We Couldn’t Do It Without Them
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Sheelagh has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College, Dublin and has worked for almost thirty years in the field; mostly with geriatric clients in rehabilitation facilities and home health. Sheelagh earned a Master’s degree in Public Health in 2006 and a Doctorate in Global Health in 2019. She has been a parishioner at St John’s Episcopal Church, Stamford for 23 years, has served two 3-year terms as a St John’s Community Foundation trustee, and has also served in the positions of Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Outreach Committee Co-Chair at St John’s. Sheelagh and her husband Gus, who is also an occupational therapist have been volunteering at a school and health clinic in Haiti since 2008. Sheelagh’s current position is a clinical assistant professor in the graduate occupational therapy program at Sacred Heart University. At SHU, Sheelagh teaches courses in health and wellness, runs the driving simulation and stroke clinics, organizes clinical placements for students, and leads service learning trips to Guatemala and Haiti; while continuing to work with patients in clinical practice. Sheelagh lives with her husband and four children in Norwalk.
Chris Mehan is a long-time resident of Darien and was born and raised in Stamford. Chris and his wife Nicola and their family have been active members of St. Johns Church since 1995, having returned to St. Johns after spending 10yrs in England. Chris has been involved in several activities over the years, including co-teaching children’s Christian education, Head Usher, Finance Committee, and recently serving as Treasurer, Vestry, Executive Committee Member and Lector. Less formal but just as much fun are roles as grill master at the Pentecost picnics, performing as Herod and other lesser roles in the Christmas show, and assisting with organizing men’s breakfasts.
Chris is currently the Chief Risk Officer for Developing World Markets, an impact investment fund located in Stamford. Developing World Markets invests in microfinance companies in frontier markets, addressing the financial needs of the underserved globally. Previous roles include managing director level positions in Risk Management with Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch, and senior roles in derivatives trading. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
His interests include reading, fishing, skiing, and still enjoys playing hockey weekly.
Sandie DeFilippis born, raised and lived her entire life in Stamford. She attended Stamford schools and the University of Bridgeport. She is widowed, has three children and seven grandchildren. She is a member of St. Maurice RC Church where she is a Lector and a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
She is a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Stamford where she served on the Scholarship Grant Committee for several years. She currently is an active volunteer for At Home In Darien, an organization which helps seniors remain in their homes. She is the former Parish Administrator at St. John’s Episcopal Church where she worked for 14 years, retiring in October, 2018. This will be her second year on the Board of St. John’s Foundation.
Some activities Sandie enjoys in her spare time are Mah Jongg, reading, entertaining, movies, travel and keeping up with friends.
Peter Eder – Peter and his wife Kathy are long-time residents of Darien and Stamford. Between 1995 and 2001, Peter served first as a Board member and then Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Saint John’s Foundation. He rejoined the Trustees in 2020.
Peter is a Stephen Minister, Lector, and Eucharistic Minister, facilitator of a grieving program, and former Parish Council Member and Bridgeport Diocese Synod delegate at Saint Thomas More RC Church in Darien, CT. He is also a founding Board member and active volunteer of At Home In Darien, an aging in place organization. Active in the AARP as a state and national volunteer since 2007, he is currently a community engagement specialist, focusing on home and community based elder care issues and programs. In 2017, he received the AARP Connecticut Andrus Award for community service. He also currently serves on the Darien Commission on Aging.
His passions are the New York Metropolitan Opera and the New York Mets.
Rev. Ford is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Kean Univ. with a double major in Elementary Education and Religion ad Philosophy. In 2009, Dr. Ford received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theology Seminary. He was conferred the Doctor of Ministry degree by United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Currently Dr. Ford serves as the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Stamford, CT. He is the Executive Director of the Mark of Excellence Preschool and serves as the religious chair for the Stamford branch of NAACP.
Rev. Ford has served as Youth Minister and as second V.P. for Middlesex Central Baptist Association Congress of Christian Education.
Rev. Ford is married and the father of 2 daughters.
Terrence Green and his wife Toni have lived in Stamford on and off for over 25 years. He and his wife have two daughters and a son and have been members of ST John’s Episcopal church for 12 years. He served on the Vestry for 6 years at ST Johns the last 2 years as Senior Warden. He retired after a lengthy career in human resources where he worked for the following companies at the Director level Allstate, IBM, Pitney Bowes and TD Ameritrade. He oversaw the Human Resource aspects of the TD Waterhouse and Ameritrade merger in 2006. The company now known as TD Ameritrade.
He has a bachelor’s degree Business Administration from the University of Vermont and master’s in Human Resources Development from the University of Bridgeport.
He likes to travel with his wife, going to the movies and spending time working on projects around the house.
Mark Ledermann – Mark is a parishioner at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he serves on the Outreach Committee, the Haiti Committee, and as a Lector and Chalice Bearer. Professionally, Mark has spent nearly 40 years as a creative director and writer in global advertising agencies in New York and San Francisco. Currently, he is a creative director at a digital marketing agency in New York, MRM, a part of the McCann World Group. Mark holds a BA in International Affairs from American University, and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. Mark and his wife, Cindy, live in Stamford. They have one daughter, Katherine.
Jean Meyer – Jean, and her husband Robert, together have 7 adult children, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Robert is a Stamford native and Jean has been in Stamford for 36 years. Jean is a retired Physical Therapist who specialized in Hospice and Home Care. Jean joined the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Federation May, 2020. Jean held numerous leadership roles at the First Congregational Church of Stamford; the most recent was Chair of the Missions Board. She is Co-chair of Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement (SIRS) which has welcomed two refugee families to Stamford (a family of 6 from Syria and a family of 3 from Afghanistan). She is involved in and helped organize the new Community Thrift Shop, located at St John’s Episcopal Church building.
Anne Mavor has been a Stamford native since 1999 after moving to Stamford from Boston Massachusetts after her marriage to Barry Bear. She and her family have been members of St John’s since 2011. Anne and Barry have 3 children. Anne has served as a member of the vestry from 2016 to 2020.
Anne is the Director of Health Services at Manhattan College. She has her bachelors and masters degree from University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in her field since 1991. Anne also completed a Certificate program in Aging from Hunter College while working at the Tandet Center in Stamford.
Anne brought the Parish Nurse program to St John’s and currently is involved with Kathi Bacchi as co-chair of this program.
Anne Moore has been a Stamford resident for over 20 years and works at the Yale University Art Gallery. She is a member of Stamford’s Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and is involved with the Glenbrook Neighborhood Association. She has been a United Way grant reviewer and volunteered as an adult supervisor at Person-to-Person for eight years. She joined St. John’s Community Foundation in 2017.
Anthony had careers in pharmacy, supply chain management, healthcare administration and academic administration.
He retired in 2018 from Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health where he served as Vice Dean for Finance and Administration. He currently is volunteering with Person2Person, Inspirica, Domus Kids Mentoring Program, Facing Racism in Stamford and Stamford Stands Against Racism. He has led a men’s ministry at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Stamford since 2004.
He earned a B.S. degree from Columbia University – College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, an M.B.A. from NY University and an M.A. degree from Union Theological Seminary.
He is married, has 2 sons and has lived in Stamford since 1985.
In her free time, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, and being outdoors.
Melody Wagstaff is a financial and business development executive with over 25 years experience. She is currently VP, Business Development for Pirri Elements, preparing a new product launch for 2021. Her previous roles include Executive Director, Haitian Educational Initiatives and General Manager, International Market Development, Kao USA. Melody is a member of the Vestry and Finance committee at Saint John’s and also serves as a Mentor for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which provides entrepreneurship training and programs to young people from low-income communities. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from Boston University and an M.B.A from the University of Connecticut. Melody resides with her family in Greenwich, CT.