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Vestry 2018-2019

Left to Right (Class)
Seated: Cindy Roehl, Deacon, Diane Niford (’21),
Sandy Keene (’19) Standing: Dave Dube (’19),
Jim Ratliff (’20), Jerry Mullinax (’19),
Becky Robbins-Penniman, Rector, Cheryl Sharpe (’21),
Bill Blizzard (’21), Joe Nixon (’20), Dan Depies (’20)

Clerk of the Vestry
C. Pat Cates

Vestry Members’ Profiles

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

Sandy Kneen

Sandy Kneen

Junior Warden, Class of 2019

Being a social worker for 15 years has given Sandy a unique understanding of the importance of our ministries in helping others. “Good Shepherd from day one has been like a home to me,” Sandy says. “I’ve made so many friends and had so many great experiences. ... and when I leave on Sunday I feel a sense of peace and joy.”
Gifts: Communication Skills, Fun Loving, Caring
Dave Dube

Dave Dube

Class of 2019

Helping others, whether wrapped in a hair net at Meals of Hope, or at the Furniture Thrift Store, or Need/Lend a Hand, or giving rides to church, Dave loves it all. He brings to the Vestry his project management skills, team spirit, and sense of process from the corporate world. On weekends, he takes time to play the drums in one of the best blues bands around.
Gifts: Generous, Reliable, Close Friend of the Holy Spirit
Jerry Mullinax

Jerry Mullinax

Class of 2019

Jerry sees the world through the lens of a person having extensive experience in counseling and social services, public relations and administration for a private K-12 school and prior church leadership and volunteer experience. When not helping with the FTS he can be found in choir. As he says, “I’ve been in church choirs for 50+years. Love it!”
Gifts: Friendly, Patient, Sense of Humor, Active Senior
Dan Depies

Dan Depies

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