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."
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.
Carl Dahlman is serving in his second term on vestry. He grew up near Washington, D.C. and has been a parishioner at Holy Trinity since 2007, along with his son, Nicholas. He teaches International Studies and Geography at Miami University and makes frequent visits to the Balkans, which is his region of specialization. Carl is exceptionally adept at tending gardens that fail.
Greg graduated from the University of Cincinnati in management and did graduate work in finance at Xavier University. He was in banking for 40 years, 25 of which were in Oxford. After growing up Baptist and AME, he found Holy Trinity to be the right religious fit. He is currently co-president of Oxford Senior Citizens, 2nd Vice-President of the Oxford NAACP and a 20+ member of the Oxford Rotary Club.
Our family, consisting of my spouse Mary and our daughters Laura and Heidi, moved to Oxford in 1985. We joined Holy Trinity church in December 2003. Within a year I was elected to the Vestry. I have served on the grounds committee; and at present, Mary and I are co-coordinators of the grounds committee. I currently serve on both the Vestry and the Rector Search Committee.
Karen was raised Roman Catholic, attended Tufts University and completed the Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Florida. In 1975 she joined the Department of Psychology at Miami, eventually to serve as Coordinator of Women’s Studies, University Director of Liberal Education, Department Chair, and Dean of the College of Arts and Science. Karen, husband Karl, and daughter Erin joined Holy Trinity over 25 years ago. After retiring, Karen served on the Vestry and chaired the Rector Search Committee. Weekday mornings Karen cares for her toddler grandson Emmett who lives with his parents in nearby Hamilton and early afternoons visits husband Karl who now lives in the Memory Unit at the Knolls of Oxford after being diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease over a decade ago. Karen continues to enjoy their shared passions for travel, theater, and movies, reading and cooking.
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.
I has been a member of Holy Trinity for about 15 years. Like many, she came to Oxford to pursue my 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!