Brian Gassick, Senior Warden
Brian has been a member of St. Thomas since 2008 and attends mass with his partner of many years Joe Faber. They live locally on Mamaroneck Ave in the Regatta Condominium. Brian is employed by Republic Drill/Apt Corp an American manufacturer of industrial tool supplies. He currently manages the New Jersey Division located in South Hackensack.
Brian joined the Vestry in 2013 during a time of transition. The role of the Vestry had changed significantly. No longer was the Vestry just there to oversee policy and finances, it now had to actually run the day to day operations of St. Thomas while attempting to assuage the uneasiness of the Parish. Once Carol Gadsden was called as the new Rector the Vestry returned to its more traditional role.
The Vestry began to look inward and decided to update the Mission and Vision statements of St Thomas to reflect who we are today. The Vestry came up with a thoughtful and balanced approach that is locally based. Brian believes that with one more year on the Vestry and as its most senior member he can help St Thomas grow its membership, improve its finances and effectively minister to the Sound Shore Communities.
Patricia Bave, Junior Warden
Patty was raised in a Roman Catholic household in Yonkers, NY, the youngest of six children. A graduate of The Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry, Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and Fordham University School of Law in NY, NY, she has been in the private practice of law since 1985, working part time from 1991 to 2005 to raise her two children, Matthew and Marie. Patty has her own firm in New Rochelle, NY, practicing in the areas of elder law, trusts and estates and guardianship. For many years she lived in Northern Westchester where she raised her family, but moved to Mamaroneck in 2012 and fell in love with it. Patty joined St. Thomas Church in the fall of 2012 and was received into the Episcopal Church in April, 2013.
Rose Ann Minnerly
Rose Ann, formerly Roman Catholic, was received into the Episcopal Church in 1969, and immediately began teaching Sunday School. She married at St. Thomas the following year and raised two children in the congregation. Both of them were also married at St. Thomas, and all five grandchildren were baptized here.
Rose Ann has been a member of the Outreach Committee and has been involved with the Thrift Shop, the Christmas Fair, and with Hillside Food Outreach for many years. She is a licensed Lay Reader and a Lay Eucharistic Visitor.
After 35 years as special education teacher Rose Ann recently retired. She usually attends the 8am service.
Lou Scenti is originally from Cranston, Rhode Island where he was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. He has lived and worked in New York for the last 34 years and currently resides in Larchmont with his wife and daughter. They have been members of the St. Thomas community for almost 10 years and share a strong commitment to its mission and ministry. Lou has worked in the human resources field for over 25 years. After 20 years of employment on Wall Street, he currently works for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as Senior Vice President in charge of Talent Management. He enjoys spending time with his family, being surprised and amazed watching his daughter navigate her teen years, reading, golfing and—weather permitting—napping on the deck in the sunshine.
A native New Yorker, Terry was raised with strong family and Christian values as part of a large family that practiced their faith in the Catholic Church. After living many years in Norwalk, CT, she moved to Mamaroneck in 2001 following her marriage to her husband, Bill, and they were active congregants in both the Episcopal and Lutheran churches until they joined the congregation at St. Thomas in the fall of 2014.
Terry spent her career in human resources management, where she specialized in helping organizations become more competitive in their HR practices in ways that reflect their values, culture, and particular stage of development. After a successful career in the corporate sector, Terry focused for the past 12+ years on the non-profit and international NGO community as Chief Human Resources Officer at the Clinton Foundation, Director of Global Human Resources at ORBIS International, and Director of HR for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Terry earned her MBA in International Finance at Pace University, and her BA in English and Certificate in Non-Profit Management at Manhattanville College.
Avocationally, Terry is an avid gardener and enjoys outdoor sports, travel, music and theatre, and spending time with her family. She also trained in voice and has performed in many venues in the New York area over the years.
Maria A. Thomas
Maria Thomas is a cradle Episcopalian. She is married to Kenneth L. Thomas and has three children; Dr. Teresa M. Thomas Kelly, Jacqueline E. Thomas-Ogata and SSgt. Jonathan L. Thomas; two son-in-laws; Stephen Kelly and Junichiro Ogata; and two grandchildren; Rebekah Hanna Kelly and Jin Thomas Ogata, with a third on the way.
She has been attending St. Thomas Church, Mamaroneck for approximately 15 years – generally attending the 8 am service. She is a member of the Altar Guild; a licensed Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer and Lay Eucharistic Visitor for St. Thomas; and she has been assigned as Coordinator for the monthly community dinners. Kenneth and Maria have been delivering food packages from the Hillside Food Outreach Program for homebound residents in New Rochelle for the last three years.
Maria is a retired educator/administrator of 38 years (day care and NYC public schools).
Judy Eisele is a cradle Episcopalian. She was a member of Trinity Church in Fishkill for many years where she taught church school, was active in the outreach programs and served on the vestry. Judy graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville with an accounting degree. She worked 18 years in investment banking and the past 13 years in the non-profit sector. Judy joined St. Thomas in September 2015. She lives in White Plains with her husband Andrew and her son Tyler who is currently attending college at Northeastern University in Boston. She has a passion for gardening and cooking, and loves to spend time outside hiking with her dog Kashmir.
Rob Seitz moved to Westchester County upon the birth of his first child more than 30 years ago. In the course of those three decades, he has served as a volunteer with many community organizations. Most notably, for 11 years he was a Trustee of the New Rochelle Public Library. During his tenure he made it his mission to make sure that the library offered programming and services accessible by all members of New Rochelle’s diverse community. He is a past president of the Glenwood Lake Neighborhood Association, also in New Rochelle.
During his several years living and working in New Rochelle he served on the New Rochelle Overall Economic Development Committee, created to attract new businesses to New Rochelle by promoting all that the city has to offer. This organization morphed into the New Rochelle Business Improvement District for which Rob was public relations consultant and special events producer.
For five years Rob was a volunteer firefighter in Larchmont where he was promoted to Lieutenant and treasurer of the Engine Company. He was chair of the annual blood drive and recruitment committee. He played a major role in rebuilding the volunteer component of the fire department after a mass resignation by several of its long-time members.
After 30+ years of working as an independent marketing communications consultant in New York City and Westchester County, Rob changed careers and for the past five years has been working full-time as a Realtor with Stetson Real Estate in Mamaroneck. He heads up the commercial and investment properties division while also working on a wide-range of residential properties, from affordable rental housing to luxury homes for rent or sale.
Rob is the father of two daughters, Marina, a high school guidance counselor, and Chloe, an advertising agency account executive. Both daughters live in California.
In his spare time he continues to transform a “dump” behind his house in the Village of Mamaroneck into a multi-tiered garden with river views. He is also writing a play which he hopes to get produced in his lifetime!