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New 2019 Vestry Class

Vestry Biographies, Class of 2022, Elected at the February 24, 2019 Annual Meeting

 

 

Lile Benaicha

Lile is a lifelong member of St. James’s, baptized, confirmed and married here.  She and her husband,Rob, have two children – Carson (7) and Cabell (6). Lile has been a Sunday School teacher for four years and has served on the committee for Taste of St. James’s. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Northstar Academy, the Virginia Leadership Board of the Arthritis Foundation and the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Richmond. She graduated from the University of Virginia and Washington & Lee School of Law.  She’s currently an attorney with the real estate group of Troutman Sanders.

 

Lile Benaicha

Andy Bennett

Andy and her husband, Dick, have been members of St. James’s for 17 years, returning to the church attended by Andy’s mother and grandmother. Her sister, Dr. Mary Harrison, is also a member of St. James’s. The Bennetts have two grown children, Molly and Kent, and five grandchildren, one of whom was baptized at St. James’s. Andy has co-hosted the Feast twice. She has been co-chairing the “Doers Dining” initiative and is currently serving on the Stewardship Committee. She and Dick volunteered on a Wednesday dinner team for a number of years. Andy graduated from VCU with a BS in Psychology and was the Relocation Director for The Steele Group SIR Realty Company for 12 years.  She is the acting Secretary/Treasurer for the Westhampton Citizens Association.

 

Andy Bennett

Susan Christian Coogan

 

Susan and her family joined St. James’s in 1990.  Susan has served as a lay leader in children’s ministries, including leading Vacation Bible School and the Christmas Pageant.  She was Mark and Virginia Whitmire’s first “choir mother.”  She and her father, Punky Christian, chaired the Every Member Canvas and she served on what is now the Outreach Committee.  Susan is currently a member of the Annual Giving Committee.  Prior to moving to Richmond in 1990, Susan enjoyed a 15-year career in finance and since moving, she has worked in philanthropy as both a professional and volunteer for various non-profits.  All three of Susan’s grown children, Hank, Meg and Emma, were baptized and confirmed at St. James’s.  Susan is a graduate of St. Catherine’s School, Hollins University and the UVA Darden School of Business.

 

Susan Christian Coogan

Campbell Delk

After growing up in Smithfield, Campbell graduated from the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and established his own dental practice in the West End. He began attending St. James’s when he moved to Richmond after college in 2000. A life-long Episcopalian, Campbell instantly found a home and spiritual connection at St. James’s. He and his wife, Jessica, both participated in the Pilgrim’s Path class and were married
here in 2007. All three of their daughters, Burnley, Cooper, and Tilly, have been baptized here. Campbell and Jessica have served as table hosts at The Feast multiple times. He served on the Rector Search Committee that called John McCard and is currently a lector.

 

Campbell Delk

Leigh Hulcher

Encouraged by four long-time members of St. James’s, Leigh, with her daughter Kate Gareau and Kate’s three children, came to St. James’s in 2013, and their first activity was attending the Shrine Mont Parish retreat. They then created and co-chaired the Shrine Mont Retreat committee. Leigh has also co-chaired the Bakeshop for the Taste and co-taught the Dave Ramsey financial program. She was a Shephard at WomanKind 2014 and Logistical co- chair for WomanKind 2018. She was a member of the advance team to Thistle Farms in 2017 and, the next year, co-chaired that mission trip to Nashville. She is a member of St. James’s Whitlock Legacy Society, a member of a Wednesday Dinner Team and of the Brown Bag Book Club. Leigh has been with Napier ERA since 1994 and in 2017 was named Realtor of the Year by the Richmond Association of Realtors.

 

Leigh Hulcher

Rob Reed

Rob and Katie Reed have been members of St. James’s for seven years, since they moved to Richmond from Washington, D.C.  Their daughter, Ruby (6), and son, Wells (4), were both baptized at St. James’s.  Rob has regularly attended the Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study and currently serves as a lector.  He is an avid distance runner and has volunteered with CARITAS’s The Healing Place to help those in recovery train for the Monument Avenue 10K. The Reeds annually attend the parish retreat at Shrine Mont, where for six summers Rob was a counselor at Explorer’s Camp and St. George’s Camp.  Rob serves as Vice President for the National Alliance for Mental Illness Virginia Board and is on the Board of Governors for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  He graduated from Boston College and Washington & Lee University School of Law, and practices trial law at Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.

 

Rob Reed

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