trinity for about 15 years. Like many, she came to Oxford to pursue her studies; she married and stayed. A former Catholic, she finds the inclusiveness and transparency of the Episcopalian Church much more nurturing of her better self! A PhD in English Literature, she feels at home with the history and culture of the Church. Most importantly, the folks of Holy Trinity make it a warm and welcoming place. Now that she has retired from her job as an IT training support person and have time to do more -- she is proud to serve on the Vestry!
The Episcopal Church was an anchor of stability in the life of this Navy Junior. Pete attended five different parishes on both coasts before he attended Holy Trinity while an undergraduate at Miami from 1968-1972. Commissioned as an Ensign upon graduation, there was service aboard a destroyer homeported in Long Beach, CA, and Seattle, WA and then as an Instructor in the Department of English and History at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Upon completion of an MA at Miami in 1979, “tours of duty” as swimming coach followed at Western Michigan University (Women and Men) and the University of Michigan (Women) before returning to Oxford in 1985 as Men’s Coach. He retired after the Olympic Trials in 2016 and is looking forward to serving and growing with Holy Trinity and the community while devoting spare time to restoration of a beloved first car-a 1973 MGB GT.
Vestry Class of 2020
Hugo was born in La Plata, Argentina, where he earned a degree in Classics and Literature. After serving a two-year mission in Paraguay, he emigrated to the U.S. for a Master’s and a Doctorate in Hispanic Linguistics. He started to attend the Episcopal Church in the year 2000. He works for Forward Movement, a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, translating and creating original resources for Latino/Hispanic congregations. His husband teaches in the Department of Comparative Religion at Miami University. They are the “parents” of an aging Beagle mix named Patches.
Glenn has attended Holy Trinity for over two years and was confirmed, along with his wife, Judy, in March 2017. As a member of Vestry he chairs the Building Committee. Prior to worshipping at Holy Trinity, Glenn was a Presbyterian and served as an elder and deacon in two California churches. Following his retirement from the financial services industry, Glenn refreshed his skills in design and spent ten years working as a residential designer supporting architects and contractors and developing several of his own projects. Since moving to Oxford he has been active in the Kiwanis Club and the Oxford Community Arts Center. He enjoys attending the monthly coffee gatherings of the Holy Trinity men.