Vestry

Kristen Scheyder, Senior Warden

Kristen lives in Rye, NY with her husband and three sons and joined the St. Thomas community in 2010, where she found the welcoming and inclusive faith community she had been seeking for her family.  She was formally received into the Episcopal Church in 2019 alongside her middle son, who was confirmed at the same time.

Kristen has been a community development practitioner for over 25 years, with experience in the banking, government and nonprofit sectors.  She currently works for Citi Foundation, where she helps municipalities and not-for-profit organizations develop programs focused on creating greater economic opportunity for under-served communities across the United States.

During COVID, Kristen has finally mastered her whole wheat sourdough bread baking recipe, knit multiple sweaters for each member of her family and rediscovered her love of sewing and quilting.  When not telecommuting, baking or crafting, you’ll most likely run into her jogging around Mamaroneck or Rye with her black Labrador, Frannie, a brood for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.


Caroline Jaram, Junior Warden

Caroline lives in Mamaroneck, NY with her husband, son, daughter and two cats. Originally from the UK, she has been calling the US home since 2009. Caroline and her family have been members of St. Thomas since 2015 and enjoy being part of an inclusive and welcoming faith community.

Caroline served in the British Army for 7 years prior to moving to the US in 2009. She worked as Parish Administrator for St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Los Angeles for nearly 2 years before moving back to NYC and working for Cambridge in America, the US development office for Cambridge University.

After her son was born, Caroline decided to devote her time and energy to raising her children and that has been her main occupation for the past 8 years.


Steve Bonaparte

Steve was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. His family moved to Darien, Connecticut when he was three years old. He was baptized in the Episcopal Church, but his family decided to bring their children to a local Community Church starting when he was in the fifth grade. That church had an active youth group which had a significant impact on his developing spiritual growth. He continued to attend that church after graduating from college and served on many of the boards and committees, ushered and was a lector as well as the youth group leader. Working as an outdoor maintenance supervisor/trainer at the ARC in Greenwich, he met the woman who would become his wife. After marrying Karen he moved to Larchmont and joined the family with her son AJ and daughter Jen and cat Tiger.

Steve and his wife Karen have been members of St. Thomas church since early 2001, and he has served in a number of capacities since then. He has served twice on the Vestry, been a junior and senior Warden and spent many years on the communications committee and the properties committee. He was also a member of the recent search committee, is a Sunday school teacher, an usher and lector. He helped the Men’s Group get started and continues to take an active role in planning and coordinating the annual retreats to Holy Cross Monastery.

Steve has a BS in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Public Administration and has worked for the City of Stamford for the last 29 years, most recently in the Technology Management Services Department.


Gerilyn Brewer

Gerilyn comes to St. Thomas from her childhood (oldest of 7) in Dubuque, Iowa; college at KU (Kansas); early career stops with AT&T in Kansas City, Chicago, New Jersey, London and New York City, and then her last corporate stint with American Express. Along that path she developed her penchant for broadening her horizons and trying new experiences. She has been in the St. Thomas area since she and her husband, Henry Mueller, came together in 2002.

Gerilyn has a passion for the arts, particularly the performing arts and most specifically for choral music.is a long time member of NYC’s MasterVoices (previously the Collegiate Chorale) and has added her voice to the St. Thomas choir with great pleasure.

If not enjoying the arts, Gerilyn is likely to be engaged in gardening (she is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden Landscape Design program), yoga, reading, traveling or connecting with family and friends.

Gerilyn and Henry live in New Rochelle. They spend summers on Nantucket, often with their children and spouses, and three grandchildren.

Eager to serve the St. Thomas community as a Vestry member, Gerilyn looks forward to learning more about the church, its mission, its members, and how to best support them all.


Derek Jones

Derek was introduced to the Episcopal faith in 1973, when he was confirmed at St Paul’s church in Morrisania, by Bishop Paul Moore. He served as an acolyte there for many years and was active at St. Paul’s until 1989. Derek in his young adult life practiced Islam and Nichiren Buddhism. Having attended St. Thomas Church in 2016 for a neighbor’s baptism he instantly enjoyed the congregation, the music, and inclusivity of St. Thomas and has been attending regularly since 2017.

Derek has been in the field of education for 34 years. He started as a paraprofessional in 1986 in the Bronx, and went on to become a high school history teacher. In 2003, Derek earned his second master’s degree in educational administration and became the founder of Excelsior Preparatory High School in Springfield Gardens, Queens. He served as the principal of Excelsior Prep from 2004-2010. Derek is currently the Managing Director of school support for New Visions for Public Schools, an educational not for profit in Manhattan.

Derek Jones was raised in the Bronx, New York and has lived in New Rochelle for the past ten years. He has a wife and four daughters, and a grandson who is four years old. He loves long distance running and has completed many marathons across the country. Derek is also an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.


Josh Korzon

Josh lives in New Rochelle with his wife, Susan, and their two sons.  Josh grew up in Massachusetts where he was baptized and raised in the Congregational Church.  He would later spend time as a congregant in both Lutheran and Jesuit churches.  He moved to Mamaroneck in 2010, which is when he and Susan, a lifelong Catholic, found St Thomas.  After spending considerable time searching for a church that appealed to both of their Christian backgrounds, they finally came across the Episcopal Church and at St Thomas they found a welcoming community and place to raise their family.  They have attended St Thomas ever since and were proud to have both sons, James (8) and Nathan (5) baptized there.

Josh is an Executive Vice President for Lockton Companies, a global insurance brokerage firm which  provides insurance, employee benefits and risk management advice to large corporations. He graduated from Fairfield University with degrees in Finance and Accounting and later went on to obtain his Masters in Business Administration from St Johns University.

In his free time, Josh enjoys skiing with his family, golfing, reading, cooking, cheering for all Boston sport teams and coaching youth lacrosse.


Melodee Morrison

Melodee has been a member of St. Thomas Church for the last three years and joined the choir immediately. She was part of the Search Committee for our current Music Director. She has extensive experience in the Episcopal Church, serving as a Vestry Member twice at Christ’s Church, Rye, where she also was on the search committees for a new Rector and new Choir Director. Melodee also served as a Facilitator and Consultant for strategic Vestry meetings and retreats at several churches in the Diocese. She has sung in several church choirs including Christ’s Church, Rye, and St. James and St. Bartholomew’s in New York City.

Currently, Melodee is a Clinical Social Worker and has a private practice in Rye, NY.  Previously she was the Supervisor of Social Work on the Women’s Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Manager of Leadership Development at GE Capital’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence.

Her most important job has been and is always as Mother to Erin Corbett and Andrew Mahoney.

St. Thomas welcomed Melodee with such warmth and depth of Spirit, that she wants to give back by becoming part of the Vestry and contributing to the next chapter in the life of the Church.


Mike Spoonauer

Mike Spoonauer has been a member of St. Thomas since 2015 and served on the Vestry once before as a member and as a Junior Warden.

Mike is truly excited by the opportunity to work side-by-side once more with the members of the Vestry and with Tami for the people of St. Thomas and for the surrounding community, and to take a fresh look as an entire congregation at how St. Thomas is evolving as a parish of the 21st century.