Members of the Vestry
Pete Lindsay, Senior Warden
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.
Hugo Olaiz, Junior Warden
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. He and his husband are the “parents” of an aging Beagle mix named Patches.
Vestry Class of 2020
John and his family have been attending regularly for nearly four 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 14, and Thomas 12, who were recently baptized into the Episcopal Church at Holy Trinity July 1, 2018. 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. He has been an active member of the Family Ministry Committee at Holy Trinity and helped build the collaborative youth program with Oxford Presbyterian and Faith Lutheran Churches.
Chris Shoker (Bio and photo coming soon)
Margaret Smith - photo and bio coming soon
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.
Class of 2022
Librarian emeritus, retired from Miami University, where I was employed for 30 years. I spent 5 years before that as a civil service librarian for the U.S. Army. I am a member of the choir, and serve as a Eucharistic Minister.