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 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.
John joins the Holy T vestry to fill the unexpired term of Glenn Rymer. He and his family have been attending regularly for nearly two years. John grew up in the Presbyterian (USA) Church, in Parkville, Missouri, Tampa, Florida and Charlottesville, Virginia. Miami University brought John and his wife Suzanne to Ohio from Virginia, as Suzanne joined the mathematics faculty. They have two sons, Henry 13, and Thomas 11, who were recently baptized into the Episcopal Church at Holy Trinity July 1. John is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and he works in sales at Area9 Lyceum, an education software company. John also volunteers time with Oxford Scout Troop 930 and Miami Little League.
Chris Shoker (Bio and photo coming soon)
Vestry Class of 2021
I have been attending Holy Trinity since the age of three. My involvement with the church began when I was eight, when I began to serve as an acolyte. Last year, I accepted the role of social media intern for the student ministry; with that came a responsibility to expand engagement with Miami students and the church leadership. This year, I am studying at Miami University as a freshmen, majoring in Architecture and minoring in German. Given the existing role I had with the student ministry, and living as a student this year, as a vestry member I will prioritize making Holy Trinity an inclusive, fun, and welcoming place for students. I look forward to working with vestry members to keep improving the great parish we love!
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.
Lisa Staggs Herrmann
Lisa joins the Holy T vestry to fill the unexpired term of Caroline Grace Williams. She has been attending Holy Trinity for three years and is part of the Greeter team. Lisa grew up in Hamilton and graduated from Miami University, Oxford. She joined Trinity Episcopal Church in Hamilton soon after graduating from college. She has been employed for 31 years at Butler Rural Electric Cooperative where she is the administrator of the Butler Rural Community Connection which give grants to organizations in the communities served by the cooperative. Her husband, Jim, is a bronze sculptor specializing in paleo, fantasy, and wildlife art. Her daughter, Maggie, is 20 years old and a student at the University of Cincinnati. Her son, Erik is 16 years old and a junior at Stephen T. Badin High School in Hamilton. Lisa also volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.