Vestry

The Vestry is the lay governing body of the parish consisting of twelve persons elected by the congregation at the Annual Parish Meeting. Vestry members, who normally serve a three-year term, are responsible for the financial and administrative businesses of the parish.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office(admin [at] holyapostlestn [dot] net).

The 2020 Vestry Nominees

Donna Abney

My husband, Bob, and I have been members of Holy Apostles for over 15 years, joining shortly after we moved from Midtown to Germantown.  While I grew up in the Catholic Church in New Orleans (and Bob in the Church of Christ faith), we converted to Episcopalian when we started our family.  We have two adult children, ages 34 and 32, who attended Grace St. Luke’s School where we were members for many years.  No grandchildren, but two grand dogs.

Bob and I have been married for 45 years.  We started walking across the street to Holy Apostles in 1975 when living in a Fox Meadows apartment.

I graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in Journalism and an MBA in Management.  Bob also has two U of M degrees graduating from law school shortly after our marriage. 

After a 33 year career with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, I retired as Executive Vice President for the system four years ago.  During my long tenure at Le Bonheur and Methodist, I held many positions.  Over my final working years, my responsibilities included Marketing, Communications, Strategic Planning, running the business side of our growing portfolio of physician practices, Information Systems and Development.  

I have served on many community boards focused on healthcare, community development and health information technology.  Presently, I am honored to be the Chairman of the Board for Porter-Leath Children’s Services.  I have also been Board Chairman of Leadership Memphis and the Southern College of Optometry as well as the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the American Marketing Association. 

I am a member of the Altar Guild where I chair a team and arrange flowers once or twice a month.  I was a delegate to the Diocesan Convention this past fall.  Bob previously served on the Vestry, ending as Senior Warden.

Holy Apostles is a special place for us.  I particularly identify with the formality of our services (it feeds my Catholic church upbringing of pomp and circumstance!), but love the inclusiveness of our faith and the warmth of our congregation.  It would be an honor to serve as a member of the Vestry.

Bonnie Barnes

I’ve been a member of Holy Apostles since 2004; I’ve been active in church ministries here over the years, including teaching Sunday School, mentoring with Helping Hands, singing in the choir, managing Operation Joy, and helping with Hospitality.

I grew up in the churches of Christ in Arkansas, with parents who taught at Harding University. That experience included years of Bible study and church work; I became a teacher and librarian and eventually worked as a theological librarian at what is now Harding School of Theology. I’ve taught English and French at the high school and college levels in addition to working as a school librarian in Memphis City Schools, Hutchison School, and Memphis University School, where I’ve been the library director for fourteen years.

The love and friendship of the Holy Apostles church family blessed my late husband Cary and me throughout the raising of our four children, our transition into grandparent-hood, and our struggle with Cary’s lung cancer and death last year. I would be happy to return some of that love and care by serving on the vestry if you choose me.

Jeff Dlabach

Our family has attended Holy Apostles since 2010.  I was raised in the Baptist church and attended the Lutheran church after I married my wife, Elaine Sanders.  When we found ourselves looking for a new church home, there was no question that Holy Apostles was the place for our family.  We have truly treasured our time at Holy Apostles.  

I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  After attending college at Oklahoma State University, where I received my undergraduate degree in physiology, I attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa.  After graduation, I moved to Memphis to complete my internship in general surgery at the University of Tennesseee Health Science Center in 1995, and completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Campbell Clinic in 1999.  Following residency, I completed a postgraduate fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.  After establishing my practice at the Campbell Clinic, I moved on to open my own practice, OrthoOne Sports Medicine, in 2008.  Over the years, I have served as team physician for various college athletic programs, the University of Memphis football, basketball, and soccer teams, Memphis Redbirds minor league baseball team, and multiple local high schools including Houston and Collierville.  

I have served on the board of directors and finance committees for various organizations, both medical and non-medical.  I have spent several years as a director and coach in local developmental athletic leagues.

Elaine and I have been married for almost 22 years and have three children; Isabel, 18, and Reese 15, who both attend St. George's High School, and Nicholas, 16, who attends Christian Brothers High School.  Having been an athlete my entire life, I have encouraged athletics for my family.  I have coached each of my kids in a variety of ways over the years, and I love being involved in their development.  

If selected, I am eager to serve Holy Apostles as a member of the Vestry.

Julie Pierami

I grew up in Jacksonville, FL and attended college at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  In the summer of 2000, I was a counselor at Boggy Creek Camp when I met my husband, Jason Pierami, who was also a counselor.

I moved to Chicago after college and started my career as a Child Life Specialist in the Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinic at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  Jason and I were married in 2005 and lived in Chicago until 2015.  In 2013, we had our first child, Matthew, and enjoyed our life living in Lakeview in the city (go Cubs, go!).

In 2015, we moved to Memphis for a new career opportunity when Jason joined his family business.  We moved to Collierville and, in 2016, had our second child, Lucy.  It took us a year to settle and to search for a church that met our needs. 

When we were pregnant with Lucy, I knew that I wanted to find a church quickly so that she could be baptized somewhere we felt connected.  After several sermons at Holy Apostles and the warm welcome we received by the congregation, we knew that we had found our new church home.  I now spend my time raising our two kids and volunteering in our community.  I feel honored to be nominated to serve on the Vestry.