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Vestry Members’ Profiles

Our Vestry members have a diverse set of skills, interests and passions.

Dan Depies

Dan Depies

Jr. Warden, Class of 2020

“I found I greatly enjoy(ed) all the volunteer work,” says Dan. “It was an opportunity to get to know and work with other church members and provided personal satisfaction that we did things that either directly or indirectly helped others.” As a realtor Dan played a major role in the acquisition of Sunshine Plaza and is guiding us to determine the highest and best use of Peace Park.
Gifts: Organized, Problem Solver, Common Sense
Joe Nixon

Joe Nixon

Treasurer, Class of 2020

Joe is a CPA and our Treasurer, thank God. When he’s not working with Excel or guiding us as an Acolyte, Joe can be found leading our parking lot team in an effort to raise money to support of our ministries. Joe shared, “… a changing world presents challenges for a traditional church like ours. Hopefully my skills can assist in planning our future.”
Gifts: Listener, Team Builder, Visionary Thinker
Jim Ratliff

Jim Ratliff

Class of 2020

Jim is relatively new to Dunedin and Good Shepherd. He retired in 2017 from a career as a financial advisor and entrepreneur and moved with his family to paradise. He enjoys volunteer work at the Furniture Thrift Store and at the church. He has previous vestry experience and brings decades of business experience as well. Jim also spent many years working with youth and young adult ministries in his previous diocese.
Gifts: Problem Solving, Common Sense and a Heart for Outreach
Bill Blizzard

Bill Blizzard

Class of 2021

As managing partner for his firm and now a retired architect, Bill told us that, “Church leadership through the Vestry, requires a person with not only vision and prudence, it also requires a person with the ability to build consensus with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure.” He is a regular at Deep Waters and loves history and theological inquiry.
Gifts: Sense of Humor, Visionary Thinker, Analytical Skills
Diane Niford

Diane Niford

Class of 2021

Diane brings experience as a fiduciary while working in the retirement industry as a registered nursing home administrator, and later, as a financial advisor. She has been an active congregant for 50 years in 8 churches and has a positive and caring attitude, belief in serving all God’s children, and actively assisting her church family in its worship/missions/goals.
Gifts: Faith in God, Optimism, Love for People
Cheryl Sharpe

Cheryl Sharpe

Senior Warden, Class of 2021

Cheryl has been a member of Good Shepherd since 1983. She was married to her husband Brian at Good Shepherd in 1985 and has been active in many areas including: four Vestries, Jr. Warden and Sr. Warden multiple times, Endowment Fund Board Chair and Vice Chair, convention delegate, Christian Formation liaison and Prayer Team.
Gifts: Desire to Serve, Leader, Community Involvement
Phil Beauchamp

Phil Beauchamp

Class of 2022

Having filled the roles of Treasurer, Vestry member, Jr. Warden, Endowment Chair, and Choir member, at previous churches, Phil readily recognizes the importance of lay leadership and joined both the Peace Park task force and our team of ushers within his first year at the church. We are fortunate Phil feels "God is present" at Good Shepherd and that he feels called to serve our congregation.
Gifts: Faith, Family, Loyalty
Robyn Harker

Robyn Harker

Class of 2022

After Robyn visited Good Shepherd one Easter, "The service I attended was so uplifting that when I moved to Florida I chose to become a member." When she made the move from the Diocese of New Jersey, she brought with her experience in many leadership roles, including Vestry. Robyn particularly enjoys the fellowship that comes with working together to serve a common goal.
Gifts: Organized, Patient, and Honest
John Russotto

John Russotto

Class of 2022

Officially a member as of 2015, John was first drawn to Good Shepherd because "All Are Welcome is not just a catchy phrase at COGS; rather it is a lived experience. There are no exceptions." With a core focus on servanthood, he has been part of the church's homebound ministry, furniture thrift shop team, the parking ministry, the pumpkin patch, Shepherd’s Village, Surveying the Meadow, Walking the Mourner’s Path, and now the Vestry. Combined, John has multiple, advanced degrees and fifty years of diverse service in clinical social work focusing on mental health.
Gifts: Call to Service, Empathy, and Disciplined Organizational Skills