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James Neider

Senior Warden through Jan. 2018

I am a native of suburban Rochester. After high school I attended the College at Brockport with a B.S. in education. Immediately after graduating I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968, serving for two years. I was discharged in 1970 and moved to Batavia.

For the next 30 years I taught elementary school at Alexander. I was also a town justice for 14 years and worked summers in local and county youth employment programs. I have been involved with veterans’ organizations since the 1980’s and have been a volunteer veterans’ advocate since retiring in 2000.

I have been a member of St. James since 1989 and was elected to the vestry in 2015. I live with my wife Mary Ann in Stafford.

Russ Dvoroznak

Junior Warden through Jan. 2019

I have been a building contractor since 1967, and have built an entire new church and parsonage, as well as having remodeled numerous church in the area. I am currently doing repair work at St. James. I have served on the Buildings and Grounds, Finance and Membership Committees, along with serving as an Usher, Element Bearer, and a Greeter. I have served several terms on the vestry, and I am currently Jr. Warden of St. James Church.

Diane Cox

Vestry Member through Jan. 2018

I became Episcopalian in 1980 beginning with my confirmation. Life changed for me, however I found my way back to the church and am a Sunday reader, acolyte, Eucharistic home visitor, waitress during fish fry season and coordinator of the Blessing of the pets, St Francis of Assisi and joined the vestry in 2014.

I am a Registered Nurse and currently am working in oncology infusion. In the past I taught at Genesee Community College. I live in Batavia with my husband Bill, I have two rescue dachshund dogs and two rescue cats; volunteer with a rescue organization for dachshunds in Tennessee, also a dog transporter and foster Mom.

I am looking forward to providing guidance to St James as we move forward.

Barbara Pierce

Vestry Member through Jan. 2018

I have been a member of St. James since 1974. I enjoy singing in the choir and playing in the bell choir . Being a part of our wonderful church community brings joy and peace to me. I am now retired and can more fully participate in church activities. I hope to bring any and all expertise I have acquired up to this point to help make sure we are vital and growing in membership, service and love.

My husband and I have had 4 daughters and are blessed with 10 grandchildren.

Harold Odell

Vestry Member

Dean Perry

Vestry Member through Jan. 2019

I have been a member of St. James for four years. At St. James I usher, greet, acolyte as well as volunteer in the Thrift Shop. My goal as a vestry member is to help St. James thrive in the future.

Bonnie Dvoroznak

Vestry Member through Jan. 2019

I have been an Episcopalian from the age of four, and was baptized and confirmed at St. James. Currently I am serving as a Eucharistic Minister, member of the ECW Board, and the George Rupprecht Fund. Russ and I were married in 2006 and we reside in the Town of Batavia.

Barbara King

Vestry Member through Jan. 2019

Lilo Townsend

Vestry Member through Jan. 2020

Since joining St. James church in 1978, I've belonged to the church choir and the bell choir. I have previously served on the vestry and have chaired several concert fund raisers at St. James. My focus now is on developing and maintaining the St. James gardens.

I am a former associate real estate broker and retired from Notre Dame High School where I taught German. My husband, Wayne, is a life time member of St. James and we have four children and six grandchildren.

Dorian Ely

Vestry Member through Jan. 2020

Jack Kershner

Vestry Member through Jan. 2020

Cathy Judkins

Clerk of the Vestry

Keith Price


Peter Mark


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