Vestry

Eleanor Cotter, Senior Warden

Eleanor lives in Larchmont with her husband and two children and has been a member of the St. Thomas community since 2010.  She works as the Grants and Foundations Manager of My Sisters’ Place, a domestic violence and human trafficking agency in Westchester. In addition to non-profit development, Eleanor’s professional background is in corporate and derivatives law: she previously worked as an in-house counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co., providing legal advice and support to prime brokerage and trading desks.

Since joining St. Thomas, Eleanor has taught Sunday School and served on the Communications and Hospitality committees. She looks forward to taking part in Lent Madness every year.  In her spare time, Eleanor is a volunteer Girl Scout Troop Leader and subscribes to more podcasts than she can reasonably listen to in the week.

Eleanor has a BA in Politics from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a JD from Fordham Law School. Raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, Eleanor was received into the Episcopal church in 2015. A native of Dublin, Ireland, she has been living the New York area since 1996.


Kristen Scheyder, Junior 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 20 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 low-income families across the United States.

Prior to Citi Foundation, she was a regional director for NeighborWorks America, a community development banker for HSBC, and helped run a community development loan fund at Seedco. Kristen also worked in state and local government, with stints in former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell’s administration and at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Kristen is an active swimmer and has completed several triathlons.  When not swimming and biking, you can see her jogging around Mamaroneck with her black Labrador, a brood from Guiding Eyes for the Blind that her family fosters.

Kristen earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a baccalaureate from Mount Holyoke College.


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.


Dave Harvey

Dave has been a member of St. Thomas since 2014.  Originally from a small town in Michigan, his first job brought him to the New York metro area and he has been a Westchester country resident for the last 20 years.

After spending most of his adult life without a religious affiliation, an internet search for local churches led him to the St. Thomas link that beckoned “seekers, searchers and doubters welcome.”  That invitation encouraged him to visit one Sunday and he has found a spiritual home with this open-minded, diverse and thoughtful community ever since.

Dave has worked for 20 years in the retail branding and market research industries where he has provided consulting for 50+ companies across 22 countries.  Also passionate about training and education, he has parlayed those skills into Sunday School teaching.

Dave and his wife of 18 years have two boys and live in Rye Brook, NY.  When he is not attending swimming meets and school activities, he loves to run and pretend to play his guitar.


Caroline Jaram

Caroline was christened in the Church of England as a baby and went regularly to church as a child. Her faith has been one of the constants that she returns to again and again, finding inspiration and solace in both the familiarity and newness of worship experiences in various different places. Caroline and her family started attending St. Thomas in 2015, and Caroline currently teaches Godly Play and is a lector. St. Thomas is both a community of refuge and challenge for Caroline as it offers stillness for reflection, a place to shout out for joy and a call to action to be the change we wish to see in the world. She often feels all three of these emotions in one Sunday service!

Caroline was born in England and has an MA in Geography from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University. She spent 7 years in the British Army serving in Germany and Iraq, amongst other postings.  Caroline and her husband Ed moved to New York in the summer of 2009 for what they thought would be two years. 11 years, a short spell on the West Coast, and 2 children later, they are still here.  Caroline is now happily employed by her two small children at home in Mamaroneck, which she finds both the most challenging and rewarding work she’s done by far!


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 non 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.


Lisa Pearson

Lisa was received into the Anglican Communion at the Church of the Apostles in Fairfax, VA in 1983. She served as the Chair of their Outreach Committee and was involved in women’s ministry at COA. While living in the Washington, DC area she used her degree in Arts and Humanities working as a development and public relations associate for the Warner Theater and Arena Stage. She also served a one year appointment with the US Department of Education.

Lisa returned to New York City in 1990, where she joined All Angels’ Episcopal Church in Manhattan and became active in their ministry to the homeless members of the congregation. She received her MS in Special Education and earned a certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision at Hunter College. She worked for the NYC Department of Education as a teacher, literacy specialist and finally as an Assistant Principal, serving mostly in East Harlem and Washington Heights. Lisa moved to Harrisburg, PA in 2007 where she became the principal of Hamilton Elementary School. A career opportunity for her husband Matthew brought them back to the New York area and the Pearson family, including Jacob and Joshua, moved to Mamaroneck in 2010. They attended Christ’s Church in Rye where Lisa served as the director of their nursery school until 2016.