Meet St. James’s Vestry

Laura McCoy, Senior Warden

Laura and her husband Steve joined St. James’s in 2003 with their daughter Libby, now a freshman in college.  Since then, they have welcomed and baptized two sons at St. James’s: James (15) and Everett (12).  Since joining, Laura has participated in Pilgrim’s Path and was involved in creating and leading the Taste of St. James’s for several years. She was Vice-Chair of the Rector Search Committee in 2016-17.  She has enjoyed seeing her children grow in their church life through Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, choir, mission trips, serving as acolytes and participating in confirmation.  Laura is grateful for the many friends she has made through St. James’s, and is proud of our church’s active presence in the Richmond community.

John Conrad, Junior Warden

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 Coogan, Treasurer

John has been a member of St. James’s for almost 40 years, and has served on the Vestry prior to this term and in a number of other volunteer roles at the church. Married to Katherine B. Conrad, John and Katherine have two children and three grandsons.  John is an attorney and President of The Conrad Firm, practicing law as civil litigator. John has an extensive background in board service with Richmond City Council, the Greater Richmond Partnership, Bank of Richmond, Christopher Newport University, St. Christopher’s School Foundation, the St. James’s Children’s Center and the National Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

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.

Lile Benachia

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.

Sherwood Bowditch

Sherwood Hornsby Bowditch began attending St. James in 2006 when he moved to Richmond to get his MBA at the University of Richmond. He is active in the Tuesday Mens Group and has volunteered with cooking teams, Caritas and a variety of outreach initiatives. He is also an instructor in Faith Based Re-Entry, a prison ministry at Deep Meadow Correctional Facility teaching a class in the prison to men that are soon to be released. He is a partner at Winters Oliver Insurance Agency and has served on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards. Sherwood is a native of Gloucester, Va and a lifelong Episcopalian having grown up in Abingdon Episcopal Church. He is married to the former Whitney Knapp.

Trevor Cox

Trevor has been a congregant at St. James’s since moving to Richmond in 2010, and has volunteered for a number of church ministries, including Hospitality and Newcomers.  His wife Kristin sings in the West Gallery Choir, and they are the proud of Sarah and William.  Having attended Episcopal churches his entire life – his father is an Episcopal priest and his mother is an active lay leader – he looks forward to adding his perspective to the Vestry. They live in the Fan.

Trevor is an attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, where he practices appellate litigation.  Prior to rejoining Hunton, Trevor served for more than four years in the Solicitor General’s division of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.  He serves as a board member for a variety of community and bar organizations.

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.

Cheryl Guedri

Cheryl has been a St. Jameser for over 30 years and knows the church well. During her time at St. James’s, Cheryl has served in many different capacities including Food Force, Search Team for Assistant Rector, Sunday School teacher, mentor at Fairfield Elementary, Co-Chair and Chair of Annual Giving, and many volunteer roles in Mardi Gras, WomanKind, and others. Cheryl and Chris are in the WLS. He is mostly retired from Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen. They have an adopted son and a grandson.

Retired form a role as Vice President of Suntrust Bank, Cheryl is also active in the community with the Peter Paul Development Center and CASA.

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.

Elliott Harrigan

Elliott  has been an active member of St. James’s since 1990 when he moved to Richmond. He has been a long-time member of the Usher team and is a member of the Strategic Planning Facilities committee. Additionally, he has advised the church on its wireless leases.

He is President of both Harrigan & Company, a Real Estate Investment, Management and Development Firm and National Communication Towers, a wireless infrastructure development firm. Elliott graduated from the University of the South in 1978 with a B.A. in Economics and the University of South Carolina in 1982 with a JD. Elliott serves on the Board of Regents for Sewanee, The University of the South and Board of Directors of Virginians for High Speed Rail. He was previously on the Board of Commissioners for Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Elliott is married to his wife of 32 years, Terrell, and has three adult daughters.

Christie Hartwell

Christie joined St. James’s in 2010, shortly after moving back to Richmond after 20 years in Philadelphia. She is the founder of CH Strategy Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm offering strategic advisory services to children’s hospitals and previously served as partner with a leading national healthcare strategy firm. She teaches part-time in the VCU School of Health Administration. Christie is passionate about the arts and education, including being an avid supporter of The Philadelphia Fringe Festival for more than 20 years. At St. James’s, she engages in multiple parish activities including WomanKind, SelfStarters, and Invite, Welcome Connect (IWC). She is a 2019 graduate of the Education for Ministry (EFM) program. She served on the vestry and multiple other leadership roles at her former parish, Christ Church Philadelphia.

Katie Morris

Katie joined St. James’s after completing Pilgrim’s Path with her husband, Whit, in 2010. She is a longtime member and current Chair of the Outreach Committee and has been involved with several other ministries, including the Giving Tree, WomanKind, and children’s Sunday School. You might recognize Katie from shuttling her two young daughters back and forth to the bathroom during services way back when we could safely gather in person.
Katie’s involvement in Outreach at St. James’s helped lead her to her career as Grants and Special Events Coordinator at Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). She is extremely passionate about the
work that both SCAN and St.James’s do in our community. A lifelong Episcopalian and native of Atlanta, Katie likes to share her claim to fame that Father John McCard officiated her wedding to Whit at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Katie’s home church from birth until she left Atlanta for college at Sewanee.

Ann Rawls

Ann believes that God calls all of us to live in community and St. James’s is hers. She is a cradle Episcopalian and has been an active member of St. James’s for over 30 years along with her husband, Brewster and their three children. She served as Finance Chair on the vestry 2007 to 2010, for the past ten years she has been one of two parish Treasurers and is currently co-chair of the Annual Campaign. Besides parish finances, she has a passion for choral music. All of her children sang in the choirs growing up and Ann since the late 1990’s. She has been involved in many aspects of parish life including chairing the dinner committee at the Feast, chairing a hospitality group for coffee hour and chairing a Wednesday night supper team for many years. Outside of her love for St. James’s, she has been Chief Operating Officer for Tucker Psychiatric Clinic for the past 25 years.

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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.

Tracy Schneider

Tracy has been a member of St. James’s for just over 5 years and has served on the Annual Giving Committee for the past 2 years. Tracy is currently Vice President for Marketing & Communications at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Prior to joining the museum, Tracy led marketing for CWDkids, a mid-size, family-owned clothing retailer, and held several roles in brand marketing at Capital One. Tracy, her husband Brent, and their daughter, Greer, live in Midlothian with their black lab, George.

Tracy’s community involvement includes financial coaching through RE:Work, and volunteering as a Strokes and Turns official through USA Swimming. In her spare time, she enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.

Harry Warner

Harry has been an active member of St. James’s for over 30 years and is a former vestry member, Senior Warden and Finance Committee Chair. Harry is Managing Director at Fahrenheit Advisors where his consulting practice centers on non-profit management and fundraising, leveraging a successful career in those arenas. Harry is a long-time leader and volunteer at St. James’s, having served in the Hunter McGuire Veterans ministry, the Annual Giving ministry, as a Diocesan Council lay delegate, as Region X lay representative, and many other ministries. Harry raised his three children as a single parent because his wife Coleen was not able to overcome her alcohol addition. He will marry Claiborne Mason in April and they are both selling their houses and looking for a new home together. Harry is in the WLS.

Harry’s community involvement has included the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives Board of Directors and Treasurer, the Save The Diamond Committee, Chairman, Stuart Hall School Board of Governors, Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia Board, Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia Board.