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Vestry Members’ Profiles

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

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

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
Iris Brookins

Iris Brookins

Class of 2021

Iris believes the greatest strengths of this congregation are Love, Love, Love. Love of God, Love for each other, and Love of ourselves. She believes in sharing more of this love with each other, with the community, and with ministries abroad. Iris's background, which includes seminary studies, human resources staffing, and business ownership, is a great addition to our leadership lineup.
Gifts: Empathy, Organizational Skills, Faith
Phil Beauchamp

Phil Beauchamp

Sr. Warden, 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
Dan Depies

Dan Depies

Jr. Warden, Class of 2023

“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
London Bates

London Bates

Class of 2023

London believes, "one of the greatest strengths of COGS is in its members... The members are incredibly welcoming to other members, guests and new members and create a beautiful environment to worship with one another." She brings to the vestry her background in finance and law as a local, practicing attorney for 20 years.
Gifts: Community Involvement, Consideration for Others, Active Listening
Judy Warner

Judy Warner

Class of 2023

Judy strongly believes, "we are called as Christians to use our time, talent and treasure." As a COGS member for 23 years (as of 2020), she has participated in ministries ranging from welcoming committees, financial and stewardship teams, previous vestry terms, service as Sr Warden for 3 years for Pastor Becky, and personnel management, to both the choir and bell choir, as well as reading as a lector during Sunday services.
Gifts: Organizational Skills, Communicator, Leader