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Our Church Leadership

Our church is run by the members of the congregation. From our membership we elect council members to serve in positions of leadership on behalf of the congregation. Each council member is elected to serve a two year term and during which they may serve in various roles on the church council. From these leaders elected by the congregation they meet once a year to elect the executive board of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected to serve a one year term.

Please pray for our congregations leadership on a regular basis as they seek to discern God’s will for the congregation and make actions on behalf of the whole congregation.

Kathy Pokalo – Council President

Kathy Pokalo – Council President

Kathy has been a member of St. Mark’s since 1983.  She worked as the parish secretary from the mid-80s through early 90s, literally raising her daughters in the church.  It’s been gratifying to see how the Holy Spirit has kept the congregation going through some very turbulent times.  She’s served the congregation in the past on council, chairing a call committee and later, the re-development process.  She’d  like seeing an entrepreneurial-ecumenical attitude toward serving the community–encouraging and supporting the work of different members; the body has many parts, but one head and one heart.

Kathy has been teaching high school and college English since 1988.  She and her husband George have been married and lived in Conshohocken for 35 years.

 

Joe Ruggiero – Vice President

Joe Ruggiero – Vice President

Joe and his family joined St. Mark’s in 2009. Since then he has served in many capacities on Church Council, the Call Committee and presently as the chair of the Internship Committee for Vicar Lenny, and a teacher for Vacation Bible School and our Sunday morning Faith Formation classes. Joe has been the lead on many of our evangelism efforts and is an excellent ambassador for our congregation in the community. Joe works for Merck, Inc. in their learning and development department and is a graduate of Ursinus College. Originally from the Reading area, he and his family now live in Conshohocken.

 

Aaron Moul – Treasurer

Aaron Moul – Treasurer

Aaron joined St. Mark’s in 2016 and has been a tireless advocate for many of our ministries. Volunteering with Vacation Bible School, assisting with our property team, and a regular part of the Dinner Church crowd. Aaron and his wife Meagan live in Conshohocken and welcomed their first child this year.  Aaron is a lifelong Lutheran, growing up in Lancaster as part of St. Peter’s Lutheran church. Aaron currently works for Warfel Construction as a project manager and is a graduate of Slippery Rock University.

Elizabeth MacNeal – Secretary

Elizabeth MacNeal – Secretary

I grew up in West Chester and settled in Conshohocken about 6 years ago. I went to The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. and graduate school at Kutztown University. After teaching for 11 years, I began my career as an IT trainer. I play volleyball, serve on the Conshohocken Planning Committee, and try to stay active by participating in local events. Our family joined St. Mark’s in 2015 and shortly thereafter, Pat and I married.  Riley, our daughter, followed in in June of 2016. We were drawn to St. Mark’s by the community of members – so welcoming, accepting, and uplifting. It’s a place where we have always felt a part of something greater: never alone and always at home.

Rebecca Casey- Worship Ministries Team Leader

Rebecca Casey- Worship Ministries Team Leader

These are the things I like best about St. Marks:

-I love that EVERYONE is made to feel welcome. It’s not a private club… everyone is welcome to join and take part in communion. This inclusiveness is very important to me.

– I love all the young families and kids. I’m so excited that my kids get to grow up in a church with kids their age.

-I love the music!! I hear so many familiar songs but also new songs that I really enjoy. And I love that the kids get to be involved and learn so many of the songs I learned as a kid.

-I love that St. Marks is involved in the community. Whether it’s collecting money for the food closet, handing out water at the St. Patrick’s Day parade for the beer festival, The Angel Tree, or making Easter Eggs… St. Mark’s is part of the community. Being a helpful member of the community is very important to me.

Brooke Kenna – Evangelism and Fellowship Ministry Team

Brooke Kenna – Evangelism and Fellowship Ministry Team

Brooke joined St. Mark’s in 2015 having grown up at St. Luke Lutheran church in Gilbertsville. Her family has deep roots in Conshohocken and she is proud to be a resident of the town. She is a high school Spanish teacher at the Haverford School and enjoys her work with “the boys.” She is an avid Philly’s sports fan and can be seen talking about the Eagles and the Phillies on more than one occasion at church. Over the past two years she has served on the Internship Committee with Vicar Lenny helping his formation process that led to his ordination last year.

Brooke Logan – Service Ministries Team Leader

Brooke Logan – Service Ministries Team Leader

I work in early intervention helping children diagnosed with hearing loss. I spend a lot of time traveling around the area visiting homes, daycares and preschools. I enjoy spending my free time with my husband Dave and two children, Connor and Erin. I love being a part of the St. Mark’s community. I especially love that there are so many other kids that my children can be with. It has been so great watching them grow spiritually in this community.

Stephanie Conklin – Faith Formation Ministries Team Leader

Stephanie Conklin – Faith Formation Ministries Team Leader

Stephanie has been a lifelong member of St. Mark’s. As a second generation member, she is the proud grandparent of a 4th generation of St. Mark’s members. Stephanie has taken an active role in helping to facilitate our Dinner Church on Thursday nights in coordinating our dinner each week. In addition she is a member of the Bell and Adult Choir and a key leader on Wednesday’s during Easter Egg production as the “chocolate lady.” Stephanie is a special education teacher with the Philadelphia School district specializing in autism spectrum education and is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College. Stephanie and her family live in Conshohocken, where she has called home for most of her life.

Erin Orekar – Council Member

Erin Orekar – Council Member

Member of St. Mark’s since 2014, Erin is seeking her second term on Church Council. As an active member of the Stewardship team and bell choir—Erin has jumped right into being a member of this congregation! Erin is a full time student studying currently to become a Nutritionist.

Luc Patruno – Council Member

Luc Patruno – Council Member

Luc and his family joined St. Mark’s in 2014 and since have become quite active in leadership in the congregation. This past year Luc has served as our key ministry leader in the area of Evangelism and Fellowship team where he has been working closely develop a Nursery School Task force to explore the options of St. Mark’s opening a pre-school. He is a 1996 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he obtained a B.A. degree in International Politics and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.  After several years working in the private sector, Mr. Patruno attended the Widener University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2006.  Currently Luc works with the Chartwell Law offices located in Philadelphia, PA as a Worker’s Compensation attorney litigator. Luc is also a proud basketball coach and soccer coach for Colonial and Plymouth Whitemarsh.